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How To Make a Murphy Bed with Stay Level Desk


Published on 3 years ago

This time I make a Murphy bed with a stay level desk! The desk turns the room into a true multifunction space, and with the stay level feature I don't have to clear it off before pulling the bed down. I also flanked the bed with cabinets and shelves for lots of storage!

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Comments :

Hanna Blom

Hanna Blom . 3 days ago

Thanks for a great video! I've wanted to make one of these in years. We also have a multi function room that needs to suit for many different things and maybe I'll build one of these in the future. Can i just ask- on the self leveling desk- is there a hydraulic gas strut fastened, or is it just a support bracket?

Dark30Welder Welding

Dark30Welder Welding . 2 weeks ago

Appreciate the time and effort you took to share this. Please choose less annoying music next time and drop the volume on it. I’m turning down the the music and then turning it back up when your speaking. Again … thanks 🙏 for sharing please take my critiques as just that. Your obviously a great craftsman.

Penny Jensen

Penny Jensen . 2 months ago

Thanks for showing your mistakes, I think it actually helps new builders/woodworkers like myself. Thanks for sharing, I definitely recommend this video.

Benjamin Shields

Benjamin Shields . 3 months ago

The math for a stay level desk is actually very simple once I drew it out and tested everything. I'll identify four "swivel points": 1- Bed Swivel 2- Desk to Bed Swivel 3- Frame to Brace Swivel 4- Desk to Brace Swivel I think these are pretty self explanatory. Anyways, whatever the *horizontal* and *vertical* distance is between the swivels 1 & 2 is, the horizontal and vertical distances between 3 & 4 should be the exact same. If you "connect the dots", you'll find that they form a parallelogram where you can fix two points, and move two points, and keep the distances equal

Rich Gilberto

Rich Gilberto . 3 months ago

VESA mount the Mac on the wall/under bed so it goes face down when you open the bed

Paul Mudie

Paul Mudie . 4 months ago

Where do we find the plans you refer to. I have tried to search for prime tool plans but cannot find anything

Rita Reilly

Rita Reilly . 4 months ago

You made it look easy! I'm not a skilled woodworker. I may have a lot more frustrations but I admired watching your skills. I just saw the ending with your little boy! Adorable!

Rita Reilly

Rita Reilly . 4 months ago

Great job!

Sincerely, Kham

Sincerely, Kham . 4 months ago

How much did it cost?


RAPPATENGO . 4 months ago

hi do you do custom builds? i.e. in homes

Was Blind

Was Blind . 5 months ago

Great video.


Smartyturtle . 5 months ago

What is the least amount of tools I can get away with us to build this? We have a circular saw and a jigsaw

Marie Leo

Marie Leo . 5 months ago

How long did this take to build? How much cost was everything? Did you include box springs into your finished product?

Dylan Havlicek

Dylan Havlicek . 7 months ago

nice build and lol the ending

Joseph S

Joseph S . 9 months ago

Great video tutorial. Good b-roll and helpful voice over throughout. Thank you for your thoroughness in the video production! I am looking to do the same thing you did for equipment storage and space versatility. (My use is recording video studio/bedroom.) I love the desk decor you put out as you showed the finished bed. I use both of the same resources/tools daily. What other styles of “stay flat desks” have you found good (structural support wise) and easy to self-fabricate & install?

Richard Troell

Richard Troell . 9 months ago

A first class carpenter's helper there !

Manuel Perez Jr.

Manuel Perez Jr. . 9 months ago

How much was the total cost of building this?


Hawkorvan . 9 months ago

Looking to do this myself! I know you said its better to buy a kit, but the only hardware kit I can find only has a clearance of 4"... I'd really like to have at least 5.5" Other than trial and error like you did for yours, do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

Phillip Robertson

Phillip Robertson . 9 months ago

I know there is alot to cover but would be nice to have in a bit more detail.

Michael S

Michael S . 10 months ago

Shame on you for allowing that beautiful Victory motorcycle in the background to get all full of sawdust! J / K awesome video!

Marty Clack

Marty Clack . 10 months ago

Nice job

Casey Cossitt-Yager

Casey Cossitt-Yager . 10 months ago

Great job! I'm curious on how much time you took building from start to finish the first time... and if you were to do it all over again how much time you think you would save building a second one, after learning from the first. Thanks again!

Ivan Mv

Ivan Mv . 12 months ago

I am in the process of building one with extended height/clearance so I can keep monitors in the desk. Your video is not only entertaining but it was also a great reference, congrats and thanks!

Christina Lacey

Christina Lacey . 1 year ago

This looks great - we need to make one of these but can't get any kit - we're in Kenya. Where can we download all the templates etc?

Karen Coleman

Karen Coleman . 1 year ago

And great job!

Karen Coleman

Karen Coleman . 1 year ago

How many 2x12 did you buy and how long

Jet Lee

Jet Lee . 1 year ago

Great video! Where do you get the hardware for the desk?


SCP-173 . 1 year ago

Can you configure it horizontally as well?

Quin Thomson

Quin Thomson . 1 year ago

Any thoughts on a some kind of mechanism to make two stay-level shelves for above the desk? :)


S P . 1 year ago

OK thanks, but this was not really a "How to Make" video. It is more like a "Watch me make"....

Malcolm Gregoire

Malcolm Gregoire . 1 year ago

It looks pretty good. I have very limited space, basically an 8' x 10' room and only 66 inches of space behind the door on the only available wall with out windows or closet doors. Can this be assembled off sit and then installed on site?

Sugey Boo

Sugey Boo . 1 year ago

I really want to make this bed. Did you kit come with the desk plans because the bed in the link you posted doesn't have the stay level desk

Shango Sankofa

Shango Sankofa . 1 year ago

Great work! Thanks for the demo!

Mario Sandoval

Mario Sandoval . 1 year ago

Can I use this kit for king size bed

Dean Hudson

Dean Hudson . 2 years ago

Can you share the link to the instructions you are using?


Matt . 2 years ago

Hi, what's that slicing tool you're using at around 9:21?

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welcometomychannels welcometomychannels . 2 years ago

I don't follow someone's plans. I follow what does that make sense

Luc Gosselin

Luc Gosselin . 2 years ago


Dominik Fujerík

Dominik Fujerík . 2 years ago

Can i ask what kind of mechanism of moving the bed up down is it? how it call or where i can buy it? (time around 10:30) thanks a lot.


TAJ . 2 years ago

Well done sir! I may take me a while, but you make it look easier than I image!


Avargas1008123 . 2 years ago

How many hours did it take, including painting? And what was the cost?

TJ Ward

TJ Ward . 2 years ago

Found on line https://murphybeddepot.com/search?q=Desk+kit+

TJ Ward

TJ Ward . 2 years ago

Do you have a time log for your build of the bed and then the desk? Nice work BTW

Harry L

Harry L . 2 years ago

Good job! What hardware do you use for stay level desk? Is there a kit for that?

Draztiq Meshaz

Draztiq Meshaz . 2 years ago

What'd you figure out about the stay-level geometry? My hunch is that two pivot points need to be in the horizontal plane. I've been trying to figure it out on the whiteboard for days now.

MS Bonz

MS Bonz . 2 years ago

Wow i love it. I watched the whole video. You did a fantastic amazing job. Thank you for sharing it.

Nancy Vanderhart

Nancy Vanderhart . 2 years ago

I am looking to put one of these in my spare/craft room for when guests visit. This is exactly what I need! Thank you for an excellent video....now I just need to find someone who can actually use power tools 😉


epenaloza52 . 2 years ago

I was looking for a diy self leveling desk for a murphy bed and I though your was the easiest until I actually put the desk together and well the piano hinge doesn't really do the job it does look great it just doesn't do the self leveling adjustment like it doesn't level out as the bed is coming dow down


JusBidniss . 2 years ago

That's a great take on the stay-level desk concept! A piano hinge on the back upper edge, and pressurized struts to keep it level through its arc. The DeskBed design has the desk hanging from brackets, without struts (just struts on the bed to help lift it), and I thought about trying to reverse engineer that without plans, but it seemed a bit advanced. This seems much simpler, but it depends on those struts not failing. Still, I may give this one a go at some point. Thanks for sharing!


bklynwam . 2 years ago

Where did you get the round wood to install in the aluminum-round pipe.

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