Having a wall bed can be a very convenient and space saving design. These are especially popular in smaller apartments, lofts, and studios. A Murphy, or closet bed, can be added into any place that needs to utilize all the space provided. Building your own isn’t terribly hard, it just takes patience. Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1 - Measure
The first step to this project is to measure both the height and width of your closet door. For our example we will use the most common size for a closet door which is 28x72 inches. If your door measures differently just read through this guide first then make all necessary modifications.
Step 2 - Build a Box
Use your pine boards to create a basic box structure. Just connect the four pine boards together with the braces. Keep the ends 26 inches long and the sides 80 inches long.
Step 3 - Attach the Plywood
Lay the plywood on top of the box and drill a few pilot holes every 10 inches using your drill. Secure the plywood in the proper place using the screws. Make sure it is even and steady before moving on.
Step 4 - Prepare the Closet
You will want to measure the wall on the inside of the closet out 11 inches. Adding this will allow you room for the box and bedding. Use a utility knife to cut back any carpeting that may be on the floor in this space. The surface of the floor needs to be clear, preferably covered in wood. But any flat surface you have under your carpet will work for this.
Step 5 - Attach the Headboard in Place
Use your piano hinge on the bottom of the headboard piece that will eventually be in the closet. Screw the hinge into the wood. Put the headboard on the floor with the side of the hinge against the center point on the floor. Screw this into the floor.
Step 6 - Set up the Bed
Stand the bed on the hinge and mark the point in the wall where you will attach the hook. Screw the hook in place. Unlatch the hook and let the bed lay down. Now you can add any bedding, including the mattress, comforter, and pillows. Close the bed up to ensure a proper fit. Make any adjustments necessary.
Step 7 - Decorative (optional)
If you’ve decided to add any decorative components, you can do this now. Whether you choose to paint the wood, or use a router to give it a decorative edge. Be sure to take the bedding out first so you won’t damage it.
Justin Stewart is a contributing writer to DoItYourself.com. He loves researching new home improvement techniques, and has written about a huge range of topics, from electrical wiring, to plumbing, to carpentry.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology