I wanted to share this DIY wall bed with you. This post has two videos (of the murphy bed), so be sure to stick around to watch them!
(If you want to skip this post & just buy the plans, click the Add to Cart button above!) You can start building ASAP! You’ll have it done in a day… shh… my husband would be telling me not to tell you that, but it’s the truth!)
We love to build DIY things in our house (like our DIY mudroom bench
). Our house has one room downstairs and all of the other bedrooms are upstairs. Since moving in almost four years ago, this downstairs room has been a playroom, an office, a guest room… I just can’t seem to decide, until I finally decided on EVERYTHING! So they built a DIY Murphy Bed
and it looks and functions just like I had hoped!
If you didn’t know already, my husband, brother and Dad can build anything. They built our screened-in porch, among other things. My husband built this mudroom bench and this sand & water table, so I know that they are very capable, which is why I asked the them to build me a DIY wall bed (for MUCH less than the $2000 ones that I was finding online!)
This DIY Murphy Bed took them about four hours, total and that is with the shelving that they added to hold our kid’s toys. If you truly want to build it, I suggest buying the plans for $4.99. We have detailed pictures, explaining every single step for you, with pictures.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
First, you need to actually make the wall. You are making a frame in the wall- it is sort of like you are adding a mini addition to that wall, because none of this was there- you need to bump out the wall, so to say. Build a frame in the wall, then move onto the DIY Murphy Bed next.
1. Remove the baseboard & then build out.
2. Make the platform (they built it in the garage & brought it inside).
3. We have 2X4’s laying flat under the plywood board (spaced evenly, from side to side) for support.
4. Door hinges are used in the lower back part of the bed to make it able to fold out. This makes it heavier, but was much cheaper.
5. Use these long pins (safety pins used out of threaded rod)
6. The ‘fold’ is hidden because it is right under that bottom trim, so you can see it if you are laying on the ground, looking up.
7. The pillows sit in the back (and stay there even when it is folded into the wall) The picture below shows me standing on the bed, looking down behind it.
8- Build shelves. I didn’t want the wall bed to stick out too much, so we decided to add shelves.
This is the finished result (when its down)…
(ps- a little tip: Mickey built a beautiful headboard & we keep it in place with PVC pipe caps. It is removable and stores away when you aren’t using it.)
Here it is all folded up: