Bedroom IVAR murphy bed

Published on September 27th, 2016 | by Contributor


Hack an IVAR Murphy bed

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Items used

  • IVAR system
  • 1 Bed (in this case 120;200 cm)
  • 1 office table (in this case a wooden kitchen table)
  • 4 individual shelves (in this case bought at the lumberyard)
  • 1 MDF board (in this case 6 mm thek. caution, this adds weight when puling up and down)
  • Blackboard paint
  • 2 Bed feet
  • 2 bolts (to act as hinges)
  • 2 rails (bolts can slide in)

The need for a multi-functional room quickly arose in your small Copenhagen apartment. The outcome was an office/guest room which turned out to work really well.

With an old bed and a kitchen table in hand and some leftover IVAR sections the idea was born.

A quick stop at the lumber yard to get hinges, and four shelves in different measurements and we got started.

To make the IVAR section look as an integrated part of the not so wide office table (kitchen table) I had to modify the standard IVAR shelves to fit the width of the office table. I took the side rail off and cut to fit and reattached the side rail. Now that section was done and it was time to build the Murphy bed.

I made the bed hinges over two aksels (bolts) which can slide in a rail. This makes the bed able to slide all the way against the wall when the bed is pulled down.

The wide shelf on top is attached between two IVAR sections by hacking side rails from a leftover IVAR shelf.

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The bench is build up by three shelves bought at the lumber yard and modified to fit into the IVAR section. The bench also works as storage room for the bed feet, duvets etc.

To make it office-like I made a blackboard on the bottom off the bed which will appear when the bed is folded up.

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~ by Martin Vester

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4 Responses to Hack an IVAR Murphy bed

  1. Patri says:

    Please, we need to see the hinges, bolts, rails or whatever you have used

  2. klara says:

    yes, more photos of the bolt mechanism would be very useful, but all in all very nice looking project.

  3. Sam says:

    More details and photos of the hinges/bolts/rails set up would be very helpful!

  4. Susan Moore says:

    Hi, I have been looking for an economical and fairly easy (as my skill set is limited) way to make a Murphy bed in my bedroom, as in order to access our large deck, everyone has to walk through my bedroom! It would be great if you had a video that shows how to put on the hinges, etc. ! Thanks!

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