Installation Instructions

Self Assembly 3 Door Cabinet for Double Bed (Head mounted)

Getting Started

The Murphy Wall bed cabinet is supplied with all hinges, screws etc. Tools required are as follow:

Ideally someone to help support the weight of the doors while fixing. The double and king models are supplied with two doors already joined. Without assistance you may need to separate these doors as they are too heavy to both hold and secure.

If area is not carpeted, an old blanket or cardboard to protect door edges whilst making up

  • Screwdriver
  • Drill, if drilling into brick, preferably with hammer action
  • 1 x 7mm masonary bit, rawl plugs (unless ordered)
  • 1 x 3mm drill to pilot holes
  • 1 x screwdriver with head to match pozidrive screws
  • spirit level (if available)

Rawl plugs, drill bits and screwdriver can be provided on request and will be itemised and costed into the final price.

We are happy to cutout sidepanels to accommodate for skirting boards/pipes as instructed but this will be at the customer's own risk.

Please note that no responsibility for the quality of fixing to either walls or floors can be undertaken unless fitted by ourselves. If unsure, always obtain advice from a qualified fitter.


First position the base board with the front edge set 20mm closer to the wall than the cabinet sides eg cabinet front edge 500mm from the wall, base plate 480mm from the wall. (This will allow for the skirt to be clipped into place at a later stage). However, if you have an additional headboard, position the front of the base frame approx 465mm from the wall based on a 500mm cabinet. This will allow for the sweep of the headboard to miss the back panel.

Secure firmly to the floor using a spirit level if possible as this is to form a level support for the bed frame. If installing over carpet, screw through the board and carpet in a number of places.

When secure, follow the Installation Instructions for building the Murphy Wall bed frame.

Tip: If the floor beneath the baseplate is not considered secure enough, the use of brackets between the baseplate and skirting/wall will prevent the wall bed base from lifting when pulled down.

Cabinet construction: (Click on any image to see a larger version)

Lay one long side of the cabinet on its veneered front edge, pointing away from the wall. (If the area is not carpeted ensure the edge is protected).

Clip the roof of the cabinet in position.

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Repeat with the second side. (The spacing of the sides is guided by the base plate and top.)

Raise to the upright position and clip front skirt in place.

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Pull the bed down so that the head board can be clipped into position.

Clip the doors into position, adjusting if necessary by tightening the screws.

The double and king models are supplied with two doors already joined. These bifold doors fold away to the outside of the cabinet and are on the left of the cabinet.These doors are only partly balanced by the single door on the opposite side - don't be concerned if at first the cabinet looks distorted.

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The tops of the doors should be completely level with the base of the cornice or, in the case of the standard model, the top of the carcass sides.

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Securing to wall:

Lay the two brackets on top of the cabinet with shortest sides against the wall.

Mark and drill one hole in both brackets in the central slotted area using the appropriate fixings.

If the wall is made of both plasterboard and studwork it is preferable to drill into the studwork. Although not ideal, plasterboard fixings can be used and will require 2 staggered per bracket.

Push one side of the cabinet close to the wall. Ask your assistant to check on the alignment of door fronts.

When all level, secure the brackets to the carcass.

Finally, additional strength and security can be obtained by securing two more brackets to the interior of the carcass and floorplate.

Secure the chosen handle to the middle door, close to the central hinges at the preferred height.

Once the carcass is assembled and screwed to the wall you should have something that looks like this.

product news

November 26, 2007

Additional Wall Bed Images now on-line

In addition to our 3 standard ranges, we offer a bespoke design and manufacture service. Please ask us for more details.

Click here to see some examples of completed wallbed projects