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! This could save you 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,  or 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!

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Our first tutorial, above,  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!

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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.

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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.

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Another ‘Ana White’ readers project, this full size Murphy bed would fit in a smaller space more easily… Also with free plans and instructions!

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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!)

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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. They also 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!

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‘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.

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‘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 made this Murphy bed..

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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!

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Feature photo from furniture designer ‘Roberto Gil‘.

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You might also be interested in 9 amazing DIY bunk beds!

Image Credits: Roberto Gil, DIY Network, Casa Kids, Ana White, Ana White, Creative Decor by Brooke, Moddi Murphy, Ikeahackers, Tiny Revolution

 

14 Comments

  1. Debbie from MountainMama February 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    What amazing ideas you have here! I did a post recently about my home office and I expressed an interest in using a Murphy Bed so a reader sent me a link to this page. Pinning for future reference!!

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  2. Linda May 26, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I want a plan for a twin bed for in our Office/ sewing room, with a drop down cutting table when the bed is up and not in use. Some how it would hide in the door with the leg or legs. When bed is in use it would be flat to the underside of the platform. Anyone have one they have made?

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    1. Terri Honey September 6, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Rockler has plans online for purchase. I have a store close by to go to. Built my own Q size murphy bed. VERY comfy!

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      1. Tom D. November 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        Can you share pictures / plans? Thanks, Tom

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    2. Kaley October 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

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    3. Valerie August 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Me too …please ! Our upstairs has scoped ceilings so a twin on its side would work fabulously. If anyone sees a plan for this I would love to see it.

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  3. Jerry Hudson January 20, 2017 at 4:42 am

    I love all the ideas i see. Were can i get rhe plans . For this beds?

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Which bed Jerry? They should all have links!

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  4. Susan February 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I too am interested in the Murphy bed w/cutting or work table on reverse side.

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  5. Scooter February 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    So glad I found this page… one home theater guest room coming up!! Once I get this kid out into the world :)

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  6. FFCP February 23, 2017 at 5:49 am

    ☺?☺?

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  7. eric jurial March 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    hi i am empress for the double deck bed…for my kids can i have copy the lay out?

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      All the projects have links directly to the project directions.

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  8. Emma Ha March 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This looks great! If I’d want to build a vertical version of this bed, would the instruction still be useful? Thank You

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