|Project by bushmaster||posted 03-05-2014 09:58 PM||5495 views||32 times favorited||14 comments|
Hope this project will help some who is thinking of building a Murphy bed.I designed and built this project with the help of my son-in-law while we where visiting them for Christmas a year ago. They needed another bed in the play room for visiting family but did not have the funds for a complete unit or any unit at all. We looked at kits and they where costly. The one that I looked at that I thought I could build was Next Bed. The cost there is 650 dollars, shipping to Canada would make the cost much higher. The principle of this bed is quite simple, bed swings on two posts, springs attach to base and base screws to plate in wall. If you look at their web site you will see what I mean. Since I did not have access to the springs they where using I came up with this idea using spings from the hardware store and cable and pulley arrangement. We first tried 4 springs but had to go to the six. The complete base and bed was made from 2 by 4’s and 2 by 6’s, slats 1 by 4’s. The legs automatically swing down. The improvised unit works quite well and easily stores a regular queen size matress.
The cabinet is independent of the force of the bed. It was made from painters grade clear plywood, double deep bookshelves that swing out on each side. There are double bifold type doors that enclose the bed when it is up. They do not appear to be on, in these pictures. The complete cost for this project was I think 4 to 500 dollars, mainly for the cost of plywood etc. for the cabinet, I think dad may have reduced that cost for them too, after all it was Christmas.
Thanks for looking, comment are welcome, and will answer any questions.
I have some short video’s on my computer and my son in law made a video of the construction, may be this could be put on utube or if could be copied to a camera chip I could mail it to someone that was very interested. Just found the finished photo’s, sorry they where not on at the beginning.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia