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Published on November 12th, 2015 | by IH guest


Hack a PAX Murphy Bed

Murphy Bed in an IKEA PAX wardrobe

If you can’t decide whether your spare room should serve as a home office or guest room, a Murphy bed might be the answer. Its named after William Lawrence Murphy who applied for patent for a pull down bed in the early 1900s. We wanted a budget Murphy bed in a closet that does not take too much space. There are many Murphy bed-kits, but they are quite expensive, so we chose to go for a cheaper version which makes it slightly harder to pull up and down. But you can use it for training instead of weights.

You need:

  • 2 PAX cabinets with doors
  • 2 LURÖY slatted bed base
  • Bed Feet
  • Timber
  • Some hinges
  • Double mattress

We used two PAX cabinets, one that is 1 m and one that is 50 cm wide. To accommodate a double bed, the cabinets must be spliced. If a single bed is on your wish list, you can get away with one cabinet of 1 m.

It is important that you attach the cabinets to the wall, use a stud sensor to locate where the stud ends are behind the wall for the best possible grip. I attached a beam in the cabinet top as both support and to attach to the wall.

Splice 2 PAX wardrobes to make the frame

Add a beam to reinforce the top

Double door with hinges

When the cabinet is in place you can start on the bed frame. Measure out and make a bed that fits the mattress you want. To create the actual bed frame of structural timber is a very inexpensive way to make a bed.

The bed frame with hinges to attach it to the bottom

The bed frame with slatted bed base

When the bed is finished, attach the slatted base of the bed with screws.

Attach the bed to the floor of the cabinet, we used door hinges that are quite powerful. Make sure the height of the bottom of the cabinet will be as high as the bed feet. I took some beams in the bottom of the cabinet both to make it stiffer and to get it to be in the right position.

Screw in the bed foot

I attached some long screws to the cabinet so that the bed will not fall out. You can also attach a strap under the bed that holds in place the linens when you take the bed up and into the closet.

Murphy Bed in an IKEA PAX wardrobe - open position

Murphy Bed in an IKEA PAX wardrobe - doors in action

~ Bjørn Aksel Storaker

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7 Responses to Hack a PAX Murphy Bed

  1. Andrew D says:

    How do you keep the mattress attached to the platform?

  2. donna giblin says:

    what size mattress does this fit? Thanks

  3. Annie mckay says:

    Do you have it in wood colour? how much does it cost with the shipping to Edmonton?
    thank you

  4. David M. says:

    Now that’s a very good trick . That could we actually be installing for traveling in a caravan or ?

  5. Victoria P. says:

    Fantastic hack – I have wanted to make a Murphy bed forever, and this inspires me to try!

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