Our wall bed/murphy bed actually pulls down and up easily with one hand. You kind of need to try it to believe how light it is. I’m 5'2" and have no trouble handling the queen size bed solo. Straps keep the bedding and two pillows in place (multiple decorative pillows are not really an option with a murphy bed). It is surprisingly comfortable and the latex mattress has special venting which helps since it is folded up all day.
One added benefit with the way the bed was installed is, we can take our bed with us when we move! But I am hopeful that another like-minded small family will appreciate the creative use of our space and be happy to keep it. We aren’t the only crazy ones trying to live with less….are we??!!