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Thread: Look at my Murphy bed/design wall!!

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    Senior Member himnherr's Avatar
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    Look at my Murphy bed/design wall!!

    For the past 13 years I have shared my sewing space with our guest room. About 2 years ago I figured out that since we only have guests stay 2-3 times a year I could surely put that space to better use. My husband didn't want to give up having a "real" bed to offer, so he came up with this idea. He built me this Murphy bed and now I have room for guests & the rest of the time I have open space and a design wall that measures 62"x62". Pretty cool, huh!?!?

    He isn't a "finish" carpenter but I think he did a great job. We ordered the mechanism online and he got busy. It lifts down so gently that I can do it by myself. The 2 outer handles become the legs.

    I can't describe how exciting this has been for me. I couldn't wait to put my string quilt blocks on and now to rearrange them so there won't be big clumps of one color together. That's the beauty of a design wall, isn't it!? ;-)

    I have a 5' table (folds in the middle) that I cut on that goes in front of Murphy and then moves over near my machine when I want to do quilting on my DSM.
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    Oh, that is so cool, and it's like having two rooms for the price of one! Your DH is a keeper, as they say. Enjoy it.

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    Well, isn't that quite an ingenious solution! Looks great.

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    You are so fortunate to have a husband that could install the unit. I had to have one installed. It was the smartest thing I have ever done. My best friend did it first, when I saw hers, it was so much better than putting in a hide-a-bed in the room. Hope you really enjoy having yours.

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    What a great idea. And I love the quilt on the bed too.
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    That is so cool what a great room.
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    We have talked about this IF I ever get a sewing room again. TUSM for the pics! Showed to dh and he said..ok will do when we move! MOVE..not ready to MOVE...another four letter word like DIET and FOOD PLAN~~
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    I want one and I don't even need another bed! What a great idea!

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    What a great idea!

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    What a great idea. It sure makes a difference in the space you have. Thank you for sharing.

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    My dear BIL made one for his and my sister's home. I use it every time I visit. Easy to take down and put up. Her's has the sewing table attached to the front of it with a hinge to let it down and the fold down legs to steady it. I like the design wall also. The pattern looks just like theirs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwinpdx View Post
    My dear BIL made one for his and my sister's home. I use it every time I visit. Easy to take down and put up. Her's has the sewing table attached to the front of it with a hinge to let it down and the fold down legs to steady it. I like the design wall also. The pattern looks just like theirs!
    I debated on attaching the table, but since I was given the foldable table for free I decided to make the design wall. If your BIL bought the mechanism online it probably is the same setup. I couldn't be happier with mine. We put a real nice mattress on it and it sleeps very well. We have one set of friends who come and stay a week at a time. They said it sleeps very well and they love having the extra walking around room.

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    You have a keeper in that DH. Hugs to him for a job well done. I never thought of that for my quilting room but it seems to work well. Hugs

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    What a great idea! And what a great husband to construct it for you.

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    That is a great idea and I want one too.
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    Looks great!! My hubby has been thinking about doing that in our spare! He did a grat job!!!

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    Brilliant solution....kudos to your DH

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    That's a great idea. Your guests will enjoy sleeping under those quilts.

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    When I had a one bedroom apt, I had one in the living room. I finished it with cabinet doors and had shelving on each side so it looked like a built in storage wall. It is so practical for optimal use of daily living space!!!

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    Oh I want one of these. Actually I could use 2
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    Wow! What a great idea!

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    That is awesome.So great he could build it-and a bonus design wall.double win
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    where did you order hardware? Would love to have my dear SIL make one for me...
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    That is way cool!! I love Murphy beds - don't have one - wish I did!! That is so great that your husband could build one!! Perfect solution!!
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    Good thinking!

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