How Much Does a Wall Bed Cost?

Typical Range:

$1,000 - $10,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated October 19, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

A wall bed, also called a Murphy bed, costs $3,000 on average, with a typical range between $1,000 and $7,500, but can potentially go up to over $10,000 with a complex custom build.

Wall Bed Installation Cost

Installing a wall bed safely isn’t a super simple task to complete on your own. Luckily, the retailer where you purchased the Murphy bed will usually wrap the delivery and installation cost into the sale of the bed, along with the cost of delivery to your home.

However, if you prefer to hire a handyperson or local furniture assembly contractor just for the installation of the bed in the room it’s going in, that’s an option. The cost to hire a handyperson is around $55 to $125 per hour and the average cost to hire a professional furniture assembly person is between $90 to $150 per hour for their services. You can contact a handyperson near you to get a quote or check out our handyperson services directory for HomeAdvisor-screened pros you can trust.

If you need someone to haul away your old bed to make room to install the new wall bed, furniture removal and disposal costs between $75 to $150 for a professional service.

Wall Bed Cost by Size

Below is a list of average Murphy bed costs by size excluding the installation cost. Mattresses usually come separately when purchasing a wall bed, so that is an additional cost to consider when budgeting.

Twin Wall Bed

The smallest size wall bed is the most affordable option costing around $1,750 on average. A twin wall bed fits easily in small apartments, condos, or bedrooms. This size fits a standard 39-by-75-inch mattress and makes a good option for a single sleeper.

Full

A full-size Murphy bed runs a little more expensive than a twin at around $2,500 on average. This size fits a standard 54-by-74-inch full-size mattress and allows a bit more room for a single sleeper to sleep comfortably.

Queen

At approximately $3,500 on average, a queen size wall bed works best for co-sleepers or people who like a lot of room to stretch out. This size wall bed provides a bit more luxurious sleeping conditions while still offering the benefits of wall or cabinet storage. A 60-by-80-inch queen size mattress fits on this bed.

King

King size Murphy beds are rarer but possible to find. These are the most expensive wall beds by far coming in at over $4,000 typically. This is an ideal size for co-sleepers who enjoy being able to take up their own space in the bed. A standard king size mattress is 76 by 80 inches and is better suited to large bedrooms or studio apartments with a long wall where this big bed can take up over 8 feet of wall space folded up.

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Wall Bed Cost Factors

Wall beds can fold up into different types of furniture with different functions. For example, it’s common for a Murphy bed to fold into a cabinet that has extra storage space for pillows, blankets, or other items. Some models also have built-in office furniture such as a desk or bookshelf so you can use your small spare bedroom for dual purposes: a home office and spare room for guests.

Other included amenities such as a clothing rod, a pull out tray for use as a side table, built-in electrical outlets for charging devices or powering a lamp, and built-in lighting may all be options depending on the furniture you buy, but these perks will likely increase the price of the bed overall.

A small, basic wall bed with none of these features can cost as little as $1,000, while models that have extra functions increase the price by multiple thousands.

Large wall beds that fit queen or king mattresses may take up an entire wall of the room by itself, especially if equipped with extra storage shelving. The most expensive pre-built wall beds often include an attached sofa that can be used as seating when the bed is folded up. These models range from $4,000 to $7,000.

Custom Murphy Bed Cost

A custom wall bed to uniquely fit your living space will likely cost more than a standard model. You may need to contact a specialty wall bed store to design the perfect furniture for your home as well as install it properly vs. hiring a separate handyperson for the installation. Custom-made murphy bed prices start at around $3,000 and go as high as $8,000 to $10,000+ based on the design, materials, size, included amenities, distance traveled for delivery, and difficulty to install.

DIY vs. Hire a Pro to Install a Wall Bed

While installing a Murphy bed on your own potentially reduces the overall financial cost, it can be pretty time-consuming. Expect to spend at least a day, potentially a weekend or more if you haven’t had much experience assembling complex furniture pieces.

If you purchase a wall bed from a retailer, you’ll need to follow the installation instructions that come with the bed. Components that need time and attention during installation include the mattress frame (the part that holds the mattress and flips down when in use) and the cabinet (where the bed will fold up and close when not in use). You will also have to safely attach the cabinet to a sturdy wall with wood studs, metal studs, or masonry. If you attach it to a brick or concrete wall, you’ll need to buy concrete screws.

Constructing a DIY Custom Wall Bed

It is possible to build your own wall bed from scratch if you’re particularly handy, know your way around woodworking tools, and have made other furniture before. However, this approach will take significantly more time and effort and have more potential room for error than purchasing a pre-designed wall bed from a furniture store. Expect to spend at least a full week building a wall bed yourself if you have prior experience.

Materials needed to build and install a wall bed yourself include:

  • Lumber

  • Screws

  • Bracket hardware

  • Safety gear

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Stain or paint and a paintbrush

The total cost of these materials vary depending on how big you want your wall bed to be and the price of lumber in your area at the time of construction. You’ll likely want to find a wall bed construction plan to follow for exact measurements and board sizes.

Hiring a professional furniture assemblyperson or hiring a handyperson gives you time back in your week and will ensure the job gets done correctly. These pros consider both safety and function to allow you to use your space as efficiently as possible.

FAQs

What is a wall bed?

Wall beds, as the name suggests, fold up into the wall or a cabinet to store out of the way when not in use. These beds are well-suited for apartments or homes with small bedrooms where space is limited.

How much does a wall bed weigh?

The weight of a murphy bed depends on the size of the bed and adjoining furniture pieces, with the lightest no-frills twin size beds weighing as little as 200 pounds and king size wall bed sets with storage furniture and shelving weighing as much as 1,000 pounds.

In terms of how much weight a wall bed can hold, once again depending on the size of the bed, the weight limit can be anywhere between 200—2,000 pounds. Sometimes, a manufacturer will charge extra shipping or delivery charges for furniture that weighs over a certain limit. Check the product details of the bed you’re considering buying for specific weight limits and dimensions of that model.

Do wall beds come with a mattress?

Typically no, when you order a wall bed from a furniture store, you will need to purchase the mattress separately. Keep this in mind when budgeting for your wall bed.

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