Part 2. Dual Purpose Space & Murphy Beds

by Laura Casey Interiors on January 5, 2012

At this time the plans for the murphy bed are not available. I will repost when they are available. Thank you for your interest.


A few¬†months ago I shared that I was designing a client’s room to serve as both a playroom and a guest room. It can be really helpful and a great space saver to have a room that serves as a shared space or dual purpose. A murphy bed is the perfect solution for a family that wouldn’t be using the bed on a regular basis and would love the extra space for their children to play. A Murphy bed is a pull down bed or bed that sits in the wall and is pulled down when you need it. When I was living in New York a few of my friends had them in their apartments.¬†Here is a peek at the process and the result-

It’s a queen size bed and going to hold a regular mattress.

We did a test run with a mattress,

and I could see what it will look like up against the wall and the bottom will be a sofa.


I worked hard to get the arm dimensions just right so that the bed could close properly and the arms could be upholstered.

It’s getting fitted.

Underneath storage

Perfect! Time to pick a color, Silver Mink by Benjamin Moore

The cushions and arms were made by my upholsterer with a fun Dwell Studio fabric.

Here’s the finished project!!!

The pillows and decorative accessories are off,

but the bed is still completely made and totally secure inside the closed unit.

Dual functioning spaces can really solve problems in a home, and that’s one thing I love to do for my clients.

Hope you like it!

Photography Credits: Chris Edwards for Laura Casey Interiors (9,10)

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pat reynolds March 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Love it!! Can’t tell the height… I have an 80″ interior… if it is taller than that how can I make it fit? thanks for sharing!!

2 Lori March 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I see that it’s been a few years since this was posted, but I didn’t see an update with the plans. Are they available anywhere for purchase? Love your design!

3 Kari September 8, 2015 at 11:56 pm

I am wondering the same thing as Lori. Are the plans available? Thanks so much!

4 Sue February 23, 2016 at 6:48 pm

I called her business and was told that because this was a job that was done for a client, that there was a proprietary ownership by the client and she couldn’t release the details.

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