This "wall cabinet" has 2 secrets!

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Project by jeff_wenz posted 09-04-2010 04:21 PM 6500 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are expecting our first child. This means the nursery is going to be where currently our spare bedroom is. I hated to lose the spare bed for visitors (as we live on the coast of NC and we now may have grandparents visiting more often). So… Murphy bed to the rescue! As you can see, it turned into a Murphy bed “complex”. This Murphy bed is in our computer / craft / “catch-all” room.

I bought the murphy bed hardware kit Rockler (brand is Create-A-Bed). I love it. It is effortless to operate. It also appears to be very strong (had 3 adults sitting/reclining on it last night watching Knight Rider on

My artistic challenge was to “hide” the feet into the design as I do not care for the 3×7” feet with drawer pull hardware sitting at eye level on the wall. I decided on a dentil molding type design to disguise them.

The bed is made from plywood and some poplar in critical stress areas as prescribed by the plans. I used 1 sided pre-finished birch plywood that is seen when the bed is down. All other surfaces are painted white to match melamine craft cabinets already in the room. I thought a mirror would be a good way to fill up landscape. I used ribbed trim from Lowes for trim and the mirror “frame”.

Another feature I wanted to incorporate into the “complex” was a fold away ironing board. I had seen those things at Lowes and Home Depot and thought they were cool, but certainly wasn’t going to spring for one for $160. So I took some measurements and bought (2) 3.5” door hinges and a small sheet of aluminum (heat shield). For the rest of the sheet goods I was able to use scrap. I did go back to Lowes and get the timer/outlet/light electrical box to hopefully prevent an accidental fire. If there is interest, I could do a blog post of the folding ironing board build sequence and measurements. UPDATE: Here is the build blog

Another neat feature is that the top “drawer” is actually a pull out night stand for guests to put their glasses, watches, phones, etc… I threw a 6 foot rope light and a dimmer switch in just to show off.
Anyway, I hope you guys like it. Even if you don’t, my wife likes it, and that’s all that matters. Now back to the crib project.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 04:38 PM

looking good. Congrats on the baby. Our first stole our spare bedroom too.

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 04:48 PM

is your brain mush yet from watching hulu? LOL Nice job

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 04:53 PM

Great job of making the most of your space!

As an added bonus, if the sight of your lovely wife using the ironing board causes you to be overcome with passion, you just flip out the bed. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 04:59 PM

Wow! Awesome job. I would defiantly like see how you make the ironing board. I have a partially finished attic space off my upstairs loft that the previous owners did and we want to turn it into a room similar to yours with a Murphy Bed and craft area. Being new to woodworking any insight would be appreciated.


-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#5 posted 09-04-2010 05:04 PM

Great job! I like how you hid the legs, so well done. I’ve always wanted this for my spare bedroom, but I thought it was too complicated for me. I didn’t know you can buy plans for this type of bed. Are the plans easy to follow for a novice, but pretty handy guy. Also, great idea for the drawer to double as a nightstand.

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 05:21 PM

well done .

and congratulations on the first born .

looks real nice !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 05:39 PM


The bed build is a piece of cake. I say this because the hardware kit comes with a 30+ page build instruction manual and a DVD showing every step (in case someone needed to be shown how to drill a pilot hole). The bed took me a long weekend to build and be functional. Finishing it to your taste with trim, paint, etc can take the longest.

I scanned in the instructions which has the cut list. For budgeting purposes, it would’ve ben nice to know how many sheets of plywood this project would take. The plans are specific to the Create-A-Bed hardware, so I don’t think I’m posting anything that would violate and copyright infringment.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 05:55 PM

Is that ever cool and neat looking. I like the way the legs flip out, and the pull out drawer for a side table. I know I have an ironing board around here somewhere, but the last time I used it was to iron on a transfer print-out onto a T-shirt, or something like that. I like the colors of the room. Makes me want to clean my house. I think it looks beautiful.

-- Sandy, Minnesota,

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 06:56 PM


Here is the blog build on the fold up ironing board.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#10 posted 09-05-2010 02:17 AM

We thought we were over loosing a room for family additions. However now it’s time for grandchildren sleep overs. This looks like a great idea for that. Thanks for posting. The most peaceful moment of my life was holding our first daughter and having her fall asleep in your arms for the first time.
Congratulations on #1

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#11 posted 09-05-2010 03:39 PM

Great job. A very well thought out build with all the incorporated ideas. Thanks for posting it.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 07:10 AM

Great solution and looks great also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 04-25-2020 02:57 AM

Great Job on the room. Could you post more details about the Ironing Board construction and assembly?
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