Ross Murphy Bed with Bookcase/Desk | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 11-05-2008 03:10 PM 21321 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Wall Bed that I’ve built before. It is called the Horizontal Ross. It was completed November 5, 2008 and features solid maple raised panel doors on the face of the bed.

I wanted to focus on the bookcase on this unit. This is a new design and features a fold down door. When the door comes down the leg flips around and back under for support. To accomplish this I first had to add a “desk top” onto the back side of the door. Since the door is a frame and panel style, the back was not flat enough for a work surface. I used a continuous hinge on the lower section where the door hinges, but used an institutional style hinge for the leg. The problem with the leg was it had to fold all the way around from the desk top to the desk bottom. The only way I found to do this was with this style hinge.

Another problem I had was how was I going to keep the door closed. Unlike my Smithsonian style, there was no room for an outside latch. I created a system for the leg so that it could go behind a pair of rollers, by doing this the door would stay closed (see picture below).

If you notice most of the time on my murphy beds the bookcase is shorter and shallower in depth than the bed itself. This is so the crown can terminate into the side of the bed. To have a large enough work surface on this one, the bookcase had to be higher than the bed, so I reversed the sizes. I made the bookcase deeper than the bed and terminated the beds crown into the side of the bookcase, which leads me to the last item to note, the crown. On the horizontal style beds, the top needs to be flat and finished out. It is lower and will be seen. If I took the standard crown and placed it under the top, it would be too bulky and seem out of place. I took the same 3 1/4” crown used on the bookcase, matched the angle and ripped off the top edge. This made the bed crown match the bookcase better.

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#1 posted 11-05-2008 03:35 PM

Looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 11-05-2008 04:03 PM


I really like this. What a great combination of ideas!

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#3 posted 11-05-2008 04:54 PM

Beautiful, great idea. Wow, what a shop!

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#4 posted 11-05-2008 10:52 PM

Very nice. I would like something like that for our guests. Most bring a laptop with them to stay in touch, plan out day trips, and upload photos as they go. So the desk is a fantastic addition. Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 11-05-2008 11:56 PM


I have noticed that I can purchase the Murphy bed mechanism from Rockler. They only offer a bookcase plan. Are other plans available?

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#6 posted 11-06-2008 12:38 AM

Nice work.

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#7 posted 11-06-2008 02:04 AM

it’s a great looking design, I really like it.

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#8 posted 11-06-2008 02:27 PM

I don’t know much about Rockler, but I would assume they would include the basic instructions. It looks like the version I use. I sell them and include the instructions for both partical board and plywood, a DVD, and a suppliment bookcase and a new face design. I’ll send you a message with more info.

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#9 posted 11-06-2008 03:41 PM

Very nice!!! Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 11-06-2008 06:26 PM

these are so wonderful. I love the multi-purposed design

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 06:17 PM

I like this murphy bed with a desk. My next project is to build a murphy bed for my 8 year old son. Do you sell plans for your beds?

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 06:28 PM

I don’t sell the plans. I’ll let you take a look at them just email me at

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