DTRMoi asks: What perfect timing. We just purchased a home where one bedroom has a Murphy bed. It’s on the longest wall of the guest bedroom. It absolutely consumes the room. Should it stay (and should I find some way to neutralize the massive wall of white cabinetry) or should it go? For now, we just shut the door and pretend it’s not there.
Annie replies: I think that you have already made your decision! The only reasons to keep it is if you need the extra bed and the room cannot accommodate a regular bed. If you need the space and the bed, then you can certainly do some things to minimize the impact of the massive white cabinet. But I think it will be more of a hassle than just getting the thing out of there. I would list it on Craigslist and take the money to refinish that room the way you want to, and splurge on some new bed linens that you love.