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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:

Neither of those were what we were looking for either, but they inspired me to try something similar with some tweaks.

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.
ClaireO216 days ago

Reason I want to use something that's not PAX is because it has too much depth. I understand the murphy bed with mattress takes up about 18 inches in depth? I want the side cabinets to also be about the same. and not 22 inches in depth like the Pax because I feel like it would be wasting a lot of space, especially when you're in a small studio. Was hoping to use the side cabinets for things like books and blu-rays, some photos on frame, statues, etc. Was thinking maybe lining up some Kallax / Expedit shelves maybe.

ClaireO216 days ago

Can you make this with sliding doors with the Pax? For example, use the same Pax Doors and Rails, but with maybe the Billy Bookcases on the sides?

AndyM171 month ago

This project looks great. Do you think this setup would be durable enough for everyday use, or would you only recommend for occasional / guest use of the bed. My kids have pretty small bedrooms and we're trying to determine how to maximize space.

nagupak2 months ago

Would I be correct in assuming that you cannot access the side pax cabinets when the bed is down? And if so, how much of a hassle is that to deal with?

bathhomeward4 months ago

Nice Collection...!!!

murphybedhq6 months ago

Great stuff, I really dig it!

veronicas17 months ago

I LOVE this design and the way you did this! Can you tell me about how much this cost you to build all together?

emc2mm9 months ago

Great job

Cclarke1510 months ago
Hello is it possibly to use the Pax wardrobe w/ mirror instead?

Hi, I'm in Australia and looked for the frame for quite some time. Is it possible helping me how I could find the frame?

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

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

tcosupreme1 year 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)  tcosupreme1 year 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!
WOW this is so stylish - love it.
Dadrepus1 year ago
How do you open the Pax units when the bed is down?
Gilo2 years ago
nice and informative.

How do you keep the mattress from falling off the frame when its up?
@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
newfangled (author)  dsherlock-lewis2 years 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.
jimuncle2 years ago
hey, a UK company consider your design as a solution to house the Next bed.

btw, I'm that HK client~ XD

nickchomey2 years 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...

newfangled (author)  nickchomey2 years 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/
maguzzy2 years ago
With the Next Bed System, does it have to be screwed into the wall? Thanks.
newfangled (author)  maguzzy2 years ago
This video shows it being screwed into the wall and the floor (starting at the 2:30):

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)  newfangled2 years 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.
jimuncle2 years 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.
jooknon2 years ago
Looks great! Lights are a nice touch.
meerar2 years 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)  meerar2 years 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.
TyrleY2 years ago
Its great!!! good job
WorkingGunn2 years ago
jravenelle2 years 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.
DanielCG2 years ago
Really good instructable and great looking finished project. I really liked the lessons learned you inserted. "If I were doing it again..."
DeeRilee2 years ago
Very nice!!!! I love Murphy beds....just wish I had a 'need' for one! lol