Murphy bed | Desk is hidden in the face

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Project by Chris Davis posted 12-28-2017 12:35 PM 2661 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy Bed that our shop finished in September 2017 part of our inset desk series. What’s great about our Inset Desk series, is not only does the bed fold up but the desk is able to lift up out of the way as well. Therefore, you can have even more extra room in your guest bedroom, home office, or wherever you decide to put your murphy bed. Not only that but it blends into the face door design.

Check out the video and watch how the leg is a part of false doors. 

This style murphy bed is called the “Craftsman Murphy Bed”. It’s characterized by the mission style doors and drawer fronts. To stay with that theme I added Mission style Crown molding and Mission base.  

To open the bed, you will pull on the handles in the center of the bed. It’s very lightweight and very easy to open up. Next,  you will rotate the leg and take the bed to the ground. You can use it in a guest room or its designed to be put up and down every day, so you can use it in the main room as well.

We used the Create-a-bed murphy bed mechanism on this bed. This was the only mechanism that really allowed me to adjust the inner frame to where we could put the desk into the cavity, so it looks flush with the face of the mMurphybed. It also allowed us to micro-adjust the mechanical leverage needed to lift the murphy bed into place. Since we added the desk, its heavier than a normal twin. We wanted to be able to micro-adjust it for a perfect lift. 

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Mechanism Used: Create-a-bed

Wood Type: Oak

Finish: Oil base stain (Special Walnut by Minwax) and Pre-cat. Lacquer

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#1 posted 12-28-2017 09:29 PM

Nice job….need to build one of these myself.


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#2 posted 12-28-2017 10:54 PM

Thanks, Roger. Create-a-bed has some good instructions for the DIY. I modified the face and inner frame from what they supply.

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 04:14 AM

Very Nice Indeed Roger & Well Presented! Good for YOU!

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 02:02 PM

This is a really great one! I’m in the planning process for one (simple compared to this!). Mechanism from Create A Bed arrived at my house yesterday so no turning back. Expect mine will be a slow-go into the spring but will be nice to have the extra sleeping option.

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