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    Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20[Music]hey friends it's sam from diy huntressand i amso excited about today's video over thepast two weeks or so i have been workingsuper hard to build a custom murphy bedWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40for what is gonna be a future guest roomand home office for my mom while sheworks from hometoday i'm gonna be covering how i builtthis murphy bed from start to finishwith the exception of those customshelvesi'll be spilling all the details onthose in my next video when i revealthis entire spaceso definitely make sure to subscribe tomy channel and click the notificationWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00bell if you are interested in seeing thefull room reveal as well as the shelvingtutorial in the meantime though i amso stoked to show you how i built thismurphy bed so let's get started[Music]i wanted to start this project bytalking about the inspiration for thisbuild and i'll be tackling thisWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20so much more in my next video sodefinitely make sure to check that outif you're interestedbut long story short my mom is aphysical therapist who works with kiddoswho have disabilities and she'll beworking from home a couple days a weekso i wanted to transform partial spacein her guest room into a home officespacewithout taking up a lot of real estateand in my mind there is no better way toWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40do this than to build a murphy bed whichis something i've been intimidated byfor the longest timeso to help tackle this build i partneredup with my friends at rockler to try outtheir diy murphy bed kit which comeswith all the hardware requiredto build the murphy bed as well ascomprehensive woodworking plansand a full materials list so once i hadWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00figured out which kit i wanted to use iwas able to jump right in and startbuildingnow depending on what type of kit youchoose for your murphy bedwill basically dictate the materialsthat you need for your projectfor my project i needed four sheets ofthree quarter inch plywoodtwo sheets of quarter inch plywood and awhole bunch of pinebut as always you can see the full listWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20of materials and tools that i use forthis projectby clicking on the link to this projectpost which is on my website and i'velisted that below this videonow to get started on this project iactually began to break down all of mythree-quarter inch birch plywoodinto the pieces that were labeled in thecut list in rockler's woodworking plansi actually decided to use a track saw toWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40break down all of my pieces in my shopbecause i amlimited on space but if you don't have atrack saw you could use a circular sawwith a straight edge guide or if you'reable to you can lift the plywood ontothe table saw this was just the easiestmethod for me in my own workshopnow at this point i actually didn't havethe hardware it was on route in the mailWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00so it was really cool to be able toprint the plans i needed from rockler'swebsite and just get started on thisbuild without having the hardware infront of mebut to make my life easier i definitelylabeled every single piece that i cutthat way i didn't misplace anythingduring this milling and cutting processnow after getting all of those plywoodpiecesout of my way it was then time for me toWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20cut all of the pieces for the bed framewhich was primarily made up of pineand just like i did with the plywood ijust followed the cutlass to figure outwhat needed to be cut or what needed tobe milled down to a different size and iused a combination of my miter saw andmy table saw to make all of these pieceshappen according to that listnow if you have been following me for awhile you will know that i work in areally small space like 12 by 12Watch at: 03:20 / 03:40shed space so it was so helpful to beable to pre-cut all of the piecesaccording to the cut listand then organize them because i endedup having to essentially just pre-fitthings in myshop and then actually build this murphybed in the spacebut after pre-cutting everything it wastime to get started on assemblybed frame first we're doing itWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00now i learned the hard way that a lot ofthese full pieces were not going to fitup the staircase into the bedroom wherethe guest room isso i actually decided to assemblewhatever i couldin the shop that would fit first andthen took anything apart or put it backtogether as i needed toWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20as i went along but one of thecomponents of this bed that i definitelymade sure to do in my workshop first wasmake sure that this bed frame was squarethis was soimportant because if the bed frame issquare then the murphy bed is not goingto like fit together and close the rightway laterso i did take time here to justpre-drill and glue togetherWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40any of the pieces that needed to kind ofstay together permanentlyand then just dry fit the actual frameitselfbefore pulling it all apart and theninstalling it in the spacelater now the cool part about the kitsthat are offered on rockler's websiteare that they do offer an array of themso if building a bed frame is notsomething that you're comfortable withWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00doingthey do offer a kit that comes with apre-made bed frame alreadyso my recommendation is to definitely dosome research as to what kind of kitsthey offer before jumping into a buildonce i was done building the actual bedframe itself there were a couple ofplywood pieces that needed to bedry fit to the outside and that includedtwo side rails which i had to just roundWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20over the edges and cutusing my jigsaw but essentially aftermaking that final cutall of those three quarter inch plywoodpieces we're now prepped and ready to gofor this entire build so at this point itook some time to sand downall of these pieces to 220 grit and thenalso add some edge banding to hide allWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40of the edges of the plywoodso as if these woodworking plants fromrockler couldn't begreat enough already with a cutlass italso tells you exactly where to placeedge banding on your plywood to make theplywoodlook like solid wood so i just followedthose diagrams i ironed on the edgebandingi used a screwdriver just to press itWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00down so that it didn't comeup at all and then i trimmed the edgebanding using an edge band trimmer andsanded everythingnice and smooth to blend in those seamsthere were a couple of spots that i hadto be patient withand work on a little bit but once all ofthe edge banding was finally on and iwas happy with the way everything lookedit was then time to start pre-finishingthe pieces so that they could dry beforeWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20i installed them in the spacenow prior to settling on a color iprobably tried out about 16 differentcolors and finishes before finallychoosing oneand the reason i did this because ichose some other pieces of furniture forthe space and i really wanted the murphybed to complement those piecesand if you follow me on instagram youWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40will know what a fiasco it was choosinga colorbecause i basically absolutely lovedthis one color that was a combinationof stain and poly and it lookedawesome when i finished but itdefinitely requireda lot of maintenance to get it to drycorrectlynow i've used this product sosuccessfully on my sliding barn doorWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00project butbecause of the humidity i was havingsome issues with the finish so i did endupadding a couple of extra coats of polyjust to make sure thateverything was smooth and beautiful atthis point after fighting with thisfinish for a couple of daysall of the pieces minus those doorfronts we'll talk about those laterwere dry and ready to be installed so idid start this process by breaking downWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20whatever portions of that bed frame weretoo big to fit up the staircaseand then i assembled everything intoplace permanentlymaking sure to double and triple andprobably quadruple check square at thispoint because i was so paranoidbut everything worked out greatone thing i do want to mention is thatWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40at this point i had clearly cleared outthis entire room and gave the wall afresh coat of paint and figured outexactly where it was that i wanted toinstall this bed and that was soimportantbecause when you're assembling in thespace you need the room to be able to dothatso i was so stoked to have all of thisfloor space to kind of just likeroll around on the floor and make thisWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00thing happennow once the actual bed frame itself wasassembled it was time to start bringingin some of the other pieces that went onthis bed frame and that included theside rails as well as the header boardand the footer board as wellat this point i had received thehardware in the mail and i was actuallyWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20really excited to start installing it onto some of the portions of this buildand the cool part about the hardware wasthat it also came with its own separateset of plans and as part of those plansit had a few templates that i was ableto tape to my pieces andcut around or in depending on where thehardware needed to goso this is part of the project where iadmit that i made a mistake andWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40basically as fool proof as this templatewas i still messed up i actuallydrilled these holes perfectly in exactlywhere they needed to gobut when i installed the side railswhich you'll see in a little bit thisopening was supposed to go on the insideof the bed and basically be touching themattressand for some reason i must have readsomething wrong or wasn't payingattentionWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00and i ended up installing these so thatthe hardware was on the outside of thebed and i didn't notice this until laterand how to fix my mistakeso my best advice for you for sure is tojust liketake your time with the instructionsbecause there are a lot of them and itis easy to want to jump ahead and getoverwhelmed and i'm pretty sure that'swhat happened here so don't do what iWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20didbut other than that little mistake thati noticed later the rest of thishardware installation process wentreally really smoothly without a hitch ijust followed the directions i cut outany templates i needed to cuti measured like 60 000 times beforeinstalling anythingand i just went with the flow andfollowed those directionsWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40and it was actually pretty easy to geteverything into placeafter installing all the hardwareaccording to the plans and the diagramsit was thentime to attach those pieces to theactual bed frame itselfagain these plans came with awesomediagrams to show you exactly whereWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00everything needs to go as well ashow to install it so i just followedthatminus of course the mishap with thosetwo side piecesbut in the words of bob ross we don'tmake mistakes we make happy accidents iwas able tofix it later and just add a littledecorative element to the side of theWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20murphy bed to cover up my mistake so iwill show you that a little laterin following the plans for the murphybed after assembling thebed frame it was then time to focus onthe door fronts for the murphy bedand i actually couldn't do this with theother pieces in my shop because my shopwas way too small to fiteverything so once i was able to clearWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40out those piecesit was then time to just get started onthe decorative element that i wanted onthe front of this murphy bedwhen i first started this build ienvisioned something supermodern and beautiful and sleek and let'sbe real if you know me at this point youknow how obsessed i am withchevron and beautiful arrow lookingpatternsso obviously that's what i opted for forWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00this murphy bednow to make that happen i actuallypicked up a couple of these rolls ofpressure sensitivewhite birch veneer from rockler and it'sessentially a peel and stick veneer thatyou are able to apply to any piece ofwoodusing some pressure so i started bycutting these veneer sheets in half justWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20to make them a littleless beefy looking and i did that usinga typical box cutter and then i began tomark out my patternthe same exact way that i actually markout my geometric art pieces and i'lllink one of those below this video foryou to check out that processbut once i was happy with those linesthis process was as easy as literallypulling awaythat backing from the sticky undersideWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40of the veneerand then firmly pressing it into placewhere i wanted it to goi also just gently trimmed the edges butdidn't worry about making it perfecthere because i am going to be flippingthese doors over laterto just trim everything perfectly wheni'm donein full honesty though there are acouple of things that definitely couldWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00have made this so much easier for meone being that they do make specialtyrollers that do help with applyingpressure to the veneerwhich would have made my job so mucheasier instead i kind of just pressed itinto placeusing a straight edge and actually theother thing that i do wish that i didbeforei started applying these was just tosand the edgesdown because i did have a couple ofWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20places where the edges were a littlejagged and i did have to do some extrasanding and blendingwhile i was applying the pieces to thedoors but other than those small thingseven with what i had on handthis process was actually super easy andit was probably one of my favorite partsof this projectprobably just because chevron makes mesuper super happy for some weird reasonbut once i was done adding all theWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40pieces i then flipped those doors overand used that box cutter to cut away anyof the excess that was overhanging[Music]like i mentioned earlier because ididn't sand those gaps completely flushwhen i was applying the edge banding idid have a couple of noticeable gapsWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00that i ended up filling using a tintedwood puttyand i actually didn't love that a coupleof these gaps were filled and othersweren't soin the end i ended up just tinting allof those gaps which honestly ended upbeingthe best accidental choice ever becauseit totally made the chevron pop a littlemore becauseWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20all of those seams ended up staining alot darker than the rest of the doorand i'm so happy i ended up doing it butas you can see once i was done with thewood putty i then applied edge bandingto these doors as well and then sandedeverything to 220 gritat this point it was then time to stainand finish the doors but i actually raninto a couple of different snags hereWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40the firstcoat of finish that i used on this doordid not dry the right way again becauseof those humidity issuesand then i sanded that off tried to usethe regular stained version of thatcolor which did not match at alland then i had to sand that off as welland then third time's the charm ireapplied my wood conditioner to thedoorsWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00and then decided to go with a customcolor instead and that worked absolutelybeautifully again honestly i think thatthis projectprobably would not have taken me twoweeks if i was able to just get thefinishing right without it taking me acouple of dayson each pass but in the end it ended upworking out totallyfine and the extra work ended up beingworth itWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20moment of truthyes finallyfinallyso obviously after having to restainWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40those doorsthree times and then finally seeing thatthe custom stain color that i madematched the rest of the cabinet idid a happy dance and was finally ableto focus on the rest of the buildwith a clear mind and a full heart and icouldn't losequick name that show but anyway as i waswaiting for those doors to dry i justWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00didn't want to be held up anymore so ibegan to install the hardware that ineededfor the actual cabinet portion of thisbuildwhich i obviously went back inside to doand just like i did with the actual bedframe piecesi just followed the diagrams andinstructions that were given to me withthe hardwarefor this build and i was able to installWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20everything without a hitchso obviously my best advice after doingthis project for anybody who's lookingto make a murphy bed is to just makesure you're measuring a ton of times andinstalling thingssquare and where they need to go youdefinitely don't want to likeguesstimate anything on a build likethis because you need everythingWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40to be perfectly square and where itneeds to go in order forthe bed to function properly obviouslyin an ideal world i would have loved tobeable to fit this murphy bed in my shopand kind of just pre-fit everythingtogether before building it in the spacebut i wasn't able to do that and that'stotally fine because it all worked outperfectly in the end anywayWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00so basically once all of the pieces ofthe murphy bed were ready to beassembled it was time to focus on thatback wall and the plans includesome options for cutting notches in theback of your murphy bed to put themover your trim but i was so emotionallyattached to my murphy bed at this pointthat i just decided instead to removethe trim and to just patch and paintthis wall insteadWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19what is this i found a secret note okaymaybe not a secret note but i found someold measurements i guess when they weredoing the molding it's funny likeit's nothing crazy but it's fun to seewhat you find in the walls ofa home that you live in for like yearsright so honestly after patching idefinitely looked for some other hiddentreasures in this room but after doingWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40that the doors were finally dried andready to be assembled to the bed frameso i had mybrother help me carry them up the stairsand into the room because they wereheavy now in a normal situation thisprobably wouldn't matter very much butbecause i had a chevron pattern on thefront of these doors that i needed toline up perfectly i took a couple ofscrap pieces of woodWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00and just screwed them together to holdthe doors in place so that the patternwouldn't shiftwhen we were assembling the frame to theactual door frontswe then checked all of the measurementsmade sure that everything was fittingtogether perfectly and then jordancarefully lifted the bed frame while iapplied some wood glue and theneventually screwed everythingWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20into place according to the diagrams ontheplansso once everything was lining up reallywell with the bed frame it was time tomove on to assembling the cabinet to thebed frame itself and one of the thingsthat i actually needed to add was abacker board for the headboard and theoriginal plan said to screw this inWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40using screws from the outside of thecabinet but again attachment issuesso i actually decided to use pocket holescrews instead which worked just as wellbut actually hid the screws that ididn't have to drill through thesebeautiful cabinets that i worked so hardonbut after following all of the steps toinstall those cabinet sides and theheadboard to the bed frame itself i thenWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00focused on creating some custom doorhandles for this cabinetusing some 2x2 poplar pieces noworiginally i was going to use somereally beautiful pre-madeknobs for this build but i just didn'tlike the scale of them i felt like theylooked way too small for a cabinet ofthis size and in order to kind of fixthat problem i basically just took someWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20six foot longpoplar pieces cut them down to an inchand a half squareand then notched out a really awesomegroove as well in the back so that myfingers could grab the back of thegroove whenever i wanted to pull themurphy bed downi then sanded and painted them using ametallic spray paintand then once they were dried it wastime to call in some help to installWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40themtime to call in some help dream teamassemblewe're gonna rotate this up towards thewall you screwed it to the floori didn't screw it to the floorone two threecome onWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00so after some general tomfoolery becausethat's what my family does because theyareawesome my brother and my dad slowlylifted the cabinet size while my mom andi lifted the front of the bed whichlooked epically stunning by the way andi had my familyhold on to each part of the bed framewhile i measuredwhere to place these handles basicallyWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20the reason why i needed so many hands isbecause at this point the bed is notsecure and there's nothing in the backto hold up these doors somy parents held the door and the sidesup while i pre-drilled all the holes forthe handles and my brotherdrilled them into place from behind thedoors to make sure that they were liningup perfectlynot gonna lie i definitely made thisWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40more difficult for myself than it neededto be in a normal situationyou can just basically install your doorhandles the way that you want to withouthaving to havean army of people help you with it but iama perfectionist and i just wanted it tolook goodbut once those handles were installed iobviously at this point as you can seefrom those gaping holes in the side ofWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00the bedfixed the problem with the hardware onthe bed frame and then began to assemblethe headerof the murphy bed and as if i didn'ttorture my family enough at this point idid have them hang out to still hold upthat bed while i completed this becausethe bed was not secure[Laughter]why are you sleeping on the jobWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20i'm sorry are we boring youso after quickly assembling the headerand then waking up my entire family itwas then time to installthe bottom support to the legs of themurphy bed and then alsoWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40install those bottom panels which aregoing to be holding up the mattress overthe frameat this point then we were able to worktogether as a team to install the headerto the top of the bedand then also install the pistons whichare the mechanisms that actually pullthe bed up and downand because the space is so small mybrother actually had to do that frombehindwhile we kind of like maneuvered theWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00front of the cabinet but luckilythose instructions for installing themare outlined so super well in rockler'splans and honestly if there were twothings that i was super grateful for atthis point it wasthose comprehensive plans from rocklerand my amazing family for just being soepically awesomenow before i could get excited andreally start to do some finishingtouches on here i did have to fix thatWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20big oopsie that i spoke about at thebeginning of this videoso i decided to plug up that giant gapusing a doweland also use some tinted wood filler tofill in any of those voidsi then came back later and stained themto match the murphy bed and you canbarely tell that i made a mistake atthis pointbut once that dried it was then time toWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40bring in the mattress sowe then loaded it into the murphy bedtogether as a teamand once it was in place we just madesome adjustments to both sides of thebed untilthe bed stayed down all by itself butwas also not too hardto pull down or lift up and theseadjustments were made by simply justadjusting two plates that iWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00installed earlier in the process on thebed framesat this point it was time to apply anytrim and adjust any spacing and add somefinal detailsit was also time for its inaugural testrun and i was so super nervous to see ifthis thing worked for real but to mysurprise it did andi could not have been happieroh my god this is the best day everWatch at: 22:00 / 22:20i can't believe i built this i literallydon't know how to explainthe feeling that came over me afterbeing done with this build after abouttwo weeks of working on it but it waslike pure magicbut at this point all that was left wasfinal touches like installing the trimwork around the sides of the murphy bedthat i removed as well as installing aWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40bottomtrim piece to the bottom of the murphybed itself that does move when i want toopen the bed you'll see that in a secondand actually the reason that i did thisis becausereally the plans recommend that you puta piece of trim on the outside of thedoors when you're making the murphy bedbut i didn't like how that looked iwanted something modernbut by keeping that trim piece on thebottom flush i was unable to open theWatch at: 22:40 / 23:00doorso i just slide it underneath the doorwhenever i want to open the murphy bedand then when i close the murphy bedback up that piece of trim just getsreplacedsuper easy super simple solution overalliam beyond thrilled with the way thatthis murphy bed turned out andeven though it took a lot longer tobuild than i was anticipatingdue to space constraints and weather andWatch at: 23:00 / 23:20all of those fun things that i cannotcontroli seriously feel like my patience andpersistence on this project completelypaid offand i know that i was so superintimidated to begin this build and getthrough it but i totally did it and ihonestly truly believe that if i can doit then anyone cannow that the murphy bed build is done iWatch at: 23:20 / 23:40can finally start focusing ontransforming the rest of this spaceinto a workspace for my mom and i cannotwait to get started onthat part of the project and like imentioned at the beginning of the videoialso have already tackled those floatingshelves as one of the first projects inthat new space so definitely make sureto subscribe to my channel andWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00click that notification bell to checkout how i built those in the next videobut until then friends thank you so muchfor your support for your encouragementand for just being awesomeand until next time friends happy diying