This murphy bed was a MUCH bigger project than I had anticipated. Back in December 2017, the Create-A-Bed mechanism was on sale. My husband and I decided that we would give it a try (I was just getting over the flu so I think my defenses were down!!). I was still dealing with a broken bone in my foot and wearing a walking boot so we didn't get started until our Spring Break vacation (and here in 2022 I’m back in a boot with the same foot break of my 5th metatarsal on the opposite foot - unfortunate end to what had been a great trail run last weekend 😕).
I spent over a day just cutting the plywood and oak to size. Originally, we were going to make some bookshelves to the sides but later decided to go with the cabinets. The building process stretched over the spring as limited time on the weekends makes for slow progress. Called Create-A-Bed a couple of times with questions and they were very helpful. To dress up the front, I added oak strips. Ended up doing the final finish and part assembly in our living room (!!) as didn't have the space in my workshop.
Later we had to carry the large parts back outside the house and around the back to a doorway into our sunroom (final location). The front frame which holds the mattress was HEAVY but managed to hold my end and get it in the sunroom. More assembly and then secured to the wall.
Since the pillows don't fit in the closed upright position, the need for the two side cabinets became clear. I designed them to hold a number of pillows plus blankets. The top has an oak "rim" so items placed on top will be less likely to roll off. Our air vents are in the wall so needed to elevate the cabinets - thus the base with long legs beneath each cabinet. Definitely a big project and not one I would want to do over!! Oak plywood and wood, pecan color water-based stain and High Performance from General Finishes.
Also, later added the floating shelves (another opportunity to learn new techniques!)
Later built the pups a bed so they would have a “match” to the Murphy bed color. Of course, I think their mattress is even better than the one on the Murphy bed. My husband did the woodburning of the paw print