A Pair of Chalkboard Beds | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 05-24-2008 11:41 PM 4679 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of beds that were competed on 5-18-2008. They are built for two boys that shared the same room. These Murphy beds are built with a chalkboard and corkboard front and the beds are separated by a 24” bookcase with drawer and shelves behind a door. A drink try has also been added between the door and the drawers.

This is basically a Murphy bed with a flat face, which I call the Alpine. I painted the lower section with a chalkboard paint that can be purchased at any home store. On the upper section I used contact cement to attach a roll of corkboard material and then built a frame around that. I also added a chalk tray which I milled out of solid maple with a fluting bit.

Sources for material:
Chalkboard Paint: Lowes
Corkboard roll: Hobby Lobby
Lumber: Hogan Hardwoods

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#1 posted 05-25-2008 01:39 AM

great beds! what holds the lower part of the bed when it is open? couldn’t see folding legs there in the photos. is it suspended?

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#2 posted 05-25-2008 02:45 AM

thats a cool idea. i bet whoever’s getting those will love it. thanks for the post!

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#3 posted 05-25-2008 03:13 AM

Very nice design. Are there support legs that help support the beds when they are down?

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#4 posted 05-25-2008 03:25 AM

Looks like a great space-saving solution for a home schooling family. Thanks for sharing all the construction details!

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#5 posted 05-25-2008 12:45 PM

This is another nice project, Chris. The idea of putting a chalkboard on these was a great idea!!!

Well done.

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#6 posted 05-25-2008 03:11 PM

Moshel and woodup, There are support legs. They are the 7” x 3” block in the center of the corkboard. They also work the locking mechanism.

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#7 posted 05-25-2008 08:41 PM

Those are pretty cool… I bet those boys like that chalkboard

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