Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Murphy Bed is (almost) Done!

Among other things, the daylight basement space downstairs includes a guest bedroom that will double as a place for Josh to see chiropractic patients at the house. We are talking about eventually building a second structure at the bottom of the hill as a chiropractic office space, but for now we are starting very low key, working on the space downstairs to make it useable for multiple functions.

A murphy bed was our answer to having a space for guests to stay in that can be tucked away when Josh sees patients, and last week we finished building our murphy bed using this kit with plans we ordered online.

If you have ever looked into pre-made murphy beds, you'll know the nice ones aint cheap. I learned this during my first murphy bed go-around when I eventually opted to hire a carpenter to build a bed for my small condo in Boston. The most stylish murphy beds around come from  Resource Furniture in NYC, but the base models start around $10K, so they were out of the question for us. The more reasonable priced pre-made beds sold elsewhere are generally ugly particle board and laminate contraptions, also not what we were after.

And so, as we usually do, we decided to build the bed ourselves. We found a kit online that included the spring mechanisms and detailed plans for how to build the wood frame. The design for the underside of the bed, which is the "front" when it is folded into the wall, is up to you. We wanted something that looked like a simple cabinet, and when I came across this picture on Pinterest we decided to use it as our inspiration (sans the stuffed dogs on top):

So we set to work picking up wood, cutting large sheets of plywood in the workshop, reading and rereading the plans, and finally putting the thing together.

And with a coat of paint, here's where we're at right now:

Voila! Not too shabby for our maiden DIY murphy bed voyage. Now it's time to bring in some night stands, lamps, a proper fitting bed cover, pillows, a large area rug, two pull handles on the front of the cabinet to make it look more like, well, a cabinet, and finally I'd like to put something above the headboard. I am considering wrapping a large board with batting, upholstering it in a nice fabric that is soft to rest your head on, and mounting that to the wall. But all of that will come. The important thing is that we finally have a space for guests to stay. Last night one of Josh's relatives came through town, and it felt really good to be able to have an actual bed for him to sleep in. Blow up mattresses are, in my opinion, torture devices. Hooray for the guest bedroom!


  1. Good job on the bed! I didn't know Murphy Beds were so pricey. What a quaint room you've created.

  2. Great bed, lovely brown dog, is it a border collie?

  3. Love it. Exactly what we are looking for. Can I ask how much you ended up spending and where you got your kit from? Thanks!

  4. Anonymous - This is the exact kit we bought:

    It comes with full instructions and a cut list. The back side of the bed (the front when it is folded) we designed ourselves. The kit won't give you any cuts for that part.

    The kit was $259 and the wood was probably about $300, so we were in the $500-$600 range.

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  7. The design is looking very nice. I have also installed the same at my place and I am totally satisfied with it. I must say that these days so many designs are available that you can get the best for yourself in very cheap cost.

  8. Very impressive stuff!! Another option other than Resource Furniture is
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  9. How long did it take?

  10. It looks great. and I'm assuming it works well too? How does the bed attach to the wall?

    1. The wood frame is attached to the wall with simple metal brackets. Surprisingly, the bed doesn't have to have a super heavy duty system to attach to the wall because it's really the spring mechanism that is absorbing all of the weight.

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  16. I'm hoping you can help me! Since Murphy Beds aren't really a thing in Germany, I'm having trouble finding a kit, but I can buy the gas piston separately. Could you be so kind as to check how many Newtons yours is for? That'll be a great help to make sure I buy the right ones.
    Thank you!

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  22. This is fabulousl post. thank you for sharing with us.

  23. Hi ! I really liked your blog. When I went to find the plans on the link they weren't available. Do you have suggestions where I could find the plans now? Thank you!

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  25. This is an amazing post. Do you have more details now as it wears, meaning how is the murphy bed holding up? We purchased ours instead, from