Dailey Woodworks

Murphy Bed For A Client In College Station

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.

Milling up all the parts

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.

Final Touches

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.

If you’d like an extra game-day bed, extra room in your spare room, or just love the concept of a Murphy Bed installed in your home, check out our Murphy Bed page to start the process.

California Closet With a Rustic Twist

I recently completed a huge all-summer-long remodel of a great barn style house.  The house is a two story red barn with full-length porches on the front and back hidden on 18 acres in a rural area.  This house was just on the border of how far I am willing to travel for a project.

I’ll have several posts under the “BarnHouse Renovation” Tag so check it out.

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Custom Murphy Bed Build

Custom Murphy Bed in Caldwell TX

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.

Rusty’s Remodel Part 2 (Bedroom Addition)

Home Remodel in College Station TX

Check Out Part One of this Series

Last week I showed the before and afters of the exterior of this home.  One my summer helper and I finished the exterior repairs and painting we moved inside to build a wall.  This rental was to be targeted at college students so another bedroom would help maximize the income potential of this property.  The front den/living room was fairly small and there is a large common area that connects what is now the Living/Dinning area to the kitchen.

The process was fairly simple.  Build a wall seperating the entry way from the living area.  Install a door, build a closet.  For the closet we used a nice, and expensive, double mirrored sliding door.  I was impressed with how easy it was to install.  We then waited, forever, for the electricians to finish their part then finished the drywall and painting.

Rusty’s Remodel – Part 1(Exterior)

Home Remodel in College Station TX

I was leaving Home Depot, again.  When I get a phone call.  On the other end is an excited guy who just bought his first rental property, and he’s writing a book about it.  Okay….? That’s different.  He wanted me to build a wall or something.  We set up a time to meet for an estimate and I head back to the house I was painting.

As a carpenter/small business owner I come across all types of people and personalities.  Most good, some annoying, and a few bad.  Then occasionally you’ll meet a guy like Rusty. Someone who is genuinely a great person, and then you get to work for him.  It also turned into my biggest job since moving back to the Brazos Valley.

He originally wanted an estimate to convert a Den/Living room into a bedroom.  Texas A&M University is the life blood of College Station.  Rusty purchased a house near campus that is a prime candidate for students.  More bedrooms more rent, it’s that simple.  We talked about the scope of work and I ask him to let me give him a bid on painting the exterior, doing some cabinet work, etc.  We talked about how he needed the job done by the first of August, I said I could do it, we finished at the end of the first week of August…which was not entirely my fault.

Here is the Exterior Work:

 

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