We just finished up this Murphy Bed for a client in College Station. Right now in Aggieland, we are all about College Football. Every few weekends, Bryan and College Station are overrun with people coming into town for college game day. With a seating capacity of over 102,000, Kyle Field at Texas A&M is the biggest football stadium in Texas (including pro football stadiums). That’s a lot of extra friends and family coming to town. Wallbeds are great for adding additional beds for gameday guests.
Guest rooms are great for people who have friends and family stay with them regularly. But, at the same time, an extra queen size bed takes up a lot of floor space in a room that mostly sits empty. That’s the same issue that Stacy was facing. She needed a place for guest, but also wanted her craft-room. So she got both. We built and installed this awesome queen size Murphy bed in an average size room. When folded up the bed only takes up 17″ of floor space. We also flanked the bed with two 2 foot wide book cases with fully adjustable shelving.
Starting with the Best Materials and Hardware
We’ve recently switched to Purebond Plywood for all of our cabinetry builds. It’s a fantastic, environmentally friendly product that I loved using on this build. Learn more about it here.
The hardware we use is simply the best. I’ve actually been criticized by fellow online woodworkers for spending $299 on a hardware kit, because they “can make the kit themselves for $50.” No. No, you cant. I can spend days searching and finding the hardware the kit contains, figuring out how to make it all work safely and consistently, or I can purchase a high-quality hardware kit with a lifetime warranty that allows almost anyone to operate a 150lb folding queen size bed easily, with one hand. I gladly guarantee my work because I’ve carefully chosen the parts that go into my products and builds.
For the finish on this bed, we used Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints. The color was custom matched to the existing trim and cabinetry throughout the house. If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area, I highly recommend Hill Country Paints. In fact, they are my exclusive paint and finishing product supplier because of their superior products and amazing customer service.
Matching the Existing Cabinetry
A fun challenge for this bed was to match the style to the existing cabinetry in the house. Honestly, this was a lot more work than I expected. I ended up getting a new 70-piece router bit set just to match all the profiles (darn, more tools to buy…noooo!)
The cabinet door facing we applied is actually a four piece build up. Starting from the outside we used pre-primed radiata pine. This is a very stable and easy to mill material that is a great value on paint grade projects. We set up a combination of table saw jigs and router bits to match the the outside profile. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come across in the pictures well. The second piece is a stepped cove that we have sitting about 1/8 of an inch below the white frame. The third piece is the faux raised panel that starts at about 3/16″ thick and goes up to 5/8″ thick before meeting the final piece. The fourth and final piece of this build up was the trickiest. It’s an Ogee paired with a round over. To create this, we started with a 1×3 and routed it on edge to create the Ogee, then flipped on it’s side to route the round over. The final step was ripping the finished and fragile trim off with the table saw. The recessed field is the plywood foundation of the bed.
Flanking the Murphy Bed with Book Cases
Adding two bookcases to the sides of the bed really sets it off and helps balance the bed in a room. It’s completely optional of course.
We built these book cases with the same material that we build all of our paint grade cabinetry with. Since the book case was over 7ft tall, we needed a fixed center shelf to keep the cabinet from bowing out over time. The rest of the shelving is completely adjustable thanks to 1/4″ shelf pins.
Murphy Bed Installation
It’s important to have everything out of the room where your Murphy Bed will be installed on installation day. Installation, adding trim, and any touch up painting typically takes only one day. We bring the pre-finished bed pieces and build parts and assemble it in place.
After installation, we paint the trim, perform any touch ups, then thoroughly clean the work area. If you already have the mattress, we are happy to install it for you as well.