Murphy Bed w/Folding Desk (Manchester)

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-24-2013 01:48 PM 6325 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hidden Murphy Wall Bed that folds up into the cabinet. Not only does the bed fold up but a desk was added to the front and it folds as well. (see more Murphy Beds with desk)

This bed was built in December 2012.

The trim that I added to the front dresses it up a little two. I call this version the Manchester.

24” bookcases were added to the side. They have adjustable shelves on the top and 3 drawer with a pull out drink tray on the bottom. The bookcase size overall, including crown is 82”h x 26 1/2”w x 14 1/2” deep.

The color a standard Espresso on maple wood. To achieve that we first dye the wood and then apply a Ebony stain by Minwax.

The mechanism was purchased at Create-a-bed. Tell them WWBeds sent you.

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 01:56 PM

Wwow, that is utilizing your space. Great looking work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 02:14 PM

Nice work! Is dying wood different from staining? What did you use for the dye?

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 02:25 PM

Great job.


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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 02:51 PM

The dye is a universal dye thinned down with somewhere around 100 parts thinner (very strong). It is spayed on with no wiping. It drys in a matter of seconds because of of the lacquer thinner. I usually keep two colors, brown and red, and mix them to achieve the correct shade on the base coat. I then use a wiping stain as normal over that.

I use it because it is real hard to achieve that dark color on maple with just a stain.

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 03:09 PM

Nice. The trim on the folding desk really makes it look nice when folded up.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 03:39 PM

Thank you!

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 05:07 PM

Super build as always ,this bed is very cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 06:05 PM

I have always wanted to build a murphy bed. excellent work

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 09:13 PM

Very nice

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 02:44 AM

I was planning a project similar to yours and now i have this post for additional reference – thxs for all the links

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 02:57 PM

Awesome! All the things I need in a bedroom is all in that one great piece of furniture.


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#12 posted 01-29-2013 01:27 AM

That is super elegant. I really like the desk incorporated in that. Very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 02-20-2014 02:15 PM

Oh I really like this! Nice job! I’m looking for someone to build me a Murphy bed that’s similar but
Very modern. I just posted a message about it.
Is that something you could do?

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