How to Install the Easy DIY Murphy bed Fold-up Legs

Step-by-Step Installation of the Easy DIY Fold-Up legs for Queen Double and Twin Size Murphy Beds

Here is the step-by-step process on how to setup the new leg plates with optional round or regular square corner.
You need to decide if you want to leave the footer end of your bed side rails parts D, square or round it.
Regardless of the one you choose, use the template included with your Murphy bed package to help you mark and drill the holes required to attach the fold-up legs to the side rails.
We recommend you to refer to section 7 of your construction guide, book #2 to assist you with the steps presented here.

NOTE: The left side bed frame frame rail is shown in the following steps. The steps are the same to set up the right leg on the right side bed frame rail.

Option 1

You can leave the footer end of your side rails square as in the photo. This requires no cutting and sanding.

You will still use the template to mark and drill the holes to set up the leg plate for both legs.

square side rails for wall bed

Option 2

You now have the option of rounding the footer end of your side rails square as in the photo. This will require you to cut and finish the footer ends.

You will need to  use the template to mark, round and drill the holes to set up the leg plate for both legs. 

Round side rail for wall bed

Step 1

Grab the pink sheet template that came included with your wall bed hardware kit. Fold the template along the line in the middle of the sheet running vertically. If you chose to round the footer ends of the bed frame side rails part D, cut along the dotted line so you can mark the side rail for cutting.
If you do not want to round the footer ends your side rails, you do not need to cut the circle on the template.

wall bed leg template preperation

Step 2

Now place the pink template on the side rails as in the photo and instructed on the template. Line up the top horizontal line on the template with the top edge of the side rail. Line up the vertical fold with the end of the side rail as in the photo. 

Make sure you line up the template properly on the side rails. Improper set up of the template on the wood will cause your leg plates to be mounted off mark. This could cause issues with proper functioning of the legs.
You can use tape to hold the template to the side rails as in the photo.

Settling up the leg template on side rails

Step 3 (Optional)

If you chose to round the footer ends of your side rails, trace the round contour on the pink sheet with a pencil. Use a jig saw to along the pencil line to create the rounded end. You might have to sand the rounded cut to smooth it and make it ready for edging tape.

If you want to leave the footer ends square then SKIP this step and proceed to step 4.


NOTE: We opted to leave the side rail end square for the rest of the following steps. 

Tracing pencil line on wall bed rails

Step 4

Use a punch or wood screw to mark the 4 points on the template where the holes for the leg plate are going to be drilled. Punch in the center of the cross lines on the template.

Tip: You can also use a small drill bit to drill a pilot hole in the center of the cross lines.

Marking the leg mounting locations

Notice how in this photo the bed side rail has 4 points punched ready for drilling.

wall bed side rail with punched holes

Step 5

Now use a 1/4″ drill bit and drill the 3 outer markings all the way through the side rail. Do not drill the center mark with the 1/4″ bit.

Drilling wall bed sides for leg plates

After you have drilled the 3 outer marks your side rails should look like this one in the photo.

Drilled side rails ready for center hole

Now using a 1/2″ forstner drill bit or spade bit drill the center mark about 1/4″ deep.
Do not drill all the way through the side rail.
This hole is where the nut in the back of the leg plates will go.

drilling side rails with forsnter bit

Flip the side rail over so the outer side is facing upwards towards you. Using a 3/8″ drill bit the 3 1/4″ holes about 3/8″ deep to enlarge them for the 3 cap nuts fasteners.
Do not drill all the way through the side rail.

Enlarging wall bed holes for leg

Step 6

Take the folding leg (left side shown here) and place the plate on the side rail as in the photo.
The nut in the center of the plate should fit into the 1/2″ diameter hole you drilled in step 5.
The other three 1/4″ diameter holes should line up with the holes on the leg plate.
If they dont will will have to make some adjustments by making the 3 holes on the side rail a little larger.

placement of the folding leg plate on side rails

Step 7

Grab 3 cap nuts included with your hardware kit and insert them into the 3 3/8″ diameter holes on the outer side of the side rail as in the photo.

inserting the cap nuts into side rail holes

You may use painters tape to hold the cap nuts in place while you complete the construction process.

taping the cap nuts in place

Step 8

This step show you where the screws and leg stopper that came with the hardware kit is suppose to go.
NOTE: We don’t recommend you attach the folding legs to the bed frame side rails at this time because it will interfere with the rest of the construction process of the bed frame and some of the assembly steps. You will attach them later at the end of the assembly process as outlined in the assembly book #3. 

Repeat steps 1 to 8 to set up the right leg plate on the right side bed frame rail part D.

wall bed folding leg mounting sequence