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How To Make a Dog Murphy Bed for Home or RV

dog-murphy-bed-3When it comes to our RV’s, it is easy to forget that Fido may enjoy some of the amenities that people love as well. Once such pleasantry is the bed. It is a staple for people and it is even becoming the norm with dogs as well. The only problem with beds as it pertains to a RV is that they take up valuable real estate in a RV floor plan. Some RV owners have installed murphy beds to gain access to more usable space. When it comes to doggie beds, it may make even more sense. A dog murphy bed would keep a small profile against the wall and offer a great place to stash the bulky dog bed when it wasn’t in use.

This Old House put together a great tutorial on how to make a dog murphy bed. It is actually simpler than it may sound to create a professional looking unit that can blend in to your RV décor. This design is minimalist design that keeps the build simple.

The Dog Murphy Bed Design Calls for 3 Basic Components:


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  1. Cabinet – A plywood box that hides the doggie bed. Trim the top with molding for added flare. Add a locking pin and magnetic catches to hold the bed deck in place.
  2. Deck –  A pair of cabinet doors attached to the cabinet with a hinge. The dog murphy bed mattress is set inside a frame attached to the back sides of the doors.
  3. Drawer Front – A faux drawer is used to fold up and act as the foot of the bed



Tools Required for the Dog Murphy Bed
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Air Nailer
  • Screw Driver
  • Putty Knife
  • Paint Brush


Material List for the Dog Murphy Bed
  • 1×8 – 8’ to make the cabinet box, top, and sides.
  • 1×4  – Get three 8-foot boards make the header, the bedframe, and all the crosspieces.
  • ¼-inch plywood Get half of a 4×8 sheet.
  • 1¼-inch trim-head screws
  • Wood glue
  • 1¼-inch finishing nails
  • 2½-inch baseboard Get at least 4 feet.
  • Shoe molding Get at least 5 feet.
  • Cabinet doors Get two.
  • Cabinet drawer front Get one.
  • ¼ inch shims
  • 1-inch screws to attach the bed frame to the doors.
  • Toy-box hinge Get three.
  • Hardware for the doors and drawer
  • Magnetic catches to hold the deck upright when the bed is not in use.
  • ¾-inch finishing nails to attach the plywood back to the cabinet box.
  • Wood filler
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Semi-Gloss Paint
  • Knob and 2-inch threaded pin to make the locking pin

dog-murphy-bed-2The total cost of the materials should run you a little over $100 and should be had at any home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.  This Old House expects that this project should take you around 7 hours to complete and perhaps a little longer if you aren’t a veteran wood worker. Make sure you dont forget the actual dog bed!

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