From our craftsmen to our office staff, building high quality Murphy Beds is a way of life, and we are passionate about doing it right. State-the-art-equipment combined with age old techniques and traditions ensure each product is artfully constructed.
It all starts with the materials we choose. Each piece of wood is hand selected to ensure they are consistent in surface quality, pattern, and tone, then optimized to ensure we generate as little waste as possible. We don’t do this just because we are cost conscious – we are – but because it is also a responsible use of our vital natural resources.
For our Murphy Beds we avoid the use of particleboard, plastic laminate, melamine, and Thermofoil. These materials have their place in certain applications. We simply believe that we are building higher quality, more durable, more attractive furniture using real wood products.
A Murphy bed should feel solid when it’s installed and it shouldn’t rack or wobble when you bump it. A side storage cabinet should stand firm and doors and drawers should operate smoothly. That’s why we take extra care to use the most tried and true joinery and the most advanced hardware in the furniture building industry.
Our patented, state-of-the-art piston lift system makes opening and closing our Murphy beds nearly effortless (see a video HERE). It also carries a 10-year limited warranty and is rated for 10,000 cycles. You would have to open and close the bed every day for 27 years to hit 10,000 cycles!
We incorporate full extension, side mount, ball bearing slides into all of our cabinet drawers. Our cabinet doors are mounted using fully-concealed, European hinges. Thanks to our use of high quality, heavy duty Quickfit® fittings, we’ve made Murphy beds user-friendly, with simple instructions, fewer parts and an easier assembly process.
Some of the techniques we incorporate into the construction of our Murphy Bed products include:
Mortise & Tenon Joinery
Generally considered the best and most difficult wood joint, mortise and tenon joinery involves a tongue that is shaped on the end of a piece of wood (tenon) that fits into a slot cut into another piece of wood that is the same size and shape (mortise). This type of joinery is used on all of our bed faces, cabinet doors, and drawer fronts.
Wood Dowel Joinery
Wood dowel joinery has been a very common method of reinforcing butt joints in furniture for centuries. Dowel joints consist of short pieces of milled, wooden dowels that are glued into corresponding holes on sides of the wood to be joined. This method is extremely popular because, in comparison to other joints, it allows for a very high glue surface area at the dowel connection. This type of joinery is used on all of our cabinets, headers, and headboards.
Pocket Screw Joinery
Pocket screw joinery is a method of fastening a butt joint with a mechanical fastener (screw). Pocket holes are cut into the end grain on the back side of a piece of wood. Then, screws of a calculated length are driven through these holes into the long grain side of another piece of wood. This joint eliminates clamping and, when used in conjunction with wood glue, becomes extremely strong and durable. Pocket screw joinery is used on all of our cabinets, headers, and headboards.
The dovetail joint is said to pre-date written history and is one of the most highly regarded joinery techniques in woodworking. A series of “pins” cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of “sockets” cut into the face of another board. Once glued, a dovetail joint requires no other mechanical fastener. This type of joinery is used on all of our cabinet drawer boxes.
Our real wood Murphy beds are as beautiful as they are functional. Your Murphy Bed needs to complement your room’s décor as well as save space, and we want you to enjoy it for years to come. We make a concerted effort to apply a finish that is handsome, durable, and environmentally sound.
A quality finish requires experience and skillful attention to detail - proper sanding of the wood to ensure consistency, hand wiping the stain to achieve the desired color and tone, and multiple applications of clear finishing coats to build the appropriate luster.
Sanding is the first step in the finishing process and each piece is sanded multiple times with tiered gradations of sandpaper. Proper sanding smooths the wood and prepares the grain to fully absorb the color of the chosen stain.
Our top quality stains are chosen for their ability to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, and, once applied, are carefully hand wiped to ensure each piece has a consistent color that it meets our specifications.
Several coats of clear finish are applied to give each product a soft sheen. Once each coat dries, a very light hand sanding is done to remove any imperfections from the previous coats. The final application of finish is a durable conversion varnish that provides a brilliant scratch and chemical resistant coating. All of our finishes are Free of Hazardous Air Pollutants (H.A.P.S. FREE) and are low VOC formulations. In addition to being the right thing to do, this ensures that our Murphy Bed cabinets exceed all pertinent government regulations regarding emissions and the performance parameters outlined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).