20 Easy & Elegant Murphy Bed DIYs

by craftyclub

Are you looking for a way to save space in a small apartment or studio? A murphy bed is a great option to conserve floor space while also ensuring adequate sleeping arrangements.

What exactly is a murphy bed? 

Murphy beds are beds that hang up in a shelving unit and then fold out when being used. When not in use, they look like a normal bookshelf or dresser just pushed up against the wall. When you open it up, they fold out into a big bed! This makes them the perfect solution for small yet functional spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be made to fit many different decor styles! 

Unfortunately with ease comes cost, and these beds are not cheap. If you step into a furniture store, you’ll find very basic murphy beds selling for thousands of dollars.

But guess what? You can build it yourself at a fraction of the cost! 

We’ve searched through the depths of the internet to find the most beautiful, affordable, and easy DIY murphy beds. 

Let’s dive into it! 

1. Gorgeous DIY Cane Murphy Bed with Arches

Diy Modern Murphy Bed With Cane And Arches
Diy Modern Murphy Bed With Cane And Arches (via Bre Purposed)

We are kicking off the list with this jaw-dropping piece. Seriously, who would ever even guess that this is actually a murphy bed? 

This piece is modern yet classic, and provides a mid-century modern meets boho type of style to the room. 

It’s a sturdy piece that is sure to turn heads! 

2. DIY Farmhouse Chevron Wood Murphy Bed

DIY Modern Murphy Bed
DIY Modern Murphy Bed (via Diy Huntress)

This murphy bed is any farm house lover’s DREAM!

A simple DIY and a solid beauty, if you’re looking to conserve space without sacrificing the theming of your home then this is the perfect option for you! 

3. Step by Step DIY Murphy Bed Tutorial

Building a Murphy Bed (via Mr. Build it and co.)

If you’re more of a visual learner, hit play! 

This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through all of the steps to building a murphy bed just like the one in the video. 

Watch on and get to building! 

4. $500 Boho Murphy Bed DIY

A $500 Murphy Bed Freed Up Valuable Floor Space
A $500 Murphy Bed Freed Up Valuable Floor Space (via Domino)

This beautiful and inexpensive murphy bed mimics top dollar furniture and would be the perfect addition to any space! 

It’s hard to find boho furniture at a good price and you can’t even find a regular boho themed bed for $500!

Grab your tools and a good friend. You can knock this out in a weekend, easily! 

5. Simple and Easy DIY Murphy Bed Horizontal

DIY Horizontal Murphy Bed
DIY Horizontal Murphy Bed (via Woodbrew)

This horizontal murphy bed disguises itself as a dresser and is the perfect option for a guest room that is also used as an office space. 

The simple yet classic design makes it one of the easiest to complete on the list, and one of the cheapest! 

6. Murphy Bed DIY Broken Down

How to Build a Murphy Bed
How to Build a Murphy Bed (via Diy Network)

A DIY that anyone can do, this awesome tutorial breaks down all of the nitty-gritty for you. Less time researching=more time adding signature touches to your brand new murphy bed!

I love an article that lists out every detail so that you don’t have to go searching the internet! 

7. DIY Ikea Pax Murphy Bed Renovation

Ikea hack: Get the max out of Pax – Murphy bed
Ikea hack: Get the max out of Pax – Murphy bed (via Huskverna)

Looking for something easy and not willing to start from nothing?

Behold! The Ikea Murphy bed, made out of a Pax closet system component. 

It’s easy yet effective and sturdy. 

8. Rustic Farmhouse DIY Murphy Bed

Rustic Queen Sized Wall Bed
Rustic Queen Sized Wall Bed (via Ana White)

This simple DIY is sure to fit in with any rustic decor and is the perfect solution for a small space. 

It’s sturdy yet easy to construct, which makes it the perfect rainy afternoon project! 

9. DIY Modern Farmhouse Murphy Bed

DIY Modern Farmhouse Murphy Bed
DIY Modern Farmhouse Murphy Bed (via Addicted2diy)

The pandemic has a lot of us working from home, which means converting guest rooms into offices. But what happens when the guests leave? A bed in the background of a zoom call isn’t very professional!

This murphy bed is the PERFECT solution. It encompasses a bookshelf, a desk, and a murphy bed all in one. 

When guests are here, lay the bed down. When they’re gone, flip it up and the room just looks like any other office. It’s genius! 

10. Simple Kit DIY Murphy Bed

DIY Murphy Bed Project from a Kit
DIY Murphy Bed Project from a Kit (via Girl, Just Diy)

If you don’t want to run around home improvement stores looking for everything you need, why not grab a murphy bed project kit?

This sweet little DIY was completed quickly and efficiently with minimal trips to the store, which means more time laying in the new bed!

11. No Hardware? No problem! DIY Murphy Bed

DIY Murphy Bed without expensive hardware! (via Justin Built)

One of the most expensive parts of DIYing is the insanely expensive hardware that these projects require! Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could make your new murphy bed without it?

Surprise, you can!

12. Ikea Sassy Sliding Door Murphy Bed DIY

Ikea Hack - Murphy Bed With Sliding Doors
Ikea Hack – Murphy Bed With Sliding Doors (via Instructables)

This murphy bed is stunning and blends right into the room! When you walk in and see the sliding doors, you assume that it’s just a closet or a wardrobe.

Your guests will be shocked when they find out that their entire bed fits in there! 

This is a very visually appealing option and is made out of a modified Ikea piece.

13. DIY Two in One Murphy Bed and Desk Area

How To Build A Diy Murphy Bed With Desk And Bookcases
How To Build A Diy Murphy Bed With Desk And Bookcases (via Lamberts Lately)

Is there such a thing as TOO functional? We sure don’t think so! 

What if your bed also doubled as your work area? 

With smaller children’s bedrooms, this two in one murphy bed and desk is the perfect option for any family who wants to provide their children with a place to study and work while also giving them ample sleeping space. 

14. Classic Secret Murphy Bed DIY

Adding a Murphy Bed to the Secret Office
Adding a Murphy Bed to the Secret Office (via I Like To Make Stuff)

It’s like a speakeasy, but it’s a bed. 

This secret murphy bed DIY is perfect for your home office and would be great for guests, or even just a good afternoon nap when you’re supposed to be working.

We won’t tell! 

15. Elegant Pax Ikea Murphy Bed DIY

Elegant Next Bed Murphy Bed in a PAX wardrobe
Elegant Next Bed Murphy Bed in a PAX wardrobe (via Ikeahackers)

Elegant and timeless, this murphy bed is another redone pax closet system but WOW is it gorgeous! 

Whether you decide to go with a deep royal blue like the one shown above or something a bit more neutral, this statement piece is sure to turn heads.

No one will ever guess that it’s hiding a bed! 

16. Cute and Cheap DIY Murphy Bed

DIY Poor Man's Murphy Bed
DIY Poor Man’s Murphy Bed (via Little Vintage Cottage)

Known as the “poor man’s murphy bed”, this DIY is both affordable and really easy to DIY! 

Instead of spending thousands at a furniture store, spend a few hundred and build yourself something that’ll last ten times longer! 

17. Beautiful Bunk Bed DIY Murphy Bed

How to Build a Side-Fold Murphy Bunk Bed
How to Build a Side-Fold Murphy Bunk Bed (via Diy Network)

Okay now THIS is unique! 

Perfect for a kid’s room, sleepovers, or guest rooms, this easy to build murphy bed is a great space saver and blends into any room! 

18. Under $400 Affordable DIY Murphy Bed

MURPHY BED under 400$!
MURPHY BED under 400$! (via Spacyspice)

This DIY murphy bed is easy and doubles as a desk! 

Did we mention that it costs less than $400 total to build? 

19. Basic Billy Bookshelf Murphy Bed DIY

BILLY Bookcases transform into Queen Murphy Bed
BILLY Bookcases transform into Queen Murphy Bed (via Ikeahackers)

Simple, affordable, Ikea! 

Take a trip to your local Ikea store and grab some Billy bookshelves to create this easy money-saving murphy bed DIY! 

20. $150 DIY Murphy Bed

Diy Murphy Bed - Build Your Own Wall Bed For $150
Diy Murphy Bed – Build Your Own Wall Bed For $150 (via Your Modern Family)

If you’re REALLY looking to save money but you don’t want to sacrifice quality, this DIY comes in at $150 and is the perfect mix of classic and modern! 

Saving space doesn’t have to be expensive! 

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