Murphy bed w/80" Hidden Desk.

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Project by Chris Davis posted 12-31-2014 05:23 PM 7216 views 21 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How do you hide a 80” desk? You fold it up and store it away. I call this one the New Yorker after the location that this one went to. This project was built in March 2014. The customer requested the desk for their Murphy bed for their small New York apartment be folded out be as long as possible.

Also since they had high ceilings we went up. Added a cabinet to the top. It is a total of 9’ tall. Because of the size of this we used a larger 5 1/4” crown for the top.

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Building innerframe
Testing the folding desk
closed up

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 06:54 PM

Excellent design…thanks. Just made a workstation for my Daughter’s studio, which has one high wall….she may want one of these for an afternoon nap….LOL.

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 07:08 PM

Excellent execution! An extra bed and desk for a small space is a Win-Win solution!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 01-01-2015 03:06 AM

That is really cool. My wife and I had already talked about building a murphy bed for our spare room.
what a great idea to hide a desk in it as well. Give her a place for art, and craft stuff.
Keep her away from my bench. Lol

-- John

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#4 posted 01-01-2015 04:31 AM

Where are the bed feet? Does it use the tubular foot that folds out from inside the bed?

I’m finally working on my second (queen size) bed. I should have pictures next weekend. I will be following up the bed with a shelf/drawer unit on each side within the following month. Too bad I have to have a real job instead of getting to do woodworking every day.

Your beds are great, please keep posting!

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 05:52 AM

Holy cow, this is an awesome build in so many ways. First, the craftsmanship is perfect, the functionality is amazing, and the use of space…I just can’t imagine how it could be better. I hope you don’t mind but I have saved this to my files. The wife and I have been going round and round about how to make a lower level bedroom into a sewing room for her as well. This is simply perfect. I would certainly pay if you had plans available. Thanks for sharing and solving a bit of a discussion (argument for the wife and I)

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 01:25 PM

outstanding work. I too am curious about how you did the feet for when the bed is down. I made one of these for the spare room that I do my finish work in. I got it to the point where it is functional bud i never finished it (for multiple reasons but in part because i want to do this “judges panel” front but couldnt figure out the feet).
thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 03:09 PM

Very nice piece of furniture.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 07:42 AM

Great job Chris – still figuring out how you did some of it. I wish I would have thought of this when I built our Murphy (the desk part in the front panel). Does the bed have enough support in that center section where you built the desk cut out/insert – seems like it would want to sag in there w/out the full cross beams.

Love the top cabinet too…

I thought at first glance (from the open desk) that all the desk supports folded back into the front panel, but I don’t see how the H legs do yet.

Very impressive – keep up the good work!

-- v/r, duna sends...

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