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How to Troubleshoot Common Issues with Murphy Bed Hardware

At WWBeds Custom Furniture, we understand that even the highest quality Murphy bed hardware may encounter occasional issues over time. Whether you've recently installed a new Murphy bed or have been enjoying yours for years, it's essential to know how to troubleshoot common hardware problems to ensure smooth operation and longevity. Here are some tips for troubleshooting common issues with hardware for Murphy beds.

1. Difficulty Opening or Closing

If you're having trouble operating your Murphy bed, examine for any obstacles or debris that might impede the mechanism. Remove any items blocking the bed's movement, like furniture, curtains, or bedding. If the issue persists, inspect the hardware for indications of wear or damage, such as loose screws or misalignment. Tighten any loose hardware and apply a silicone-based lubricant to moving parts to enhance performance.

2. Sagging or Misaligned Bed Frame

A sagging or misaligned bed frame is common with Murphy beds, especially over time. If your bed frame is sagging or misaligned, it may be due to loose or worn hardware. Check the screws and bolts that secure the bed frame to the wall, as well as any support brackets or hinges. Tighten any loose hardware and replace any damaged or worn components as needed. Additionally, consider installing additional support brackets or reinforcing the bed frame with additional hardware to prevent further sagging or misalignment.

3. Sticking or Binding Mechanism

The Murphy bed mechanism can stick or bind due to various factors, including dirt, debris, or improper installation. To address this problem:

1.      Meticulously clean the mechanism using a soft brush or cloth to eliminate any dirt or debris causing the issue.

2.      Inspect the hardware for any indications of rust or corrosion, as these can lead to sticking or binding.

3.      If necessary, apply a rust inhibitor to prevent further corrosion and ensure smooth operation of the mechanism.

4. Noisy Operation

If your Murphy bed makes unusual noises during operation, it may be due to loose or worn hardware, misaligned components, or insufficient lubrication. Inspect the hardware for any signs of wear or damage, such as loose screws, worn hinges, or damaged rollers. Tighten any loose hardware and replace any worn or damaged components as needed. Additionally, lubricate moving parts with a silicone-based lubricant to reduce friction and noise during operation.

5. Difficulty Lifting or Lowering

If you're having difficulty raising or lowering the Murphy bed, it could signal wear or damage to the springs or counterbalance mechanism. Examine these parts for signs of wear or damage, like broken or stretched springs, damaged cables, or worn pulleys. Replace any worn or damaged components as necessary and adjust the spring tension to ensure the bed mechanism operates smoothly. If you're unsure how to adjust the spring tension, refer to the manufacturer's instructions or seek professional assistance.


Ensuring smooth operation and durability of Murphy beds involves troubleshooting common hardware issues. By following these tips, you can identify and address common hardware problems, including difficulty opening or closing, sagging or misaligned bed frames, sticking or binding mechanisms, noisy operation, and challenges lifting or lowering the bed. If you encounter any issues you cannot resolve on your own, don't hesitate to contact the manufacturer or seek professional assistance. At WWBeds Custom Furniture, we're committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and exceptional service so you can enjoy your Murphy bed for years.


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