Deciphering the Murphy Bed Mechanism Market

When you decide to add a Murphy Bed into your home, determining exactly what you want and where to find it can seem a daunting task. It is important to consider each aspect of a Murphy Bed individually, to ensure that the product you purchase is exactly what you are looking for. One of the first factors to take into consideration when determining what type of Murphy Bed is right for you is the mechanism used. The mechanism in a Murphy Bed is the most basic element of its construction, as the mechanism dictates nearly all of the facets of the bed’s structure. There are several different types of mechanisms, as well as a number of manufacturers producing beds for each type. The two main varieties of Murphy Bed mechanisms are spring mechanisms and piston mechanisms. Each style has unique qualities, and can be essential in your decision making process.

Spring Mechanisms

Spring mechanisms are part of the traditional Murphy Bed system. They usually consist of a heavy duty compressed steel spring system that may or may not be concealed within the frame of the Murphy Bed.

Integration into Cabinetry

When concealed within the framework of the Murphy Bed, the spring mechanism may require specialized cabinetry, such as bi-fold doors or cabinets, which can hinder the use of other storage pieces adjacent to the Murphy Bed.


Spring mechanisms are counter balanced, and enhance the ease of lowering and lifting your Murphy Bed. These springs may require adjustment after several years of use, as the springs can fatigue and stretch over time. This fatigue may lead to the Murphy Bed sagging out of the frame if not adjusted. The ability to adjust the mechanism does, however, give you the opportunity to dictate the level of tension in the springs, which is impossible in systems utilizing piston mechanisms.

Piston Mechanisms

The second main type of mechanism used in Murphy Bed systems is the piston mechanism. These pistons generally utilize either gas or air pressure in their function, and provide generous support when raising and lowering the Murphy Bed.


A benefit to choosing a Murphy Bed that operates with a piston mechanism is the use of a locking device. These locks keep the Murphy Bed securely inside of the cabinet when not in use and are a valuable safety feature. Murphy Bed systems that utilize piston mechanism experience a much lower possibility of fatigue and sagging, which significantly extends the longevity of the product.


These mechanisms require no adjustment, and are concealed within the frame of the Murphy Bed. Because pistons cannot be adjusted, however, proper installation is crucial to promote the longevity of the mechanism, as piston mechanisms cannot be adjusted once installed.

Determining which type of Murphy Bed mechanism is right for you and your home can seem a difficult task. It is important to take your time when deciding, and to explore all of the possible options, and we hope that the above information serves as a helpful resource in your decision process.