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Check Out This Budget-Friendly DIY Murphy Bed For Small Spaces

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Its spring cleaning season, so we partnered with Lori Wall Beds to transform a storage space into a functional and cozy guest/office space. If you are lacking in space, then this DIY Murphy bed project could be exactly what you need. Typically if you were to have a murphy bed custom built and installed for you, it will cost around $7,000, depending on the materials used to fabricate the bed.

If you were to purchase a pre-made Murphy bed, the installation costs would still set you back around $3,000, just for the install.  You would also need to factor in the cost of the mattress you purchase for your bed. For a space-saving bed that is not utilized too often, you should not have to break the budget. Continue below for more details about this DIY Murphy bed project and if you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the Comments below!

Lori Wall Beds has provided us with a discount code to save $120 off your purchase! To get your discount, click this link:  Lori Wall Beds and enter the promo code “ONEKINDESIGN120” at checkout to get $120 off the purchase price.

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Typically, a true Murphy bed is devised with either a spring-type or piston-type mechanism, which helps to swing the bed platform up and down. The hardware does create ease for opening and closing the bed, however, it also increases your costs greatly for this luxury feature. If you are willing to sacrifice some of the luxury and convenience to save greatly on cost, the Lori Wall Bed is the perfect solution for you!

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A mechanism-free solution that makes the Lori Wall Bed practical and affordable. It comes unassembled in three flat-pack boxes with ultra-fast shipping. You can select from three different colors, unfinished, natural and walnut. We selected unfinished to custom color ours to the style we wanted (be sure to paint all pieces and let dry before assembly). We also selected the full/queen size bed, however it also comes in a twin-sized bed. You can also select from a vertical or horizontal orientation. For our space, we selected horizontal, as when the bed is up, we will be using this space as an office/media room.

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There is an online PDF that gives you detailed instructions on how to put this together. The kit also comes with all of the hardware (screws, locks, hinges, and mattress retention strap) to put it together. You will need a drill for this project. It took us around four hours to assemble — with time constraints, we divided this up into two evenings. If you are a DIY’er, this should be fairly effortless to put together, however, I recommend having two people for assembly.

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To open and close this Murphy bed, it is recommended that two people on either side assist. There is a locking mechanism when the bed closed. The bottom of the bed frame has rounded “rocker” edges, doubling as shelving when the bed is not in use. These shelves help to counterbalance some of the weight while also providing space to personalize with decorative accent pieces.

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Above: The area rug is from Pier 1, along with the basket, faux black olive tree, painting, desk chair, pillow and peacock bookends. The pencil holder and pencils are from Target. The wooden “&” is from World Market. The rest of the decorative items are from Kirkland’s.

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What We Love: Overall we are very happy with the Lori Wall Bed. The quality is fantastic and the bed is very comfortable to sleep on —  a good mattress can also make a difference, added bonus, no box spring required! The aesthetics are eye-pleasing and we feel this bed has been an upgrade to our underutilized space. We have already had requests for some overnight guests!

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Above: The table is from Pier 1, while the Gray and White Two-Toned Metal Vase and faux flowers are from Kirkland’s.

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Above: The duvet cover is from West Elm, while the blanket and butterfly pillow is from Pottery Barn. The other two pillows are from Marshalls. If you have tile or wood flooring, we recommend having an area rug to softly place the bed onto. It also adds some visual interest and color to your space if you have neutral walls!

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Above: We used wood glue for added durability.

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Photos: © One Kindesign

Disclaimer: We received this product from Lori Wall Beds in exchange for a full review of the product, however, all thoughts and opinions of this review are that of One Kindesign.

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