You know that Lowe’s commercial where the announcer says “How to install a washer and dryer with one finger” then the lady points her finger and says to the installer…” A little to the left please”? According to Mr. Math, that is how our next, if there is a next, Murphy Bed will be installed.
We are better than average woodworkers, who aren’t afraid to take on a project, but this particular project was a challenge. It took a lot of work, a couple of “do-overs”, and challenged our following written directions skills. Our first clue was when the instructions came in THREE separate booklets.
Mr. Math started on the project one weekend, worked on it every night for at least an hour, then finished it on Sunday afternoon of the second weekend. All together I would guess he had about 15 hours of work involved and another two hours of watching the included video and reading the manuals.
There was a lot of gluing and clamping then waiting involved.
He brought everything to our week day house so he could work then moved it all back to assemble. Everything had to have blue tape with what it was in order to get it assembled correctly.
The kit we ordered included all metal hardware.
The plywood base for the bed was too flimsy for Mr. Math. We ripped it out and are putting in a more rigid base.
Here is the cabinet assembled and the wall board ready to go. This flat board is attached to the studs.
A stud using a stud finder. 😀
Open without hydrolic rods installed.
Closed. We still need to install the handles so Me. Math installed a string that allows us to pull it down.
Down with hydrolics installed and mattress in place.
Am I sorry we did this ourselves? No. It is quality construction that will last us a lifetime. We now have a room that can serve more that one use. It cost us more that I anticipated (all in it was about $600.) This is not a project for beginners. It required some skill and lots of tools.
Next step will be painting the room, painting the cabinet. installing the rest of the floor, decorating, and gettin leaves done for the expand-o- matic. This will end up being my favorite room in the house.
After Christmas we will get busy on the details.
Thanks for following along on our journey.
6 thoughts on “Murphy Bed”
It is just beautiful. I doubt the “one finger” technique would have afforded you such a wonderful, quality result. Congrats and well done!
It is really nice and I can’t wait to get the whole room together. Thank you.
We (my husband and father-in-law, not me) built a Murphy bed a few years ago. It was a long and trying process. But is was amazing when it was finished. I had it installed in my craft room. I was sad to sell it when we moved to a new house. Your bed is beautiful.
Thank you. It got used this weekend!