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Project by Chris Davis posted 11-18-2017 05:15 PM 1812 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy Bed we just finished in September 2017 We call this one the Barn Door Murphy Bed We’ve built this on before in a Vertical (upright) version. See Vertical Version. This time we built it in the horizontal orientation, where the bed is turned sideways. We kept the overall standard queen vertical height of 90 1/4”, to use the full height bookcases on each side.
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These bookcases what we call a “buffet” style bookcase. We bring the bottom section out slightly so the customer is able to have a surface area to work on.  We also push the top section back to the normal 12 inch bookcase depth. On these bookcases, we put glass doors on the top half with a key lock and adjustable shelves on the inside. Another feature is the pull out drink tray or work surface that can be used with the sofa or when the bed is out. For the bottom half of the bookcases, we made smaller barn door with the adjustable shelves on the inside.

We did a lot of distressing on this murphy bed. We put in gouge marks, worm holes, burns and other wear that would normally occur on older furniture.The videos and pictures don’t give it justice. It is hard to capture that in pictures. This murphy bed has so much detail that it looks even better in person.

One of the great things about this sofa is you do not have to move the sofa frame to use the bed. Inside the sofa base, we added the optional storage. Great place put your extra linens.

The lights on the bed automatically come on when it begins to transition into the bed position. The bed is counterbalanced and will hover when partially open.  It is designed to have more weight when down and pull harder into the cabinet when closed.   We put a three stage touch dimmer in the middle of the headboard so you’ll have the low, medium, high levels for the lights. The lights are a new addition to the Horizontal versions.  

The upper bookcases fill the space between the bed, when closed and the normal height of a vertical Murphy bed. We put adjustable shelf in each section.

Wood Type: Maple

Finish: Custom Color Lacquer

Murphy Hardware: Queen Horizontal Tilt Murphy Hardware

Video of how it works

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For more building pictures see my Current Projects page wwbeds.com or I have 6000+ pictures divided by month in my Picture Archives.

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richardchaos

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 06:22 PM

Would hate to have to move that to the fourth floor!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 06:34 PM

Chris, this is so nice and attractive and must have been quite a challenge.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-18-2017 08:20 PM

Yes, those when I have to add the upper bookcases especially can be challenging. The hardest part on this was the distressing. It is hard to be intentionally random.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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#4 posted 11-18-2017 08:21 PM

Richard, I am glad we didn’t deliver this one. I have delivered many in condos and places that made it difficult.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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richardchaos

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#5 posted 11-18-2017 11:02 PM

Great job by the way… For BIG stuff i have made for myself I have always made them to break down into smaller parts.

I to find it humorous that we all make all this brand new shiny new furniture and beat it all up to make it look old! LOL!


Richard, I am glad we didn t deliver this one. I have delivered many in condos and places that made it difficult.

- Chris Davis

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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richardchaos

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#6 posted 11-18-2017 11:05 PM

I am curious Chris where are you take these pics? Do you have like a studio set up?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 11-18-2017 11:09 PM



I am curious Chris where are you take these pics? Do you have like a studio set up?

- richardchaos


I have a showroom. That is a back room that was a showroom it is now an area when I do the final assembly, take pictures and box. If you notice in some pictures you’ll see sheets of cardboard covering other projects, parts or just a mess. I’d like to one day build me a studio set to take my picture the lighting back there is bad the way the ceiling lights reflect off the finishes.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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#8 posted 11-19-2017 04:34 PM

Incredible transformation and magnificant colour. That is the beauty of woodworking, when you make something new and different from old used material…and you can repeat proces endlessly.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-20-2017 02:43 AM

great design very well done.this looks great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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