I'm Stuck with a Murphy Bed: Ideas for Dressing It Up?

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Q: I am moving into my own place with a murphy bed. Originally the complex said I could have it removed, but now they can't. I want to get a nice memory foam mattress but I think the springs on the frame of a murphy bed would ruin it. Any ideas on how to dress it up when it's closed?

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I was hoping to just keep the murphy bed up vertically and put in a small low bed frame but was hoping you had some ideas to kind of dress it up. Would hanging stuff on it look good? Or trying to mask with a mirror, art, lights? I would love to make it look kind of intentional since I can't remove it, like I'm honoring the history of the building. Thank you for all your help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.