How To Make A Murphy Bed For An Apartment

How To Make A Murphy Bed For An Apartment

Your apartment is probably your own little sanctuary from the outside world, so it’s no surprise that you want to make sure it’s the best place possible. Decorating your apartment can be very fun, but if you don’t have much space, trying to fit in all of your furniture can feel overwhelming. A murphy bed might be the perfect solution! If you have an apartment with limited space and still want to have an extra bed, check out this step-by-step guide on how to make a murphy bed!

Draw the Sketch

To build your Murphy Bed, start by measuring the height of the mattress you have available. Draw two parallel lines as high up on each side as you measured, then connect the two lines with a horizontal line at the top (the height you measured). Next, draw diagonal lines from either end of that horizontal line to the parallel lines at both ends.

You should now have three vertical rectangles inside your original rectangle: one large and two small. Cut off any excess from these new shapes and use your ruler to measure and mark where you want the hinges on them before screwing them into place using galvanized screws.

Start With The Box Frame

Measure the space in your room where you want the Murphy Bed. Take the measurements and use them to cut four pieces of plywood from 3/4 thick by 7′ long each. Make sure that two pieces will overlap each other vertically (covering the headboard) while two will overlap horizontally (covering the footboard).

Lay one of your horizontal boards out flat and place one vertical board on top of it, sandwiching them together so that they are aligned with all their edges matching up as evenly as possible. You may need a couple clamps or rubber bands to keep things secure while you’re working on this step.

Building The Top Frame

First, decide on how high you want the top of the bed frame to be. In general, most people prefer just around 6 inches off the ground, but measure your height and preference before cutting. Then cut two pieces of 3/4-inch by 4-inch oak boards at 15 inches in length; these will act as the sides of the top frame.

One way to cut this piece is to find two four-foot long oak boards (that are already at 3/4-inch thick) that can be squared off and then simply cutting them down until they’re 15 inches in length.

Attaching The Up-Link Brackets

Murphy beds offer the advantages of being able to put them up and down, unlike a regular bed. They also provide homeowners with extra space, because they’re typically used when there’s company. It is possible, however, to create your own Murphy Bed if you live in an apartment with limited space. Below are some steps for making your own Murphy Bed that can be folded up in order to save space.

Laying Out The Hardware

When it comes to buying hardware, the Murphy Bed is like any other piece of furniture. You will need a headboard, side rails, and footboard. These can all be made out of anything from plywood or particle board, to MDF or pine boards. In your shopping cart you should have the following: two 1x4s (or whatever size your headboard will be), 1x2s for rail support beams and a Kreg Jig tool if you want.

Then, buy shelving brackets in order to hold up the slat rails that are built into the headboard and footboards. Now all you need is 1x6s in order to cover up all of those Kreg Jigs holes in your wall.

Building The Bedsprings And Rails

Construct the Bedsprings and Rails (Murphy Bed Frame) by following these steps:

  • Determine the total height of your Murphy Bed, based on what your mattress will be. In general, this height should be roughly 40% of the depth of your mattress. For example, if you have a Queen size mattress that is 17 inches deep, then you should measure about 60 inches from the floor up for the total height.
  • Measure out 60 square (or 1′ x 1′) in whatever area you’ve selected and construct two boxes on this section that are as tall as you want your Murphy Bed.

Finishing Touches And Final Thoughts

Murphy beds are made from three components: the frame, the hinged panels, and the headboard. Frame – Decide what size and type of Murphy bed you need. The size of your frame will be determined by the area available in your room.

I highly recommend getting one that is long enough to house both your mattress and box spring with plenty of storage space underneath. You can also buy just a mattress frame (sometimes referred to as box-spring style) but you’ll lose out on storage.


In conclusion, there are many other ways that Murphy beds can be used in the home. It doesn’t have to be just in a space-starved environment. For example, they can be used as couch couches or convertible sofas. They are also great because you don’t need to spend money on carpeting if you put your beds up every day.

The one downside is that it takes up more floor space than normal wall beds when it’s down and not under your window sill. But this is probably just a disadvantage if you live in an old Victorian style house with small rooms and high ceilings! Overall, Murphy beds are very popular in apartments or homes where the spare room is occupied by children’s toys or where there is no spare room at all!

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