Murphy beds are the perfect space-saving solution for people who live in apartments, small houses, or who have smaller bedrooms than they need. However, if you’re like most of us, you don’t have the hundreds of dollars that a prefabricated Murphy bed kit would cost you.
That’s where this guide to how to build a Murphy bed without a kit or hardware comes into play and all it will cost you is your time and attention! From this point forward, let me be your guide to building the perfect bed that can hide away in seconds.
What you need:
1. Your Murphy bed hardware kit will include all the parts you’ll need to make your own Murphy bed hardware. These kits usually include: two brackets, two mounting plates, a center support bracket, six legs and eight lag bolts. If you want extra strength, most hardware kits also include 12 screws.
2) Measure the distance between your studs (in inches) and divide that number by 2 — this is how many of your 8-foot boards you’ll need for each side of the Murphy bed frame. 3) Cut the boards so they measure at least 2 inches longer than your measurement from step 2). 4) Attach one bracket at each end of each board using one screw for each bracket and drilling through the board into each stud in both directions.
Tools & Materials
This guide will show you how to build your own Murphy bed. You will need the following materials and tools:
– 2x4s cut down to desired height – Plywood cut down into 1 strips – Clamps – Screws
You can find these materials at most hardware stores, or at Lowe’s or Home Depot. These are all the tools you’ll need:
– Hammer – Saw (dovetail) – Drill
If you’re handy with tools and want to save money, there are plenty of ways to create your own murphy bed. The most popular way is using the space under a standard bed – as long as it has enough clearance under it, you can use this method. You’ll need plenty of room in your bedroom for this type of setup, but it’s cheaper and easier than building one from scratch.
If you don’t have the room for a full-sized bed, many people opt for building one out of an old door. This is especially easy if you already have the hardware (hinges) on hand and just need to cut down the door.
Installing the mattress
The first step is installing the mattress. If you have a foam mattress, start by laying it over the frame and aligning its corners with the frame’s corners. If you’re using box springs, lay them over the foam mattress and align their corners with those of the mattress.
Next, measure how far from each edge of the bed that you want your bedding to be when your bed is in its folded position. Once you have this measurement, cut some excess off of your sheets and blankets so they’ll fit properly when they’re folded up on either side of the Murphy bed. Fold down one side of your Murphy bed and tuck in any extra fabric on that side.
A Murphy bed is a unique piece of furniture that uses clever design in order to make the most out of any space. And while it can be expensive and difficult to find, there are some handy tips for building one at home.
First, measure the room you want to install your Murphy bed in so you know how long it needs to be. Once you’ve found the length, take the measurement and subtract 10 inches from each end. This will give you an idea of what size plywood cutouts you’ll need for each side of your bed frame.