We recently were working on a home design, and one of the issues was that there was need for a guest room. Unfortunately, both extra rooms needed to be used as a home office. Solution, Murphy beds! For those of you in the dark about what a Murphy bed is, it’s a wall bed that folds up during the day to save space. Once we started doing some research, we discovered not only could you create a well designed room around one, but you could DIY Murphy beds and save yourself potentially a couple thousand dollars! Yep, you read that right. Perfect for a tight space, Murphy beds take any space in your home into double duty.
Add guest space, turn a small room into both a bedroom and a playroom, create a studio apartment style space in an attic or a corner basement room… the ideas are endless. This isn’t a small DIY project to be sure, but one that is worth the effort in both money and space saved! Feature photo above, from furniture designer ‘Roberto Gil‘.
Our first tutorial is this DIY Murphy bed by Jacque and Matt from ‘DIY Village’, and it’s a good one! Lot’s of photos, and they were kind enough to share where they bought the hardware kit. (That incidentally came with a cut sheet, instructions and a DVD!) What a nice job! When folded up, this just looks like a nice built in storage unit.
Need room for kids? ‘DIY Network’ shows us step by step how to build a side fold bunk bed. If you have several kids, you know that this is almost like getting an extra room built onto your house!
‘Apartment Therapy‘ brought to our attention that adding a double Murphy bed might just allow an expanding family to avoid buying a larger, more expensive home. Therefore, it might be worth the expense, even if you don’t want to DIY it. This one from ‘Casa Kids‘ looks as if it would definitely stand the test of time, and might warrant it’s price tag.
We LOVE ‘Ana White’… she has more building plans and tutorials for DIY’ers then anyone we know, and they are free! One of her readers shared their version of her rustic Queen size wall bed, and it looks great! Just goes to show, this is in a DIY’ers capabilities.
Another ‘Ana White’ readers project, this full size Murphy bed would fit in a smaller space more easily… Also with free plans and instructions!
Ok, so this Murphy bed from ‘Creative Decor by Brooke‘ doesn’t come with a full tutorial, but it’s an important post because she shares with you her process (including a few pics!) on how they made their bed look like an armoire! (Spoiler : They fake it!)
The Moddi Murphy Bed is genius for anyone trying to save some money… Their plan and parts list includes only parts that you can buy from the hardware store or IKEA, and they claim you can make the entire Murphy bed for under $275… That is a fraction of what it would cost to buy one. Google it, I’m serious. Their plan does cost $7.95, but that’s chump change compared to what it could save you. Oh, did we mention, it also has this cool modern vibe we haven’t seen in any other plan? Love this!
‘Plans Now’ has another plan you can download for just a few dollars, and has everything you need to make your own Murphy bed, including a cutting diagram.
‘IkeaHackers’ made this Ikea hack Murphy bed that is designed to fit into a closet. Made from Ikea Pax cabinets, the tutorial has photos to show you just how they did it.
Finally, we have this really cool and different roll out guest bed from ‘Tiny Revolution’, This is made with an accordion style base, and is perfect for the tiny house. The plans are still free, even thought the page has a time expiration on it. Really clever solution to a small space!Image Credits: Roberto Gil, DIY Network, Casa Kids, Ana White, Ana White, Creative Decor by Brooke, Moddi Murphy, Ikeahackers, Tiny Revolution