Wood Options For Your Wood Murphy Bed

When it comes to a wood Murphy Bed, there are plenty of options to choose from at Wilding Wallbeds. The products are built with real wood — hardwood and furniture grade ply.

Through a partnership with Sierra Forest Products, Wilding Wallbeds has created a seven-layered plywood that is designed specifically for wood Murphy Bed construction. This was done because a wood Murphy Bed, functions differently than most furniture. Therefore a wood Murphy Bed benefits from different material.

The majority of the parts in a wood Murphy Bed have to span longer distances while maintaining straightness and supporting a lot of weight.

How Does It Work?

Inside of the outside layers of hardwood veneer are two layers of Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) that keep the boards straight. Three internal layers are made of plywood with the grain criss-crossed for increased strength. Using this combination of MDF and plywood increases support and helps to protect against issues such as warping that may be caused by changes in the humidity. Remember, all of the wood used by Wilding Wallbeds is real, and it is sustainably sourced from woodlands that have been planted in the U.S. for growing lumber.

Here are the popular wood choices available through Wilding Wallbeds.

  • Oak
  • Alder
  • Knotty Alder
  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Rustic Cherry
  • African Mahogany

In addition, you may be able to request the following types species for your wood Murphy Bed.

  • Walnut
  • Pine
  • Quarter Sawn Oak
  • Other woods may be available

One of the great things about such a wide selection of wood options for your wood Murphy Bed is that every type of wood has unique traits. Such as color, weight, strength, etc. This is just one way that Wilding Wallbeds helps customers have exactly what they want in a wood Murphy Bed.

Here’s a look at what makes each type of wood unique. Hopefully, this will help you choose the wood that will best meet your needs.

Wood Murphy Bed Options


Oak is frequently used in the construction of hardwood furniture, flooring and barrels that are used for aging many types of wines and whiskeys. It is used for furniture and flooring because it is very dense, extremely tough and durable. The two types of oak that is used in furniture is red and white. Wilding Wallbeds uses red oak.

Oak’s distinctive amount of grain is what sets it apart from other woods. It’s easy to spot oak because of its long curvy patterns of darker and lighter rings and the tiny tick marks that are consistent throughout. When you order a wood Murphy Bed with Wilding Wallbeds, you’ll have the option to have your oak bed stained from the traditional tones to blonde, gray, brown or dark tones — with the wood grain still visible. The availability of oak, allows Wilding Wallbeds to offer this traditional wood as the most economical option.

Alder Wood

Alder wood is often used for construction of hardwood furniture and electric guitars. It is not as dense as oak or maple, but it is very durable. Alder wood is in the same family as birch. Alder grows in the west and birch in the east.

Alder wood is the most popular wood Murphy Bed choice offered by Wilding Wallbeds. There are a couple reasons people are so fond of the alder wood — a consistent tone, less prominent grain and the lack of knots. It is like a chameleon because of the way it will accept stain, making it look like other wood varieties but doesn’t cost as much. Alder is also less likely to have blowouts or chipping during the manufacturing process. It is also widely available, allowing for pricing at the low end of the scale.

Knotty Alder Wood

Knotty alder is the same as alder wood, but it has knots, cracks and other rustic marks. However, they don’t impact the structural integrity of your finished wood Murphy Bed. This type of wood is very popular. It has some personality to the beauty of alder wood and comes at the same price.

Maple Wood

Maple wood is used to manufacture hardwood furniture, bowling pins and alley lanes, pool cues and sometimes baseball bats. The reason maple is great for these products is because of the extreme density of the wood and tightness of the grain. It is durable, heavy and hard to dent — similar to oad, but with a much different appearance. Maple has the smallest amount of grain from the options carried by Wilding Wallbeds. It can easily be painted.

However, maple has the fewest amount finish options. This is because of the density of the wood and grain tightness. It will not accept some stains because it is not as porous. Wilding Wallbeds only offers the stains that will make maple look beautiful.

Cherry Wood

Cherry is a type of wood that is used to make things like furniture, paneling, doors, musical instruments and carvings. Cherry is known for the clean, straight grain and dark pockets of hardened sap. The color of cherry wood ranges from blonde to darker streaks of grain patterns. It is a hardwood that is less dense than oak and maple, but more than alder or mahogany. And cherry is absolutely gorgeous for a wood Murphy Bed.

Many people assume that cherry is going to be red because of the fruit. Chances are there will be some veins of red throughout the wood, but it has a wide spectrum of colors. Blonde is the most prominent. This is a great wood because it is easy to work with and works well for staining. This gives you an option to darken the wood and then add colors that will highlight the natural beauty of cherry wood.

Rustic Cherry Wood

Rustic cherry wood is the same as cherry but it contains knots, small cracks, dried sap pockets, and other marks. These markings do not impact the structural integrity of the finished product. It is great for highlighting natural features of the wood and is priced the same as cherry wood.

Mahogany Wood

Mahogany wood is used for things like hardwood furniture, musical instruments and phonograph record cartridges. It is great for instruments because it gives off a warm sound. Mahogany is harder and more durable than oak, but softer than maple. It is used in lots of decorative settings due to the elegance of the wood.

Mahogany is naturally dark and accepts stain quite well. But, what really makes mahogany unique is its grain. It has consistent marks or depressions like oak, but unlike oak, the grain pattern is straight and doesn’t loop or swirl. It is often used in settings that allow the grain to compliment the intricacy of the craftsmanship. Mahogany is priced similarly to cherry wood.

Now It’s Up To You

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what wood will fit your needs. If not, don’t worry! You can call Wilding Wallbeds for free samples of the stained woods you are interested in for your wood Murphy Bed. But, no matter what you choose, you’ll know you are getting the highest quality wood Murphy Bed made from real wood in America!