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  1. Murphy bed and shelves - plywood behemoth

    I told my son last year that I'd build him a Murphy bed and I finished it yesterday. This project is more construction than craftsmanship without a doubt. The plans for the bed portion came with the hardware which I bought online from Lee Valley. I had no plans for the shelves and drawers...
  2. Basement Family Room Reno

    This is the second in a series documenting our basement reno; the first was the laundry room. To recap - flooded in 2010, then took seven years to tackle a reno, which ended up being a gut. I took a year off doing work for others to complete this project for ourselves. Cabinets are all cherry...
  3. Murphy Bed | Modified Templeton| Custom

    This is another murphy bed that we just finished. It was completed in August 2017. We call this Murphy Bed the Templeton. Actually it is a modified version of the Templeton. The Templeton is characterized by four long doors that have a "shaker-style" look. If we used oak that would give it more...
  4. Murphy Bed With Drawers and Shelves

    My wife and I were thinking of how to make more play space for our grandson in one of our spare rooms, while still maintaining the "guest bedroom" in our home. I was looking around online at some pretty neat ideas, and stumbled across the Murphy bed. I showed it to my wife, and she thought it...
  5. Murphy Bed Desk | Custom

    I have mentioned this bed in a previous post but have not had a chance to do a write-up of it's own. This is part of the RSG job that I did which included several desk and other pieces. It is maple with a Gunstock stain from Minwax. It was build couple that lives in one state but runs a...
  6. Ross Murphy Bed and Desk | Custom

    This Murphy bed is a raised panel style front to simulate doors and drawers. This two door style is call the Ross. The customer chose to add bookcases with adjustable shelves and a desk. The bookcases are 24" wide and are all adjustable shelves except for the fixed shelf 1/3 of the way up...
  7. Murphy Bed (Create-A-Bed)

    I finished this a couple of years ago but since I just joined, I thought I'd post it. It was my first real project and the woodworking part turned out really well - the finishing, not so much. You can't really tell in the photo, but some of the dye bled from under the strips I put on the front...
  8. Massive Barn Door Murphy Bed with Sofa

    This is a Murphy Bed we just finished in September 2017 We call this one the Barn Door Murphy Bed We've built this on before in a Vertical (upright) version. See Vertical Version. This time we built it in the horizontal orientation, where the bed is turned sideways. We kept the overall standard...
  9. Murphy Bed

    This is a murphy bed I completed last May, just in time for guests. I bought the hardware kit from Rockler and followed the plans fairly closely. I only adjusted the depth of the bed to accommodate a pillow top mattress. Construction is cherry plywood, stained, and finished with wipe-on...
  10. Twin White Murphy bed | Custom

    This is a murphy bed that was completed in September 2010 It was a rush job. The customer needed it faster then my standard 4-5 weeks. It is a take-off of my Templeton. I didn't arch the top and sub-divided the face by adding a couple extra rails in each section. I kept going back and forth...
  11. Gothic Arch Murphy Bed | Desk Stays Level

    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...
  12. Raised Panel Murphy Bed | Custom

    This is a Murphy Wall Bed that was made in November 2013. It has a raised panel face. The design is close to my Ross and Excalibur Murphy beds. I used the Door panels of the Excalibur with didn't do any flutes or rosettes which is how I build the Ross. The Murphy bed bookcases are 16" wide...
  13. Smithsonian Murphy bed | Custom

    This is a Murphy bed that was completed in September 2010 but some of the building pictures can be found in August . I call it the Smithsonian because "Smith" was the name of the customer I first designed this one for. Normally this one has a desk that folds out of the desk but this customer...
  14. Queen Size Murphy bed

    This is a queen size Murphy bed made with the Create-a-Bed kit from Rockler. The instructions come in both written and DVD so if you prefer to see how to do something you can. This is a bit of a challenging project for a beginner but can be done. There is about a 1/2 sheet of extra plywood so...
  15. Murphy bed Maple/White | Custom

    This is a new style murphy bed that I built using the new leg from Create-a-bed. It frees up the face and allows for more versatility in the design. This on is a two tone color using natural maple with a white face. It has a 2 1/4" boarder on all 4 sides. Even the verticals are 2 1/4". I...
  16. Craftsman Murphy Bed w/Hidden Desk (can you find it?) | Custom

    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...
  17. Murphy Bed

    My son and his girlfriend told me I could stay with them in New York City any time I wanted but they're not running a hotel and I would have to make my own bed. So I made this Murphy bed!
  18. Football Locker Murphy Bed | Custom

    I took my Murphy bed and changed the face to resemble a locker. I've done this before in the baseball style. The name plates unlock it from the cabinet and it opens into bed. I use the Create-a-bed system, which is very easy to use. The Finish The finish that I use is a lacquer system that...
  19. Wall-to-Wall Wall Bed

    This was my first major project, and was actually a big part of why I have gotten in to woodworking as deeply as I have. My wife wanted to use one of our spare bedrooms for her oil painting, but we also wanted to be able to use it as a guest bedroom, so this was the solution. This was built in...
  20. White Smithsonian Murphy Bed w/Desk | Custom

    Where's the desk? This is one of my Murphy beds that it not only has a desk, but it is hidden. I call this one the Smithsonian. Most of the time adding a desk the the front looks, just that, you added a desk to the front. It doesn't looked planned. This one the desk folds up into the inner...
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