Published on October 23rd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


After building Murphy bed I hacked the leftover 48 legs

Materials: Lack side tables and legs

Description: I built a Murphy bed using the Ikea Lack side tables on the front to make a very aesthetic and artistic wall piece.

The bed required 12 lack table tops, and after the project I was very inspired to make good use of the left over 48 table legs……which inspired several more hacks…..I sawed the legs to a short height and attached them to a black rectangular table top which also acted as a reinforcer to the murphy bed when it is down it lays on top of the flat zen like table.

Additionally, I bought two long wooden shelves to match the dining table I was using and created two side benches by attaching six hack side table legs under each shelf.

I also created a queen size bed platform for my tempurpedic using apporximately 20 of the left over legs and two interior standard sized doors with flat hinge reinforcers. The tempurpedic lays comfortably on top and I have amazing additional storage under neath.

~ Nicole Persley, Delray Beach, Florida

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11 Responses to After building Murphy bed I hacked the leftover 48 legs

  1. Anonymous says:

    I also made the Moddi murphy bed… It’s been about two years, and it’s still not finished. The online plans leave out important details, so make sure you plan and measure ahead, and don’t build it too close to any wall… You need clearance on both sides. Yes, it looks super cool, and I’ll be pleased to show it off if I ever finish it. Must say that it’s VERY heavy and VERY scary to think about all that weight supported with the supports they recommend. I ended up having to “invent” my own system of drilling anchors that went through into the other room. As for this hack of 48 legs… I hate to criticize creativity, but this hack is horrible. I too have 48 legs, and I will try to share whatever I do with my legs which are currently sitting in (ironically) an IKEA bag in my locker.

    • Stephanie Jones says:

      Yea, those legs might have been put to better use on the side of the bed it looks a little wonky with no attempt to hide it on the sides.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Everyone!
    I just now saw all of these posts about the murphy bed. I was really trying to emphasize the re use of the legs more than the actual murphy bed. I saw that the moddi murphy bed was already on Ikea Hacker, as a matter of fact thats how I learned about it myself.
    I don’t have any down pics of it, but I had it reinforced and modified a couple minor details.

  3. Laura says:

    I wish I could see the bracket it is attached to as well as a “down” picture.. This is a GREAT idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    More related to the Moddi murphy bed than anything else – do you know how wide a wall you need to build one? I’d like to try one for my spare room, but I’m not sure if I have enough uninterrupted wall space. I browsed their website but didn’t see dimensions…

  5. kids loft furniture says:

    I am also very interested in your murphy bed. I’m looking about moving into a studio and have really been looking hard for one that is reliable. What’s more reliable than one you made on your own!

  6. Anonymous says:

    are those LACK tables? aren’t LACK made of glorified cardboard? i wouldn’t trust them to hold up a bed, let alone one that you’re always moving around…

  7. David says:

    The Murphy bed in question is a Moddi Murphy bed.
    She bought the plans online. It’s a very distinct piece. The Moddi design really stands out, so I’m not sure why she left out that important detail…

    Just do a search for “Moddi” and “Murphy bed” in google. I just bought the plans myself. $8. Very detailed, even has a parts list on where to buy everything.

  8. Vixen says:

    I am also very interested in your murphy bed. I’m looking about moving into a studio and have really been looking hard for one that is reliable. What’s more reliable than one you made on your own!

  9. Pete says:

    Could you post a link to how you built your murphy bed. Perhaps a parts list and some close up pics? I’m looking to make one of these and your design and reuse of the lack legs would be perfect for my next project. It’s coming up on Winter here in New England so I will have tons of time to work on it. Thanks!

    • Kelley says:

      I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I, too, would LOVE a link, a parts list, etc for this. I’m building a tiny house and this is essential to my build. Thank you!!!

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