Many of us dream of designing a home library. However, home libraries often require a lot of space. And many small apartment dwellers have to give up on the idea.
The good news is a Murphy bed provides the space-savings you need to create a home library even when square footage is tight, and even better — many of them come with storage space that can be used to keep books.
Here are the main types of Murphy beds that can become an addition to your home library:
Vertical. This is the standard Murphy bed design. In such models, the mattress is stored vertically against the wall and can be lowered down for sleep. Vertical Murphy beds often look like cabinets when folded. Many of them have storage shelves around the bed section, which makes them an excellent choice for home libraries.
Horizontal. These Murphy beds are mounted to the wall sideways. When unfolded, one of the longer sides of the mattress is next to the wall. Horizontal Murphy beds aren’t as tall as vertical models and, thus, allow for a bit less shelf space. At the same time, they are better suited for rooms with lower ceilings. This type may also come with bookshelves. However, if that’s not the case, you can add extra shelves over the Murphy bed, as there should be enough of the wall space left.
Cabinet. Cabinet Murphy beds hide folded mattresses inside. They are super compact and sometimes come with wheels for easier transportation. A cabinet Murphy bed can be a perfect option for those who plan to build their own bookshelves. In this case, readers can add more of those around the Murphy bed, as the cabinet type is rather space-saving.
Revolving. Also known as rotating, this type hides a vertical bed that rotates 180 degrees instead of folding. On one side, there can be an entertainment center or rows of bookshelves. On the other side, there’s the bed. Thus, this Murphy bed type can potentially offer lots of storage space for books. And the best part is, readers don’t need to take the books away to convert this furniture piece into a bed.
You can see now that it’s super easy to create a home library space using a Murphy bed, as many of them come with storage space and built-in shelves. The best way to add bookshelves is by making the Murphy bed a base. It’s easier to achieve a more seamless look if you get the same color shelves as the Murphy bed frame/cabinet.
Luckily, there are awesome Murphy beds that are made of solid wood and blend seamlessly with most bookshelves. The best part is, you can pick any style they want. Most Murphy beds can blend with the majority of modern styles, traditional interiors, and elegant setups.