PSA: If you are in the market for a Murphy bed and considering IKEA, stop! A quick Google search for Murphy beds may give the impression that the Swedish furniture company offers a selection of Murphy beds. Don't fall down the rabbit hole. IKEA doesn't sell Murphy beds. Sure, there are internet "hacks" out there that describe how to use an IKEA bed to DIY a Murphy bed, but IKEA doesn't have a comprehensive product line of ready-to-install real wood Murphy beds.
And do you really want to trust your sleep and safety to a cobbled-together particleboard hack?
Investing in Real Wood Beds
Purchasing a bed is an investment in your health. Sleep plays a critical role in good health and well-being. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, getting enough quality sleep helps safeguard your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. Taking the facts into consideration, DIY internet bed hacks don't make the cut.
Quality is king, but factors, such as ease of installation and affordability are also top considerations when purchasing a Murphy bed. The Lori Bed is 100 percent real wood, making it a Murphy bed that checks all the boxes. Here's a purchasing guide.
The Lori Bed is a Murphy bed, but it is not IKEA-type furniture. Let's face it, even if IKEA sold a ready-to-install Murphy bed similar to the Lori Bed, it couldn't rival the quality.
IKEA furniture is generally made from particleboard (aka sawdust and glue) with a laminate finish, which is simply a sheet of plastic glued on top of the sawdust panel, giving the material a finished look (often white). This kind of furniture is generally associated with college dorms and starter apartments, where you're really looking to furnish on a budget.
Additionally, IKEA has also had several high-profile recalls over the years that have called its quality control standards into question.
The Lori Bed is crafted from 100 percent real wood and manufactured, packaged, and shipped by a dedicated team right here in the USA. Each bed is made from cabinet-grade baltic birch plywood, ensuring its stability and durability. The company offers a range of pre-finished Lori's Wall Beds or an unfinished model that can be painted or stained to the color of your choosing.
Customer review for our real wood beds
As customer Romy Maloon states:
"I was surprised by how comfortable the bed platform is. I've been sleeping on Ikea junk for years and did not realize how good it feels to be on a solid wood frame. I recommend this bed as both a space-saving measure and a surprisingly comfortable piece of solid furniture. Love it!"
Installation & Support
One of the greatest advantages of choosing a Lori Bed is the ease of installation. Here is where the company's innovative and original design truly shines. Unlike the traditional Murphy bed, the Lori Bed has no mechanical aids for lifting and lowering the platform. This eliminates cumbersome and expensive metal spring mechanisms that make the bed difficult to assemble. Instead of using the force of springs or pistons, the Lori Bed can be lifted and lowered by hand using your and your lifting partner's strength. The system is both clever and simple.
It's not a struggle for anyone to install a Lori Bed thanks to its lack of a complicated spring mechanism. The company's printable step-by-step instructions make it easy to install in less time than it takes to go shopping for a mattress. They even offer an assembly video walk-through online. Plus, the company's responsive team can help with any questions you have during the assembly process.
Over the past ten years, Lori Beds has delighted thousands of customers. You won't be disappointed.
Bottom line: The team is committed to providing a great buying experience for every single customer.
Price is an important consideration in any major purchase. That is why Lori Beds built affordability into its mission statement. The first thing you'll find on the company's website is its declaration that "Murphy Beds shouldn't cost a fortune."
Unlike its counterparts on the market, the Lori Bed's design allows for high-quality at an economical price point. Forgoing outdated metal springs or pistons not only simplifies the design but also saves on the bottom line.
The creator of the bed, Lori Moore, found that designing out the metal lifting mechanism eliminates one of the biggest costs. Instead of using the force of springs or pistons, the Lori bed can be lifted and lowered by hand. And as a result of this nifty design, the company was able to pass those savings on to the customer.
Customer review for our real wood beds
As one satisfied customer, Nancy Stewart summed it up:
"We used the instructions we printed off the internet and within three hours we had it up (and down). This is a project that almost anyone can do. I am so excited to finally have something that can be put away when not needed and still look nice."
Quality, ease of installation, and affordability make the Lori Bed a smart buy. Unlike other furniture stores or online retailers, like IKEA or Wayfair, Lori Beds specializes in one well-made product. Its team of associates are true experts in the subject and can help with everything from determining the best bed to fit your space to helping with the installation.Did you learn a lot from this post about real wood beds?
Here are three more posts to read next:
- How to Choose a Murphy Bed Mattress
- The Difference Between a Lori Bed and a Traditional Murphy Bed
- Murphy Bed Guide: Can a Wall Bed Ruin a Mattress?
This post was first published in 2020, but it was updated in 2022 just for you.