Murphy Bed (Create-A-Bed)

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Project by Michael James posted 01-21-2010 08:13 PM 5909 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this a couple of years ago but since I just joined, I thought I’d post it. It was my first real project and the woodworking part turned out really well – the finishing, not so much.

You can’t really tell in the photo, but some of the dye bled from under the strips I put on the front. It was my first experience with dye and didn’t pay enough attention – lesson learned. It was top-coated with poly.

Bottom line – I learned a ton!!!!

Great little kit and I’ve seen (both on here and other sites) how far you can take this project.

-- Michael James -

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 11:47 PM

nice work. does thiis set attach to the floor or the wall? my floor mounted set pulled free (despite using four 3” lag bolts on each side). I think I might only have wood I-beams for joists, which wouldn’t givem uch holding power though. Anyway…

This looks really good. I want to make something similar out of a light wood. I’ll probably do pine due to cost, but I won’t the overll look to be very similar to what you built. Nice work!

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 11:48 PM

nevermind, i see the mounts on the cabinet now that i zoomed in. That sounds like a better design than what I went with. very good.

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 11:49 PM

Here’s the kit:

I got mine at Lee Valley.

-- Michael James -

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 04:40 AM

I like this, very efficient and functional. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 05:31 PM

cool, thanks

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 10:21 PM

I need to make one of those in our spare bedroom/office.
Nice job! Like you, I hate finishing.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 07:12 AM

Great job on the bed. It’s nice to know that the first project taught a few things. The 100th one will also.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-25-2010 07:43 PM

Looks nice.

What kinda hardware did you use ?

Now that you’ve had it for awhile, are you happy with the hardware?

I ask because I have 2 seperate renos, both require Murphy beds.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 07:51 PM


I got the hardware from Lee Valley but it’s the Create-A-Bed system.,40842,41271

We’ve had the bed for almost 2 years now and it’s awesome. My MIL lived with us for about 4 months and slept on it every night with no issues (other than the crappy mattress we had).

The think I love about the hardward is the lifting action from the pisons. My mother isn’t strong at all and she has no issue opening or closing the bed. As well, the locking mechanism is nice if you have small kids.

One other note: the package comes with plans for both mdf and plywood construction as well as a DVD


-- Michael James -

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