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Old 06-10-2018, 03:42 PM   #1
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Is there anyone here familiar with how to build a Murphy Bed? If so, I'm planning to build one or two of them in various rooms in my home.

The kind I want to build will be one that rotates the front being a curio style cabinet or Bookcase front. I've seen many on various web sites mostly YouTube. Most of them I've seen have been fold downs with a false cabinet style panel on the front. Not my first choice. On the fold down types some of the instruction on building one has been clear and concise.

What I'm needing to know is how is the slide and rotate mechanism made built to accommodate a rotating bed shelf/cabinet combo?

I just need some ideas or diagrams on how to do the rotating slide or whatever its called.

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It would probably help everyone in helping you, if one picture was posted showing what the slides/rotating mechanism would be trying to maneuver. What range of motion, degree tilt expected... etc.
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Hi Greg thanks for the speedy reply.

While at the moment, I don't have any pics. Here's a YouTube link. It shows how the bed is being swiveled around hiding the wall side and bringing out the bed.

Hopefully this says it all.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFyLDfC8Uwk
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The rotating , down pivoting bed with a functional desktop looks simple enough , but there is some SERIOUS engineering involved there . Just getting the curved slots in the top & bottom would be tough .

Plus , the very nature of Murphy beds make the safety risks higher , so you don't want to half......posterior the mechanicals .

Have you searched for some kind of kit ?
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As the previous posters and said it's going to take some very sophisticated mechanisms to make sieving like that work. That being said I did some googling and found at least one website that sells them premade like you are looking for: https://www.italianmurphybeds.com/pr...rphy-bed-queen
I don't secure going to like the price of them however.
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Hi Greg thanks for the speedy reply.

While at the moment, I don't have any pics. Here's a YouTube link. It shows how the bed is being swiveled around hiding the wall side and bringing out the bed.

Hopefully this says it all.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFyLDfC8Uwk
It look to me that it pivots at about 1/4 of the width of the bed so a 60" bed would pivot at 15" from one side and the pivot moves 30 inches to the other position. Something like a very heavy duty drawer glide system, but they may have some gear system that moves it along as you pull it open.
Looks like it would also make a good gun cupboard.
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Or if we look at a barn door slider with two tracks the front one 30" long for the pivoting part
A 60" track 15 inches behind that which curves at both end to line up with the front one.
Same top and bottom.
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Most of these ideas have patents.

I would check to see if your not violating any laws.

Some go as far as giving the patent number to keep people from...


Better then a Murphy Bed it is a CabinetBed Inc .Patent CIDR-150302 US-D7126765

Here's a start.
https://www.google.com/search?q=revo...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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I don't think patents apply to individuals making stuff for themselves for non commercial purposes.

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I just made one using the hardware kit from Rockler (and the plans)

http://www.rockler.com/deluxe-murphy...vertical-mount

I had a coupon but it was still a lot of $$$. But the gas pistons make it really slick. Doesn't take much effort at all to raise or lower.

It's obviously not the type you're looking for, but I'd wonder if the hardware kit would still work for you. I'd be tempted to just do a folding/collapsible desk on the front. Though you'd have to unload the desk every time you did this.

Is this something you'd use occasionally or daily? My setup is for a guest bed in a home theater space.
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I have found that these people sell the unit.
https://resourcefurniture.com/connec...room/new-york/
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Best bet is to buy the bed mechanism, probably not too much and frame it how you want it.
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