Q: How do I choose a good wall bed maker?
A: Deciding who makes the best wall bed for your needs can be a task, but the effort can be worthwhile. The best advice is find a business whose designs you like and one who you sense can be trusted, a company of integrity, one that stands behind its products. That requires some research. Look too for a company that uses solid wood facing, furniture-grade plywoods, reliable lift systems and environmentally correct materials and finishes. Watch out for formaldehydes and toxic glues. And avoid particle board.
Sonoma Woodcraft is known for its responsible sourcing, including the materials, mechanisms and hardware. Everything is finished with a conversion varnish, the same durable finish used on kitchen cabinetry and vanities. It's the perfect for thing for furniture that gets handled a lot, such as the moving parts of a wall bed. And, it's easily pigmented to any color, yet is low in VOCs -- those nasty Volatile Organic Compounds -- that some other finishes release. We like it too for its satin sheen, an almost rubbed effect.
Our craftsmanship is guaranteed for as long as you own the bed. The lift mechanisms -- much like the gas pistons used in the hatchback of cars -- enjoy a lifetime warranty as well.
The competition won’t tell you, but most manufacturers use single-wall construction in their cabinet sides, unlike Sonoma Woodcraft’s solid, double-walled sides. This makes for cabinets that are truly solid pieces of furniture. It helps conceal the mechanism from the outside, too.
Finally, make sure your wall bed is relatively easy to install. Spring lift systems can be complex and not user friendly. Sonoma Woodcraft provides written, illustrated instructions and phone support too, so it takes only a hour (two, max.) with its five-piece system. Or, if you request delivery, assembly and installation are free.