Murphy Bed Kit – See your next bed here!

Published On July 11, 2013 | By Maria Fredgaard

A Murphy bed in it’s essence, is a bed that you can flip up against the wall and hide behind closet doors, when you don’t need it.

Also commonly known as wall beds.

Murphy beds are great space savers in general, but are ideal for urbanites, who prioritize location over square footage.

We also have a post here about great Murphy bed designs – Some clever (expensive) designs, and some cheap affordable solutions too.

A short background of the Murphy bed

The Murphy bed was invented as a solution to this exact problem. In early 1900, William L. Murphy and his wife lived i San Francisco in a small one bedroom apartment.

William wanted space to entertain his friends, and of course the bed was the item to get rid of.

He designed the first wall bed and later patented the idea. His family has had the Murphy bed in production ever since.

Murphy bed history

DIY with a cheap Murphy bed kit

If you buy a Murphy bed ready made, they are quite expensive. They usually start at $1000 and go up from there. But if you are handy, it’s possible to build it yourself with a Murphy bed kit. It is a great DIY project and will save you a lot of money.

If you build it yourself, you also have the advantage of designing the front exactly like you want it.

Keep it simple and clean, with a high gloss front and no fuss, or go all out with crown molding and trims.

You can also do the whole thing in re-purposed old beautiful wood, for a rustic look and environmentally friendly approach.

Murphy bed kit design options

Hang a beautiful picture on the outer side of the bed, build the base for a sofa in front of the bed or create a built in look by building bookshelves over or next to the bed.

murphy bed combination

Use the space in front of the bed, during the day.

I recommend purchasing a complete Murphy bed hardware kit with pistons, locks and brackets etc.

These things are, for the most parts, not possible to buy at the hardware stores. And in a complete kit, you know you have everything you need.

I found a great kit over at >>Rockler.

When you buy their Murphy bed kit, you get all the hardware you need and a very thorough guide.  

I am pretty handy, but when working with things that flip and have to be weight adjusted (and very importantly: not fall on my head!) I like the guidance I can get:) They tell you what you need to know.

They have several models. Main difference is the way it is mounted (sideways or vertical).

> Check out or buy the Murphy Bed Hardware Kit Here for $300 – $369

Online stores with Murphy beds

StorePrice rangeMurphy beds 
Wayfair$1,129 - $6,399179
Expand Furniture$1,195 - $9,99535
Modern Furniture$832 - $6,09926
Home Square$1,243 - $2,679110

Why your next bed should be a Murphy bed

A Murphy bed is an investment. It gives you an extra room – as your bedroom can double function as office, hobby room etc.

So why not get an easy-to-install Murphy bed kit, and let your next bed be a Murphy bed? when you look at it this way every Murphy bed is cheap, as it gives you so much more than a cool bed :)

Read more about this simple Murphy bed kit at

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