Ross Murphy Bed | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 07-31-2007 11:04 PM 7983 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have named this Murphy bed style The Ross (after the customer I built the first one for). I have built this style a few times, but there are a few changes that I made to this one. Usually the Ross Murphy bed center section just has two large doors and 4 false drawer fronts. The support legs are usually placed in the middle of the door. With this version, I added a trim piece along the sides. This allowed me to move the legs out to the side also. This made the piece look more natural (what door has a block of wood in the middle of it?)

Crown molding
Decorative Base Molding
Raised Panel Doors
Bookcases with lower doors and pullout drink tray.

One thing you may want to note is the base molding. If you are like me, it’s hard to find any nice base molding that doesn’t look like it belongs on the base of a wall. I decided to use a standard 5 ½” crown. I cut it down to 5” to get rid of the top angle. I sanded and re-rounded the top edge. This makes a very nice base, and keeps you from making it yourself or having some milled for you (which could be expensive). I’ll have to blog the entire process soon and show in detail what I do, along with other types of stock moldings that I use.

Here are some other pictures
Just the center section.
Just the Center section

Center section w/ crown
Center section w/crown

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#1 posted 08-01-2007 12:21 AM

Very nice. I like your idea on the base molding….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 08-01-2007 12:23 AM

Chris, Nice work! We’ll look forward to your explaining things in detail in your blog entry.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-01-2007 01:10 AM

Beautiful work, Chris. I really like it.

-- John

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#4 posted 08-01-2007 01:22 AM

I like your work, Chris. I know these kinds of beds existed. I had never heard the term “Murphy Bed” prior to your projects.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 08-01-2007 06:13 AM

Man that’s a great piece of work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 08-01-2007 11:35 AM

I love Murphy Beds.. such a brilliant idea to save space and to add a bed for company.

This is beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 08-01-2007 05:17 PM

Nice job Chris. Having made a Wall Bed myself (new term for Murphy Beds), I can appreciate what you did here. Mine was simple in comparison to yours. I would like to make a few more if I can find the customers for them. The most expensive pieces are the wall bed components. The rest is largely plywood and poplar, with some moulding as needed.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 08-01-2007 10:47 PM

Beautiful work! you clearly took great pride in the craftsmanship!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 08-03-2007 04:24 PM

I have just been looking at all of your projects, they are all very nice. I would love to make a Murphy Bed one day…..yours are very nice.

-- Robin, California

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