Murphy Bed Plans – Choose Carefully

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Originally the Murphy bed was designed for small apartments, and living spaces. Today, adding a Murphy bed into a guest bedroom can allow you to use the room as both a full sized office, and a bedroom when needed. If you plan to build your own bed and cabinet, you need to choose your Murphy bed plans carefully, for ease of use, and safety.
Building this type of bed is a big project. You need to have detailed plans covering all of the critical safety concerns of implementing the bed. Pay close attention to the details on the plans of securing the cabinet and bed. Your bed and cabinet will be quite heavy after your final construction, and must be secured correctly to prevent the entire structure from tumbling on top of you, or your guests.
Due to the safety concerns, this is a project where the best plans and instructions available should be used. Just because someone threw together some plans and placed them on the internet for everyone to grab for free, does not guarantee they know what they are doing. Choosing a set of plans created by a professional builder, or craftsman, will assure you that the bed is safe and reliable.
For this project, make sure you follow the material list on your plans closely. Substituting for inferior materials could result in a weaker bed and cabinet, making the bed less safe. One of the most critical components of any Murphy bed is the actual bed frame and mechanism for raising and lowering the bed. You want to make sure the bed and counterweight work properly together, so the bed is easy to raise and lower. You do not want the challenge of trying to lift and lower the full weight of the bed using just your own power. Most well designed Murphy bed plans will detail the proper frame and Murphy assembly to use for your project.
So far we’ve been focused on the safety of the bed, but just as important is the appearance. You can find Murphy bed plans in a wide variety of styles, including elaborate wood cabinet plans, and also very simple plans just to get the bed out of the way and hidden. You may want to examine several sets of plans before choosing which one to undertake. Some sites offer you several options on plans for a single price. This gives you more flexibility when you are uncertain which way to go.
With multiple plans, and their complete material lists, you could go to a local building supply outlet, and get quotes for the materials on each plan. You can then make your decision based upon the combination of price, ease of the assembly, and the style of the project. Creating a beautiful Murphy bed is going to free up much needed floor space in your home. Using a great set of Murphy bed plans will aid you in making the bed safe, beautiful, and easy to use.

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Have you ever:
– Wanted to build something, because you cannot find it “retail”?
– Thought of making something custom for a specific need?
– Struggled to find detailed plans to build your dream project?

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