Gothic Arch Murphy Bed | Desk Stays Level

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-05-2018 03:16 PM 2342 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Gothic Arch style murphy bed I finished in November 2017. The Gothic Arch is characterized by the pointed arch or sometimes called the lanced arch. This style was made popular during the late middle ages in a lot of architecture of that time.

I have built this style a couple of times and posted them on Lumberjocks, but one of the unique things about this one is the addition of the stay-level desk and the 24-inch bookcases.

On the Murphy Bed Bookcases, I built them to the full height and brought them out flushed with the face of the Murphy bed. We installed adjustable shelves for the upper section, a pull-out
between the upper and lower section, and two drawers on the bottom. The pull-out tray can be used as an additional work surface with the desk or when the bed is in use a drink tray or nightstand.

This customer had me add a key lock with a hanging file drawer system the drawers. The hanging file drawers are built in a unique way so that the wire system doesn’t have to be used. See video

To use the bed it is really easy to make the transition from office space to sleep space. There is no need to clear off the desk. Anything 8 1/2 inches or lower can stay because the desk will stay level as it moves. Even a drink can safely stay.

Video of it working

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In the video, you’ll notice the lights will automatically come on when the bed is opened. There is a kill switch that automatically shuts the lights off when in the closed position. We also add a three stage touch dimmer in the center of the headboard to control the lights.

Mechanism Used: Murphy Spring

Wood Type: Knotty Maple

Finish: Oil base stain Dark Walnut and Pre-cat. Lacquer

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 03:24 PM

This Murphy bed is such a creative piece and beautifully done.

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