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Published on July 17th, 2014 | by msilberberg

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BILLY Bookcases transform into Murphy Bed





We live in Manhattan where space is a premium. We are fortunate to have a playroom that also needs to double as a guest room.

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Conventional Murphy beds didn’t quite fit into the space and they are expensive. So a hack seemed in order:

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The center bookcases are mounted on a piece of plywood on wheels with the Murphy bed attached to the plywood.

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It’s pretty manageable to spin around when the bed is needed.

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For the side shelves I used two bookcases to add depth to accommodate the depth of the bed when it is hidden.

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I used some old IKEA hardware to keep the center piece from being moved.

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Here it is in action:

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No, I don’t want to miss out on any hack. Tell me when the move happens. Here are my details:


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16 Responses to BILLY Bookcases transform into Murphy Bed

  1. Bryan says:

    Oh god, that squished widescreen on that projector. Savages!

    • Zachary says:

      short on space, but there does seem to be plenty of room for a monoprice widescreen!

      BTW, where does one get the proper Murphy Bed hardware to pull this off? Perhaps a more detailed instruction manual would be helpful!

  2. die3kas says:

    Hallo aus Deutschland!
    Ein total coole Idee!
    Gibt es eine Bauanleitung?

    Hello, from Germany!
    An absolutely cool idea!
    Is there a construction manual?

    Best wishes die3kas (kkk)

  3. Cindy says:

    This is such a cool idea! Thanks for the video. I was having a little trouble visualizing just how it worked, but it looks like a piece of cake.

  4. Chris Kelly says:

    You are a genius!

    You said you used some bits from ikea to stop the shelf from being moved while the bed is packed away, how did you secure it?

    But again – GENIUS!

    • msilberberg msilberberg says:

      I just used one of the IKEA screws that takes an Allen wrench and drilled a hole through narrow bookcase and the moving bookcase. I did this on each side. When they are screwed in the shelves can’t be pulled out.

  5. D says:

    hack of the year!

    But yes, more detailed instructions please. Can you still add them? Thanks!

  6. Jen says:

    Great job! Thank you for including the gif! I was really curious to see it in action. Very creative and it looks good. I’ve been considering buiding an Ikea murphy bed too. I was hoping you might answer a few questions:

    1. Do you worry about the moving bed structure tipping over, or have you secured it in some way that’s not evident in the pictures? (Most tutorials say you have to attach a murphy bed case to the floor or wall for safety.)

    2. Is the mattress comfortable? How did you know which kind of mattress would be best for that kind of frame?

    3. When you’re sleeping on the bed do you every worry that the bed might spring up if you sat too much at the front?

  7. msilberberg msilberberg says:

    The most involved part was cutting the 3/4″ plywood platform to size. I needed to cut out a middle section so that it could fit around the two inner sides of the bookcase. I also mounted 20 swivel casters to the bottom of the plywood (something like this: http://goo.gl/8PLPwm). I tried to find casters whose height would raise the bookcases just barely off the ground. I then screwed the two bookcases together using the guide holes for the shelf supports. The sheet with casters was then screwed into the bottom shelves of the bookcases, but secured to the sides of the bookcases with L-brackets (see picture here: http://goo.gl/G6jdgn). I did this with the shelves face down on the ground for easier access.

    Once the plywood/caster support was in place I stood the bookcases up. They pitched forward slightly so I added the adjustable strap, which allowed me to level the shelves.

    The Murphy bed frame was purchased as a kit (http://murphybedframe.com/mb.htm). The frame was bolted into the bottom of the plywood. In a regular application, it would go directly into the flooring.

    You can use any mattress. I bought a mid-price range mattress and it is pretty comfortable. There are straps that hold the mattress onto the frame that came with the kit. The kit also comes with springs that you add so you can adjust how easy/hard it is to raise or lower the mattress. The weight of the bed frame is sufficient that there is no risk of the bed closing by itself when it down or when someone is sleeping on it (despite what many cartoons seem to suggest!).

    When the mattress was attached, I had to adjust the straps again to make sure that everything was level.

    The bookcase/bed structure is quite stable and can be rotated pretty easily. When the bed is down, the back wall and the two back shelving units also help to hold it in place (i.e., there is no side to side motion). The only thing I added to the bed was a piece of 2″x4″ on the bed leg to accommodate for the bed being mounted on the plywood. This makes the bed level when it is down.

    The whole construction took a couple of hours.

  8. ConnieM says:

    Love this.
    Amazing!!
    Hack of the year.

  9. msilberberg msilberberg says:

    Much appreciated! Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Susan says:

    This is so cool! I was just considering transforming my fantastic IKEA office into a guest room and was also thinking of a Murphy bed. If I do this, I can keep the office AND have a guest room. :D Happy day!

  11. Maria says:

    Wonderful, it s great for a small space,,,,, congrats

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