Cutting the Wood

How to Build a Murphy Bed Step 1

You need to decide if you want to build your Easy DIY Murphy Bed out of Plywood entirely, or a combination of plywood and particle board. Particle board may be slightly less expensive than plywood.

However, plywood is a much better choice and it is stronger. Plywood is also better if you want to stain your DIY Murphy bed and add certain custom finishes to the wood.

Book number 1 in our 3-guidebook set is “The cutting guide and the items list” as the name indicates you will find all the measurements to cut the wood for the size of the wall bed your purchase.

If you have a saw, you can cut the wood at your home or your shop or you can get it cut at the Home Depot or your local lumber store.

Cutting the wood for Murphy bed construction Home Depot cuts lumber

The cutting guide is two cutting guides in one!

The first guide is for plywood and the second one is for particle board or MDF construction.

Do not forget to wear safety equipment such as safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection if you cut the wood yourself.

Measure all the cut panels before leaving the store for the proper dimensions because sometimes they may be slightly over or under cut and you will then have to make adjustments at your end.

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Most hardware stores will not accept returns on cut lumber after you leave the store, so check them to make sure that they are cut properly before you leave the store.

When shopping for your wood at your local hardware store check the wood to avoid warped panels and look for straight solid wood pieces.