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Building a Murphy Bed

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    • Before you begin building your Murphy bed, you need to decide on where you want the bed to be placed. Make sure that the space you choose is big enough so that two bookshelves can fit on both sides of the bed. The bookshelves you use should be the same height or higher than the mattress, and make sure that they're deeper than the mattress that you'll be using. You can then proceed to buy materials, including plywood, wood boards, MDF, wood screws, hinges, wood glue, studs, paint, drill and bits, a level and a hammer.


    • You should first measure where you want the bookshelves to be mounted on the wall and mark it with a pencil. Mount the bookshelves on the wall with studs and 3-inch wood screws. Once you have determined the measurements for the bed box, you can proceed with construction of the frame.


    • Use 1x12 wood boards for the frame of the bed. You can create the frame by attaching the boards together using wood glue. Secure the frame by adding wood screws where the corners meet. Make a ledger board that will attach the bed to the wall from 2x8 wood board. Attach the ledger board to the bed frame using 6-inch gate hinges. Cut the MDF so that it fits around the bed frame and attach it using construction adhesive. Secure the MDF onto the frame using wood screws. When you are done creating the frame, you may add wheels to the bottom of the bed.


    • To install the Murphy bed you must first affix the ledger board to the wall studs using 3-inch lag bolts. You can then add treatments such as trim molding around the bed's frame or you can simply paint the bed. Set your mattress onto the bed, and your Murphy bed is ready for use.

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