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.

步骤1: Two Pax Wardrobes

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.

步骤2: Assemble and Install the Bed Mechanism

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.
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