|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 09-04-2010 04:21 PM||4831 views||12 times favorited||12 comments|
We are expecting our first child. This means the nursery is going to be where currently our spare bedroom is. I hated to lose the spare bed for visitors (as we live on the coast of NC and we now may have grandparents visiting more often). So… Murphy bed to the rescue! As you can see, it turned into a Murphy bed “complex”. This Murphy bed is in our computer / craft / “catch-all” room.
I bought the murphy bed hardware kit Rockler (brand is Create-A-Bed). I love it. It is effortless to operate. It also appears to be very strong (had 3 adults sitting/reclining on it last night watching Knight Rider on hulu.com)
My artistic challenge was to “hide” the feet into the design as I do not care for the 3×7” feet with drawer pull hardware sitting at eye level on the wall. I decided on a dentil molding type design to disguise them.
The bed is made from plywood and some poplar in critical stress areas as prescribed by the plans. I used 1 sided pre-finished birch plywood that is seen when the bed is down. All other surfaces are painted white to match melamine craft cabinets already in the room. I thought a mirror would be a good way to fill up landscape. I used ribbed trim from Lowes for trim and the mirror “frame”.
Another feature I wanted to incorporate into the “complex” was a fold away ironing board. I had seen those things at Lowes and Home Depot and thought they were cool, but certainly wasn’t going to spring for one for $160. So I took some measurements and bought (2) 3.5” door hinges and a small sheet of aluminum (heat shield). For the rest of the sheet goods I was able to use scrap. I did go back to Lowes and get the timer/outlet/light electrical box to hopefully prevent an accidental fire. If there is interest, I could do a blog post of the folding ironing board build sequence and measurements. UPDATE: Here is the build blog
Another neat feature is that the top “drawer” is actually a pull out night stand for guests to put their glasses, watches, phones, etc… I threw a 6 foot rope light and a dimmer switch in just to show off.
Anyway, I hope you guys like it. Even if you don’t, my wife likes it, and that’s all that matters. Now back to the crib project.
-- Jeff, North Carolina