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    murphy bed info..

    has anyone made one and if so can i see a pic of it, also where does one get the hardware? best place? make your own? any info is appreciated have a daughter thinking she wants one???? what space is required to have one?
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    Yep. Rockler.

    I did one for my mother years ago. Sorry, no pix.

    What is important is the pivot point with regard to height and distance come the wall. Other that that you can implement nearly any design.
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    I use the hardware from Selby...http://selbyhardware.thomasnet.com/c...-sleep-systems

    It comes with layouts for cutting the panels, and parts list. The bed adjustments are very easy to do to compensate for mattress weight, lifting ease, opening gently, and remaining closed. Nothing has to be attached to the floor. No pics.

    I've tried the hydraulic piston type hardware, and have had failures. The Selby systems are done with a very quiet and smooth set of springs (adjustable). Never had a problem with them. One of the installations has been used daily for 15 years.




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    Last one I did was about 12 years ago. It was the type that had the automatic foot board so that as you lowered it the foot board automatically opened into position. Just like this one. http://selbyhardware.thomasnet.com/v...ing-footboard?
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    I have made about 10 over the years, all queen size vertical (pivots at the headboard). The mechanism I use is from Create-A-Bed, but the best price is from Rockler when they are having one of their "20% off on any one item" sale as I believe they are having this week. Be sure to measure precisely during construction - on one bed I was off 1/16 inch, and (of course on that bed) decided to do the final assembly of the two major pieces at the client's home. It didn't fit - I had to do a very embarrassing fix in front of the client (after 50 miles round trip to pick up tools).

    My web site has a whole list of considerations for Murphy beds (such as the type of cabinet on each side of the bed, and how it comes to the floor). See www.plesums.com/wood/bedroom/murphy.html for pictures and discussion. I have looked at alternate approaches, but in each case the Create-A-Bed approach was selected.

    You do not need the extra plans Rockler offers - the parts kit comes complete with instructions. I occasionally hear rumors of problems with the gas pistons, but I have not had any issues with the many units I have built, in use for as long as 8 years.
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    Charlie for a person thats willing to read and take the time your site is simply excellent. Kudos to you.
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    FWIW, the shocks on my mother's bed were replaced twice in 10 years.
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    thanks for the great info so far folks, would like to see some pics and will check out your site again charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    FWIW, the shocks on my mother's bed were replaced twice in 10 years.
    Was it with the "Create a Bed" hardware (from Rockler or wherever)?
    If yes. where did you get the replacement pistons? How expensive were they?
    Or maybe I should ask what your mother does with the bed? One of my customers uses it multiple times each week, and has not had a problem in 7 years.
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