Bullock Wall Bed | Murphy Bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 08-03-2007 03:37 PM 3483 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy Wall Bed that I built for a local customer. It was completed on August 2, 2007. The center is a style that I build often. The Bullock named because it was the customer that I built the first one for. That is the same customer I built the Mahogany Display case for him about a month ago.

Raised Panel Front
Crown and Base Molding
Extra deep center section and bookcases
Flip up shelf on headboard
Hanging Rod
Adjustable shelves
Inlayed ceramic tiles in the pull out drink tray

The customer requested hanging rods in the bookcase. To achieve this I had to make the bookcases deeper than normal. Then that caused me to make the center/bed section deeper. To accommodate the change in depth, I added a 5” flip up shelf at the headboard. This also allows access to any electrical behind the headboard and the customer can plug in a alarm clock through a 1 ½” hole.

This bed also features a lighting system. I use two low profile can lights and a touch switch. For safety I design the lights to go off when in the up position. I modified the light touch switch by added a mercury/tilt switch to disconnect power when in the up position. To run the wires I dado out vertical side and inlay the power cord. This hides the wire from site that leads from the switch and the lights.

The drink trays were inlayed with ceramic tile that the customer brought. Usually I cut a large dado to set the tile in, but on this one I framed out around the tile sitting on a ½” substrate. I used pocket screws to fasten it together.

One thing to note in the picture is the base and crown molding is left long. This will be cut at the customers home. It fits between two walls.

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#1 posted 08-03-2007 04:03 PM

isn’t that tray a clever idea!!!

Lovely. This would be great in a guest bedroom / other -purpose room.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-03-2007 04:23 PM

This could almost be a total bedroom for a bachelor. Great in a studio apartment. Great design and workmanship. I like it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-03-2007 04:25 PM

Wow! That’s a great execution of the wall bed. Thanks for sharing!

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

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#4 posted 08-03-2007 05:20 PM

Nice job, Chris. You are knocking out some work!

It must be gratifying to realize that your projects are being used in a practical way by many people.

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2007 05:49 PM

Excellent work Chris. I hope I can find a customer that wants another wall bed. I made one, but would like to make another.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 08-03-2007 07:36 PM

Bill I saw yours. I looks great. I look forward to seeing your next one. I’m especially jealous of your turned items.

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#7 posted 08-04-2007 12:17 AM

Chris, this is very nice. I suppose with enough imagination, you could design a Murphy Bed that would allow you to stay in bed all day. Now let me see, where do I put the kitchen sink, etc? LOL

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

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#8 posted 08-04-2007 05:20 AM

Wonderful idea, great execution and terrific result Chris. Bet there are some small hotels, Inns and B&B’s that would love a product like this. Thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 08-04-2007 05:25 AM

Nice Bed. It could be a read addition to some small places and sewing rooms etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 08-04-2007 09:09 AM

I like it! :^}

-- Jesus is Lord!

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