Project Description: Queen Side-Tilt Murphy Bed with pillow storage box behind. Structure includes recessed overhead storage, an adjacent desk and a wardrobe for clothes storage. Also includes lighting both inside bed cabinet and above desk. Designer - Dorothy Leung
List materials used in the project, including wood, veneer, laminate, hinges, decorative accessories, etc.: Woodgrain melamine (“Looks Likatre” by Panolam) and high-gloss white thermofoil doors. Lift-up doors above bed using flap stays. Soft-close hardware used on all doors and drawer. Warm White LED lights on two separate sets – one inside bed cabinet and another above the desk surface. Chrome closet rod inside wardrobe and stainless steel handles on all doors and drawer.
Describe any design challenges, i.e. obstructions, etc.: The goal with this project was to create a multi-purpose space. The client’s niece was staying with them to attend school, so a bed was needed, and at the same time, the husband uses this as his workout room, so to facilitate that, a Murphy Bed made the most sense so that there would be room to use the treadmill, etc. The adjacent desk area was created as a work surface for the niece, and the wardrobe provided for her as well. Above the bed area is a bulkhead coming down from the ceiling, and in addition, that bulkhead contains speakers for the in home sound system which could not be blocked. To deal with this, a Side-Tilt Murphy Bed was required, and the cabinetry above needed to be recessed (14” deep, compared the rest of the cabinets at 24” deep) to leave the speakers exposed. Pillow storage was then created behind the bed, pushing the bed a bit further into the room – another reason that the Side-Tilt layout was best. Lastly, the client did not want the desk area to be permanent after the niece moves on, so a base was included below the drawer to allow for an easier addition of lower doors to that space in the future.
Was the design created by hand or software program? If software program, which one did you use?: By hand
Describe the installation process and any challenges.: The installation took place over parts of three days. We always pre-assemble our structures at the shop to make sure there are no surprises, and then separate the parts and rebuild on site. This project went it very smoothly, with the most time-consuming aspects being cutting and fitting the trims and fillers, as well as threading the wiring for the lights behind and through the cabinets. We made the back panel below the desk a hinged piece to allow for electrical access if it is ever needed.
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