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We have a spare bedroom that is long, but also fairly narrow.  With a queen bed there wasn't much space for anything else, but we wanted to make the room more multi-functional.  The obvious solution was a murphy bed.

We spoke to some of the local suppliers, and for a basic murphy bed and cabinet with no additional storage space the price would have been about $3,500.  That's a little steep, but the bigger problem is that we didn't like the style of any of them.

I'd seen two ikea hacks that used Pax cabinets with a murphy bed kit:
http://jerrystarbuckproject.blogspot.ca/2011/02/murphy-bed-with-ikea-cabinets.html
http://herbiesworld.blogspot.ca/2009/04/guest-room-remodel-budget-murphy-bed.html

Neither of those were what we were looking for either, but they inspired me to try something similar with some tweaks.
 
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Step 1: Two Pax Wardrobes

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Two Ikea Pax 100x236 Wardrobes spaced about 172cm apart.
If I were doing it again, I would probably increase the spacing to 180cm, just to get a few more inches clearance.

Step 2: Assemble and Install the Bed Mechanism

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After some searching online I decided to use the Next Bed kit for the murphy bed hardware.

Here it's shown assembled and installed.  It rests on the floor, and is attached to the wall at the baseboard level with 8 screws.

Just for reference, the mattress is a 12" pillowtop, with a mattresspad on top of that.  It's currently set up so that it's tight to the wall, but there's enough clearance that I move the bed further out from the wall to hang a picture on there.

Overall I'm really impressed with the quality of the Next Bed kit, and would recommend it to anyone. The instructions are clear, and they have several helpful assembly videos available online as well.
murphybedhq1 month ago

Cool! How well would you say the bed is "balanced"? is it easy to pull up and down?

murphybedhq1 month ago

Really nice! I love the clean and very stylish look. Amazing what you can get out of Ikea stuff :)

tcosupreme11 months ago
I've just installed the next bed kit too... and I'm still trying to decide how to enclose it in cabinetry, etc... but the most imminent issue right now is that we've realized (too late of course) that there is a HUGE gap between the head of the bed and the wall when the bed is laid down - which of course makes it impossible for guests to sit up and read in bed. Have you figured a way around this? Somehow the picture in your instructable here does not appear to have such a big gap...
newfangled (author)  tcosupreme11 months ago
That huge gap surprised me too, and it's definitely worth mentioning. For a 12" deep mattress you're going to have a 12" between the wall and the bed when it's in the down position.

I think some of the other mechanisms might be offset back to cut down the gap a bit, but not much. I've seen videos of some of the fancy cabinetry, and they use a headboard that slides up and into position to fix the problem. So I think all murphy bed mechanisms must have this problem to one degree or another.

Short answer is that my guests don't get to read in bed either.
My solution!
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murphybedhq10 months ago
WOW this is so stylish - love it.
Dadrepus10 months ago
How do you open the Pax units when the bed is down?
Gilo1 year ago
nice and informative.

How do you keep the mattress from falling off the frame when its up?
tcosupreme Gilo11 months ago
@Gilo - the frame has supports built-in that hold the mattress up when it is in a vertical position, AND there is one strap near the foot of the bed that wraps around the mattress to keep it from falling or shifting while opening/closing.
Hi I'm looking at building a wallbed just like yours. I looked at the ikea wardrobe that you have used. But ikea say I need 2.4 metre to fit wardrobe or the doors which I don't have. In your photos it does look like you have 4cm clearance above the wardrobe
HOW DID YOU DO IT?
newfangled (author)  dsherlock-lewis1 year ago
Sorry, I've tried to reply to this twice but my responses keep disappearing for some reason.

Short answer: our ceiling is 95-1/2" (2.43m).

That is low enough that we built the Pax standing up against the wall, rather than building them on the floor and then rotating them up.

I think the 2.4m clearance is mostly because you have to lift the sliding door up and onto the track. You could potentially slide the door on at the end of the track instead, but I can't guarantee that would work.
jimuncle1 year ago
hey, a UK company consider your design as a solution to house the Next bed.

btw, I'm that HK client~ XD

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nickchomey1 year ago
Also, I'm thinking that instead of cutting the 12cm off the tracks, you could make the whole thing as wide as possible and perhaps squeeze some Lack or Komplement upright shelves inside beside the bed for books, water, alarm clock etc...

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00207473/
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20163779/
newfangled (author)  nickchomey1 year ago
It really depends how much wall space you've got. In our spare room 390cm was about the max possible, so since I was going to have to cut anyway I shortened it down to 372cm. For something like a basement though, I think 4m would probably work fine.

One thing about a wider span, is that the center section will sag more. jimuncle has done a version of this bed, and had a great idea for how to prevent the sagging: http://www.instructables.com/id/Wall-Bed/step7/Stabilization/
maguzzy1 year ago
With the Next Bed System, does it have to be screwed into the wall? Thanks.
newfangled (author)  maguzzy1 year ago
This video shows it being screwed into the wall and the floor (starting at the 2:30):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1XIB5PchAI

The instructions only say to screw it into the wall. I think you could go either wall or floor, but it definitely needs to be fastened to something.

The instructions also assume that you have a wood stud wall, and involve putting several long woodscrews into the bottomplate of the wall. Done properly there should be minimal damage - just 8 holes down at the baseboard level.

I have steel stud walls, and getting the screws to securely hit the bottom steel channel was trickier than it would be with wood framing. I ended up with a mix of machine screws into the channel and large toggle bolts in the drywall. I'm happy with how secure it feels.
newfangled (author)  newfangled1 year ago
Oh, and the instructions that come with the Next Bed can be found here: http://www.wallbedsbywilding.com/Installation/73-NextBed.pdf

And http://www.wallbedsbywilding.com/installation-murphy-frame.php has more detailed installation videos.
jimuncle1 year ago
That is the best hack I've ever seen.
I'm living in a tiny flat in HK and just bought a next bed and a second hand ikea pax wardrobe with 2 sliding door. Need another 2 doors to make a similar cabinet. Hope I can finish it within March.
Thx for your magnificent idea.
jooknon1 year ago
Looks great! Lights are a nice touch.
meerar1 year ago
fantastic hack. looks really good professional and custom made rather than a diy job. does that mean that the next bed cost about 600 dollars?
newfangled (author)  meerar1 year ago
I'm in Canada, so with delivery it was about $600. But in the US it should be possible to find it for in the $400~500 range.
TyrleY1 year ago
Its great!!! good job
beautiful
jravenelle1 year ago
Looks great! Nice way to have a great guest bed (or everyday bed) The doors finish it off so well - really clean, great look. Some wall color- a pale gray or beige - wood be great too.
DanielCG1 year ago
Really good instructable and great looking finished project. I really liked the lessons learned you inserted. "If I were doing it again..."
DeeRilee1 year ago
Very nice!!!! I love Murphy beds....just wish I had a 'need' for one! lol