DIY Murphy Bed Hinges

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Beds that swing up and store vertically against a wall are known as Murphy beds. While there are a number of kits available to assemble a Murphy bed, you can also make the hinge for the bed on your own. The hinge is a basic pivot point that allows the bed to move freely. Supplies for this project are available at many home improvement and hardware stores. Making the hinge takes less than a day, depending on skill level.

Things You'll Need

  • 18-gauge sheet metal
  • Metal shear
  • Drill
  • Drill bits and hole saw
  • 2 pieces of 1/2-inch diameter metal pipe
  • Welder and safety equipment
  • Grinder
  • Safety glasses
  • 16 1/4-inch bolts and nuts
  • 2 cotter pins
  • Wood screws
  • Bed frame
  • Measuring tape
  • Cut six 3-inch square plates from the sheet metal, using the metal shear. Grind the edges smooth so they are free of burrs or snags.

  • Use the hole saw to cut a 3/4-inch hole in the center of four of the plates.

  • Drill four 1/4-inch holes in each of the corners on all six plates.

  • Set the bed frame into the opening to which it will be hinged. Measure from the vertical uprights to 1 inch past the bed frame. This measurement is how long your pipe piece needs to be.

  • Weld the pipe piece to the center of the two plates that do not have holes cut through the center. Drill two holes through the end of the pipe piece opposite the plate end. These holes are for the cotter pins to slide through.

  • Measure 7 inches away from the back wall along the vertical uprights and 4 inches above the floor. Mark on the uprights where the corner holes are on the plates. Drill through the uprights. Put the plates in place and attach with the bolts and nuts at each corner on both sides of the bed.

  • Measure 7 inches from the headboard end of the frame and drill a 3/4-inch hole. Do this on both sides of the bed frame. Place two plates on either side of both holes and attach with the bolts and nuts.

  • Slide the pipes though the holes in the frame. Thread the cotter pins through the holes on the pipe ends and bend the legs apart. Raise and lower the frame to test.

Tips & Warnings

  • To regulate the speed at which the bed raises and lowers, add pistons to the frame. One end of the piston attaches to the frame and the other to the vertical uprights.
  • Use proper safety equipment, such as a helmet and leather gloves, when welding.
  • Wear safety glasses when using a grinder.

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