If you live in the Brazos Valley, and would like me to build a custom Murphy Bed for your home contact me for an estimate.
Shortly before Christmas I was commissioned to build a Murphy Bed. Building a custom Murphy Bed is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time. My wife and I had talked about building one for our guest/craft room, but it just never seemed to happen. So when I got the chance to build one I jumped at the opportunity.
After some research we chose to use a professionally made hardware kit from Create-a-Bed. There are several less expensive ways of putting a bed together but with something like this hacking together a cheap mechanism just creates problems. By using a high quality hardware kit it saved time and therefore the client money in the end. Also, the hardware comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which is reassuring.
This is what you get in the kit:
On each side of the Murphy Bed I built a bookcase. Following the “Rule of thirds” each bookcase is a third of the width of the Murphy bed. I also set the book shelves back from the face of the Murphy bed for some visual appeal.
(The “Rule of Thirds” refers to the idea that the human eye finds a 1:3 and 2:3 ratio visually appealing. Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and dressers and you’ll see this in practice).
We debated painting the bed white, but I’m very happy that we decided to stain it. To add detail I made a faux door frame once again using the “rule of thirds.” to finish it up I added baseboard and crown molding. A Murphy Bed can be taken from a ultra modern look to Victorian depending on the details you choose to add, or not add.
The Murphy Bed itself (for the full size, vertical mount) comes out from the wall 16inches, is 82inches tall, and has a width of 60inches (5ft). Each book case is 82h x 20w x 12d.
The gas struts make raising and lowering the bed easy. A firm tug lowers the bed and it can be closed with one finger. My client is a very small person and had no issues raising and lowering the mechanism.
It is necessary to anchor the bed to at least 3 wall studs. And while it is a semi-permanent addition to your home it can be partially disassembled and moved if the need ever arises.
Murphy Beds can be made to be either vertical or horizontal and are available. in Twin, Full, or Queen sizes.