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Murphy Bed Added to Existing Built-Ins

On this project in Rhinebeck, NY we were challenged with converting an existing entertainment system to have a Murphy bed built into it. The goal was to make the cabinetry appear as if it was originally designed to incorporate the wall bed.

A queen-sized murphy bed built into basement man cave.
<noscript><img decoding=async class=wp image 1162 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1 300x180jpg alt=A queen sized murphy bed built into basement man cave width=880 height=528 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1 300x180jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1 1024x614jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1 768x461jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1 1536x922jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Open Left Angled 2000x1200 1jpg 2000w sizes=max width 880px 100vw 880px ><noscript> This basement features a queen bed that folds out from the wall

Collaboration

 

For this project, we were brought on by the Art of Building, a design-build firm based out of Rhinebeck. They developed a beautiful redesign of the existing built-ins that encompassed some of the paneling details of the adjacent cabinetry.

 

You can check out more of the Art of Building’s work on their website, www.theartofbuilding.net.

A hand sketch of the cabinetry layout for the wall bed built-ins.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1237 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads202004Drawing Sketch Murphy Bed 300x215png alt=A hand sketch of the cabinetry layout for the wall bed built ins width=653 height=468 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004Drawing Sketch Murphy Bed 300x215png 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004Drawing Sketch Murphy Bed 1024x735png 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004Drawing Sketch Murphy Bed 768x551png 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004Drawing Sketch Murphy Bedpng 1430w sizes=max width 653px 100vw 653px ><noscript> An initial sketch done by the Art of Building showing how the woodworking laid out

Background on Wall Beds

 

Most often when you see a wall bed, it is coined as a “Murphy Bed.” Murphy is one of the original, and most well-known brands of these beds, but not all wall beds are Murphy brand.

 

A wall bed is an excellent way to add a place to sleep, but not have the bed take up the floor space when it’s not in use. Wall beds hinge from the specialty hardware on the bottom, and hinge up into a cavity that houses the mattress when it’s stored.

 

Murphy beds are easy to use and very safe. The hardware we used was from German manufacturer called Hafele. Hafele is well-known for creating beatifically crafted architectural hardware. This unit has small little feet that rotate out when you pull the bed down, making it smooth and easy to operate.

A murphy bed in the closed position with entertainment center and built in shelving.
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A murphy bed in the open position with entertainment center and built in shelving.
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Biggest Benefits to Murphy Beds

  • Provide ample storage space
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable and Convenient
  • Aesthetically pleasing when folded up
  • Add value to your home, even after resale
A murphy bed in the open position in basement man cave with curved stone wall.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1160 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Left Side 1200x800 1 300x200jpg alt=A murphy bed in the open position in basement man cave with curved stone wall width=803 height=535 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Left Side 1200x800 1 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Left Side 1200x800 1 1024x683jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Left Side 1200x800 1 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Left Side 1200x800 1jpg 1200w sizes=max width 803px 100vw 803px ><noscript> Side view of the built in queen bed

Design Challenges

 

The biggest challenge on this project was making the built-in cabinetry appear as if it was designed with a wall bed in the first place.

 

We built a box to house the mattress when it’s folded up. This ended up being about 20” deep, fitting a queen sized mattress. Taking into account the concrete wall behind it, as well as the adjacent uprights on the shelving units, we built out two columns that projected out. This was limited by the box dimensions required by the hinging hardware.

Before image of entertainment center built-ins.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1239 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 300x225jpg alt=Before image of entertainment center built ins width=724 height=543 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 300x225jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 1024x768jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 768x576jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 1536x1152jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1128 2048x1536jpg 2048w sizes=max width 724px 100vw 724px ><noscript> Before image of the previous entertainment center

Hidden Book Nook

 

With each project we do, we try and think of the way the clients’ will use the space. Putting ourselves in the shoes of the end user, we are able to think outside of the box (no pun intended). Taking advantage of opportunities that arise during the construction process can really help improve the final product.

 

Since we had the added room on each side, we incorporated a little nook on each side of the bed. These were accessible only when the bed was folded down. Each one houses a USB-enabled outlet, allowing you to charge your phone overnight. It provides a perfect little nightstand for your book or jewelry.

Cubby for storing books and charging phone incorporated into cabinetry.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1158 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Cubby Close Up Vertical 800x1000 1 240x300jpg alt=Cubby for storing books and charging phone incorporated into cabinetry width=542 height=678 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Cubby Close Up Vertical 800x1000 1 240x300jpg 240w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Cubby Close Up Vertical 800x1000 1 768x960jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Cubby Close Up Vertical 800x1000 1jpg 800w sizes=max width 542px 100vw 542px ><noscript> Book cubby built into frame of bed with a USB outlet

 

A murphy bed in the open position in basement man cave with curved stone wall.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1156 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Right Angled 1200x800 1 300x200jpg alt=A murphy bed in the open position in basement man cave with curved stone wall width=782 height=521 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Right Angled 1200x800 1 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Right Angled 1200x800 1 1024x683jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Right Angled 1200x800 1 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200219015 Murphy Bed Right Angled 1200x800 1jpg 1200w sizes=max width 782px 100vw 782px ><noscript> Additional storage above bed for storing items

Final Thoughts

 

Built-ins and custom woodworking can add functionality and visual appeal to any space. Wall beds are perfect for tight spaces where you want to save floor room or accommodate a growing extended family. As your family grows and needs change, adapting your house to creating a home can be a truly rewarding process.

 

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Dan Arket