There are two types of lift mechanisms used on Murphy Wall Beds, The spring-loaded type, which in most cases, is made in the Peoples Republic of China, and the Piston Lift Mechanism, which is American made. Both systems do what they are supposed to do, which is to assist in raising and lowering a wall bed.
1) The Piston-Lift Mechanism requires less space than the spring system.
2) The Piston-Lift Mechanism is 'counter-balanced' and is designed for daily use. The piston lift system is not subject to 'metal fatigue'.
3) The Piston-Lift Mechanism is self-adjusting, it does not need to be adjusted for mattress weight. (no need for adding or replacing springs over time.)
4) Pistons allow for a very smooth, silent, finger-light transition when raising and lowering the bed.
5) Our piston wall bed mechanisms are extremely durable and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
6) Our piston mechanism can lift any mattress up to 12 inches deep, and our beds can be ordered to accommodate a mattress up to 15 inches deep.
The Piston-Lift system is so reliable and maintenance-free, that it is used in almost every major hotel corporation in the world such as : The Hilton Hotels, The Hyatt Regency, Best Western, The Hampton Inn, Walt Disney World and The Walt Disney Land Resorts.
So, why do so many other wall bed manufacturers use springs??
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Bob Vila home advice: "unlike a spring mechanism, a piston mechanism experience much less fatigue and sagging." bobvila.com/articals/make-any-room-a-bedroom-with-a-murphy-bed/
Angie Super Service
"...if your looking to build a new Murphy bed, you will definitely choose pistons over springs. Gas pistons are much better and reliable, and you will have a more even pull on the bed." murphybedhq .
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The main reason why other manufacturers use the spring lift system, is due to the fact it requires far less wood and labor to make a wall bed, as it uses an inexpensive metal frame which comes in several pieces from China, then assembled by the builder. Many parts are used, and the mattress, instead of resting on a flat wood platform supported by a solid wood frame, rests on metal bars. These metal bars make indentations on the bottom of the mattress which could damage it, and the person using the bed may feel them.
Our piston system, on the other hand, uses a hand-made solid wood frame with a flat wood platform to support the mattress and the people sleeping on it.
(We are more interested in the long-term quality of our product than to save a few hours or dollars.) The cost of the piston and spring systems are the same, The extra cost in wood is only about $50.00
We think the extra cost and time in manufacturing is well worth the gain in the product's quality and it's longevity.