Homemade Murphy Bed

This is our Murphy Bed. Maria has designed it and built it. We will upload an instruction plan here on the site eventually.

The bed is built with extra storage behind the bed, to add some extra depth and get space for our winter clothes, travel gear etc.

Built With Extra Height

We have built it with longer legs than normal murphy beds because we were used to sleeping 25” above ground in our tall storage bed.

We don’t like laying close to the floor so we chose to make it higher than normal.


Here’s a video tour off out of the bed is constructed. We put it up on YouTube several years ago and noticed (all of a sudden) that it had a lot of views :-)

Here are some pictures from the bed

First: a picture of the bed in when it is folded up.

As you can see we have built the cabinet on each side for storage. That cabinet to The left contains all of our clothes and the cabinet to the right contains on Maria’s sewing machine items.

We also building storage below the bed. You can see the two little doors below the bed and when you open them you can access guitars and two extra collapsible chairs.


Here’s another picture, where the bed is folded down, and closet behind the bed is revealed.

As you can see most of our clothes are in drawers. The rest of the closest hanging on the hangers above the drawers. We constructed the area around the bed this way because we needed to get out your clothes and stuff out of the way.

Before we build the bed we had two large wardrobes along the wall and in front of them, we had a normal bed.


Finally, you can see inside the closet behind the bed.

Here we store our trolleys (carry-ons’ only of course – we are light travelers), winter clothes etc. So we are actually able to keep me most of our belongings inside the bed. It’s well-hidden away during the day. This is really important when you’re staying the small space.

Hidden storage behind the bed

We wanted to get our stuff out of the way so we don’t have to look at it all the time. Because this room is also our office space so we actually use it day and night.

Storage can sometimes be a challenge in a tiny space because you don’t have extra rooms to stack boxes and stuff. We didn’t want to keep stuff in the attic, we wanted to only half the number of things which we could fit into our apartment. So we have sold a lot of things as you can imagine.


We haven’t gotten to the part about paint yet. So the bed and the cabinets are still not painted white. But This is something we have on how to do list and at some point, we will do it eventually.

We hope you like the bad and that it could inspire you to build something yourself. It has been a really great project for us and we liked the outcome.

2018 update:
Now we have been using the bed for several years and everything still works properly. We are still very happy with the design Even though we never got to the painting part ;)

More info + building plans

We have put on building plans for the bed and more info over at this website. It’s a separate website we did about Murphy beds and here you will find a lot of information about local stores across the US.

This website we also wrote a lot about the history of the Murphy bed as well as a lot of different designs. So if you’re interested in seeing all the different creative designs people have made with wall beds, go visit the website.

Online stores with Murphy beds

StorePrice rangeMurphy beds 
Wayfair$1,129 - $6,399179
Expand Furniture$1,195 - $9,99535
Amazon$1,100 - $3,499 +200
Houzz$1,065 - $8,339127

We hope you liked it better and if you are interested in learning more about Murphy beds just visit the website above..