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. Our idea was to hide a queen murphy bed behind our IKEA BILLY bookcases.
What’s a murphy bed?
A Murphy bed is also called a wall bed, pull down bed, or fold-down bed, is a bed that is hinged at one end to store vertically against the wall, or inside a closet or cabinet. (Source)
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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:
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