Murphy Bed and Desk | Stay Level Desk| Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 09-12-2017 11:49 AM 8590 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another custom murphy bed that we finished in August 2017. I call this one the Manhattan with a stay level desk. The Manhattan Murphy Bed face is characterized by two large contemporary style doors. On this specific bed, I put bar pulls on the face.

The Murphy bed bookcases are what I like to call “Outset bookcases”. That just means I extended them out past the face of the bed. This allowed me some extra room inside the cabinets for things such as a printer, music system or hanging rod for clothes.

The bookcase has a mid door and a bottom door along with adjustable shelves at the top. I added a drink tray, which is normally used with the bed but it can be used with the desk section. This greatly increases the work surface as a desk extension.

The Murphy Bed desk is one of the unique things on the Manhattan as well, it stays level as it transitions into the bed. No need to clear it off. You can even even leave a full drink on the desk top.  Anything 8 1/2 inches or lower can stay on there.

To open the bed, you just pull on the handles. The bed is very light-weight and easy to open. It is totally weightless at about a 45 degree angle. The leg Rotates from the inside. That leg also serves as the mattress retainer and holds the mattress into place.

We added lights to this bed that are also outset to match the bookcase. Therefore, they can be used when the bed is in the open or closed position. The control for the lights us a touch sensor on the headboard and also the right side panel. 

To close the bed, just lift it up and rotate the leg back around. And you’ll see that the lights are still shining over the desk!!

Materials and Hardware

Murphy Mechanism: Spring Murphy Bed

Desk Hardware: Studio Stay Level

Hardware: Lowes Bar Pulls

Wood Type: Maple

Finish: White Lacquer

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 02:09 PM

I like that white colour, again excellent work!

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#2 posted 09-12-2017 04:44 PM

This is a very nice Murphy bed and the video was nicely done. It’s well designed and built. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 07:04 PM

Thanks guy!!

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#4 posted 11-03-2017 06:25 PM

I’ve been thinking about ordering one of your kits to build my own version of this set up, and I have a question if you don’t mind. I am considering using a live edge slab of some sort for the desk portion. I’m wondering if the thickness and the weight might present some sort of issue here for the mechanism. Are you aware of any issue that I might face in using a slab for the desk like this?

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