and, hauling my tongue back out of my cheek, i would strongly suggest living in the house for a decent period of time (boxes be damned) and creating a full renovation plan for the entire house, before undertaking any 'built ins' or physical changes to the existing structure.
This is my specialty, and i recommend it to all my clients, notwithstanding the delay in contracts coming my way.
To fishin. I would like those murphy bed plans to help us finish off a very small room in our basement.
There are many places on the internet that will sell you plans and/or the hardware kits. Just search Google for "'murphy bed' plans". I'm ready to begin a murphy bed project myself. And Fishin, I'd love to se your plans if you'd send me a copy as well...
Hi, Sozobe - I just scanned photos of my - I gather it's unusual - old Murphy bed and will try and put them on this thread this evening after I am home from work.
rockler and leichtung .com are the hardware sources. Most of its been covered really well here, however,imho my personal choice of wood is poplar (full inch thick is called 5/4 stock and its available up to about 16" wide. I like it cause I like to faux paint carcass stuff rather than stains. (When I stain I usually use aniline dye stain cause they dont cover up the grain like minwax or gel stains) Poplars easy working if your a newbie at big projects and it wont tear up in a table saw ;like plywood (unless you have one of those scoring plywood table saws , then the birch is nice but , for me, its boring grain. SO, poplar takes paint well and is easily finished by scraping and sanding.
Ive never built one but I think that, with the matress and all, the beds going to be pretty proud unless you build it in the wall. If you are gonna use like a futon mattress, the beds gonna be a bit hard I think.
OK, ok, I'll work at doing this. First I have to get'm on little k's site...
No rush! Interested, but no rush.
Oh man that's cool. I want.
Sozobe, I added four more photos to the last post...
I ended up taking the set of Murphy bed photos off of the site I use to transfer photos to a post here, and so they now don't work in my post above. If anyone wants to see them in the future, just PM me, and I'll reinstall them.
re: murphy bed
I too am toying with the idea of a murphy bed and found this great idea..
this link actually shows how it works
There is a website listed that shows where you can purchase these beds. I haven't yet been quoted as to the cost of building this, but I love the way the side panels slide across to open the bed.
Ah, I think I'll load up my 5 murphy bed photos, they were really good, but I erased them from the website I transferred them from so they don't show up here at this point. Will do this tomorrow...
(I have a 1922 house with a fantastic murphy bed... )
I'd really like to see pictures, ossobuco. Would you email the link to rwilliams two three four eight at ver I zon.com?
Hi, rwilliams. No, but I'll put the photos in a p.m. (private message) to you. Not until tomorrow though.