Wall beds are fairly easy for the average consumer to open and shut, though the gas pistons of a wall bed require a little more strength to operate than the spring lift mechanism of a Murphy bed. Actual force varies based on the size of the bed and weight of the doors and mattress, however most individuals can operate these with little difficulty.
While you need not be a bodybuilder to operate, persons with dexterity issues or who could not readily reach the handle may find operating a wall bed more difficult. For this reason, the assembly instructions state, "Two people may be required to open and close the bed." Exact heights vary by model but handles/handle moldings may be upwards of 45" high. The transition between positions is very smooth; the bed does not move quickly, but the user must keep ahold of the frame when opening or closing it, and the assistance of a second person may be helpful or necessary for some individuals. Additionally, there are potential pinch points where the bed folds into the frame, and children should not be allowed to maneuver the wall bed.