All you need to know about building your own Easy DIY Murphy Bed

Here are Answers to Common Questions We Get Asked Often About Our Easy DIY Murphy Bed Hardware Kits.

What is an Easy DIY Murphy Bed Hardware Kit?

When you build a do-it-yourself wall bed, you will need to use a Murphy bed hardware kit, because it makes it very easy to create a wall bed since all the complex technical stuff is worked out for you.

The other purpose of the hardware it to make it easy to open and close the wall bed since it contains a set of easy lift pistons. The kit includes all the measurements to cut the wood for the size of wall bed you choose to build.

Each hardware kit contains all the parts that you need to attach to the wood according the measurements and instructions in each kit.

This hardware will make it possible for you be able to open and close your Murphy bed almost effortlessly.

We are providing you the Murphy bed hardware, but you still need to buy wood, screws and edging tape to build your Murphy bed.

murphy bed kit graphic

What is included in the Easy DIY Murphy Bed kit?

A full set of instructions with 3 guidebooks and a detailed DVD are included in your kit.

wall bed hardware mechanism guide books

A set of lower plates that attach to the bed frame rails, with all the hardware is included.

wall bed mechanism lower plates

A set of upper plates where the pistons will attach to the cabinet sides.

wall bed mechanism upper plates

A pair of easy lift pistons that will make your Murphy bed a breeze to open and close.

wall bed mechanism gas springs

An adjustable mattress strap to hold your mattress on the bed frame when the bed is closed.

wall bed mechanism mattress strap

A pair of easy fold-up legs to support your Murphy bed when it is open.

wall bed mechanism fold up legs

A set of male pivots plates that attach to the cabinet sides including all the hardware.

wall bed mechanism male plates

Note: The wood and mattress are not included in our Murphy bed kits.

What sizes of Murphy bed hardware do you offer?

We carry hardware kits for all popular mattress sizes such as Twin/Single, Double/Full and Queen.

Our kits are available in both vertical mount and horizontal mount configuration.

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.

wall bed Canada mattress sizes

What you need to buy to build your own Murphy bed?

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:

3 to 4 sheets of 3/4″ Plywood or 3/4″ particle board. You can also use MDF.

wall bed mechanism lumber

1 to 2 sheets of 1/4″ ply or similar for mattress support panels.

wall bed mechanism wood for mattress supports

A few lengths of 1×2 (3/4″ x 1-1/2″)  solid pine strips for the bed frame.

wall bed mechanism wood for bed frame

Bottle of carpenter wood glue and 1 tube of construction adhesive.

wall bed mechanism wood glue

50 ft of edging tape to finish all exposed edges of the wood.

wall bed mechanism band edging

About 100 count of  2″ wood screws and 100 count of 1-1/4″ wood screws.

wall bed mechanism wood screws

How many sheets of wood do you 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.

You will 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. You will also need a 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.

How much is the wood cost for a Murphy bed?

You can build your Murphy bed with 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 $50-$80 a sheet at most bog box stores in Canada.

Types of wood you can use for your 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
  • Particle board or MDF

You can build the entire Murphy bed out of plywood if you wish.

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 it won’t break easily.

How do I cut 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 wood cut there.

Home Depot gets the wood cut for free or sometimes will charge $1 for each cut if you buy the wood from them.

Many local lumber yards also cut wood for very small fees.

Do I stain my Murphy bed or should I paint it?

This is the decision that you have make 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 the hardware, make the holes, take the hardware off to paint or stain the wooden parts, then place the hardware back on the parts and attach it.

Tools you will require to build an Easy DIY Murphy Bed

Circular saw or table saw if you plan on cutting the wood yourself.

Circular saw needed for building DIY wall bed

A drill, we recommend a cordless, battery operated one for more convenience.

Drill needed for building DIY wall bed

A pair of wood clamps to assist in building the bed frame.

Clamps needed for building DIY wall bed

Edging trimmer if you plan on applying edging to the exposed edges of the wood.

Edging trimmer needed for building DIY wall bed

A measuring tape is a must!

Measure tape needed for building DIY wall bed

A carpenter square of large drywall square for marking the face panels and squaring up the hardware parts.

Carpenter square needed for building DIY wall bed

A household iron if you want to apply edging tape to the wood edges.

Iron needed for building DIY wall bed

A 3/4″ spade bit, a 3/8″,  1/4″ and 1/8″ regular drill bit. You will also need a 1/2″, and 5/8″ forstner bit.

Drill bits needed for building DIY wall bed

#3 Robertson driver bits and screwdriver. A 3/16″ Allen key is recommended for tightening the joint connectors.

Screw driver needed for building DIY wall bed

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:

Drilling holes and driving screws:

Drilling the holes for the hardware, driving and tightening screws and nuts to attach the hardware.

drilling pilot holes on Murphy bed wooden parts

Gluing wooden parts:

You will need to glue some Murphy bed parts together using carpenters glue and construction adhesive.

applying wood glue to Murphy bed parts

Measuring accurately:

You will need to know how to measure accurately with a measuring tape in order to attach the hardware parts.

measuring wall for wall bed installation

Cutting wood: (optional)

You will need to know how to use a circular saw or table saw if you plan on cutting the wooden parts yourself.

cutting wood with circular saw for DIY wall bed

Apply edging tape with household iron:

You probably want your work to stand out, so adding a finished professional look to your exposed wood edges would be a great idea.

To do this you need to apply edging tape to the exposed edges of the wood pieces to give your wall bed a finished look.

applying edging tape to wallbed parts

What are the finished dimensions for each size Murphy Bed?

Please click on the link below to see the finished dimensions:

How much weight a Murphy bed can handle?

The maximum weight that a single or twin Murphy bed can handle for a person is 275 lbs., obviously if you purchase a double or queen the maximum weight would be 550 lbs. for two people.

How much should be 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 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.

Can I use a memory foam mattress?

Yes, you can use any memory foam mattress provided it falls within the range. You may have to add some weight to the footer end bed if the mattress is too light.

Can I modify my Murphy bed?

There are modifications that you can do and there are some you cannot do, because it may not work! Please contact our expert staff to discuss your modifications before you proceed.

Can I move my Murphy bed from one place to another?

Yes, but you will have to follow the instructions for the disassembly of a Murphy bed. It is basically the opposite of the assembly process.

Is there warranty for the parts in my Murphy bed kit?

Yes, all the parts in our Murphy bed comes with Lifetime warranty, but you must register for it. We may require some pictures of your finished Murphy bed.

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