Space-Saving Murphy Beds You Can Either Buy or DIY
Murphy beds are the ultimate space-savers. They neatly store themselves when not in use and can quickly turn your office or bonus room into a complete guest retreat. Finding an attractive Murphy bed within your budget just got easier, because we’ve rounded up our favorite DIY and pre-built options.
Erin and her husband realized they needed to turn Erin’s office into a flexible guest room when they found out they were expecting. With the help of a Murphy bed, they were able to transform it into a welcoming guest room with thoughtful touches like a side bookcase for guest storage and vase headboard piece.
Resource Furniture has a lot of space-saving living solutions in their product line, like the queen-sized Penelope Murphy bed you can spy in this 600-square-foot home. Also, check out the Kali Duo bunk bed, which is a sleek dual Murphy bed option with extra storage above the beds. It’s only 13.75 inches deep when closed.
Fun fact: Two IKEA PAX cabinets are roughly the size of a double mattress. Calvin used this fact to hack an inexpensive solution for an office/guest room combo.
When Daniel first viewed his current New York apartment, he recognized immediately what was in the space’s unique closet (also lead image above). He restored the original Murphy bed with the help of a Florida-based company that specializes in old-style versions, then lined the closet with stunning wallpaper and installed lighting to carve out a calming respite.
Brittany and her husband completely built their Murphy bed from scratch. They knew they wanted an attached bookcase and a piston system kit (which make a Murphy bed safer and easier to open and close) and created this beautiful guest room addition.
A lot of these beds are used to convert offices into guest rooms, but when you don’t have the space for a bed and a desk, follow K. Hill’s lead and convert your desk into a Murphy bed. She was able to create a craft table and bed for under $200 by going the classic IKEA hack route.
Sarah of Room for Tuesday gave a pre-built Murphy bed for dogs a makeover to better match her office. Now, her pups can lounge in style and she can tuck it out of the way when she needs the extra floor space to move around.