Sofa Murphy Bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 2009 days ago 5998 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed that was completed in February 2009, It is my standard Euro style with quite a few modifications. One of the new design features of this one is the sofa. This is a sofa that I designed to be placed in front of the bed when it is in the up position. When the bed is needed the cushions come off and the bed folds down between the arms.

Another feature of this bed is the sliding bookcases. These bookcases are designed to be above the sofa and in front of the bed when closed. When the bed is in used the bookcases slide out of the way. I used a standard by-pass door system and used both tracks rollers on each bookcase. This added stability and more strength to the unit.

The third feature is the inset bookcases. For the bookcase drawers on the side to work, I needed some space for the arms of the sofa. I needed about eight inches so I build a couple bookcases that were turned inward. This allowed me to have some extra space without wasting it.

Before I could even compete this one. I sold three more to a customer in the north east. These will be much simpler with no bookcases at all. Just the bed and leather match sofas. I’ll be posting those in about a month.

Here are some building pictures:
bed with sofa frame
Added the sliding bookcases
Sofa Arm
Attaching the sofa arm.

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#1 posted 2009 days ago

Very nice work, it is hard to make a really different style of murphy bed, but your showing some uniqueness here.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 2009 days ago

Hi Chris

Really like the sofa design! The sliding bookcase is a nice feature as well. Great job as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 2009 days ago

That’s pretty cool. You make a lot of beds :-)

Do you use off the shelf hinge kits?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#4 posted 2009 days ago

Yes, dsb1829 I use create-a-bed which I also sell the kits.

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#5 posted 2009 days ago

Nice work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 2008 days ago

Wow, I had to look at it several times to really appreciate all that is was. We have a little bedroom that it would really look good in. Great work.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#7 posted 2005 days ago

Funriture stores?... We don’t need no stinkin’ furniture stores, not as long as Chris is around. Lovely work, I am soooo envious!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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