All You Need To Know About How to Build a Murphy Bed.
All the information you need to know about Our Easy DIY Murphy Bed Hardware kit such as parts, installation, cost , warranty and more!
What is an Easy DIY Murphy Bed Hardware Kit?
A wall bed is very heavy without the hardware and it would be hard to open and close. You need to use a Murphy bed hardware kit to counterbalance the weight to the wall bed. That is why you need to attach the hardware to the wooden parts according to the instructions that are included in your DIY Murphy bed hardware kit to be able to open and close your wall bed easily.
Having a proper set of instructions is crucial because you need all the measurements to cut the wood for the size of the wall bed you choose to build. The other main component of a Murphy bed hardware kit is the piston. The easy lift pistons in the hardware kit are the parts that make it easy to open and close by counterbalancing the weight of the bed frame and the mattress.
We offer complete Murphy bed hardware, with a set of easy to follow and understand guidebooks, but you still need to buy wood, screws, and edging tape to build your own Murphy bed. When you buy a ready-made Murphy bed, they have done this for you, but you must pay thousands of dollars to get a high-quality wall bed in the market. if you have the basic woodworking skills, with the help of our hardware and some work you can build your own wall bed with high-quality wood and save thousands of dollars.
What is included in Easy DIY Murphy Bed kit?
How many sheets of wood do I need to build a Murphy bed?
If you are building a double or queen size Murphy bed, you will need 4 sheets of 3/4” thick plywood and 2 sheets of 1/4“plywood or similar thin wood for the mattress supports.
If you cut the wood yourself you can use the leftover plywood, it not you may also need 12 pieces of 6-foot 1×2’s pine for frame struts and 2 pieces of 8-foot 1×2’s for the frame sides. Also an 8-foot piece of 1×3 pine for the cabinet top rear bracket.
If you choose to build a twin-size Murphy bed, you will need 3 sheets of 3/4“and 1 sheet of 1/4“plywood.
What kind of wood working skills do I need to build an Easy DIY Murphy bed?
There are a few basic skills that you need to know in order to complete a do it yourself Murphy wall bed project:
How much is the wood cost for a Murphy bed?
You can build your Murphy bed with 3-4 sheets of plywood or use the fancy laminated wood that cost hundreds of dollars for a sheet!
In general, depending on the type of plywood you choose the cost can be between $250-$450. Regular plywood is about $30-$80 a sheet at most big box stores.
What kinds of wood can use I use to build my own Murphy bed?
The type of wood you use is very important when you build a DIY Murphy bed.
We offer two options in our cutting guide and every cutting guide has the measurements for two types of wood:
- Plywood such as (Birch, Maple, Oak, etc.)
- Particle board or MDF
You can build the entire Murphy bed out of plywood if you have a saw and you cut the wood yourself.
If you choose to use particle board or MDF, you MUST use plywood for the bed frame parts, because this is where most of the stress takes place, and if you don’t use plywood your wall bed will fall apart witch can be dangerous.
Can I use a memory foam mattress?
Can I modify my Murphy bed?
Can I move my Murphy bed from one place to another?
All sizes of Murphy bed hardware we offer
Our kits are available in both vertical mount and horizontal mount configurations that you can choose from.
We carry hardware kits for all popular mattress sizes such as Twin/Single, Double/Full, and Queen.
What kind of mattress do I need for my Murphy bed?
Our wall bed kits are designed to be used with any innerspring mattress up to 12 inches thick. Your mattress should weigh between 60 to 80 pounds depending on the size of the bed you are building.
How to Build a Murphy Bed Supply List
After you purchase our hardware, you still need to buy wood, screws, and edging tape to build a functional Murphy bed.
Here is what you will need to buy:
Cutting the wood for my Murphy bed project
If you have a circular saw or table saw and you are familiar with woodcutting you can cut all the wooden parts yourself.
However, you can also go to the Home Depot or Lowes and get the woodcut at the store simply by giving them the measurements provided in your cutting guide.
Home Depot may charge $1 for each cut if you buy the wood from them. Sometimes, they also do cuts for free.
Many local lumber yards also cut wood for very small fees.
Tools you need to build a DIY Murphy Bed
Do I stain my Murphy bed or should I paint it?
This is the decision that you have made when you plan the construction of your Murphy bed.
If you want to get better results and make a professional-grade Murphy bed, you should place make the holes and attach the hardware, then take the hardware off to paint or stain the wooden parts.
After you finished staining or painting, you can place the hardware back on the parts and assemble your wall bed.
Finished dimensions of each size Murphy Bed
Please click on the link below to see the finished dimensions:
How much weight a Murphy bed can handle?
The weight of the mattress for a Murphy bed
By referring to the chart below you will know what is the maximum weight for your size of the wall bed. If you use a heavy mattress for a Murphy bed, your bed will be too heavy for the pistons to lift which is not very convenient. Any innerspring mattress up to 12” thick will work great.
Heavy, pillow-top mattresses are not suitable for a Murphy bed. For each size Murphy bed, there is a weight limit for the mattress. If your mattress is too heavy, the pistons would not function properly and the bed would be hard to close. That is why you need to keep the mattress weight within the range.
However, if your mattress is 13-14 inches, but the weight is within the range, you can use it, but you have to make your side cabinets a couple of inches deeper. Just be aware that you cannot use the leg crossbar between the two legs when your mattress is thicker than 12 inches. The maximum weight for a queen-size vertical mattress is 85 pounds and the height should be less than 12 inches.
Lifetime warranty for all the parts included in your Easy DIY Murphy Kit
Complete Construction Guide
Step-by-Step Visually Illustrated!