Murphy Bed With Drawers and Shelves

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Project by MainahInSoFlo posted 08-29-2017 02:43 AM 1905 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were thinking of how to make more play space for our grandson in one of our spare rooms, while still maintaining the “guest bedroom” in our home. I was looking around online at some pretty neat ideas, and stumbled across the Murphy bed. I showed it to my wife, and she thought it would be perfect for what we needed. I looked at a bunch of other Murphy bed ideas, and decided to go ahead and buy a hardware kit from the “Big A”. The bed went together fairly easily, and once completed , I thought it looked lonely on the wall…. all by itself. So I bought a few more sheets of plywood, sat down and made a few sketches, and this is the result. I ended up filling the whole wall with bed, drawers, and shelves. My wife is absolutely thrilled and now wants another for a different bedroom. The drawers use false fronts, soft close slides and box joint joinery. The wood is Big Box store birch ply with pine trim. Ive since added pine crown around the top of the bed and shelves. Not perfect, but certainly not bad, either. I’ve had several people see it and ask where in the world I bought it, and that I must have paid a fortune for it! Finish is Watco Danish oil and Beeswax. She was putting things in the drawers and shelves while I was still working on it! :) I inlaid strips of maple into the drawer fronts to jazz it up a bit. The mattress was also from Scamazon, one of those foam things that come all rolled up in a vacuum sealed bag. I was sceptical, but it’s as comfy as anything! very pleased. The bottom drawers are deep, intended for stowing away pillows and bedding when the bed is folded away.

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 01:20 PM

That came out great. Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 01:24 PM

Nice Job. Great way to save space.

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#3 posted 08-29-2017 04:57 PM

Great work. Excellent use of space.

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 06:39 PM

this is great any plans please

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 07:59 PM

This is a beautiful Murphy bed. You did a fine job on it. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 08-31-2017 07:52 PM

Thank y’all for the the kind words. It was a fun and worthwhile project.
tony77, the bed hardware kit comes with plans, cutlists and directions for the bed itself.
The rest I built into the remaining wall space. I drew some hand-sketched drawings and some crude cutlists for purchasing more materials, but I have no proper plans for the cabinet sections. I was pretty much in “wing it” mode.

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#7 posted 09-05-2017 08:41 PM

Nice! I chickened out of doing a Murphy bed recently.

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