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Rockler's Murphy Bed Plan

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A drop-leaf desk gives the fold-down bed a second life during daylight hours! Plan includes all the details you need to make your own full- or queen-size folding bed. This plan specifies side-mount hardware. Recommended for those with advanced skill level. A fold down bed is a great space saver, but now, with our Drop Leaf addition, you get two projects in one! This plan uses side mount hardware in full or queen size (#89591 and #89608, each sold separately).

Materials Needed For Murphy Bed Plan:
  • 4 Sheets of 3/4" red oak plywood
  • 50 board feet of 3/4" red oak
  • 15 board feet of 1-3/4" red oak
  • 4 board feet of 1/2" red oak
  • 8 board feet of 1/4" red oak
  • 14 board feet of 3/4" poplar
  • 50 ft. of red oak edge banding
  • Side Mount Fold Down Bed Mechanism ONLY
(1) Rockler's Murphy Bed Plan
(1) Detailed exploding view
(1) Set of Step-by-step instructions
(1) Complete material list
(1) Set of Elevation drawings
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.0800
2.7 / 5.0
29 Reviews
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Plans and hardware
Used these plans to build a full sized bed in 2015, Used them again in 2016 to build a full size and also a queen size. Getting ready to build my fourth which may be another queen. I found the plans very detailed and the hardware high quality. If you follow the build instructions you will have no problem. My 2015 assembly instructions advise having a helper. I would agree. If you follow the assembly instructions it will be a very easy install.
November 28, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to follow plans. Looking forward to getting this project started.
September 8, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
You tube video is great
The you tube instructions are fantastic!
November 24, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Murphy Bed Kit
I wanted one of these beds for several years and finally bought this kit from Rockler. It is just what I need. It is easy to build and install to the wall, as I plan on building the book cases on each side too. I highly recommend this kit to anyone who has experience in wood working. The instructions are easy to follow as I do recommend cutting and finishing the wood parts before assembly.
April 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great plans
September 2, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
My friend Larry and I built...
My friend Larry and I built this unit so Larry would have more room in their bedroom/office. It was a wonderful project and they love it. We added the cabinet to the left and extended the counter all the way across and added bookshelves above for a built-in look.
July 26, 2009
Decent Murphy bed plans
For a relatively skilled woodworker this is a good project. I find I’m not skilled enough and don’t have the right tools
February 15, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
murphy bed plans
was hoping for a better set of plans.
May 28, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Simple but useful
I guess that I expected a bit more detail and options. Not useless, just could be more useful
May 6, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
fold down bed 90829
We are building the full sized bed. The instructions start off with a reference to a plywood cutting guide on page 8, and there is no page 8. There are detailed instructions for cutting the plywood for the queen size bed. We are winging it. I am still very excited to be building this project. The instructions are written for someone with more experience.
October 20, 2018
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Extra help if needed.
Mike S on May 17, 2020
plan to build soon
Donna B on Apr 17, 2020
Extra help if needed.
Mike S on May 17, 2020
I have no experience with building this project. I wanted expert advise.
Mary Beth W on May 5, 2020
plan to build soon
Donna B on Apr 17, 2020
your excellent reviews
Jane M on Apr 12, 2020
To support easy to follow instructions
Rodney B on Mar 31, 2020
Richard Silva G on Mar 31, 2020
Have plans on building this bed for my spare room at cabin
D A on Mar 17, 2020
Try and set up so you can download plan
Kevin F on Feb 23, 2020
i was told that the plans were available for free on line. but no they're $11 puls $5 shipping.if I had known that I wouldn't have bought the kit.
Bob on Feb 22, 2020
I like its simple style-great for my craftsman house
connie w on Feb 17, 2020
basement ceiling height does not allow matteress to be stored on end ,on side is perfect .
John M on Feb 17, 2020
Basic ideas
Richard W on Feb 8, 2020
The style I was looking for
Tod W on Jan 31, 2020
Nice design, I need a Murphy bed, I need a new project
Bob on Jan 30, 2020
Wanted to have a room saving bed so I can use my extra room for a guest and craft room.
Nicholas P on Dec 28, 2019
I trust Rockler to deliver a good plan to fit my needs , and they have the hardware kit when I'm ready to complete the project.
Robert K on Dec 21, 2019
Used them before and love em!
larry foster C on Dec 19, 2019
I chose this plan for two reasons: (1) it was highly reviewed & (2) I need to know the materials list before I order the hardware so I can know the total cost.
Phillip W on Oct 8, 2019
it will fit in the space we have room for. a good buy for our money
DOUGLAS D on Oct 7, 2019
I've been looking for plans for some time now and this seems fairly straightforward. I'm look forward to this project.
Lenell C on Sep 18, 2019
I plan to make a murphy bed and the plans I ordered will provide an example of what I want to build.
JOSE MORENO A on Sep 3, 2019
Have been looking for awhile. Like this idea and the simplicity
Sue H on Aug 26, 2019
I have had good luck with Rockler plans.
James M on Aug 15, 2019
Bonus desk give it multiple uses
Martha B on Aug 8, 2019
Better plans and instructions. This Murphy Bed fits the room better.
philip h on Jul 17, 2019
Like to look
William J on Jul 3, 2019
I have an extra room in the basement, wanted to build a Murphy bed for it for a while now. Looks like an attractive design.
Steve M on Jun 29, 2019
It looks like a fun place to hide bodies.
Jason Gutierrez G on Jun 23, 2019
Need it for limited space room
SANDY L on Jun 21, 2019
I want to build a murphy bed for my cabin.
Harvey F on May 13, 2019
I needed more sleeping space and more floor space in my office room when we have guests. So I figured a Murphy Bed might be the perfect solution.
John M on Apr 15, 2019
I need to build a custom murphy bed to fit in a 300-sq-ft tiny house. This seemed to offer the most options for later hardware decisions and purchase.
Lela H on Apr 12, 2019
I plan to buy the hardware as well and build a murphy bed with my own aesthetic design instead of paying thousands of dollars for one.
Amy R on Feb 26, 2019
Respect the company.
Mark W on Feb 25, 2019
Wife wants it.
Nick E on Feb 15, 2019
john c on Feb 12, 2019
We have limited head room in our basement that we are remodeling and need to add in another bed for company.
Betty S on Feb 10, 2019
thinking of building murphy bed for seldom used bed to free up space in room
William R on Jan 1, 2019
DANIEL O'DONNELL R on Oct 30, 2018
wanted good reliable plans
K L on Aug 7, 2018
Need to build
Bob on May 14, 2018
I have ordered the hardware which comes with instructions, etc. I had noticed in my search that the separate Bed Plan includes a foldup desk on the exterior (bottom) of the bed. I would like to have that option without engineering it myself.
David C on May 7, 2018
I want more room in my room also desk top for lab top basically the conversion from sleeping to working !
Eugene L on Apr 12, 2018
Love your products.
vicente roman m on Apr 9, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Mike C on Feb 2, 2018
a good friend wants me to build one for him.
.jim on Feb 2, 2018
LANNY S on Jan 25, 2018
I am looking for a way to make mini homes easier for everyday use.
Davisd R on Dec 19, 2017
I enjoy building things and this project can be a blessing to someone who is in need of a space saver in a small bedroom. Would like to see some stain finishes that works with this build. Thanks.
Hayward H on Dec 12, 2017
Need a side-mounted bed.<br />Have come to expect quality from Rockler.
Don S on Nov 22, 2017
I have no experience with building this project. I wanted expert advise.
Mary Beth W on May 5, 2020
your excellent reviews
Jane M on Apr 12, 2020
what are the finished dimensions for a full size bed?
Tom B on Nov 2, 2016
What can be done to use a 14" H Queen Size mattress?
Manuel P on Jan 7, 2017
How do I Disassemble a Murphy bed?
Roger on Aug 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Opposite of how you put it together
We have ordered the Murphy bed mechanism. Does this include the plans which can be purchased separately?
Becky A on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, the hardware includes plan for a standard cabinet design. This offer here is for a custom design.
What tools are required to make this? Want to make sure I don't need a full woodworking shop!
greenbean on Nov 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: you will need just about everything a small shop would have. table saw, drills, router with bits, jointer. These types of tools
Possible to buy CNC plans for Murphy bed/desk hardware?
ROBIN on Feb 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not aware of any CNC programs for Murphy bed plans. A solid table saw or track saw and a drill press to drill straight holes and you will have an easy time with assembly and enjoy good results.
Can this plan be used to make the bed vertical??
A shopper on Aug 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No this is for the horizontal only, sorry
Why isn’t there a digital download?
Frank W on Sep 18, 2019
Does the plan include the side shelves?
Dennis B on Aug 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. Side Shelves are shown in pictures but are not included in the basic plans. Just the frame for the bed itself. Also, I found the tolerances in the plans a bit tight. I can close the bed, but when I try to open it, it hangs up on the bottom board. It could use a bit more clearance there.
what is the total width of the horizontal queen size murphy bed once the bed is opened?
Lola Cam on Aug 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My bed is a vertical Full so I can only estimate. The off set of the bed box from the wall will be about 3 inches and the bed box will be about 2 3/4 inches wider than the mattress. So a Queen mattress width plus 5 34 inches would be a pretty good guess.
What is the maximum mattress thickness these plans can accommodate?
Christjt on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We purchased a single mattress in a box from Tuft and Needle. It is 10 inches thick. It fits perfectly.
Can the folding mechanism be used to raise a train table?
donald h on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Keep the weight in line and it should.
Good for how many person is this?
Juvy S on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Full - 2, queen - 3
Could I install the bed hardware and use the bed—and leave the cabinetry for later?
Al L on May 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You need the basic box. The hardware attaches to the inside walls. The hydraulic cylinders that raise and lower the bed are so strong that unless you have the weight of the front attached to the bed frame, the bed will not stay down. Side book shelves can easily be added later.
Do all of your hardware kits use the same hydraulic piston no matter the bed size?
Chris M on Jan 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: no, strength varies according to bed size.
Which plan do I need to purchase for a queen size bed?
Jeff D on Dec 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have built two regular size beds using the excellent plans that come with the hardware kit item 89624. One several years ago and one this past year. For a queen you will want item 89632. I did add book cases to the second bed by simply adding a couple of book cases that I already had and trimming the bed case to match.
I hope this helps. The hardware is great and simple to install. I built my first one about 15 years ago in my drive way using saw horses. It's in a rental property and still looks and worked great.
what are dimensions for full bed?
diane k on Aug 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 62-1/2" H x 92-3/4" W x 19-3/4" D
I have a studio with large long closets, can I just install the hardware and bed and use the existing floor to ceiling closet?
Rebecca H on Apr 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I don't know why that would not work. you will have to furr out the sides of the closet to receive the hardware for the bed.
installed murphy bed 7 years ago its hard to shut and its hard to open is there anything that would help existing hardware ???
dennis p on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would first check to see if the mattress platform is rubbing or binding within the face frame of the cabinet. Simple sanding will fix that. If it a hardware issue, check the tension adjustment on the pistons.
I have a verticle bed now. can I convert it to horizontal?
Repairguy on Sep 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. The hardware for the horizontal bed is different, especially the hydraulic cylinder that assists in raising and lowering the bed.
how do I mount this bed on the wall to keep it from tipping?
Karen N on Jan 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can mount it whit screws. You need to find studs
Is the finished height of the mattress the same height as a standard mattress on a box spring even though a box spring is not used?
Eileen M on Jul 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. The mattress will be lower than a bed with box springs. Mine is appox. 21 inches from floor to top of mattress.
how do I remove and replace murphy bed pistons?
NILES N on Mar 13, 2019
Read the page and what's the deal with the boards 50 ft long 50 foot boards I don't understand that if I ordered the kit is it hard to put it together for a queen-size bed or what like to know. And is the price really $10.99 or is that just a price on something else?
David G on Oct 25, 2017
Do y'all have any plans for a Murphy bed with a drop down table?
Ginger H on Aug 23, 2017
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