Twin Shaker Murphy Bed (with hidden desk)

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Project by Chris Davis posted 06-11-2013 12:33 PM 6268 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first twin size Murphy bed that I’ve built with a desk incorporated in it, Murphy Desk Bed. It is a shaker style with its simple, clean lines.

Wood Type: Maple

Finish: Special Walnut stain from Minwax with protective finish (Pre-Cat Lacquer)

Hardware: Create-a-bed Murphy Bed Mechanism

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 01:35 PM

Very interesting. Nicely done, for sure

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

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 01:38 PM

Very neat idea to incorporate a desk into the Murphy Bed design. I like it. You do very nice work and your choice of wood and finishing is great. Well done!

Question: Isn’t the mechanism in your manufacturer’s link way over priced at $299?
Those gas shocks are readily available for roughly $20/ea. at Autozone. That leaves ~$260 for a couple of latches, two bushings/bearings, and two pair of mounting plates for those two shocks. What other methods have you used to mitigate the high cost of this type of mechanism? And I know that OEM is even much higher than the above.

I checked out your other projects and am quite impressed with your work.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 03:08 PM

Nice job, nice woodgrain and well crafted. Congrats !



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#4 posted 06-11-2013 03:39 PM

It’s a real nice design and well executed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 10:58 PM

Now that’s clever. Thanks for sharing :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 11:54 PM

I’ve seen people piece parts together, but it didn’t seem to save much money especially when you figure in time. I guess as many as I do, if I invested some time in R and D I may be able to save some money in the long run. I have kind of thought about it, but having all the plates made it seem to still be worth ordering from Create-a-bed.

I’ve looked at other, but as you said they are even higher, and CAB is easy to use. Thinks Horizontal Mike for the comments.

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 11:56 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments.

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 12:28 AM

Clever, functional, and exceptional workmanship! Thanks for sharing your project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 04:33 AM

I really like the design of it, that you came up with. Great job

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 08:11 AM

Great job, I love this design… Blondie and will be buying this kit from you once the contruction on the front of the house is done, were so close. Will the lift system support a Queen size Tempur-Pedic matress? That is the kind of matress we would like to put in the guest room. We have one and we feel its one of the best out there and worth every dime. After all we spend almost a 1/3 of our lives in the bedroom. Love your work and always look fwd to seeing more….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Chris Davis

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 11:34 AM

I’ve heard on other Wall Bed website that they done recommend the Tempur-Pedic mattresses because of how they are made. I’ve had that style mattress on display, in a murphy bed for over 6 months and there is never any sagging when it is up.

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 02:20 PM

Thanks Chris thats good info. I never really thought about it and the effects of being stowed. Talk to you soon.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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