Craftsman Murphy Bed w/Hidden Desk (can you find it?) | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-16-2012 02:37 PM 11710 views 33 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new style finished in December 2011. It was designed by the customer. I’ve built a mission style Murphy bed for them in the past in black. She came with me with the design and the layout worked nice with a folding table. Most tables added to Murphy beds look like they were just added to the front without any thought. I love it when customers allow me to build one that is more inset and integrated into the overall piece. The desk legs are the top/center double doors and the three drawer fronts come down with the desk. It is similar to how I build my Smithsonian Murphy bed

Here is the matching corner desk.
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Not only was this piece challenging because of the desk, it will be a built in with 107 5/8” ceilings. I added a row of cabinets on the top to complete the height and sized the bookcases for the correct width. The bookcases also have a scribe molding to make installation easier.

This is similar to my Mission Style Murphy Bed. I really love this one and will put it on my site as a production piece with and without the folding desk. Don’t have a name for it so any suggestions will be great!

The crown and base were cut big to be trimmed by the customer during installation. There will also be some molding that will close out the small gap left between the scribe face of the bookcase and the wall.

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 02:47 PM

very slick indeed

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 02:59 PM

Very clever. Nice job.

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 03:03 PM

Very nice piece of furniture. Thanks for sharing the build.

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 03:04 PM

Thanks Roger and Howie. By the way Howie, I like you signature on your post “Ah, does duct tape come in woodtones?”

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 03:18 PM

Can’t wait to see it installed. Great job!


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#6 posted 01-16-2012 03:33 PM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 03:44 PM

Very cool idea. Great construction !!

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 03:53 PM

That’s a great looking bed, Chris.

Very slick design.


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#9 posted 01-16-2012 04:01 PM

That is a beautiful creation!

How did you stain this? Aniline dye or pigmented stain? And what color?


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#10 posted 01-16-2012 04:08 PM

Tom that was a dye stain (a red and brown mix) I believe we then used a Red Mahogany from Minwax on the stain coat. It was a match that we did from a picture of a chair they already had, if you can believe that. Usually we don’t match photos because of the difference in monitors. We sent a sample and the customer said it was close enough.

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#11 posted 01-16-2012 04:22 PM

Very Nice!!! Love the integration of the desk.

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 04:26 PM

That is UNBELIEVABLE! Thanks for posting!

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#13 posted 01-16-2012 04:45 PM

One of the best thus far, I love the double duty of the desk and the bed! Always fun to look at your projects. I think the name “Hidden Gem” would be good. I thought the front had fake drawers in her, which I thought was cleaver. I like the storage on the top as well. Great job as always!

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 05:02 PM

I think Hidden Gem would be a great name. I’d like to offer it without the desk also. Thanks all for the great comments.

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#15 posted 01-16-2012 05:06 PM

Looks great and very clever.

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