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Select the right mattress for your Space Solutions Murphy Bed

Here are 6 important mattress tips when planning your Murphy Bed installation – most often you supply your own, so these mattress tips can help ensure that your custom Murphy Bed is ideal for you and your space!

Space Solutions uses genuine Murphy Bed hardware produced by Murphy Wall Beds of Canada, and builds the cabinet to suit, so you are getting not just a wall bed, but a genuine Murphy Bed.

The Supreme Steel frame is sized for a standard Single, Double or Queen-size mattress in the standard length. (Space Solutions does not make Murphy Beds for extra-long or King-size mattresses.) 10″ is the standard maximum thickness that can be accommodated by the hardware.

In special circumstances we can use a longer leg for thicker mattresses, which requires the cabinet to be built to a larger size; this is more costly, and may not be a fit for all spaces. The minimum thickness recommended for long-lasting comfort and to properly fit the hardware is 7″. So, any standard Single, Double or Queen size mattress between 7″ and 10″ may be used.

There are many types of mattresses available these days, and the good news is that most can be used in your custom Murphy Bed. This means that there is a good chance that you may already own a mattress that is appropriate!

But assuming you do need a new mattress, one of the most important mattress tips is to get a spring (coil) mattress. They can offer the best long-term use in your Murphy Bed. Many of the “pillow top” varieties available are thicker than the maximum tolerances and are therefore excluded, and foam mattresses are not recommended at all – consider that most often a Murphy Bed is left in its closed position, which effectively stores the mattress on its side for extended periods of time;

Murphy Beds are useful for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a very small condo, and you need a Murphy Bed as your every day bed so that you can fold it away and make other use of your space. In this case you will want to make sure you invest a long-lasting, highly comfortable mattress.

Other times, Murphy Beds are meant for occasional use – in a room to be used for guests once in a while. Your guests still deserve a comfortable sleeping experience, which a Murphy Bed can provide, but it may not be necessary to invest in a brand-new mattress if you already own one that is suitable.

Many of the “big box” mattress retailers have frequent promotions and sales on overstocked and discontinued models. This can allow you to source a quality mattress at a reasonable price! You don’t need a boxspring, since the mattress rests within the frame on the back side of the doors that you see when the bed is closed.

When we install your custom Murphy Bed, we need to have the mattress on site during the installation so that we may adjust the springs in the mechanism to perfectly account for the mattress’s weight. Different mattresses, even of the same size, will weigh differently depending on their composition, and we need to ensure that your Murphy Bed will open and close safely and smoothly.

If you don’t already own a mattress that will be used, it is best to arrange for its delivery ahead of the installation to ensure there are no unnecessary delays or callbacks. When you place your Murphy Bed order we will remind you of the need to have your mattress on site on installation day;

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The Basset Andrew mattress, at 10″ thick, fits standard Murphy Bed installations

Still need a mattress for your Murphy Bed? We’ve always said that Space Solutions does not supply mattresses, mostly because we are in the custom cabinet business, not the mattress business. But good news – we have recently partnered with a local Canadian manufacturer named Kingsdown, and if you are purchasing a new custom Murphy Bed from Space Solutions, we can offer you one of their mattresses!

We are able to offer the Basset Andrew series, which is a 10″ continuous coil mattress. It is guaranteed to fit the standard Murphy Wall Beds of Canada hardware that we use, and is available in Single, Double and Queen-Size options.

We currently have a Basset Andrew on display in our showroom in a Double Murphy Bed, and you are welcome to come and check it out in person! If you would like more information about mattresses for our custom Murphy Beds, please contact your Space Solutions designer, or you are welcome to email us at

Ready to get started on your custom Murphy Bed project? Call the showroom during business hours at 416.322.5575 to request an in-home consultation, or fill out this request form and we will call you to set one up!




Q: Do I need a box spring?

A: No, you do not need a box spring. The box spring is actually built into the bed, similar to a platform bed; and is comprised of double 1-1/2 inch solid wood struts.

Q: How much weight can the bed hold?

A: The weight limit of our beds is 2500 lbs. Seem like a lot? Keep in mind our murphy beds are really no different than a normal bed platform. There are four points where the bed touches the ground (just like a normal bed), and our strut frame work distributes the weight across the bed, just like a box spring. Your mattress is the only thing that determines the comfort of the bed, so make sure you select a mattress on which you and/or your guests will be comfortable.

Q: Can I use a latex mattress on the murphy bed?

A: Latex mattresses cannot be used on murphy beds.  Unlike innerspring or memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses cannot stand on-end for long periods of time and will result in an inability to operate the bed.

Q: Can I use an air mattress on the murphy bed?

A: You cannot use a blow up air mattress with our murphy beds. They are not heavy enough to counter-balance our piston lift system. Select Comfort mattresses are also not recommended due to their lack of weight.

The murphy bed design allows it to fold upright against the wall or cabinet when it is not in use. This is why they are the perfect choice in cases where floor space is at a premium, such as in studio apartments, dorm rooms, cruise ship cabins and mobile homes.

Support type: Wall beds do not come with a box spring. While this may seem like a small thing, it actually means you have to get all your comfort from the mattress – so it is critical that you pick the mattress with the very best type of support for your needs.

Thickness: Thickness can determine whether or not a wall bed mattress will fit within the space left when you fold up the bed. This way, unlike other mattresses, you have to pay close attention to the height (thickness) of the mattress when making your size calculations.

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