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Old 01-08-2017, 10:11 PM   #1
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Murphy Bed Build


Shortly before Christmas I got to build a Murphy Bed for a client. I love building custom pieces like this, but it is rare in my market to get to build fun things like this.



So yes, I'm bragging on my project a little bit. But I also want to put out some information so if you have the opportunity you have a starting point for putting an estimate together. (I had no frame of reference when I was first contacted about it)

I purchased a hardware kit from Amazon for about $300. It came with a full material list, cut list, instructions, and DVD. I'm sure you could put together a kit/mechanism for less but the kit saved a ton of time in figuring materials, troubleshooting, and design. It's the Create-a-Bed kit and it's very high quality and the customer (5'0" small woman) can open and close it with one hand.



The plans are just for the bed cabinet. The bookcases, trim, etc were my additions. Total I used 8 sheets of 3/4 ply and solid lumber for edging.

My total material costs, including the hardware kit were around $800. It took me, working alone, a solid week from start to finish. So figure whatever your labor is worth and there you go.

I wrote an article for my website and also have a YouTube video of the build if you are so inclined. http://www.daileywoodworks.com/2017/...phy-bed-build/
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Nicely done!

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Nicely done!
Thank you.

After this I'm wanting to put murphy beds in every room in my house. I wonder why they're not more popular? Besides the upfront cost...
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Nice work. I built one a few years ago using the hardware kit from Rockler. Fun build.
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I've built 4 to date. Fun projects to design and build. Have always used the Murphy hardware (springs). Glad to hear the create a bed hardware works nice as well


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Looks great. That room looks like maybe it is a daylight basement. I think that you should get them to swap out the baseboard molding for some natural wood. Would go great with the piece you made. Nice finishing work my friend.

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Looks great. That room looks like maybe it is a daylight basement. I think that you should get them to swap out the baseboard molding for some natural wood. Would go great with the piece you made. Nice finishing work my friend.

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Thank you sir.

No, we don't have basements in Texas. This is on the second floor of a "Barndominium." The client built it to be two one bedroom apartments stacked on top of each other. The lower half is the "Master Suite" with all wheel chair assessable bathrooms, Kitchen, fire place, etc.

The upper level is the guest quarters. It has a large open area, where the bed was built, with a media center, wet bar, a full bathroom, and a small bedroom. The client lives downstairs, her daughter lives upstairs, and the murphy bed was built to accommodate guests, grandkids, etc.
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Nice job.

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