You can buy a readymade Murphy bed or you can buy a wall bed hardware kit to build your own Murphy bed. It is always easier to buy a wall bed and just assemble it, but it is always better to build your own wall bed and you are going to find out why. Keep in mind that building your own Murphy bed requires the basic of woodworking, wood, screws and a few woodworking tools.
There is a lot of advantages of building your own Murphy bed, besides, a real bonus is that you learn and enjoy the process of creating something.
You know what it means if you are a “Do It Yourselfer” and want to create a bed. Below are some of the advantages:
You get quality
Most Murphy bed companies make their wall beds out of cheaper types of wood to make more profit. If you want to buy a good quality wall bed, get ready to pay thousands of dollars! When you build your own wall bed you can use a high-quality wood with the fraction of what it cost if you buy a readymade wall bed.
You save money
If you choose to build your wall bed out of plywood you will need 3-4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood or Particle board. You can cut the wood yourself if you have the tools or get the wood cut at the Home Depot which will cost you next to nothing because they may charge you $1 per cut. Now think about it, even at $80 a sheet for higher grade plywood, and the cost of our hardware you can easily build a queen or double size Murphy bed at half price what a readymade murphy bed will cost you.
There are high quality Murphy beds that will cost a few thousand dollars or there are some wall beds in the market that are made with lower quality particle boards and hardware for cheaper price, but none of these options won’t help you to save money.
You can customize it!
When you build you own Murphy bed, you can customize it the way you want for the size of your room. You can add a bookcase on the side, or side tables, closets, cabinets. You can also paint the wall bed or stain it to match your existing furniture in the room. Some people build one vertical and one horizontal bed to maximize room for the guests in a room or cottage.
You can match it with your existing décor
The problem with readymade Murphy beds is that they are not customizable that easy. When you build your own Murphy bed, you can easily match the stain or paint with your existing furniture.
You strengthen your skills and develop new skills
If you have done any woodworking project you know how it feels when you look at your finished product! It is your masterpiece! I can assure you if you do a few DIY projects you will save tremendous amount of money, time and you will develop skills that you never knew you have!
You will be proud of yourself
Your family will be proud of you, and you will be proud of yourself! You can be a great role model for your children and you can be a great example of a “Do It Yourselfer” for your family and your friends to help them to become a “DIY”ers too!