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How to Add Decorative Trim to a Murphy Bed

DIY Network experts show how to add decorative trim to a Murphy bed to coordinate with the bookcases that surround it.

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Step 1: Cut the Boards

Use a level as a guide to measure and cut plywood that will become the decorative cover for the face of the bed box. Cut the 1 x 2s that will frame the front of the bookcases, as well as two longer pieces for the top and bottom. Use the shorter pieces to connect the two long ones.

Step 2: Create Three

Cut boards to create three "faux" doors. Three panels for the doors should be cut from 1/4" plywood.

Step 3: Prepare the Door Pieces

To prepare the door pieces for assembly, use a tongue and groove cutter on the router. The blades will create a groove down the center of all four pieces of each door frame, as well as creative a decorative profile on the face of the 1 x 2 board at the same time.

prepare door pieces

Step 4: Check the Fit

When all the boards have been routed, adjust the blades and cut the "tongue" on the ends of the two short pieces. Cut them two at a time to keep the ends from splitting. Once it's cut, check the fit.

adjust blades and cut tongue on ends of boards

Step 5: Create the Frame

Assemble the decorative face frame and attach it to the footboard. Lay out the 1 x 2 pieces. Add wood glue to each piece and position. Use a brad nailer to secure it to the plywood to create the frame to which the doors will be attached.

assemble face frame and attach to footboard

Step 6: Adjoin the Frame

Add glue to the ends of the one of the short boards and insert the tongue into the grooves of the longer pieces. Use a clamp to secure them. Stand the frame up and slide the 1/4" plywood panel into the grooves. Glue the ends of the final piece and slide it over the end of the plywood panel to adjoin the rest of the frame. Add a second clamp to the other end.

Step 7: Position the Footboard

Position the footboard under the bed box. Align the 1 x 2 with the framing on the bookcases as a guide. Add shims to raise the panel even with the 1 x 2. Tack it in place with brad nails, and remove the footboard and place on its back.

position footboard under bed box

Step 8: Nail the Footboard in Place

Add 1-1/4" screws to hold it in place and re-position the footboard. Use the 1 x 2 to align the footboard for the doors. Clamp the 1 x 2 even with the top of the cabinet doors, and slide each "faux" door up to the 1 x 2 and nail in place.