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Spring vs. Piston Lift Mechanisms

Murphy beds, also known as wall beds, are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles. If you have a vision of what a Murphy bed looks like, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at just how stylish and multi-functional today’s models are. While traditional Murphy beds allow homeowners to add a bed to any room, contemporary designs offer true dual-purpose multi-functionality – one piece can provide a full bookcase and a bed; others may offer a genuinely ergonomic workspace by day and a comfortable bed by night. Another design feature of the Murphy bed that has transformed its ease of use is the addition of piston lift mechanisms. While you can purchase a bed with a traditional spring mechanism or one that utilizes pistons, you should understand the differences in their operation.

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One thing to remember is that the choice of the lift system is not aesthetic, as it will often be hidden. The lift system instead affects how easily that bed can be lowered and lifted and often determines if one person can safely lower and raise the bed. Both spring and piston lift mechanisms facilitate the movement of the bed. Still, it is recommended that you consult with your Murphy bed specialist about the best choice for you – taking into consideration the size and strength of the person opening the bed, the weight of the mattress, and more.

Spring Mechanisms

The original Murphy Bed patent featured a heavy steel spring mechanism that allowed for the raising and lowering of the bed. While revolutionary and helpful, the bed was still often unwieldy and difficult to adjust because of the resistance the mechanism provided.

Modern spring systems, however, make it much easier to operate a Murphy bed. They can accommodate heavier loads by utilizing compressed steel that fatigues much less over the life of the bed. Users can adjust the spring mechanism’s tension, making it easier to store or open the wall bed. If the Murphy bed begins to “sag open” with frequent use, users can typically adjust the tension or replace a spring if needed.

Piston Lift Mechanisms

Piston lift mechanisms provide a sleeker and more streamlined way to adjust the wall bed, though they may sometimes be visible when the unit is open. Pistons may operate with gas or air pressure to make it effortless to open or store your wall bed.

One crucial feature of piston wall beds is that they often incorporate a locking mechanism as a safety feature. Locking piston lift mechanisms will keep your Murphy bed closed up tightly even if the piston system gets fatigued. When the piston is locked and secured, you can be assured that a falling bed will not hurt anyone. This feature is especially significant if the Murphy bed is installed in a room where children live or play.

With a lot of use, pistons may lose their strength over time – and unlike spring mechanisms, they cannot be adjusted – they must be entirely replaced. Because of this, it is essential to ensure that your wall bed supplier offers a lifetime guarantee for the piston mechanism. (Yes, Monarch Murphy Beds is proud to offer a lifetime guarantee for our piston mechanisms on all our beds – be sure to ask Shelly Renee about the specifics during your showroom tour!)

Which is Better for You – Spring or Piston Lift Mechanisms?

With technological advances, both mechanisms should be acceptable for most users. Still, the piston system does offer some advantages, such as ease of use, safety locking, and lifetime guarantees.

At Monarch Murphy Beds, you won’t have to wonder if you are making the right choice. From the initial call to installation in your home, owner Shelly Renee will provide her expertise. She will help you to make the appropriate decision based on your needs, budget, and style preferences – and when you tour the showroom, you will have the opportunity to raise and lower the beds yourself to understand how they work.

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