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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.

BILLY hides murphy bed
BILLY hides murphy bed

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


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


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


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


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


Here it is in action:

BILLY hides murphy bed