Robert Meyers, More Space Place DC, is a finalist in the 2014 Top Shelf Design Awards competition with his project "Home Office/Murphy Bed/Sliding Wall Media Center" entered in the Home Office under 150 square feet category.
Project Description: This project is a 12ft wide x 10ft deep multi-functional room used as a main living space. The focus of the project was to accomplish keeping the room as a sitting room to watch TV, and work at the home office at the same time. The real challenge was to also include a full size murphy bed for guests but not give up any functionality. We combined an 81'' home office with lower and upper storage cabinetry, lighting and granite countertop. TV components are designed into the home office area as well as a pull out shelf to use with the desk and the bed. A very comfortable every night useable Murphy bed tops of the room for total functionality. Simply slide the large TV wall panel in front of the home office to access the bed. You can still view the TV when the bed is open. To round off the design, the client added 2 recliners to enjoy their media center.
List materials used in the project, including wood, veneer, laminate, hinges, decorative accessories, etc.: Cabinetry and shelving were constructed using Flakeboard antique white laminate. The doors are a 5 piece antique white door with mocha glaze. The bed mechanism is a Next Bed frame with a Serta luxury Eurotop full size mattress. LED undermount strip lighting and LED upper lights for the desk area were used.
Describe any design challenges, i.e. obstructions, etc.: The biggest design challenge was to provide a very functional home office and Murphy bed in a room with 2 full size recliners. The challenge was to create a solution to keep the TV in its original place. I set up a full size home office desk/workstation 81'' Long. I created a sliding wall and mounted a TV on the panels that covered the Murphy bed. The wall slides over the home office and all of the wires move with the wall. The 2nd challenge was to create a trackless guide for the sliding wall. The sliding door is on a top track only with several concealed guides at the bottom of the door itself.
Was the design created by hand or software program? If software program, which one did you use?: I designed the solution for this space using Cabinetvision.
Describe the installation process and any challenges.: The installation process was painless, since we pre- assembled the entire system at our warehouse. The main challenge was to provide a solution for the wiring from the components to the back of the TV. These wires need to move with the sliding door. We attached all of the wires to a spring loaded spool that allows the wire to be unraveled as needed and re-coils the wires back into place when not in use.
Winners will be announced April 9 during a gala awards reception at the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater. Visit cabinetsandclosetsexpo to register for the event. Voting for the People's Choice award is still open. Visit the Top Shelf Design Awards gallery to pick your favorite project.
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