I am Ron McKey, the owner of FlyingBeds.com Inc. The following paragraphs are from my experience in the manufacturing of Murphy Beds/Wall Beds/FlyingBeds since 1981 in Denver, Colorado. I consider myself an authority in this unique industry.
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Q:Where did the name FlyingBeds come from?
A: It took me awhile to be convinced the Internet was for real. By 1994 all the clever names for Murphy Bed had been registered by geeks and freaks. I had thrown up a website that was ‘just for grins’ and had a purple background. I expected nothing, and for two years was rewarded with that result. But, then two clients found me from Houston and NYC. At the time I was doing a display booth in Denver for a three week show. During a lull in traffic on a Tuesday morning, I asked Bob next door about what I should name a website that showed my manufacture…. What did he think of the name “Falling Beds”. His short answer was, ‘That won’t fly’…….
Q: Why are your mechanisms
A: The lift mechanisms I have selected to use in making a bed disappear are from the world’s best manufacturers in this industry. Each is an international company. Headquarters in Italy, Germany and Minneapolis. Allow me this insight: Assume I am Boeing Aircraft Company. While I make the Airplane to my clients specification, I purchase my engines from Pratt Whitney, GE or Rolls Royce. I really don’t need to manufacture the parts another company specializes in….
Now, I’ve had many chances to build my own ‘right angle steel and screen door spring’ Murphy Bed. And it was tempting to simplify to Wall Bed standards and steal the gas piston from a Hatch Back Car. But, neither of those techniques for lifting a bed off the ground would make the planes I wanted to fly.
So, allow my answer to be: Because each manufacturer of that segment of Disappearing Beds is the acknowledged ‘Best Available’. I have associated myself with the elite of this industry. I’m not putting a ‘go-cart’ engine in my FlyingBeds.
Q: Okay…. How can I tell which lift mechanism/frame is best for me??>
A: Most important, don’t get sucked into those sites that are going to send you the lift mechanism and plans to build the ‘bedframe’ and surround cabinet. It is my experience no wooden framed Murphy Bed is going to have a long life of use. There is too much stress on the leverage points and the normal racking of a box 6.5 feet x 7 feet.
Skip over the guys that tell you what mattress has to be used. Ye Gawd, the purpose of a Murphy Bed is to hide a really comfortable sleep system. AND… is there some kind of foundation? A box spring or slat foundation to assist the mattress when little Johnny makes the bed his personal trampoline.
Ask if your 94 y.o. Granny could operate the bed alone.
Here is a way to weed out the 90% of the ‘wantabe’ crowd…. Ask if they put their name on the bed, and is there a serial number suggesting when the bed was manufactured.
Ask for an architectural rendering of the component and frame. It will be fun to listen to the excuses for not sending that… One manufacturer says on his website “It is really too bad our great furniture hides the super lift mechanism we use in our Murphy Bed. We wish we could show you”.
And finally…. You can ask about the warranty, but I remind you it means nothing if the company has sailed into the sunset. In the 33 years I have been representing the SICO company, I have seen over 56 ‘manufacturers’ of Murphy come and go. It is an easy industry to enter and work from a garage. All of them had over 20 year warranty/guarantees…. And a few comically said ‘Lifetime’.
Q:How can I compare all the different
Murphy Bed companies?
A: Ask what the weight lift capacity is of their mechanism.
The higher the better.
- Ask if you can use any mattress. If it has
to be theirs, or a foam mattress… forget it!
- Ask if your Grandmother could operate the bed without instructions.
- Ask for an architectural specification sheet
on component and dimension requirements.
Be ready to be shocked how many don’t have a professional outline
of either! And here is a real clincher…
- Ask if each of their mechanisms has a serial number, and
if the company that put that number on the frame
is who holds the product liability insurance.
How do you ship
A: We use Common
Carriers to deliver the system to a local terminal near you. Then it
can be delivered to your home by a local cartage company. Our cartons
are made of ¾” plywood screwed and steel banded with pallet runners. These
cartons are heavy, but they arrive without damage to the component furniture
inside. The furniture inside is fully assembled. We do not manufacture
KD/RTA furniture. In most cases, the entire shipment is only 4 to 6 pieces
that has already been assembled and tested at the factory before leaving.
Ask us about our new ReloCube Program
Q: What is your return policy?
A: We are a custom house in all facets of our operation. For that reason, we have a "no return" policy. Once your approval is given on finish and renderings we start work on making your FlyingBed perfect. On orders from Europe this policy is even more strict. I regret the harshness of this answer but it is only good business policy.
How hard is you system to install?
will take longer to unpackage and place the system in the room, than it
will take to assemble the system. The most difficult part of installation
is making sure you have securely attached the furniture surround to the
floor or wall. A good handyman can assemble normal systems with the
pictured outline we send with the FlyingBed.
Do you have electric
motor driven Murphy Beds?
A: We have two models in all sizes. The SICO Room Maker
can have an electric motor added to it’s compression coil lift mechanism. That is controlled by
a hardwired electric ‘rocker switch’.
How many design models do you
A: Our factory is set up to run only custom manufacture.
While we have models that are frequent in design theme and material selected,
we treat each order as a personal preference of your room’s personality
in purpose. We will ask you to approve a material and finish sample before
we start production of your Flying Bed. Because we are using the world’s
best Wall Bed mechanisms, it only makes sense
that we build only high quality furniture to hide that functional change.
Q: Do you deliver and install?
A: We offer installation on all our systems. 73% of our
systems are sent out of Colorado.
Most those systems elect to have a local handyman reassemble the Flying Bed. The
cost of our crew flying in and spending two nights in your city can become
prohibitive in cost justification. Instructions for a local handyman
are complete with 8 x 10” color photographs of the system fully assembled
in our factory. Reassembly is merely reversing the order of photographs
we took as we disassembled the system for shipping to you. All hardware
Q: Do you have stores or dealers outside of Denver?
A: Nope. There is only one Flying Bed operation
in the world. You can find many Murphy Bed operations, mostly in the Sun Belt. Most are strictly
residential in their focus. Little design capacity, limited operational
standards and most are limited to laminate and veneer production systems.
Q: Do you have a catalog?
A: Not any more. We aren't limited to what we think would be best for your room. You know which design theme and functional change purpose will be best for your room. Select features from the website models and combine those points to make a FlyingBed change your room's purpose. We don't have limits that you just point to and say 'ship that one'.... Sorry, we hate making the same thing 'over and over and over....'
Q: Delivery Service
A: Delivery and Freight is by ABF freight lines. This is a popular common carrier. After your shipment is shipped, you will receive a PRO number by email or fax. This will allow you to track the progress of your shipment to you. ABF will call you before they attempt delivery to your driveway. This is called ‘Curbside Service’. If you desire delivery and unpacking inside, we will quote you additional costs associated with this custom service. We will need to know physical layout (stairs, elevators, etc) for an accurate cost assignment for this service. If you miss the arrival of your FlyingBed, a second delivery will be arranged, but you will have to pay ABF an additional delivery charge for the return trip.
Notification of Delivery
ABF Trucking will notify you in advance of delivery to arrange a convenient time for you and their driver. If you are unable to receive the shipment within 5 business days of that contact, storage fees will be billed you on a daily rate.
Inspecting Your Delivery
Your FlyingBed is carefully crated in foam and plywood crates at our factory in Denver. The pictures we send you will demonstrate the shipment was perfect upon leaving the factory. All shipments are insured against damage…with one very big important qualification. Any damage caused from shipping must be noted on the delivery receipt or the insurance cannot be claimed. Any legal dispute resulting in damages from failure to comply with the Detailed Delivery Instructions will result in any dispute being held in the Courts of The City of Denver and the County of Denver, Colorado, where the freight originated from.
It is imperative that you make a claim of any damage or defect immediately upon delivery by noting the problem on ABF’s Bill of Lading.
Please verify the the correct number of crates were delivered and inspect your furniture carefully while the delivery person is still at your home, before signing your delivery Bill of Lading receipt. Your signature is your acknowledgement that your merchandise is satisfactory, complete and in order.
FlyingBeds of Denver and ABF freight lines will not accept any claims of damage if not noted on the Bill of Lading in front of the delivery person.
If you do not unpackage the crates because you do not have time, it is extremely important to note any dents, scuffs, punctures or damage to the crates on the Bill of Lading in Front of the Delivery Person.
When you do open the crate, and determine there indeed was internal damage, keep all packing material as is until an authorized inspector can come to your home to inspect the damage you found. The judgment of this independent service is final.
FlyingBeds will assist you in any damage caused after delivery and only charge actual material and direct labor for manufacture/remanufacture of the pieces required. This service will be invoiced and requested paid upon shipping to you.
FlyingBeds can not accept cancellations after placement of order and receipt of your deposit. Purchasing of raw material will have been made within two days of your order placement, and assignment for manufacture assigned. In extreme cases, we will place the completed system on the showroom floor for consignment sell. See note.
Returns and Refunds:
FlyingBeds of Denver is the world’s most unique manufacturer of Murphy Beds. We are 100% custom in design and each order is built to your requirements. We have no standard production that would allow us to Restock a system. For that reason, we have no Return or Refund policy. That is to say, the system is made to your specification and not a ‘shelf-item’ that can be easily sold again.
That being said, in extreme cases, we will take the system back for display on the showroom floor for sale as consignment. This offer is totally at our willingness to understand the reasoning for such a drastic action. This is limited to newly manufactured systems, and not meant for systems made 15 years ago to find a new home. The service charge will vary for this arrangement, and determined from actual costs incurred by FlyingBeds
You are invited to question any of this outline by calling Ron McKey, owner of FlyingBeds, direct at 720 840-6130.