FINISHES

Choosing Your Materials

We provide our customers with a wide range of Real Wood Murphy Bed and Melamine Murphy bed selections. This is a choice most competitors do not offer. You will find that the vast majority of other murphy bed companies will only build their beds out of Melamine and not real wood.

Of course you might be asking yourself "What is the biggest difference between Real Wood and Melamine?" We find the biggest difference that catches our customers is "COST" and "APPEARANCE". As Melamine is cheaper material and does not consist of having to be stained or painted, the cost of the bed will be lower than real wood. As a leading manufacturer of Real Wood murphy beds, we take pride in offering quality construction and finish, providing you a piece of furniture that can be placed and seen in any room of your house.

When comparing with other companies, ask if the murphy bed is Real Wood or Melamine. Many of our competitors will use deceptive wording to confuse you and hide the word "melamine" when describing their products.  

Customer choosing their bed materials
Real wood sample pieces

Real Wood

Real wood murphy beds are our most popular product. They carry the quality and style that only real wood brings and match our customers' needs. We are one of the largest, if not the largest, real wood murphy bed manufactures in the United States. As a manufacturer we are able to offer our real wood murphy beds at pricing that others charge for melamine murphy beds. 

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Melamine sample pieces

Melamine

Because Melamine comes to us at a low cost and already with a color and texture (texture depends on color) it eliminates the need for finishing and labor when compared to real wood. Melamine Murphy beds are normally used in rooms that do not sit next to wood furniture and it has great durability for kid play rooms.

REAL WOOD

We offer two types of wood with our products:

Maple wood example

Maple

Maple is mainly used for furniture, paneling and mill work, kitchen cabinets, moldings, doors, musical instruments, and turnings. It can also be substituted for Cherry and Birch wood. Maple has a white and light tannish brown heartwood, with darker colored pith flecks. The wood is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform smooth texture. The wood of Maple trees is heavy, hard and strong. It has very good bending properties, with good crushing strength and shock resistance.

Red oak wood example

Red Oak

The Latin name for oak, Quercus, means "a fine tree." Oak wood have been key in America's industrial transformation: railroad ties, wheels, plows, looms, barrels and, of course, furniture and floors. The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture. The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. 

COMMON QUESTION: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OAK AND MAPLE?

Both woods are considered Hard Woods, so both are equally as strong as the other. The real difference is in the texture and appearance due to the grain. Maple is a smoother wood and will carry less grain appearance than Oak. Where Oak has more of a texture due to its grain, which makes the grain more visible. Customer typically choose the wood type that works for the style they are looking for OR that matches along with the wood used in other furniture in their room. If you would like to discuss more about the difference, please contact us.

OAK 

Oak Stain Colors:

At The Bedder Way Co., not only do we take great pride in providing a space saving solution, but also a beautiful, REAL WOOD furniture addition to your home as well. We hand select only the finest Oak and Maple wood for the construction of our murphy beds. We then utilize a 10-step finishing process to ensure your murphy bed has an attractive and durable finish.

Oak natural stain example

Natural***

Oak spice stain example

Spice

Oak golden oak example

Golden Oak

Oak hazelnut stain example

Hazelnut

Oak traditional cherry stain example

Traditional Cherry

Oak traditional mahogany stain example

Traditional Mahogany

Oak american walnut stain example

American Walnut

Oak espresso stain example

Espresso

Oak Paint Finishes:

When you pair an oak bed with a painted finish, you receive a clean and textured finish. The grain pattern will be shown in the finish like the preview below.  We also offer priming only to customers who want their beds ready to paint when they receive it.

Oak white paint example

White Paint

Oak grey paint example

Grey Paint

Oak black paint example

Black Paint

Oak Weathered Finishes:

Bedder Way is proud to introduce our Weathered Finishes. We not only strive to keep up with today's design trends but also to provide our customers with as many options as possible to fit the look they are wanting in their room. Below you will find three finishes that you can get on Oak, and on any real wood face design we offer (Melamine is not an option).

Oak weathered white example

Weathered White

Oak weathered black example

Weathered Black

Oak weathered grey example

Weathered Grey

Oak rustic grey example

Rustic Grey

**Please be aware that your computer's color settings and your printer's replication of colors may vary slightly from the actual stain sample colors, which should always be the guide in making your final selection. This is not intended to provide the exact color of our wood finishes..

*** Natural brings out the color in the wood. PLEASE NOTE: the color will vary across the bed project due to lighter and darker areas of the wood. (both Oak and Maple Wood). If you are looking for a consistent color, we recommend against a Natural finish. If you have any questions about the Natural finish, please ask us before ordering.

MAPLE 

Maple Stain Colors:

Maple natural stain example

Natural***

Maple spice stain example

Spice

Maple golden oak stain example

Golden Oak

Maple hazelnut stain example

Hazelnut

Maple traditional cherry stain example

Traditional Cherry

Maple traditional mahogany stain example

Traditional Mahogany

Maple american walnut stain example

American Walnut

Maple espresso stain example

Espresso

Maple Painted Finishes:

When you pair a maple bed with a painted finish, you receive a clean and smooth finish. The grain pattern will not be shown in the finish like the preview below.  We also offer priming only to customers who want their beds ready to paint when they receive it.

Oak white paint example

White Paint

Oak grey paint example

Grey Paint

Oak black paint example

Black Paint

MAPLE PAINT FINISHES

The most common material to be painted is maple wood. When you paint maple wood, you have a smooth and a no grain texture that really gives a modern look. As shown below, the paints will not show grain and will be smooth to the touch. We also offer priming only to customers who want their beds ready to paint when they receive it.

White Paint

Grey Paint

Black Paint

MAPLE WEATHERING FINISHES

Bedder Way is proud to introduce our Weathered Finishes. We not only strive to keep up with today's design trends but also to provide our customers with as many options as possible to fit the look they are wanting in their room. Below you will find three NEW finishes that you can get on either Oak or Maple Wood, and on any real wood face design we offer (Melamine is not an option).

Weathered White

Weathered Black

Weathered Grey

Rustic Grey

**Please be aware that your computer's color settings and your printer's replication of colors may vary slightly from the actual stain sample colors, which should always be the guide in making your final selection. This is not intended to provide the exact color of our wood finishes..

*** Natural brings out the color in the wood. PLEASE NOTE: the color will vary across the bed project due to lighter and darker areas of the wood. (both Oak and Maple Wood). If you are looking for a consistent color, we recommend against a Natural finish. If you have any questions about the Natural finish, please ask us before ordering.

UNFINISHED

We understand that we may not offer the paint color or stain color that you need to have the bed finished. You may want to put your own personal artistic touch to the finish. For these type of reasons we allow you to choose to have your murphy bed and any accompanying cabinetry unfinished.

A few tips to remember when you finish the bed:

  • MAKE SURE TO FINISH ALL PIECES BEFORE ASSEMBLING YOUR MURPHY BED - this allows for you to reach all areas.
  • If you are staining, make sure you lightly sand the bed before applying the stain. This will allow the grain to be more open to accept the stain.
  • If you are painting, make sure you apply a primer to the bare wood first. After priming, scuff the surface so that it is smooth and then apply your paint.
  • If you are trying to paint over an already finished surface; Scuff surface, apply primer, scuff until smooth, then apply your paint. Do not just apply paint to a lacquered surface, it needs a primer to bond to.
  • It's a good idea to tape up all handles and hardware (or remove them) before applying your finish.
  • If you have any questions, PLEASE ASK.
  • MELAMINE

    Because Melamine comes to us at a lower cost and already with a color and texture* (texture depends on color) it eliminates the need for finishing and labor verses wood. Melamine Murphy beds are normally purchased when used in a room that doesn't sit next to wood furniture and is great for the durability for kid play rooms.

    Classic white melamine sample

    Classic White

    Classic maple melamine example

    Classic Maple

    Classic chocolate melamine example

    Classic Chocolate

    Bourbon cherry melamine example

    Bourbon Cherry

    Common Material Questions

    Common material questions