Murphy Bed

Project by Craftsman on the Lake posted 04-12-2014 02:47 PM 4537 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the whole house remodel we lost two of the three bedrooms. This place, by the lake, is for my wife and myself. Kids are gone. By eliminating two bedrooms we drastically enlarged the living area. But….

It seems that the kids still like to come home and visit, not to mention other people visiting. Up to now they’ve used the couch and we have a couple of air mattresses. Plenty of floor space but only one bedroom. I decided that a murphy bed might be the thing to do. I ordered the deluxe kit from Rockler when it went on sale and built what you see here. It’s made of oak and oak plywood. Seems you have to use plywood. Anything else they won’t guarantee it will work or hold up. It says so specifically in the directions. I would have used cherry but after pricing the cost of cherry plywood at double that of oak ($119/sheet) and needing four sheets I decided that oak was good.

This was an interesting build in that I’d never done any woodworking from plans before. It was a weird experience. You follow directions and cut everything out piece by piece. In the end they’re supposed to fit together. And lo and behold they did. At one point I had cut pieces of plywood lined up against the wall that was supposed to fit together to make a bed. I usually design and build off the cuff, fitting as I go along. Following specific plans seemed like the build wasn’t mine. I was just the assembly person. Sort of like buying a kids bike for Christmas and putting it together. I was able to customize it a bit by finishing off the front any way I wanted. It’s hard to decide on how to finish off a big piece of plywood so I decided on a standard design I see a lot around on the net.

Anyway, all the hardware is heavy duty and all fit as described in the very complete set of directions and dvd. And the bed goes up and down easily even with our big, old 12” pillow top mattress in it.

For those who sleep in this bed, this is the view they wake up to in the morning.. I’m Craftsman on the Lake. This is the lake. Thanks for taking the time to view and read this. (btw, the tapestry in the center of the wall was photoshopped in… I don’t have one yet.)

-- Tryin'

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posted 04-12-2014 02:54 PM

beautiful job on the assembly.

Plans sometimes get in the way, But, I can see that the strength of the bed assembly might be comprimised with some misplaced misshaped wood.

Great job.

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posted 04-12-2014 03:33 PM

I like it…don’t want house guests to get too comfortable with that view…Ha!

they’ll never leave!

I had a client get mad at me once because I refused to build one of these with a 50” flat screen mounted on it in the closed position. The weight, the wires, possible damage to TV in the down position, the fact you couldn’t see it while in bed! .....dumb idea.

I wonder if they ever found someone to build it or if the next guy said the same thing….”Lady, you are crazy.”

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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posted 04-14-2014 06:35 PM

Looks awesome!! Great job

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posted 04-19-2014 12:51 AM

Nice job. (And a lovely house by the lake.)

I’ve been looking at Murphy beds but couldn’t find one I liked. Glad to learn there are kits.

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posted 04-06-2017 03:06 AM

Love the look of that view out there in that bed. I have a similar view out on my property out in Tracy, California.

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