IKEA Murphy Bed


If you are looking for a fun bed, one that offers you more space then you may want to read about the Murphy bed from IKEA. A Murphy bed is one that hides behind cabinets when it is not needed. It is the type of bed that is on a hinge on the wall so when it is time to sleep you can pull it down, and then the next day fold it back up out of the way. You can get various sized Murphy beds, from small or twin for children up to queen size. A Murphy bed is great if your guest bedroom also acts as your office, if you have a small apartment, or live in a college dorm or if you just want to make more use of the space a regular bed would otherwise take up.  In a child’s bedroom it means they have more room to play during the day and they are not always bouncing on their bed! They can be slept on occasionally or every night and are a more comfortable option than a sofa bed.

The Perfect Murphy Bed From IKEA

The Murphy bed from IKEA is a coming together of other IKEA pieces combined to make the bed. With a Murphy bed from IKEA you can look forward to walking into the room and see open clear space with walling of decorative cabinets. Your space is multifunctional, use it how you want to in the day and then when it is bed time open the cabinets, fold down the bed (very easy to do) and have a good night’s sleep. Morning time, fold it away and repeat.

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This bed is affordable and is a great solution to spacing problems for people like college students in small dorms or apartments, or for young professionals, or even seniors living in assisted living quarters. When living in small confined spaces, you will quickly learn that your furniture needs to be multifunctional and that creating areas of space is quite a tricky proposition. If your bedroom is also your front room you don’t want a bed always sitting in it. Many people opt for a sofa bed, but then you compromise on how comfortable your couch is. A Murphy bed means you get the best of both worlds, space when you need it, a bed that folds away when you do not want it out and you can still have a good couch! A cozy furniture that is there when you need it and disappear when you don’t need it.

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Whatever your reason for considering this option, giving your kids more room to play, wanting room for crafting, opening up space in a small apartment, a guest bedroom and so on there are several bed plans you can choose from or you can buy a hack kit that guides you in which pieces of IKEA furniture to buy that can be assembled into the Murphy bed. For example should you be wanting a queen size bed you can use the IKEA Pax wardrobe cabinetry system. The whole installation will require some basic tools, the directions and maybe an afternoon of your time. Make sure you are not missing any parts before you begin as there is nothing more frustrating than having to make one or more trips to the store for whatever you are missing.

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About Murphy bed plans from IKEA

Plans for the Murphy bed can be purchased for around $8 and can be found online, they are also referred to as hack kits. There’s also a detailed guide on DIY murphy bed IKEA and it’s one of the more popular DIY for murphy beds. They use parts from IKEA furniture to create a space saving feature that comes in a style and finish that suits your taste and home. Some kits come with the instructions as well as some of the items you need, and some plans are just a set of instructions and you are responsible for getting the different parts before starting. You can personalize the Murphy bed to your own preferences, for example opting for more rustic style lumber. Here are some ideas you might want to choose from.

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IKEA Murphy bed with a wooden wall

You can camouflage the bed in a variety of ways including having a wooden wall look. Perhaps you like the idea of a Miami themed room and want a light colored wood wall like beach. Or if you have other wooden furniture in the room you can opt for a wall that matches the rest of your furniture. It can even be a place where you hang up pictures, a perfect hiding place. Learn how to build your own murphy bed from IKEA furnitures here.

A Murphy bed with glass sliding doors

If wood is not your style, perhaps you have an area with a more modern clean design, how about having opaque glass sliding doors? It will give your space a sharper accent and would suit any office or professional space. There would even be a small amount of storage space inside.

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Travelling with a Murphy bed

If you would like to travel and have a bed that is mobile you could customize a bed to be a portable closet that you can then move around with you. From the outside it would just look like a small closet you are dragging around onto the tour bus, to the office, on the camper, to dressing rooms.

Secret bed behind the bookshelf

If you are an avid reader and are always looking for more book shelves, and more space, then get a Murphy bed that folds up to look like a bookshelf by day. Great for children’s bedrooms too, what fun for them on sleep overs to see their friend’s faces when the bed is revealed at night!

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There are many different ways to customize an IKEA Murphy bed plan, if you need to create more space you will certainly find a plan that works for you. You will feel better about the room, it will feel less cluttered, be more open and it will leave you room to do whatever you want!


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  1. Ann Van Sant says:

    What are the prices of these murphy beds?

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