Murphy Bed

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Project by TroyJ12 posted 11-01-2013 02:13 PM 1752 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Murphy Bed creation.

My wife decided that we needed more room in our master bedroom and the only solution was to remove our desk, but where should we put it? Well the only room that isnt always used is the spare bedroom, so “light bulb” I thought I can build a Murphy Bed with a hidden Desk like I have seen here on lumberjocks, on Chris Davis’s page.

I started planning this about 6 months ago and ordered the create-a-bed kit with all of the hardware and plans. The plans were great for giving me the overall dimensions of the pieces. Then I set out on this adventure. I altered the design so that I would be able to disassemble the bed in the future if and when we have to move and also to accommodate a hidden desk. Additionally this was going to have to make a tight turn to get up the stairs so I didn’t want it overly heavy. I made the face of the bed in 5 separate pieces (the two panels on either end, panel in the middle, desk, and desk leg). The cabinet box frame is 4 pieces (2 sides, header board, and the headboard), lastly is the mattress box. All told there is 10 pieces after final assembly. I have it completely installed but I found some blemishes in the finish now that I can see it outside of the shop (garage) lighting that I will have to fix but that is simple at this point.

This was by far the largest project I have tackled to date and was challenging but fun. Especially, when the wife is asking when will it be completed because she wants a new dresser/changing table built for the baby coming in Jan! Back to work!

I used Poplar, Oak, Oak Plywood, and Birch plywood for this project. The wood is stained with minwax “Honey” and finished with brushed on Minwax Polycrylic.

If you would like more information please ask. Thanks for Looking.

-- If I was a better woodworker I wouldnt have to sand so much!

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 05:19 PM

Great job. That create-a-bed hardware package really simplifies the build on these. I would hate to have to do all the math and engineering to get the pivot points and spring mounts in the right place. It allows you to be creative with the facade. You did a great job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 10:12 PM

Very cool! Thank you for the awesome solution!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 05:46 AM

This is really cool. Very well done. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 10:56 AM

Nice job, I have always loved the desk idea that Chris puts in his beds…. Congrats on the baby coming…. I plan an getting the harware for one of these from him soon.

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

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 02:07 AM

Great looking bed. I am building one myself and I am stumped as to how the desk is hinged as well as the leg portion. What type of hinges did you use?


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