How To Build A DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit

Looking to add some space in your bedroom or guest room? Why not build a DIY horizontal Murphy bed to save space? All you need is the correct amount of wood, simple tools, and a Murphy Bed Hardware Kit. Having a Murphy bed is great for a guest room or your bedroom as it can be stored in the wall. This creates lots of extra space for when the bed is not in use. See below for a quick step-by-step on how to make a Murphy bed yourself!



DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_02Step 1 – Purchase the amount of wood needed as per the instructions in your hardware kit.
Usually you will need 4 sheets of your choice of wood cut to size as seen above.
Have the place you buy the wood at cut the wood for you (usually for free).

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_01Step 2 – Wood stain the cabinet and bed frame wood to your choice of color.
Once all of your wood is stained, let dry for 24 hours.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_03Step 3 – Begin assembling the wall cabinet with the hardware kit in the area it will be installed.
Use the instructions in the hardware kit and a cordless drill to install everything correctly.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_04Step 4 – Install the cabinet in the wall using the parts in the hardware kit.
Be sure you follow the instructions carefully to fully secure the cabinet to the wall.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_05Step 5 – Assemble the bed rails using the parts in the kit with a cordless drill.
Be sure to follow the hardware kit instructions so everything lines up correctly.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_06Step 6 – Assemble the rails and stiffeners to the cabinet face.
Pay attention to detail here so when bed is up, the wood is square and centered.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_07Step 7 – Once bed frame is assembled, sand it down if needed.
Sanding is only necessary if the wood is not smooth.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_08Step 8 – Stain the assembled bed frame with the same color as used before.
Let this dry at least 24 hours before touching or moving.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_09Step 9 – Use semi-gloss over top the wood stain if you prefer.
Let semi-gloss dry for at least 24 hours before moving or touching.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_10Step 10 – Install bed frame to cabinet as per hardware kit instructions.
It is recommended to use a 10″ mattress for this particular hardware kit.
NOTE: The thickness of the mattress will depend on how deep you made the cabinet.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_11Step 11 – Test to be sure the bed frame lifts, fits, and locks into the cabinet.
You may need to shim the cabinet doors if they do not shut squarely.

DIY Murphy Bed With Hardware Kit_12Step 12 – Add sheets, comforter, pillows and your DIY Murphy bed is COMPLETE!

Queen-Size Deluxe Murphy Bed Kit VerticalPurchase a Murphy Bed Hardware Kit OnlineLink here

Queen-Size Deluxe Murphy Bed Kit DimensionsHere is a simple dimension chart for the DIY Murphy bed.

How to put together a Murphy Bed from a hardware kit.

If you know of an easier way to build a Murphy bed, or a better hardware kit, please leave a comment below to assist our other readers.

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1 Emma April 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Fantastic guide! And the best part – not moving it a couple of hours! Gosh, our kids are playing everywhere and keeping it safe is quite hard! Never mind, thanks for sharing that DIY project!


2 sean April 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

This is a really great DIY guide. I have been considering buying a cabinet bed. However, I have been thinking I may be able to build something that would work for my needs. I love DIY projects and this one seems pretty doable. Do you have any recommendations for what hardware kit to use?


3 DIY Project Help Tips April 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

We have a great hardware kit on our page that we recommend. Just scroll up and check it out.


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