Twin Murphy Bed

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Project by RickB posted 04-13-2011 04:41 PM 5118 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I’ve been working on this since last summer. Maybe June. I don’t remember, exactly. All I remember is buying all the lumber on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon.

So, here it is. Murphy bed #1 completed. I have two planned. We went with the two twins instead of the one queen because we think unmarried guests would be more uncomfortable sleeping together than married guests would be sleeping apart. I am glad we went that route, seeing how heavy this thing is. I would have never been able to get it up from the basement shop.

The room is so small that I could not get back far enough to get a picture of the whole thing.

The wood is red oak veneered plywood, red oak boards for the face frame and lacewood for the panels. The face frame design comes unashamedly from pictures that Chris Davis has posted here.

The future plan is murphy bed number two placed along the same wall. A skinny bookcase will also be installed between the beds. Probably a door on the bottom of that book case. Then we are unsure… maybe a bookcase on top of the whole kit and kaboodle, or maybe just topping it off with some crown molding. It took me 9 months to build one bed, I think I have plenty of time before we make that decision.


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#1 posted 04-13-2011 06:05 PM

Do those coat hooks act as the feet or do they flip down?

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 06:19 PM


The coat hooks are pulls used to extend the feet. The feet are pieces of oak which are something like 3” x 7” x 3/4”. The oak pieces flip up and are the actual legs/feet of the bed. When the bed is in the up position, the feet are flat against the face frame and the coat hooks can be used as coat hooks. This idea is not original with me, but was copied from a murphy bed I saw here at LJ.

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 09:22 PM

Great looking bed. I like the coat hook idea. Turned out very nice.

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