Murphy beds are fantastic space-saving inventions that help you make the most of your home, regardless of its size. However, not all murphy beds are created equal. If you want to make a murphy bed on your own instead of purchasing one from the store, follow these instructions to create one without purchasing a kit first.
Build A Murphy Bed Without A Kit
Making your own Murphy bed is surprisingly easy with the right tools and an understanding of how it all works. First, gather materials. Start by taking two pieces of wood that measure the same size and draw rectangles on both that are identical in width and height but also one inch larger than the other piece.
Next, take your one-inch strip of wood, align it with both rectangles, drill holes through all three pieces, then nail them together to create a rectangular frame for your bed that’s big enough for your mattress. Once you have the frame done, all you need are four more boards: two will be used for support rails and the other two will serve as brace boards when they’re nailed into slots in the side panels near the headboard area.
Parts Of A Murphy Bed
A Murphy bed is typically an arrangement of hinged panels, mounted so that they can fold against the wall when not in use. This provides the space for a desk or kitchen area, while freeing up space when the bed is in use.
Follow these instructions for how to make your own Murphy bed:
- Build out your frame with whatever type of wood you’d like and make sure it’s strong enough to hold the weight of your mattress and other items placed on top of it.
- Add pre-cut boards on both sides that will create each section and attach them securely into place with brackets. You can also put two thin boards perpendicular and bolted to both ends instead if that’s what you’re looking for.
Choosing The Right Materials
A Murphy bed is basically a horizontal wooden frame that you can fold up and use as the backside of your bed. Making one without a kit is actually not too difficult if you’ve got the right materials. First, go to your local home improvement store and get 1x2s cut at 45 degrees.
Use these boards as the basic frame for your Murphy bed – cut them in half with 45 degree angles on each side so they’re symmetrical on both sides of the corner joint. Cut two pieces of plywood that are just slightly longer than the length of your frame (once folded up). Staple felt or vinyl fabric onto one side, leaving about an inch overhang for coverage purposes. Then install two hinges per leg set (four total), evenly spaced apart from each other.
Planning Your Space
Depending on your space, there are many ways you can make the most of your home with different types of furniture and accessories. Murphy beds, for example, offer an ingenious way to maximize storage space in any room by transforming into an easy-to-store bed that takes up just half the width of a standard bedframe. Though they can be pricey, murphy beds are relatively simple to DIY, saving you time and money.
Since this is an on-site DIY project, you need to be prepared for any accidents or falls that might happen while you are constructing the bed. Also make sure your area is well lit, and try not to get any screws or nails in your eyes while assembling.
Some companies offer Murphy bed kits which will most likely be safer than if you were assembling one yourself. Also if you are purchasing a kit there should be instructions included that can make it easier and less risky of an endeavor.
If all of the above sounds like too much hard work then there are many great murphy beds that are already complete and ready for purchase. Keep in mind though that these will generally cost more than making one yourself.
Instructions For Building Your Own Murphy Bed
If you have access to the necessary tools, building your own Murphy bed is easy. Follow these simple steps to create your own in less than two hours! 1. Draw a large rectangle on the floor in whatever room you want it and make sure there’s enough space around it for the bedframe and mattress. Measure that against what size sheet of plywood you’ll need for the bed frame most places suggest 12×48.
If your sheets are smaller or larger, then adjust accordingly. 2. Cut out 4 pieces of plywood for the bed frame using your jigsaw or circular saw if available- two end pieces, one long side piece, and one short side piece.