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We are very pleased to welcome you to our blog.  Whether you call it a Murphy bed, a Wall bed, a hide-a-bed, a fold-away bed, or any other name, you can be sure to find the information you are looking for in these pages.

In this blog, you will learn about our products; how they are manufactured, how they are delivered to your home, what materials go into our products, and any changes or new features available.  You will also learn about Murphy bed history, Murphy bed mechanics, tools and equipment used to manufacture these products, other dual purpose products, and other items related to saving valuable space.  As we add to this page, you will find information on everything from CARB ratings to hardwood species.

We want to share our expertise in the field of space saving, not just Murphy beds, but in all aspects of saving space.  From time to time, we will feature products that we do not offer, but products that may benefit our customers.  We believe we can help you live better in the space you have by getting more out of your living space!

There is a lot to talk about and a lot to learn.  We hope to do a great deal of teaching, but we hope to learn some things as well.  At the bottom of this page, you will find an email address specifically dedicated to this blog.  At any time, feel free to email us with your comments, suggestions, questions, and opinions.  If you contact us, you can expect a quick and thorough response.  Our only request is that you keep it clean and keep it focused.

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"What Makes The Bedder Way Co.'s Delivery Service Different ?"

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Let’s face it; there are some very important things to consider when having a piece of furniture, like a Murphy bed, delivered.  

  1. How much will you be paying for delivery?

  2. Is this ”In-Home Delivery" available?

  3. What does delivery REALLY include?

A lot of our competitors have tried to “match” our delivery price.  The only problem is, they cannot match our service for that price.  If you just compare prices without looking at what you are getting, the price is the same.  However, when you look at what you are getting for your money, there is no comparison.  We have the lowest delivery rates for the highest level of service.

Let’s take a look at what The Bedder Way Co. offers versus some of our competitors.

The Bedder Way Co. – THRESHOLD/WHITE GLOVE IN HOME DELIVERY

  • $359 Flat Rate / $419 Flat Rate

  • IN-HOME DELIVERY (Threshold - first dry location) (White Glove - in your desired room unpackaged)

  • ALWAYS carried from the truck INTO your home – BY DELIVERY MEN

  • ALWAYS delivered by a Two Man delivery team

  • ALWAYS includes a pre-scheduled delivery appointment

Competitor #1 – STANDARD DELIVERY

  • $349 Flat Rate

  • CURBSIDE DELIVERY

  • Customer must have people at the home when the truck arrives

  • Delivery company cannot be counted on for help

  • Will leave pallet on the road and drive away

  • COST OF SIMILAR IN-HOME SERVICE = $449 ($150 HIGHER)

Competitor #2 – STANDARD DELIVERY

  • $389 Flat Rate

  • CURBSIDE DELIVERY

  • Customer is responsible for transporting Murphy bed inside the home

  • Can be up to 2 weeks faster than an upgraded service

  • COST OF SIMILAR IN-HOME SERVICE = $369 ($70 HIGHER)

Which level of service do you think should be standard?  In the past, we have used the same shipping companies our competitors currently use.  We looked for a better level of service, from a superior company, for less money.  We found them and we employ them to save you money, frustration, and back aches.  The truth is, we didn’t want our customers to do something we wouldn’t want our family members doing; carrying these large pieces of furniture from the curb and into the house.

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"Are Bedder Way Co. products made of Solid Wood?"

The most common question we are asked is, “Are Bedder Way Co. products made of solid wood?”  While this seems to be a very simple question, it has a very detailed and complex answer.  This is the single most important, yet confusing, aspect of furniture manufacturing.

First of all, to answer the question in its most basic sense, our products are built with a combination of solid wood and hardwood faced plywood.  There are certain parts that require each specific material for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include strength, durability, functionality, and stability.  This list should clarify where each material (solid wood or plywood) is beneficial.

SOLID WOOD HARDWOOD FACED PLYWOOD
- Platform Frame

- Bed Faces

- Decorative Moldings / Face Design - Bed Boxes
- Cabinet Doors - Cabinet Boxes
- Cabinet Face Frames - Header and Headboards

The bigger question is, “What is hardwood faced plywood?”  Plywood is just what it says it is; different plies of wood.  Plywood is made of varying numbers of real wood layers (veneers) glued to each other with some sort of adhesive.  There are different adhesives, and some are not good for you or the environment.  That is why the plywood we use has No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NUFA) and is California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase I and II compliant.

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The hardwood faced plywood we use has a real hardwood veneer on both exterior surfaces.  Hardwood veneer is a layer of real wood, cut directly from the log, which is applied to the outside layers of the center core.  There are various ways to cut this veneer from the logs and there are various levels of veneer grades.

Let’s be very clear about something, PLYWOOD IS NOT SOLID WOODAny company who is trying to sell you differently is not only misleading you and being very deceptive, they are in direct violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act: Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices.  Related Link

Plywood can also be classified as an ‘Engineered Wood’ product.  These can also be broken down into several categories.  One ‘Engineered Wood’ product that is very different from Plywood, but is often mistakenly called Plywood, is Particleboard (also known as ‘flakeboard’ or ‘chipboard’). Particleboard is very prone to expansion and discoloration due to moisture.  Particleboard also is prone to bend or sag with applied force over a span, its elastic modulus.

Some people ask us why we don’t use solid wood for everything.  The general assumption is that we do this simply for cost reasons.  However, there are actually several reasons and the least significant reason is cost.  It is my feeling that if the ‘old timers’ would have had the quality hardwood faced plywood we have now, they would have used it much more than solid wood.  Here’s why:

  • In order to get large panels of solid wood, panels large enough to make a Murphy bed face or side cabinet vertical, one has to run solid wood through a jointer, edge glue, and clamp it together.  These panels must then be run through a planer to get a flat surface to machine.  Although equipment is available to mass produce these edge glued panels, it is a time consuming operation and requires a major capital investment in machinery.

  • Moisture and temperature have a major affect on large solid wood panels.  In different environments, solid wood panels will ‘shrink’ or ‘swell’ with fluctuations in the surrounding humidity levels.  Over time, this ‘shrink’ or ‘swell’ will tend to bow, twist, warp, or check (crack) a large piece of solid wood.  As one man put it, “A piece of solid wood furniture built in Florida will react much differently when it arrives in Nevada.”

  • Plywood sheets large enough for the pieces we manufacture are readily available in many different wood species and veneer grades.  The same cannot be said for large solid wood panels.  We have a stable of suppliers that can provide a large quantity of plywood panels for us in short order.  If we were to order large solid wood panels, they would be custom made and there would be a significant lead time, not to mention the disclaimers for bowing, cracking, warping, checking, etc.

  • While some people enjoy the grain and color variation of solid wood panels, many people prefer the relative symmetry and book matched look of hardwood faced plywood. 

As you can see, making use of solid wood panels, real solid wood panels, is very difficult for the size of panels we require.  If it were easy to find large, straight, similarly grained pieces of solid wood with similar moisture content and uniform thickness, it would be easy to make solid wood pieces!

I hope this post has clarified some things for you.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, or any other questions about hardwood faced plywood or solid wood, please "Reply to this Blog Topic".  Thank you for considering The Bedder Way Co.!

 

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