9 Great Murphy Beds & Chest Beds At Affordable Prices

In Furniture by Morten Storgaard

In this post, we will try and guide you to find the best deals on Murphy beds.

Murphy beds have become very popular during the last couple of decades, and we have a lot of new vendors with better prices and deals!

Let’s dig in and take a look at some of the many great Murphy beds you can find online.

Online stores with Murphy beds

StorePrice rangeMurphy beds
Wayfair$-$$179
Expand Furniture$$-$$$35
Amazon$-$$$25
Home Square$-$$$105

5 Cheap Wall Beds We Have Found

Here are some of the beds we have found at the stores we list at the top of this post. We have looked at the prices for Murphy beds across a lot of stores online.

Many solutions are pretty pricey, so we have tried and find some of the cheaper models.

1) A Murphy Bed For Around $1,000 (incl. shipping)

This fine Murphy bed is the cheapest one we could find, and we also think it’s quite elegant and minimalistic.

It will fit an 11″ mattress, so no compromise here when we talk comfort!

Cheapest murphy bed online

We found it here for $1,100.

When you think about it, 1,100 dollars is pretty cheap, when the price includes shipping to your address in the U.S. or Canada.

A Murphy bed is heavy and hard to ship. The frame outside the bed frame and the piston system adds weight to the bed and it’s quite hard to load unto a truck manually. So it’s great to avoid having to move it and load it unto a truck or a trailer.

Here are some specs:

  • Full Size: Height: 82.5 inches, Width: 61 inches, Length: 90.5 inches
  • Queen Size: Height: 88.5 inches, Width: 66 inches, Length: 90.5 inches
  • Colors: Charcoal, Dark Brown, Pure White, Brown
  • Mattress maximum height: 11 inches (mattress not included)
  • Weight: 250 Lb
    (The average weight of a Murphy bed is 250- 560 lb so this is definitely on the lighter end of the scale.)

It’s a classic and beautiful Murphy bed made of manufactured wood in Canada. It has excellent ratings on the reviews of the store. We found over 400 reviews with an average rating of 4/5 stars.

Here you can see the bed in a typical bedroom setting.

another view on the same bed

Ideally, you want your room to have a ceiling height of around 100 inches but a little less can also work. If you don’t have a high enough ceiling you can go with the model below which is mounted sideways (horizontally).

If you want a more classic design there are also other good alternatives.

2) Affordable Horizontal Murphy Bed

This next bed is a little more expensive but still affordable. It costs $1,399, and again it includes shipping to any address in the States.

It comes with or without the shelving units on the side, which you can buy as add-ons.

It can also hold an 11″ mattress, so it can fit a good spring mattress or a high-quality foam mattress.

This model is mounted sideways and can, therefore, be ideal for a room with a lower ceiling. If you are in a low loft space or you have sloping walls this bed will typically be a good fit. The construction makes it possible to install it almost anywhere.

affordable murphy bed with sideways mount to wall

We found it here for $1,399.
(Note: Scroll down a little bit on the shop page to find it)

Here are some specs:

  • Twin Size: Height: 62 inches, Width: 84.6, Length: 61.8 inches 
  • Full Size: Height: 62 inches, Width: 84.6 inches, Length: 67 inches
  • Queen Size: Height: 62 inches, Width: 84.6 inches, Length: 69.6 inches
  • Colors: White and Light Oak.
  • Mattress maximum height: 11 inches (mattress not included)
  • Space from floor to underside of the bed: 8 inches
  • Weight: 253- 344 Lb

This bed come in a twin size as well as a queen size and a full-size design. So you can have either size you want. The weight goes up quite a bit when you reach the queen size so you need to mount it properly into the wall.

There are also several other designs at the store we link to above in case you are willing to pay a little extra.

3) White And Modern Design

This sweet white wall bed is also quite affordable.

It’s very well reviewed and comes in queen size as well as king size. It’s also available in a dark finish, and it has an 18” depth so you can fit a really nice mattress inside the bed frame.

We found it here at $1,289 incl. shipping.
(Note: Scroll down a little bit on the shop page to find it)

This model is also a great option. It has a strong and comfortable bottom and a nice and stylish foot you flip down when you lower the bed.

Here are some specs:

  • Full Size: Height: 88.9 inches, Width: 63.35 inches, Length: 20 inches
  • Queen Size: Height: 88.9 inches, Width: 69.4 inches, Length: 22.6 inches
  • Colors: White, Tuscany Brown.
  • Mattress maximum height: 10- 12 inches (mattress not included)
  • Weight: 364 lb.

This bed is very stylish and will look great in a small space.

4) This Bed Is Only $999

We found it here at $999 incl. shipping (!)

This is another model with sleek and stylish lines.

I really like the two colors and the finish of this design. I’m happy that the prices on these beds have finally come down. They used to cost at least $1,799 but the increasing demand has driven the prices down (I guess).

It also comes in grey and it can hold a 10” mattress.

Even though it’s a cheap model it can actually hold up to 1,000 pounds. So you can definitely use this daily and with your spouse. But for two persons you might consider the queen size version which is slightly bigger and offers a little more width.

5) Murphy Bed With A Closet

We found it here at $1,399 incl. shipping.

If you prefer to have the closet built into the bed system this is the option for you.

It looks really great when you fold the bed up and you can get it in several colors from white to dark grey.

The storage parts are actually included in the price so this is a pretty good deal when you consider how much you get: A Murphy bed, a closet, and shipping!

Chest Beds Are Great Too (And Cheaper!)

Chest beds are a little different from your standard Murphy bed.

They are built into a dresser-style type of furniture and this makes them even more compact than a regular wall bed.

These beds are really popular as guest beds and younger people will also often use them daily as their regular bed. They are a little cheaper than a regular Murphy bed and they are also easier to assemble as they don’t have to be mounted in the wall.

This model is only $869 including shipping.

The Chest beds start around $900 including shipping to your doorstep. If you are not too fond of installing a Murphy bed (it require the presence of two persons and some tools) you might be happy to hear that a Chest bed is much easier to assemble.

The main difference between the different chest bed models is how the exterior finish is made. Some are more white and modern while other models are more rustic or classic cabin-style designs.

We prefer modern and clean designs but if you click over to the stores below the models you will see a lot of different designs as well.

There are other cool chest bed designs like this one which is more like a queen size chest bed.

Chest bed system explained

We found this model at the best price here.

The bed system comes with a foam mattress ready to be installed. That’s a great thing about the Chest beds. You don’t have to go out and invest in a mattress after you acquired one of these beds.

This makes it different from the Murphy beds where you will have to find a mattress that matches the style and dimensions.

Tip
Read our tips for finding a mattress that will work with a Murphy bed. Not all mattresses work with wall beds and there are some things you need to consider before you get a mattress.

How Much Do Chest Beds Cost?

Chest beds typically cost around $850 – $1.400. The price depends on the size of the bed frame and how durable and strong materials the manufacturer has used for the construction. A twin size chest will typically cost less than a full size or a queen size bed.

We have found some of the cheapest Chest beds and they start at around $850.

You can see the different models when you click over to the stores by following the links below the pictures. The systems can be used on an everyday basis but people normally buy the Chest beds as a guest bed.

How Do The Chest Beds Work?

The chest bed designs are quite similar when it comes to how they function.

The mattress of the chest bed is folded in three layers inside the chest. When you open the chest you can pull out the lower part of the cabinet. The sliding part has wheels mounted in order for the system to slide out seamlessly.

Here’s how you open the chest bed system:

  1. Pull out the three-tier telescope bottom drawer using the handle
  2. Open the top lid
  3. Release the safety latches on each side
  4. Lower the front panel
  5. Lift the handles mounted on the inner panel
  6. Unfold the mattress on top of the panel
  7. Put the pillow and comforter on top of the mattress

They are VERY easy to operate and they don’t require much force. Even a child can open a chest bed.

When the bed is folded into the chest piece you can store pillows and comforters inside the bottom drawer.

They are the perfect solution for a guest room or if you want to store an extra bed inside your living room or in your studio apartment. When you place a vase or a something similar on top of the chest piece you don’t think that this is actually a hidden bed.

Build your own Murphy bed

If you are up for the challenge of building your own Murphy bed, we are currently working on a website to help you get a good result.

The website is called MurphyBedHQ.com, and it contains lots of information on how to go about building a bespoke solution.

We have chosen to build our own Murphy bed which we sleep in every night, and we absolutely love it. It transforms our bedroom into an office every day.

Building your own bed is the best way to get a cheap Murphy bed, but it’s a little complicated, so we suggest following a plan – unless you have good carpentering skills.

We have put up a Murphy bed plan for a plain and simple bed.

>> Find it here + a link to a good Murphy bed kit we can recommend.

It’s important to use professional hardware for the system, to avoid any injury or accidents. Especially if you have kids running around in the house during the day.

murphy-bed-closed

We used a piston system for our bed (as you can see below). You can also get spring systems, and no matter what you choose, you should expect it to loose tension over the years.

So you might want to change pistons/springs after 8-10 years.

Get the plan for our Murphy bed with storage

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, we have built our own Murphy bed. We did so in order to get a model with extra height and storage behind the bed (and below).

Here you can see the bed in folded-up position. Below the bed, we have storage for a couple of guitars and folding chairs.

This bed is higher than normal Murphy beds. We don’t like sleeping close to the floor, so we chose to raise it.

Here’s a picture of the open bed:

Murphy-bed-open

Below you can see the closet we build beside the bed. It holds all our clothes and utilizes the space below the ceiling.

We have mounted straps on the bed, so we can strap the comforter and pillows to the bed, in order to get it up quickly in the morning.

Closet-inside-for-storage

We have tried to utilize every inch for storage. The upholstered headboard can be folded down, and here we store Maria’s sewing machine and my old trumpet, which I rarely use :)

We have also installed lights on each side, and when the headboard is in an upright position it creates a very cozy atmosphere.

We are currently working on an instruction plan for this design, and it will be available on our new website: Murphybedhq.com.

You can also choose to hide your bed on a sofa during the day.

If you are willing to spend a little more…

There are many models on the market, and if you are willing to spend the extra bucks, you can get some very stylish Wall beds with e.g bookshelves in front.

Or what about a sofa during the day:

murphy-beds-bookcase

The models above are from this store (with free shipping).

We also have a post here on cheap space saving furniture. A lot of the great designs are too expensive, so we tried to gather all the best bargains we have come across online!

How Much Do Murphy Beds Cost?

Murphy beds cost from around 1,000 dollars and up to over 6,000 for the very expensive models. This price will typically include shipping to your doorstep. The cheapest models are basic queen size or twin size models.

The price goes up as you add more features to the bed like:

  • A sofa on the front
  • Shelves on the front: 
  • Cabinets on the side: 
  • A desk on the front: 
  • A dining table on the front: 
  • A Murphy bed bunk bed system

The price really depends on what you want. If you have the skills to modify and adjust the bed design yourself you will probably get the best price if you buy a basic design and attach a table etc. on the front yourself.

It’s not that hard to mount a desk on the front and if you are well-skilled in the art of carpentry you might even be able to mount a sofa on the front of the Murphy bed system yourself.

We recommend shopping at one of the stores we list above. This is where we have found the best prices online.

Cheap Alternatives To Murphy Beds

We have written a long and helpful article on every thinkable bed solution for small spaces. In this article, you can find over 30 creative beds for tiny spaces like a studio apartment.

This include:

  • Sleeping lofts
  • Beds that can slide under a raised floor
  • Beds and tables in one
  • Free-standing mezzanine solutions
  • Ottoman beds
  • Bed and sofas in one
  • Etc.

When you take all these different space saving bed ideas into account you will typically find the best and most ideal solutions for your space.