Sofa Murphy Bed | Shaker Style| Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 08-31-2017 08:28 PM 81837 views 21 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a murphy bed that was finished up in August 2017. We call this one the Templeton Murphy Bed.

The Templeton is characterized by the unique door design. The bed will consist of a shaker style door design on maple wood. We could achieve more of a Craftsman or Mission style if oak wood was used. What I did was apply 1/4” thick trim to give the appearance of doors. This allow the back to remain 3/4” thick and leave enough support for the mattress.

The mechanism that I used for this unit is the Murphy Spring system with the 13” legs. This gives me the extra height to clear the sofa.

The Murphy Bed Bookcases built for this bed has a standard 12 inch deep upper section. On the bottom half of the bookcase, we did something a little different. We brought it out to 24 inches. This gave us a little more surface area on that mid-shelf. We also added a pull out drink tray that extends the surface area a little farther out.
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Another great addition to this Templeton Murphy Bed is the Murphy Bed Sofa that we put in front of the bed section. What’s cool about the sofa is the cushions can be removed and the bed can be used without having to move the frame.

If you notice on the inside, to get the dead space for the sofa arms we built some inset bookcases and turned those bookcases towards the inside. There’s also a charging station on both sides so you can charge your cell phone, plug in an alarm clock, etc.

For the lighting system there’s also a three stage touch dimmer. We have the low, medium, high and then off again by touching the middle of the headboard. The lights will also automatically shut off when the bed is closed, as a safety feature. More on the Murphy Bed Lights

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#1 posted 08-31-2017 08:43 PM

This is a beautiful Murphy bed and is so nicely done.

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#2 posted 09-01-2017 12:42 AM

Thanks Charles

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#3 posted 09-01-2017 11:08 AM

Awesome! Beautiful job!

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#4 posted 09-01-2017 02:11 PM

Awesome job. This would be perfect for a guest room to serve double duty.

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#5 posted 09-01-2017 03:29 PM

I really like that idea – used to seeing the desk, but a nice couch area is very practical. Nice work!

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#6 posted 09-01-2017 07:54 PM

I want to build one of these in my basement, but to do it “normally” (so both sleepers can exit the bed out the sides—not having one person stuck against the wall), the plans are always about two inches too tall for my low ceiling.

Is there any issue with shortening the height of the plans, lowering the pivot point of the bed, and shortening the legs by a couple of inches? Not sure it would work with this couch-type plan (the seat of the couch would also have to be lowered, I think)—but is my logic right?

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#7 posted 09-05-2017 08:52 PM

Loving it!

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