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How to Disassemble the Easy Do-It-Yourself Murphy Bed

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Disassemble your DIY Murphy Bed

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This tutorial explains how to take apart your Easy DIY Murphy bed in case you need to move it to another location or decide to store it away. The complete disassembly procedure should take no more than 30 to 45 minutes for first timers.

You will require a helper to assist you with the bed disassembly process.

You have the convenience of watching the video below or going through to the step-by-step photo tutorial. Both formats cover the same steps.

This photo shows a finished vertical style Murphy bed standing against the wall before any disassembly.

Please note that the steps for the disassembly of a horizontal wall bedare the same.

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Step 1

Start by undoing the mattress retaining clip.

Now remove your mattress from your Easy diy Murphy bed while your helper holds down the bed frame.

Step 2

After you have removed the mattress, close the bed.

Remove all the 1-1/2″ inch screws holding the cabinet top stopper component to the cabinet top.

Step 3

Get your helper to pull the bed open a little so you can easily remove the cabinet top stopper from the bed.

Notice how the bed frame is now recessing into the cabinet a little at the top after you remove the cabinet stopper component.

Step 4

Now remove the lag bolts anchoring your Murphy bed to your wall.

If you used other type of fastener go ahead the remove them so bed frame is loose from the wall.

Step 5

You and your helper need to move the Murphy bed cabinet away from the wall.

Move out enough until you have enough space so you can safely fit behind the bed cabinet.

Step 6

Get your helper to stand in from the of the bed frame while holding the bed handles.
This is important for safety and also will help you to remove the pistons in the next step

Step 7

While your helper is in front of the bed holding the handles, pry back the retaining clip on the piston end fitting just enough for the piston to come away from the upper ball stud plate.
Note: Your helper might have to move the bed frame in or out very slightly to allow the piston to pull away from the upper plate easily.

Do this for both the left and right side pistons.

The bed frame should now fall back into the cabinet all the way until it rests on the upper header board in the back of the bed as shown in the photo.

“Important Safety Tip”
Make sure you or your helper do not let go of the bed frame after you remove both pistons. Use at least one wood clamp to stop the bed from accidentally  falling forward. The bed frame at this point will be very heavy and can be very dangerous.

Important Tip

You may want to place a piece of cardboard, wood or mat on the floor for the next step. This will prevent the bed handles from scratching your floor when you perform the next step.

Step 8

While your helper is holding on to the bed cabinet, slowly lower the bed frame down to the floor.

Note: The bed frame is very heavy at this point, and you may need another helper to help you lower the bed frame.

Step 9

Now you are ready to remove the pistons from the lower plates if you wish.

You can also use tape to hold the pistons to the side rails as shown in the photo. This will allow you to easily move or store your bed frame.

If you wish to make the bed frame lighter you can remove the mattress support(s).

Here is the anchored Murphy bed cabinet with cabinet stopper installed and secured to the cabinet top base.

Full-size Murphy bed is shown in the photos.

You may also do the same to the fold-up legs installed on your Easy DIY Murphy bed.

Remove them or tape them.

Step 10

Now you are ready to remove the pistons from the lower plates if you wish.

You can also use tape to hold the pistons to the side rails as shown in the photo. This will allow you to easily move or store your bed frame.

If you wish to make the bed frame lighter you can remove the mattress support(s).

Here is the anchored Murphy bed cabinet with cabinet stopper installed and secured to the cabinet top base.

Full-size Murphy bed is shown in the photos.

Step 11

Remove the screws holding the cabinet top component to the cabinet sides.

Do this for both the left and right sides.

Step 12

Remove the screws holding the cabinet top component to the cabinet sides.

Step 13

Remove the screws holding the lower header board to the cabinet sides.

Do this for both the left and right sides.
Remove the lower header board away from the cabinet.

Step 14

Remove the retaining pins from the male pivot plates holding the cabinet sides to the bed frame. Pull the male pivot away from the lower plates mounted on the bed frame.

Do this for both the left and right sides.

Remove the cabinet sides away from the bed frame.

Congratulations! You are now done.

Your bed frame is now ready to be moved or stored away, along with the other parts of your Easy DIY Murphy bed.

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