Manchester Murphy Bed with Desk | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 03-25-2011 02:46 PM 9050 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a modified version of my Manchester murphy bed. I added a fold down table to the face. This bed was completed in March 2011. It is made from maple with a clear coat finish.

I had the design for a while and came up with the concept for a customer using SketchUp. I’ve added desk to the face before that seemed like they were added. I’ve also built them to where they were not seen at all. This one is a cross between both of them. While it is not completely concealed, the trim does help it blind. If some art work was added to the leg, it would become even more obscure.

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 04:14 PM

Hi Chris, Good looking project, thanks for the post. I’ve seen these hardware kits before, and wanted to make one of these. Could you tell me what your total material cost were?

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 04:32 PM

I use about 4 sheets of 3/4”, 2 sheets of 1/4”, a little hardware, and then some poplar for inner frame. Email me and I’ll send you back a cut list.

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 05:29 PM

Very cool, I’ve been admiring these Murphy beds. Depending on how thick the fold out support for the desk is, you could perhaps cut a picture frame rabbet on it’s inner profile and and install art or a focal panel of fancy grain wood to make it look like hanging art when the bed is in the closed position.

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 05:32 PM

Another nice one Chris. I love how you always make you murphy beds have miltiple purposes. I love the concept of a murphy bed but alone it seems to be sort of a waste. When you add the things you do it just makes so much more sense.

There was a video posted on this site not long ago. You should give it a look. I am sure a guy like you could incorporate ideas like this in your projects.

You can check it out here.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 07:24 PM

This is an excellent design and did some fine work with it.
Very well done!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 07:31 PM

Thanks Rex. I have seen that. Don’t know where it must have been on that LJ post. I love how everything works so smoothly.

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 06:56 AM

What an innovative modification!

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 06:46 PM

Nice build Chris.


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