Pivoting Bookcase Murphy Bed| Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 04-04-2017 11:57 AM 9238 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bookcase system that we just competled in March 2017. It is a series of six bookcases with about 36 shelves. What we’ve done different on this on is behind the four center bookcases we put a Murphy bed.

Now most of our Murphy beds are what they call Panel Beds where the face comes down with the bed. We can’t do that on a bookcase of course everything will fall off. Another system is where you have the door system that pivots out of way. The problem with the door system is with the wide swing of the door. On a full it is almost 30 inches wide (half the width). When you pivot around you need 30 inches on the side of the Murphy bed and thus take up a lot of space.

On this Bookcase Murphy bed we solved that problem and also solved the problem of the bookcases facing the wrong direction. We split the bookcase in half and had it bi-fold. Basically it opens it up, breaks in half and leaves the half the bookcase facing forward. The murphy bed is revealed behind the bookcases.

Video of how it works

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 02:11 PM

Very cool! I do notice a slight bit of sag at the top middle of the closed bookcases. Would this be an issue in the future?

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 03:07 PM

It can be fixed by moving the pivot bar in slightly on both sides. I wouldn’t think it will move over time. The bookcases are real supported and should sag out of square.

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 09:39 PM

This is a very innovative design and it’s nicely done. There should be a lot of interest in it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 09:07 PM

I’m luvin it… Those folding bookcases are awesome!.....Piano hinges??? I’m guessing.

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#5 posted 04-05-2017 09:23 PM

Yes piano hinges connecting the pairs of bookcases. I have pivot hardware, like used on the pivot bookcase doors on the outside.

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#6 posted 09-29-2020 06:46 PM

Great! Do you offer DIY plans
For sale?

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