Murphy Bed | Stay Level Desk Face| Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 08-30-2017 02:26 PM 7590 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The desk really stays level as it transitions into a bed. This is a Murphy bed that I built in August 2017 I call this the Templeton Murphy bed. The Templeton is characterized by the four mission or shaker-style doors across the front. These doors actually match the customer’s existing entertainment center, both the larger doors and the smaller ones with the divided panels.
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The desk is called a stay-level desk, everything can stay as long as its 8 1/2 inches or lower. No need to clear it off each time the bed is needed. The operation is so smooth you can even keep a full glass on the desk as it moves. The mechanism I used was the Murphy Spring system with the Desk. It is very easy to build.
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The Murphy Bed bookcase is a hybrid bookcase. What I did was to take the benefits of both a corner bookcase and a standard bookcase. What is nice about a corner bookcase is space that is saved. Since this bookcase will be at the entrance of room, it softens the flow into the room. It slopes back so its has a softer feel to it. Doesn’t feel so enclosed. The disadvantage of a corner bookcase is you lose a lot of shelf space. For that reason we added a bottom section that comes out perpendicular like a standard bookcase. This gives increased storage and the ability to add a pull out drink tray.

This Murphy Bed’s drink trays that can be used with both the desk and the bed section. An extension to the desk when the desk is in use or a night stand with the bed down.

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#1 posted 08-30-2017 02:34 PM

I love it. That desk staying level is really cool.

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#2 posted 08-30-2017 02:39 PM

That would work for me and my often messy desk ;) Nicely done!

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#3 posted 08-30-2017 02:41 PM

Thanks! I’ve built them with desk for years, but the Stay Level feature is a newer design.

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#4 posted 08-30-2017 03:01 PM

Bill as long as you don’t pile it over 8 1/2” high. lol!

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#5 posted 08-30-2017 08:16 PM

Very attractive piece. Very clever design.
Well done, very well done.

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#6 posted 08-30-2017 08:42 PM

Thanks Mike!

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#7 posted 08-30-2017 11:06 PM

I love it too! In our previous house, I was looking at murphy bed designs, but nothing as cool as this. Cool!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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