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DIY Wall Bed (Murphy Bed)

  • June 23, 2014

ldo2626
ldo2626
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Expecting our second child, my wife and I decided to do away with our guest bedroom and combine it with our office. The only problem was our queen bed took up way too much space and it didn't get enough use to justify the sacrifice. We looked at the wall bed options available for purchase and decided they were way too blah and very expensive. Enter DIY. Using cheap pine boards, plywood, door hinges, vinyl upholstery, magnets and stain I constructed the wall bed you see here. It really wasn't that difficult but facing it took the most time. To give the boards a more rustic look I used a utility knife to shave off the corners and stained them with a water based stain and a water based white wash. When this started we thought we were going to have to settle for something unattractive and less than desirable. Seeing it in our office now, we love our new bed and actually think it makes the room look much better!

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  • Love it!!
    By Potthast, on June 25, 2014

  • Nice! Like the rustic look. How is it hinged? How did you get around expensive Murphy bed hardware?
    By DIY Russ, on June 29, 2014

  • I just used three door hinges. It doesn't sound like much but works fine. It is heavy letting it down and putting it back up with all the wood facing, but not really an issue.
    By ldo2626, on June 29, 2014

  • No worry about falling out of bed now....
    By Mohoser, on July 1, 2014

  • Looks great...thanks for the idea.
    By brendadawg, on July 9, 2014

  • Did you happen to sketch up sent plans for the bed or did you wing it. Very nice and I like the rustic look.
    By eltonparrish, on July 30, 2014

  • I got the inspiration for it from some plans on Ana White's site (http://ana-white.com/2010/03/plans-a-murphy-bed-you-can-build-and-afford-to-build.html) but just winged it from there. Making an adjustment for the differences in a standard twin vs. standard queen seemed to work well for me.
    By ldo2626, on August 6, 2014


  • Am I not seeing the adjustment you made for the queen> I saw Anna Whites Plan and she had all the measurements but I am not seeing yours...help! I too want to make a queen.
    By AngCan, on September 14, 2016

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DIY Wall Bed (Murphy Bed)

by ldo2626
Jun 23, 2014
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Expecting our second child, my wife and I decided to do away with our guest bedroom and combine it with our office. The only problem was our queen bed took up way too much space and it didn't get enough use to justify the sacrifice. We looked at the wall bed options available for purchase and decided they were way too blah and very expensive. Enter DIY. Using cheap pine boards, plywood, door hinges, vinyl upholstery, magnets and stain I constructed the wall bed you see here. It really wasn't that difficult but facing it took the most time. To give the boards a more rustic look I used a utility knife to shave off the corners and stained them with a water based stain and a water based white wash. When this started we thought we were going to have to settle for something unattractive and less than desirable. Seeing it in our office now, we love our new bed and actually think it makes the room look much better!