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How To Install a Murphy Bed

Learn how to install a space-saving Murphy bed that tucks out of the way to open up valuable floor space.

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  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $2,500 - $5,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Install the Pre-Built Cabinetry

Cabinetry designed to go with the Murphy bed often comes in kit form and goes together quickly. Murphy beds also can be tucked away in a closet.

Step 2: Cut the Carpet

A special mechanism called a cradle makes the Murphy bed fold up easily. Position the cradle in the closet or cabinet, making sure it is the correct distance from the wall and lined up with the opening. Mark the locations for the attachment screws and set the cradle aside. If there is carpet in the room, use a utility knife to carefully cut through the carpet at the attachment points. Pull the carpet away from these points so the carpet doesn't tangle around the drill bit.

Step 3: Drill the Attachment Holes

Wearing safety glasses and ear protection, use a drill with a masonry bit to carefully drill holes in the concrete floor to attach the Murphy bed. Always wear safety glasses when working with a power drill or any other power tool. Wear ear protection whenever drilling or cutting concrete or other masonry material.

Step 4: Attach the Cradle

Position the cradle over the attachment holes and secure to the concrete floor using hex-head masonry screws. Drive the screws with an electric screwdriver, then tighten with a socket wrench.

Step 5: Install the Bed Frame

Fit the Murphy bed frame onto the cradle and attach according to the manufacturer's directions. Carefully install the springs in the Murphy bed mechanism, using a screwdriver to help stretch the springs. These heavy-duty springs can cause injury if they snap back.

Step 6: Install the Mattress

Place the foundation on the bed frame. Position the mattress and secure with the strap provided with the bed frame.

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Resources

  • Murphy bed and cabinetry from Murphy Beds Direct

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