Wall Bed

25,941

163

7

Posted in WorkshopFurniture

Introduction: Wall Bed

About: Wood, lasers, drift trike, hacks. Robot garden member, and design enthusiast. Upcycle, pallets, and hydroponics.

I decided to make a wall bed (Murphy bed) to save space and double as an office. This is for a full size bed.
Materials:
2x8 - 12 ft (If I did it again I would have gotten 2x10)
2x4 - 10 ft
8in gate hinges - 2
Size 14 screws for gate - 8
Size 14 bolts and nuts - 2
3" screws
A full size bunk bed frame
Drill
Saw

Step 1: Cut Board and Drill to Wall

Cut the 2x8 into 2 60" pieces. Drill them together and cut two more pieces to make supports. Then drill the back to the wall

Step 2: Drill Hinges On

Drill the hinges onto the 60" 2x4 first then onto the base.

Step 3: Attaching the Frame

So here is where I drilled the bolt into the 2x4 to attach the frame. If I would have gotten a 2x10 instead of 2x8 I could have had the 2x4 lay horizontal when the bed is laid down. Then I could have drilled the bolt through the thin part of the board. Instead I had to drill a hole in the middle of the board so I could get the nut on the bolt.

Step 4: Attach the Feet

Just drill a hole and bolt on

Step 5: The Mattress

Put the bed on and test it out. Then you need something to hold it while it's up. I chose bungee cords.

Share

    Recommendations

    • Microcontroller Contest

      Microcontroller Contest
    • Science of Cooking

      Science of Cooking
    • Spotless Contest

      Spotless Contest
    user

    We have a be nice policy.
    Please be positive and constructive.

    Tips

    1 Questions

    Hi there don't know how long ago this instructable was posted but very happy I came across it as I was researching net for help getting my diy wallbed off the ground ... hehehe

    Yours is by far the quickest, simplest, cheapest, no mess no fuss method that is similar to my project using an existing dismantled metal bed frame.

    Hopefully u still check comments here and better yet if u respond - might actually get to finish the dam thing

    This is prob a stupid question but I can't quite get my head round step 3 (& no pics that I can see of the bed when it's down in the horizontal position or of just the frame without mattress to get a visual) Can u give me a lil more detail about how u attached the hinges to metal frame. Hinges are mounted to stud backer but then how have u attached the stud to the metal frame that it's concealed from view when bed is upright.

    Any extra detail, pics, tips or hints r very welcome n greatly appreciated!

    Cheers
    Renomum

    Ps. Love ur work !

    0

    Hi renomum - if I remember correctly, I screwed in a bolt into the wood. The metal frame had a bracket with holes in it so I could drill easily into the wood through the bracket.

    Hope that helps! It's been taken down since we moved

    7 Comments

    Hey, this looks awesome! I'm moving into a new apartment soon and would love to make something like this. Do you think there's some way to make a free-standing version of this and add a board or something on the base of the bed so that when it's up, I can put posters on it or something? I can't make any holes in the wall :/

    2 replies

    I haven't made one, but it might be possible if you create a freestanding headboard with enough weight to handle it. Perhaps cement blocks in a wooden box headboard? I'd use one of the folding metal bed bases because they have legs built in that fold down. They are cheap, easy to find, and come in different sizes. Most have a height of 14 Inches. To create a flat surface while up you could use some tempered hardboard with hinges and mount it to the bottom of the bed frame or the legs with pipe hangers or something else. You'd unfold the board after putting the board up. A lighter mattress would work better than a heavier one. Those are just my random ideas on the subject. Maybe you'll find them useful. :)

    I love your idea a lot, I need to know what that metal bar bed frame is, likwe what is it called? the metal base. Where can I get one like yours what should i look up online for the metal bar base frame?

    1 reply

    Hi jumper435,
    The base was actually the bottom of a bunk bed that had a full size frame on bottom and twin on top. I bought the whole bunk bed from a furniture store.

    You could also build a wood frame or maybe some plumbing pipes that can be screwed together.

    Best of luck!