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Project by Chris Davis posted 04-02-2008 08:16 PM 12435 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy bed that I’ve built a few times now. This one was completed on March 17, 2008. We call it the Euro. It has a contemporary fell to it with it’s straight lines and neutral color. It is built from Maple wood with cherry accents on all edges. The bookcase house a pull out desk with a pull out keyboard tray. The door glass is a film that is applied to clear glass. This particular one the customer requested a custom height, so the top molding is a little smaller the normal. I have a lot of extra pictured on are archived on our web site

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 08:22 PM

Great looking bed. A real space saver.

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 08:26 PM

Very nice looking project

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 08:37 PM

I can picture this in my James Bond bachelor pad. At just the right moment, I sweep Pussy Galore off her feet and right onto the bed as it drops from the wall. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 08:44 PM

Nice looking furniture.

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 09:21 PM

Great looking bed. It is really nice to be able to get the bed out of the way when not in use. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 10:25 PM

Very nice looking bed. Great job.

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 03:44 AM

Hi Chris,

This is a nice looking piece of furniture.

Out of curiosity what is the largest bed that you can do this way?

thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 03:47 AM

looks great!!! i could have used this in my first apartment!!!

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 04:14 AM

That is very cool. I was looking to build one myself. Would you tell me where you bought the hardware?

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 11:03 AM

Not to hijack the thread, but in answer to the question where to buy the hardware…...

I have been looking at building one of these Murphy beds myself. Google it and you will find a lot of info…including Chris Davis’s site. The hardware is available in a number of places, and in a couple of different forms. Some use a spring spring box type, But I believe that Mr Davis uses the piston lift system. After looking at a lot of information I would say I like the piston system best…..bear in mind, I have never built one of these beds, ......yet.

Lee Valley carries both systems…....

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 01:36 PM

The largest one that I’ve built has been a king and a cal. king. I don’t advertise that I build these because they are not counter balanced like the twin, full, and queen sizes.
Here is an example of the Cal. King Cal King Murphy Bed

Here is a regular king
King Murphy Bed

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 01:45 PM

You asked where I get them. I use the piston lift design by create-a-bed. I sell the hardwear kit which includes: the cabinet locks that are controled by the legs, the leg hinges, pistons, piston mounting plates, pivot plates, bed stops, screws, paper instructions for both partical board and plywood construction, and a DVD. I sell it for $299 including shipping.

I did some research a few years ago when I started making Murphy beds and this system was the best and the most simple to build.
Murphy bed kit

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#13 posted 04-03-2008 01:52 PM

Toyguy was correct. I didn’t read his post before my last post. A few weeks I did an install on the spring system for a moving company and had the chance to examine the spring loaded system. It is a more complex system it took me about 4 times as long to install. I had to cut the customers base molding, the way create-a-bed has designed it you don’t have to do that. I can install mine in the customers house in under 30 min.

The set from Lee Valley is the exact same one I use.

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#14 posted 04-04-2008 06:32 AM

Chris, Nice job… I’m looking to make one for a neighbor. Since her ceiling height is a problem (basement room), are there any problems that you know of to engineer it to drop sideways for a full sized mattress?


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#15 posted 04-04-2008 02:11 PM

Tom, no that is not a problem at all. I’ve build 10 or so of the sideways versions. There is a whole set of plans for them. See this link on a write-up on one
Sideways Murphy Bed

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