13 DIY Murphy Bed Projects For Every Budget

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    Small Space Furniture Shouldn't Cost a Fortune

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    Lori Wall Beds

    All hail the miraculous Murphy bed! For more than a century, the small space wonder has been adding double-duty magic to cramped apartments.


    Unlike your grandmother's clunky Murphy bed, contemporary options are sleek and stylish. The dilemma? They don't come at granny's old-timey prices. This modest cabinet that conceals a full sized mattress (not included) starts at around $2,500. A fancier number that transforms into a sofa costs more than $12,000. Yee-ouch!


    We think furniture that makes the...MORE most of your square footage shouldn't cost a huge chunk of change. That's why we created this list of thirteen DIY Murphy bed projects that won't torpedo your bank account. Some of these ideas cost less than $200 — no kidding!


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    DIY Murphy Bed for Small Spaces

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    The DIY Village

    Jacque and her husband Matt from The DIY Village built a Murphy bed for their craft room so it could double as a guest room.


    To get started, they purchased a Vertical Mount Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware Kit from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware for $299. Jacque says it was a smart buy that made the DIY process easier.


    How so, you may be thinking? The kit contains all the parts for the hydraulic lift system for simple opening and closing, plus a step-by-step DVD for assembling. Since no Murphy bed is...MORE complete without a cabinet and mattress frame, Rockler throws in the building plans for both at no charge. You can download here.


    Depending on your budget you can use hardwood, plywood, MDF or particle board to construct a Murphy Bed.


    Jacque and Matt picked PureBond Hardwood Plywood. They say the professional grade building material enhanced the strength and beauty of their finished project. PureBond products are also formaldehyde-free and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $600.


    Tip: The hardware needed to create a spring or piston lift Murphy bed usually costs more than the lumber and other materials combined.


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    Build This Murphy Bed for Cheap

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    The Lori Wall Bed

    We just mentioned that a spring or piston lifting mechanism could more than double the cost of making a Murphy bed. If you're not in the know, the hardware takes the effort out of opening and closing.


    If you're willing to sacrifice convenience to save money, consider The Lori Wall Beds Kit. It's a mechanism-free solution that makes it possible to create a custom Murphy for as little as $200. 


    How does the Lori Wall Bed open and close? The design relies on good old fashion muscle power. To help...MORE counterbalance some of the weight, the bottom of the bed frame has rounded "rocker" edges that double as shelving when closed. This video demonstrates.


    Each Lori wall bed kit comes with building plans and assembly fittings (more than 200 hinges, screws, connectors, and bolts!) Customers can pick from two types of bed orientations: vertical or horizontal, and three different bed sizes: twin, full or queen. The price per kit is $79.


    Got questions? Their website is chock-full of information including DIY tips. For inspiration view their gallery. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: $200 and up.


    Tip: To avoid back pain drama, Lori Moore, the person who created The Lori Wall Bed shares tips for building and managing for easy lifting and lowering. 


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    DIY Murphy Bed for Mere Mortals

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    Woodworking for Mere Mortals

    You know you're only human. But that doesn't mean you can't build this DIY Murphy bed by Steve at Woodworking for Mere Mortals. He designs projects for folks with limited budgets and zero building experience. 


    Steve says constructing the cabinet and mattress frame for this project is easy peasy. But installing the spring release hardware that lifts and lowers the bed not so much. But have no fear.


    To kick things off, he purchased a DIY kit from Murphy Bed Hardware for around $370. Just like the...MORE kit we mentioned earlier, it comes with all the stuff to assemble a lifting mechanism plus building plans for constructing the cabinet and bed frame. After spending a chunk of time examining all of the materials, Steve penned a new step-by-step guide that clarifies and simplifies the DIY process from start to finish. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $500.


    Tip: Need a new mattress for your Murphy bed? Get a Caspar at a $50 discount courtesy of Woodworking for Mere Mortals.


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    DIY This Modern Farmhouse Murphy Bed

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    Addicted 2 DIY

    This Murphy bed office combo by Katie at Addicted 2 DIY blew our minds.


    Take a good look at the photo. Katie created a one-of-a-kind furniture system that includes the bookcases and desk. The frosting on the cake is the bed cabinet. When closed it resembles a storage wall so those not in the know would never guess it conceals a mattress.


    The mechanism kit for Katie's queen-size Murphy came from Rockler. She also downloaded the company's step-by-step instructions for building the cabinet...MORE and shelving units. Afterward, she modified the building plans to suit her space and needs.


    See part one and part two of her tutorial. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $700.


    Tip: Katie says covering exposed plywood, particle board, or MDF edges with veneer tape will give your project a polished look.


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    DIY This IKEA Murphy Bed

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    Renos and Old Houses

    Paul from Renovations and Old Houses was inspired to build his DIY Murphy bed using pieces from IKEA's PAX series after his wife saw this IKEA hack from Herbie's World and this IKEA hack from Jerry's Projects. 


    All three projects incorporated a floor mounted bed frame with a spring mechanism from ​Murphy Bed Frame. Prices start at $299. When assembled and installed it's an all-in-one free-standing device that supports, lifts and lowers a mattress.


    To conceal, just build a cabinet around it. Paul...MORE9;s tutorial shares how. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $500.


    Tip: Paul used a lot of bolts to create his cabinet. To save hours of work he marked each fastener's location using a homemade jig that took a minute to make.


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    Hack A PAX Murphy Bed

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    Huskverna

    Here's another DIY Murphy bed that's also a PAX IKEA hack. Norwegian blogger, Calvin Gross from Huskverna, says if you're making a unit for a full-sized mattress you'll need several things including two PAX wardrobe frames and a couple of LURÖY slatted bed bases


    He explains how to hack here.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $500.


    Tip: Calvin used structural timber, a type of machined wood used for floor joists to build his bed frame. Why? He says it's cheaper and stronger...MORE than plywood.


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    Build a Transforming Sofa Murphy Bed

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    We mentioned earlier that you could buy a Murphy bed that transforms into a sofa for around $12,000. This money-saving DIY by Imgur user Avalon Awaked explains how to build one for a heck of a lot less.


    The sofa and ottoman are from IKEA's SÖDERHAMN series. Together they cost around $700.


    To simplify the DIY process, he purchased The Next Bed for $485. It's a Murphy bed mattress frame with a lifting mechanism that you can anchor to a wall or floor — Here's how to assemble.


    Keep in mind, Avalon...MORE created a custom mount for the bed frame so it would open over the sofa. Afterward, he made a Murphy bed cabinet with built-in storage using white melamine. View the tutorial.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress or sofa: Less than $700.


    Tip: Avalon DIY includes 35 helpful images so remember to load all when viewing.


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    How to Build a Basic Murphy Bed

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    Makesomething.tv

    This project by David Picciuto at Make Something TV shows how to make a simple Murphy bed using Side Mount Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware from Rockler.


    Here is the supplies and tools list for this intermediate woodworking project.


    We mentioned earlier that each Rockler kit includes instructions for building the cabinet and bed frame. But if you find them confusing, David's video gives an overview of the steps.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $500.


    Tip: David plans on adding shelves...MORE and drawers to his project so stay tuned for the video tutorial. Subscribe to his channel.


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    Create a Murphy Bed Fit For a Kid

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    Martin Vester via IKEA Hackers

    Need to make room for a grade schooler? Martin Vester used leftover parts from an IKEA Ivar storage system to create a small Murphy bed with built-in shelving for his tiny home office. When we spotted his original creation on IKEA Hackers, we thought, it would make a great kid-sized bed.


    Martin needed a few more supplies to finish the job. His shopping list includes hinges and four plywood shelves. He also upcycled an old mattress.


    What's our favorite part of this project? Martin used three of...MORE the plywood shelves to create a bench for blankets and sheets. Take a peek at the tutorial.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Less than $150 if you already own most of the materials.


    Tip: Martin didn't want his Murphy bed to stick out like a sore thumb when closed. So he used chalkboard paint to make it appear more office-like.


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    Make This Rustic Murphy Bed for Less Than $200

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    Ana White

    If you're an Ana White fan, you already know her site is an excellent resource for DIY building plans. We love the brag boards. It's where readers share how they customized their finished projects. A crowd favorite is this rustic Murphy bed by a user named Ido2626.


    This step-by-step by Ana was the starting point. Sorry beginners, this is an advanced woodworking project.


    User ldo2626 personalized the Murphy bed's facing using plywood and pine boards that were stained and pickled. It was...MORE a time-consuming process that was worth the effort. How much did all this rustic goodness cost from start to finish? $150. Get more details.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: $150.


    Tip: DIYers with solid woodworking skills can build a bed like this in less than 20 hours.


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    Build a Disappearing Murphy Bed for Less Than $200

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    Many Murphy beds are free-standing pieces of furniture that you bolt to the wall or floor. The blogging sisters behind Junk in Their Trunk, share how to create one that seemingly disappears like magic without using an expensive lifting mechanism.


    They were inspired by a Murphy bed project by Your Modern Family. They sell the building plans for $4.99. 


    Junk in Their Trunk shares photos and tips of their DIY for free here. 


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Around $150.


    Tip: This bed lifts...MORE and lowers using hinges. A large or heavy bed base may need two people to lift and close.


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    Faux Murphy Bed for Tiny Spaces

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    http://tinyrevolution.us/

    Andrew and Crystal Odom are the tiny house dwellers behind Tiny Revolution, a site that promotes small space living.


    Since they couldn't fit a traditional Murphy bed in their home, they came up with a similar idea called the roll out bed.


    What's inside this two-box design? The front box conceals an accordion style bed frame on castors. Inside the second one is a foam IKEA mattress. See how it works.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: Around $275.


    Tip: You can buy the building plans for...MORE $2.95. 


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    One Stop Shopping Murphy Bed Kit

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    Allthingsthrifty.com

    A custom built Murphy bed can cost $3,000 to $10,000. Sure you can save a lot of money by DIYing but let's face, it takes a lot of work — not to mention expensive tools.


    The Do it Yourself Murphy Bed Kit by Wilding Wall Beds comes with everything you need to create a functional Murphy bed including the pre-cut lumber. Once it's assembled (here are the instructions) you can customize the cabinet using crown molding, paint and pretty hardware. All Things Thrifty shares tips. 


    Kits are available in...MORE your choice of wood: alder, cherry, mahogany, maple or oak. Kits start at $1049. Shop here.


    Estimated cost not including the mattress: $1049 and up.


    Tip: For a limited time, shipping is free.