Mirrored Face Murphy Bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-04-2011 02:23 PM 9303 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a first for me. It is a Murphy bed with a mirrored face. It is the largest I have ever built. It is 10’ wide and 9’ tall. After getting the request from the customer I wanted to build it similar to my Ross, contempo, or Excalibur style where I move the feet to the edge. I was then going to make a mirror frame between those two trip pieces. The customer wanted it to look like one huge mirror frame, and I felt that I needed to incorporate the legs into the mirror frame. This meant I needed a mirror that was wider then 48”. I didn’t know how available or heavy that would be.

I ended up doing some research and making it work. I move the piston position to gain as much mechanical leverage as possible. Made the mirror frame extend to the edge and grooved it out with a 3/8” lip. I backed the mirror and frame with ½” oak plywood. Even though the ½” wasn’t seen I still used oak. I was afraid just some cheap import birch would warp and wouldn’t be supportive enough.

There is plenty of storage on this one. It has eight doors across the top, four on the bottom and a lots of adjustable shelves.

There was a lot of other pieces with this group and I’ll post them at another time. They include a couple 36” x 72” x 36” roll around cabinets, a 9’bookcase, a built in desk, and three other large cabinets.

Usually I post an archive page link with all the building pictures but this one spanned more than a month. I worked on it on and off during October 2010, November 2010, and December 2010.

Here are some videos of the build:

Rierson Murphy center
Rierson Uppers
Rierson Top
Rierson Top2
Rierson Base
wwbeds shop 11/12/10 03:17PM

Building pictures:
Framed out with bookcases
Lot's of doors on this project
Doors finished and ready for installation
installation at customer's house

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at or See what we are doing live:

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 02:33 PM

Aren’t the mirrors supposed to go on the ceiling? :D OK, that’s nice. Is this a bderoom, den, or what? I’m looking at alll the extra furniture you have mentioned. I like the stain, gives it a “ritzy” look. Thanks for sharing the project and the process of building.

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 02:41 PM

This is a studio used for dance and art. The client is an artist .

I also forgot to write about the finish. It was a dye stain (reddish brown mix), then Red Mahogany wiping stain followed by clear pre-cat. lacquer.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:05 PM

Impressive work Chris.


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#4 posted 01-04-2011 04:23 PM

Very Impressive, that thing is a monster!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 08:06 PM

Beautiful work as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 09:51 PM

Bed – a mirror, good idea))
Magnificent work.

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 10:16 PM

Always a pleasure to see a solution that’s more elegant than most! Very nice.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 02:59 PM

I’m back. Again, that is a beautiful work of art, to say the least. I’m thinking the large mirror was a challenge to get cut, delivered and installed.

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 04:29 PM

I had my mirror man cut it. I helped him set it in place with suction cups. Wasn’t too difficult. Delivery was a challange. It was heavy and upstairs.

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