How to choose the right wallbeds

How to choose the right wallbeds
Wallbed, also known as Murphy bed, is one of the popular solutions to create a multi-purpose room. The magic of this comfortable space-saving bed is partly given by its lever mechanism which allows your wallbed to fold-in vertically or horizontally, so it only takes a small space compared with the normal bed.
What is the mechanism behind a wallbed?
There are two common level mechanisms a wallbed may use: the spring mechanism and the gas piston (also know as gas struts) mechanism. Both lift systems are hidden so it does not matter which you choose regards to the appearance and functionality. However, they are vitally different in installation so it is important that you choose the right mechanism that is safe and easy to install and repair (if needed).
Spring mechanisms maintain their strength and lose only approximately 5% of their tension over a lifetime. If a spring does need to be replaced, it is also relatively cheaper than a piston system. However, during the installation, you need to pay extra attention and patience to the springs. In most cases, you will need to manually stretch each spring to fit them in. Once they are fitted, you need to pull the springs very hard when fitting the bed frame into the mechanism notch. The springs are designed to hold the heavy bed frame, so yes, you need to pull very hard to stretch them. You may use a plastic or metal tube to help with the stretching and pulling, but please be extra cautious not to get your fingers jammed in the springs, it can causes serious injuries. The typical installation time of a wallbed with a spring mechanism for first-timers (it requires 2 people at least) is 6-10 hours. Once they are installed, moving or re-installation will require the bed frame to be unmounted, which takes twice the installation time.
Just like the video below demonstrated (jump to 14:30 to check how to install a spring mechanism system).
Piston systems, on the other hand, tend to lose their strength and durability a bit quicker. Typically the pistons will last approximately 15-20 years which is long enough for most uses. If the piston does fail, it requires a complete replacement which can be more costly than the spring system. However, the installation process is much safer, quicker, less skill and time-demanding. So if you want to move houses, renovate or reorganise your home, piston systems work better as the re-installation process is easier and simpler than a spring system. The typical installation time of a wallbed with a piston mechanism for first-timers (it requires 2 people at least) is 2-5 hours.
In conclusion, either lift system works great in terms of functionality. For safety and ease of installation, we recommend the piston mechanism.
What are the differences between a horizontal and vertical wallbed?
vertical wallbed
Both horizontal and vertical wallbeds can save space for you. To choose the best-fit wallbed, it all depends on what function you want for your room/space.
Horizontal wallbeds allow you to have more storage systems above the wallbed and a wider study desk than vertical wallbeds. By having your wallbeds in a horizontal setting, the horizontal bed itself takes more floor space compared with vertical wallbeds. On the other hand, vertical wallbeds take less floor space and you can install extra storage spaces beside your vertical wallbeds, which will be more expensive than the storage units above horizontal wallbeds.
   horizontal wallbed
What really important is for you to choose the wallbed style that you love, the best fit for your home and comfort for your guests!
Find out more information about our EzSpace wallbeds! We offer piston mechanism wallbeds in both horizontal and vertical designs.
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