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Murphy Bed w/Folding Desk (Manchester)

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-24-2013 01:48 PM 4230 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.

Boookcases
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.

Color
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. www.wallbed.com Tell them WWBeds sent you.

Building Pictures
Part to the header
bookcase

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:
Click Here to watch a live view of the shop

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm





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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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Myjhong

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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.

-- IT IS FUN TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE ! ~ WALT DISNEY

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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.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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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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Myjhong

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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.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com 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 https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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

Very nice

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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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.

—www.sawblade.com

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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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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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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