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Old Apr 14th, 09, 10:41 am   #1
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Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets

I just completed a remodel on our guest room, and I wanted to share the result of my big Ikea Hack.

I built a Murphy Wall Bed using modified Pax wardrobe cabinets and an off-the-shelf Murphy folding bed mechanism.
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Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets 
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Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets 

Rather than resize a bunch of pictures for reposting here, its easiest to just point to my web album with pictures and descriptions: Murphy Bed Project

Basically, I stretched a 40" Pax cabinet to "double-wide" then made four Birkeland doors into two bi-fold doors and hung them with extra hinges (for the weight). Combined with the stock side cabinets I got a nice built-in looking cabinet, and I only spent about $1600 for the whole project, versus ~$5000 for a cheaply made commercial Murphy Bed installation.

I have a lot of extra details in a blog post here, but I'm willing to answer any other questions, since I know from my early research that there is some interest in this topic.

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I just completed a remodel on our guest room, and I wanted to share the result of my big Ikea Hack.

I built a Murphy Wall Bed using modified Pax wardrobe cabinets and an off-the-shelf Murphy folding bed mechanism.
Click for larger version
Re: Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets 
Click for larger version
Re: Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets 

Rather than resize a bunch of pictures for reposting here, its easiest to just point to my web album with pictures and descriptions: Murphy Bed Project

Basically, I stretched a 40" Pax cabinet to "double-wide" then made four Birkeland doors into two bi-fold doors and hung them with extra hinges (for the weight). Combined with the stock side cabinets I got a nice built-in looking cabinet, and I only spent about $1600 for the whole project, versus ~$5000 for a cheaply made commercial Murphy Bed installation.

I have a lot of extra details in a blog post here, but I'm willing to answer any other questions, since I know from my early research that there is some interest in this topic.
that's awesome! I have no need for a murphy bed, but i want one now!

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Old Apr 22nd, 09, 5:06 pm  
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Re: Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets

Thats really neat, talk about space saving!

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This is really cool. I'd love to have a murphy bed in the office, although I'm not sure how to fit one in, but I do have one question for you. In the slideshow you say:

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The headboard stores against the wall when the bed is folded up. When down, the headboard bolts to the Murphy frame so our guests can sit up in bed.
Does that mean you have to manually attach the headboard every time you set up the room for guests?

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Old Apr 23rd, 09, 11:30 am  
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Does that mean you have to manually attach the headboard every time you set up the room for guests?
No and Yes.

For a quick overnighter, we wouldn't bother; it isn't required to sleep in the bed.

For longer stays (like when my in-laws are here for several nights), then we attach the headboard so they can read in bed, etc. Attaching the headboard means just sliding it forward about 4 inches onto a pair of bolts that stick out from the murphy frame, then spinning down two wingnuts, so it takes about 45 seconds. It takes longer to make the bed and fluff the pillows.

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Thanks! You did a wonderful job.

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Re: Murphy Bed with Pax Wardrobe Cabinets

this looks great,and is a fabulous solution.

I'm in awe.

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