Introduction: A Murphy Bed Installed Sideways

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The Murphy bed I managed to get (for free, second-hand) was too tall for the low ceilings downstairs. I grabbed my drill, bought a few hinges and made this...

1. Locate the studs on an interior wall
2. Build a deck-type structure wide enough to accommodate the box spring, mattress and frame
3. Attach the wood structure to the studs
4. Install heavy-duty hinges.
5. Add feet on the bed frame

You can make a fold-up bed with hinges on the side that isn’t a Murphy bed, but it’s prettier if you get a Murphy bed because it has the paneling on the "bottom".


meralgia (author)2014-12-01

There is a similar build here but it's in the vertical orientation:

ancyans (author)2014-11-30

could you please add the instructions?

louisw (author)2012-04-06

clever idea 5 stars

murphybedhq (author)louisw2013-10-26

Thanks! - and Oh yes I could imagine that it's heavy - they are a hassle to move :) We are installing a queens size bed tomorrow - just spent a week building over at my father in law's place, and it's SO heavy too :)

murphybedhq (author)2013-10-18

That is a neat trick. Nice tip for small spaces with low ceelings! I have created a list of the different murphy bed models here:

meralgia (author)murphybedhq2013-10-18

How awesome! I love how they're cataloged in one place! The other trick I was faced with when we got the bed downstairs is how to mount the giant spring that nearly took of our arm when we disassembled it from the other house. I couldn't imagine drilling into the concrete foundation. The bed is heavy to lay down, but it's used so infrequently that it's not an issue.

majsupo (author)2012-05-08

how did you counter balance the bed? How heavy is the frame?. I really like your design.

va3rod (author)2011-12-29

This is so obvious that I feel like a real dope! I have wanted a Murphy Bed in my basement for 25 years and held off doing it because where I want to put the bed is under 72" headroom due to a heating duct.

You have solved my problem! Thankyou ! Rod

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