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Murphy beds have been around since as early as the 1920s, and they’re still popular today. In order to make the bed lift up and turn into a wall, some hardware or device must be used to raise it up. This device can either be built-in or attached later, depending on the type of Murphy bed you buy. Before you decide which hardware to use at the bottom of your murphy bed, here’s what you need to know about three common pieces of equipment and how they work so you can choose the one that best meets your needs and preferences.
Build an under bed storage
This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to build an under bed storage with a Murphy bed:
Measure your mattress and make sure it fits in your space.
Measure your 1x4s and cut them to size accordingly. Screw the boards together on one end to form a box frame.
Screw three of these frames together so they form an L shape.
The other two frames should be perpendicular to this L shape, also screwed together on one end. Place your mattress inside this construction and screw it in place by threading screws through the corner holes in the frames.
Make an under bed file cabinet
This is an easy DIY project that takes less than 1 hour to complete. Make your own underbed file cabinet by following these steps:
- Measure and cut two pieces of plywood to size (one for the top, one for the bottom)
- Cut three pieces of 2×4 lumber to size (one for each side panel and one for top/bottom)
- Attach 2x4s to sides with brackets and fasteners
- Attach plywood to 2x4s with brackets, screws or nails; make sure panels are flush with wall on all sides
- Assemble drawer slides in desired location
- Place cabinet on floor and attach under bed fasteners
Custom flooring for under bed storage
Many different materials can be used for under bed storage. I would recommend using something durable, waterproof and easy to clean, such as melamine shelving or wire shelves. You could also use pull-out drawers that are built into the underside of your bed. If you choose this option, it’s best to install them with hidden hinges so they don’t stick out and make your space look cluttered.
Pick the right drawer slides for under bed drawers
Choosing the right drawer slides for your project can be a daunting task. There are many different types of drawer slides out there, each with its own pros and cons. It’s important to find one that is not only compatible with your application but also fits within your budget. Choosing will depend largely on what type of drawers you are installing as well as which side they will open to (if it matters). For example, if you have a dresser that is used only by people in one direction, then is perfect for you. If not, then would be better because it allows people to reach across to open drawers from either side.
Between the drop in and frame mount drawer glides
Drop-in Drawer Glide: A drop-in drawer glide is designed to fit inside the cabinet or drawer. They are typically found on lower cabinets and provide less space for storage.
Take to build an under bed storage
The size of your under-bed storage space is largely dependent on the type of mattress that you have. If you have a twin, full, or queen sized mattress then your storage space should be two feet deep. If you have an adjustable bed, then your under-bed storage can be as large as four feet deep. To figure out how much room you need for your storage space, measure the length and width of your mattress and add two feet to both measurements. This will give you an estimate on how much room is needed for under-bed storage.
Big should an under bed storage be
Determining how big your underbed storage should be will depend on what it is being used for. For example, if your goal is to store clothes then you will want enough room to fit a good amount of clothing. If your goal is to store shoes and other small belongings, then it’s important to find an underbed storage that has enough space for these items.