11 Money-Saving DIY Murphy Bed Projects Twin, Full, Queen & King 2021
A brand-new fold-up Murphy bed purchased commercially and installed by pros can easily cost more than $3,000—and that’s not counting whatever mattress you pair with the bed. But a piece of furniture designed to save on space shouldn’t have to drain your bank savings.
Here are 12 DIY Murphy bed projects that won’t torpedo your bank account. Some of these projects use ordinary building materials available at any home center, while others feature mechanical hardware or other materials purchased from specialty retailers and used in various ways to create fold-up beds. Various IKEA product hacks make for especially ingenious DIY Murphy beds.
12 Money-Saving DIY Murphy Bed Projects Twin, Full, Queen & King 2021
Did you know? The fold-down Murphy bed is named after its inventor, William Murphy, who applied for the patent around 1900. Living in San Francisco where the local moral code frowned upon a woman entering a man’s bedroom, Murphy’s fold-down invention allowed his one-room apartment to serve as a parlor in which he could entertain friends of either gender.
Although other forms of fold-up beds already existed, it was Murphy who invented the pivoting, counterbalanced design that caused his name to become attached to all hidden, fold-up beds.
1. 12 DIY Murphy Bed for Small Spaces
- https://amzn.to/30uMYjS The DIY VillageJacque and her husband Matt from The DIY Village website built a Murphy bed for their craft room so it could double as a guest room. Depending on your budget, you could use hardwood, plywood, or MDF to construct this Murphy bed design. Jacque and Matt picked PureBond hardwood plywood. They say that this professional-grade building material enhanced the strength and beauty of their finished project. PureBond products are also formaldehyde-free and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
2. Build a Murphy Beds for Less
- Lori Wall BedsTechnically, a true Murphy bed has a spring or piston lifting mechanism that helps swing the bed platform up and down. The hardware does take the effort out of opening and closing, but it can more than double the cost of making the bed. If you’re willing to sacrifice a little convenience to save money, consider the Lori Wall beds kit. It’s a mechanism-free solution that makes it possible to create a custom Murphy for much less money. How does the Lori Wall Bed open and close? The design relies on good old fashion muscle power. To help counterbalance some of the weight, the bottom of the bed frame has rounded “rocker” edges that double as shelving when the bed is closed. Each Lori wall bed kit comes with building plans and assembly fittings (more than 200 hinges, screws, connectors, and bolts). Customers can pick from two types of bed orientations—vertical or horizontal—and from three different bed sizes—twin, full, or queen.
3. DIY Murphy Bed for Mere Mortals
- Woodworking for Mere MortalsWe know you’re only human—and this makes this DIY Murphy bed by Steve at Woodworking for Mere Mortals the perfect choice. Steve specializes in designs for folks with limited budgets and zero building experience. To kick things off, he purchased a DIY kit from Murphy Bed Hardware. Just like the kit we mentioned earlier, it comes with all the stuff to assemble a lifting mechanism plus building plans for constructing the cabinet and bed frame.
4. A Modern Farmhouse Murphy Beds
- Addicted 2 DIYThis Murphy bed office combo by Katie at the Addicted 2 DIY website blew our minds. Katie created a one-of-a-kind furniture system that includes bookcases and desks. The frosting on the cake is the bed cabinet. When closed, it resembles a storage wall so those not in the know would never guess it conceals a mattress. The mechanism kit for Katie’s queen-size Murphy came from Rockler. She also downloaded the company’s step-by-step instructions for building the cabinet and shelving units. Afterward, she modified the building plans to suit her space and needs.
5. IKEA Murphy Beds Hack
- Renovations and Old HousesPaul from Renovations and Old Houses were inspired to build his DIY Murphy bed using pieces from IKEA’s PAX series after his wife saw an IKEA hack from Herbie’s World and another from Jerry’s Projects. All three projects incorporated a floor-mounted bed frame with a spring mechanism from Murphy Bed Frame. When assembled and installed, it’s an all-in-one free-standing device that supports, lifts, and lowers a mattress. To conceal, just build a cabinet around it.
6. Hack-a-PAX Murphy Beds
- HuskvernaHere’s another DIY Murphy bed that’s also a PAX IKEA hack. Norwegian blogger Calvin Gross from Huskverna says that if you’re making a unit for a full-sized mattress you’ll need several things, including two PAX wardrobe frames and a couple of LURÖY slatted bed bases.
7. Transforming Sofa
- https://amzn.to/30uMYjS Imgur User: Avalon AwakedThis money-saving DIY by Imgur user Avalon Awaked explains how to build a Murphy bed for a heck-of-a-lot less. The sofa and ottoman are from IKEA’s SÖDERHAMN series. To simplify the DIY process, he purchased The Next Bed—a Murphy bed mattress frame with a lifting mechanism that you can anchor to a wall or floor. The unit is very easy to assemble, but keep in mind that Avalon created a custom mount for the bed frame so it would open over the sofa. Afterward, he made a Murphy bed cabinet with built-in storage using white melamine-covered panels.
8. A Basic DIY Bed Using Rockler Hardware
- Make Something TVThis project by David Picciuto at “Make Something TV” shows how to make a simple Murphy bed using Side Mount Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware from Rockler. Each kit includes instructions, but if you find them confusing, David’s video gives an overview of the steps.
9. Murphy Beds Fit For a Kid
- IKEA HackersNeed to make room for a grade-schooler? Martin Vester used leftover parts from an IKEA Ivar storage system to create a small Murphy bed with built-in shelving for his tiny home office. What’s our favorite part of this project? Martin used three of the plywood shelves to create a bench for blankets and sheets.
10. Disappearing Murphy Bed
- Junk in Their TrunkMany Murphy beds is freestanding pieces of furniture that you bolt to the wall or floor. The blogging sisters behind Junk in Their Trunk share instructions on how to create one that seemingly disappears like magic without using an expensive lifting mechanism. It’s built with ordinary framing lumber, sheets of wafer board for the platform, thin sheets of finish-grade plywood, and basic door hinges.
11. Faux Murphy Beds for Tiny Spaces
- Tiny RevolutionAndrew and Crystal Odom are the tiny house dwellers behind Tiny Revolution, a site that promotes small-space living. Since they couldn’t fit a traditional Murphy bed in their home, they came up with a similar idea called the roll-out bed. What’s inside this two-box design? The front box conceals an accordion-style bed frame on castors. Inside the second one is a foam IKEA mattress.
12. Kit-Built Bed
- All Things ThriftyThis do-it-yourself Murphy Bed Kit by Wilding Wall Beds comes with everything you need to create a functional Murphy bed, including the pre-cut lumber. Once it’s assembled, you can customize the cabinet using crown molding, paint, and beautiful hardware. Kits are available in your choice of wood: alder, cherry,
Does IKEA have Murphy beds?
Ikea still don’t sell Murphy beds (no clue why!) so we have found a list of the cheapest Murphy beds you can buy online. We have focused on stylish beds that cost no more than you would expect from Ikea. Before we look at how you can build an Ikea-style model yourself we will take a look at what you can get ready-made.
Can Murphy beds kill you?
A Murphy bed could kill you. If not secured and used properly, there have been incidents of Murphy bed-related injuries and deaths. The cases are few and far between. In 1982, the woeful tale of an intoxicated man being suffocated inside a closed Murphy bed made headlines
What is the difference between a wall bed and a Murphy bed?
A traditional Murphy bed is wall– or floor-mounted and uses elaborate springs and metal frames to raise and lower the mattress. A traditional wall bed, on the other hand, also uses a spring mechanism and includes cabinets on either side of the bed, so the bed appears as a regular wall when in the upright position.
Why are Murphy beds so expensive?
In short, murphy beds are so expensive because of their use of expensive materials such as durable solid wood, and intricate mechanisms such as hydraulics or spring lift systems.
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