by Melissa Wynn

Image courtesy of murphybeds.com

Image courtesy of murphybeds.com

Whether you are refurbishing a tiny studio house, like we did, or just looking to add a sleeping space to your office or den, a Murphy bed is a no-hassle solution. The cabinetry options are endless. Ranging from an elaborate, professionally constructed wall unit with closet, shelves and drop down night tables and desk to the simple do-it-yourself cabinet that we chose, the possibilities are as versatile as the people who want them. We began with an easy-to-read and complete do-it-yourself list of tools and materials needed that conveniently came with theĀ  Murphy bed mechanism that we ordered from murphybeds.com. One quick trip to the building supply store and we were ready to break out the step-by-step instructions also included. It was surprising how quick and easy it was to put it all together. Thanks to murphybeds.com we completed the entire project in a single afternoon, although we did add a few more coats of stain the next day. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have stained all the pieces as they were cut, before assembly as the instructions had recommended. Lorraine Shoemaker and I assembled the mechanism while Ben and Pat Graham cut the lumber to the instructions specs. Once Ben had built the outer frame, Lorraine and I attached the headboard while the boys put the bed together. After that it was all about securing the frame to the wall and attaching the bed box to the murphybeds.com mechanism that makes raising and lowering the bed effortless. No heavy lifting involved. We had a blast building our Murphy bed and only spent about $700 not including the mattress. Murphy beds come in all shapes and sizes so there is something for everyone. Explore the possibilities @ murphybeds.com

Ben Graham lays out the murphy bed

Ben Graham lays out the murphy bed

Lorraine Shoemaker and Melissa Wynn attach the headboard

Lorraine Shoemaker and Melissa Wynn attach the headboard

Murphy bed ready for mattress

Murphy bed ready for mattress

Murphy bed closed

Murphy bed closed

Murphy bed frame attached to the wall

 

Murphy bed frame attached to the wall