Murphy bed with hidden desk| Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 07-27-2016 09:17 PM 2204 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not only did we hide the desk but we hid bed. This is a new murphy bed, hot out of the finish shop, that was completed in July 2016. What sets this apart from other Murphy bed with desk add to the face, is the desk, when closed, is hidden and blends in with the doors. See video below to watch it disappear!

This is a custom unit that was built specifically for a client. Because of some obstructing access panels along the wall they wanted to have the bookcases on one side and have them a specific size. The backs will be cut out to fit around the panels and allow access. To make this an even more custom piece we also matched the customer’s existing color and hardware. (see match)

The face style is called “The Christy” (I named it after the first client, I built it for) It has almost a shaker look to it but can be more modern depending on the finish the customer chooses.

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Here is a quick video demonstrating how it works:


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 09:51 PM

I like this, nicely done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 10:42 PM

I’m sorry, but you have to figure a better way to secure your desks. Those latches are horrendous.
Somehow you have to find some better hardware that doesn’t show. Just my opinion, don’t mean much.
Other than that it’s nice.

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 11:07 PM

Really slick with the desk hidden.

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

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 01:04 PM

jbay, I have not had any problems with failure in the past. The way they are tapered on the slide, they will not fail to hold it closed. The only problem I have with them is sometimes the stop lever will be bad and when it slides open, it goes too far.

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 01:22 PM

I think jbay’s objection was one of aesthetics, not function.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 01:32 PM

Here’s a dumb-ish question – how does the mattress stay in place when you fold it up? Is it strapped down? I’ve always thought the idea of a murphy bed was cool, but I’ve never been around one in person. I would have to agree with jbay, I think the latches that hold the desk detract from the appearance, but otherwise, SUPER NICE design. This really makes use of a small room in many ways. Great work!! It looks really well-built.

Something like this,

or maybe this?

-- Pete

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#7 posted 07-28-2016 02:41 PM

Chris, I hope your taking this as constructive criticism. I have to tell you I admire and envy the niche you have created with all of these beds you build. The only thing is every time I see these nice pieces of furniture with gate latches on the front it drives me crazy.

One idea would be to rout them in from the back and slot the front with just a small knob.

Another would be to make your own slide. (You can patent this if you like)

I’m getting started on my 2nd Murphy bed and will be ordering the Alpha Mechanism from your site WWBeds.

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#8 posted 07-28-2016 04:06 PM

Outstanding work! What a great design.

-- PaulMayer,

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#9 posted 07-28-2016 04:37 PM

wow!! what an awesome build! great job

-- Jeff Midlothian. Texas.

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#10 posted 07-28-2016 08:23 PM

This is really amazing work! I’ve been trying to convince the LOML that a Murphy bed or two would be great for our guest rooms. This might do the trick!

-- Adam,

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#11 posted 07-28-2016 08:38 PM

PPK, there are elastic straps to hold the mattress in. Not a lot to keep it in. Just enough when you first pull it out, then gravity hold it in place.

jbay, that is very interesting. I’ll have the study that more. I like the idea of how clean it looks. Thanks!

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#12 posted 07-28-2016 09:01 PM

Here is another latch that might work. Just recess it in and drill a small hole for an allan wrench.
Although a little more inconvenient to use the allan wrench, you could add a little knob onto the wrench end.
This would leave just a small hole opening in the panel.

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