Picture of A Murphy Bed Installed Sideways
If you manage to get your hands on a Murphy bed, but it's too tall for the basement, install it sideways!

I pulled off the paneling on an interior wall, built a deck-type structure, attached it to the studs and installed heavy-duty hinges.

The bed is off the ground just in case there is any leaking into the basement.

At a later time, I intend to build a shelving system in the studs that are accessible when the bed is down and the panel against the studs is raised.
louisw2 years ago
clever idea 5 stars
murphybedhq louisw12 months ago
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 :)
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)  murphybedhq1 year ago
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.
majsupo2 years ago
how did you counter balance the bed? How heavy is the frame?. I really like your design.
va3rod2 years ago
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