It's not every day we come across a hard-core DIY rock star like Imgur user AvalonAwoken. Moving to a tiny Brooklyn apartment meant that space was at major premium (but so was cash), so rather than shelling out big bucks for a ready-made Murphy bed, AvalonAwoken designed and built this bed and sofa and storage combo for a fraction of the price. All we can say is wow.
Here was the inspiration, which was quoted at $6,500 without the mattress!
Here's how it all went down:
A Murphy bed kit from Next Bed.
Build a base to hold the bed upright.
Assemble the bed supports.
Add foldable legs (heavy duty casters from Home Depot).
Build a cabinet around the bed.
Add the sofa (the back of the sofa is attached to the bottom of the bed).
And style it up!
Here's the final cost breakdown:
$500 Next Bed kit
$580 IKEA Söderhamn couch set
$230 melamine cut to size
$300 IKEA Morgedal mattress
$200 misc boards and hardware
That's a nearly $5000 savings for a custom Murphy bed system. Pretty darn amazing.
See the whole process along with excellent detailed instructions you can copy at Imgur.