Published on November 27th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Queen-size MALM Murphy Hack

Materials: Queen size IKEA MALM bed, 1 8×4 sheet of wood, nails, hammer, 2 70 lb bags concrete, gate hinges, fishing line

1. Secure the bed slats on the MALM bed with fishing line.

2. Chop off the legs.

3. Build a box to put concrete (for counterweight) and attach hinges and bed to.

4. Attach bed to hinges and box.

5. Cut out 2 opposing side legs that correspond to the height of the hinge that the bed is attached to.

6. Attach new legs to hinges.

7. Calculate the spring constant, k, of the gate springs.

8. Pick optimal spot to attach gate spring to bed and weighting box using spring constant. Warning: most of the bed frame is actually hallow. I recommend using the edge of the legs.

~ Clay Woolam, San Fransisco

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

10 Responses to Queen-size MALM Murphy Hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    A murphy bed is one that lifts up ans sits against a wall when not is use: it’s usually used in a bachelor apartment or guest room. It’s hinged to the wall, and can be called a wall bed or lift up bed. they start at 1500 usually. That’s why this hack is so cool! Good job!

  2. Margaret says:

    What is a Murphy bed?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting but confusing. Perhaps you can review and update? Would like to see more details. Looks like the headboard is also cut? Is it attached to the wall or floor? Measurements of the box? Did you mix the concrete or were they just for weight? How do you calculate the spring constant? This is absolutely intriging for those of us looking for a Murphy type bed. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How did you secure the slats with fishing line?

  5. Patry says:

    Waht an excellent ideia! This is how great ideas are born. Like the person that had the easy idea to put a stick on the end of a rag and inveted tha mop. Simple inventions that last.

  6. Annalea says:

    I agree with Emily . . . more info, please!!!

  7. Emily says:

    I would love to see this as an instructable or something with a little more information. I’ve been scouring the internet for a way to make a murphy bed, but I just can’t see exactly how you did it with the pictures and captions. Great idea though! Wish I could figure it out.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Did you end up using gate springs?

    If so, can you update the post with a picture of where and how you attached them?

    Can you confirm the purpose of the gate springs?
    Make the lifting process easier?
    Making the bed secure when lifted?

    Thank you!

  9. jo says:

    and, sorry, but what do you get as a result?

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