Small Space, Big Impact: Child’s Bedroom Makeover

By: Danny Lipford
Completed child's bedroom makeover.

Completed child's bedroom makeover.

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This small bedroom received a big makeover to take advantage of every inch of the limited space.

Child's bedroom before makeover.

Child's bedroom before makeover.

The newly renovated child’s room features a fold-down Murphy bed, built-in cabinets, a window seat complete with drawers, new closet shelving, a wall mounted TV, and an eye-catching paint job. here’s how we went about it.

Painting and Trim Molding

The first step was to clear everything out the room so remodeling could begin. Next, the walls and trim were prepped for painting. Any nail holes were filled with spackling and allowed to dry before painting began.

Installing crown molding

The electric blue and green walls—coupled with new crown molding and white trim—make a bold fashion statement. Two of the opposing walls were painted blue with green accents, while the remaining two walls reversed the color scheme with green walls.

Shelving for the closet was made from 3/4” thick x 16” wide stock and supported by 1”x 2” cleats attached to the studs in the walls. A vertical piece in the center provided support and divided the closet in two, with one side for hanging clothes and the other for storage.

Pull-Down Murphy Bed

Closet shelving

The hardware and frame for the folding bed was ordered from Murphy Wall-Beds Hardware, Inc. and came with complete instructions on how to construct the cabinet and install the bed. You can also watch step-by-step installation videos online at their website to give you an idea of the process involved.

While we constructed the cabinet from 3/4” medium density fiberboard (MDF), following the cutting list and instructions that came with the hardware, ready to assemble Murphy bed cabinets are available online as well.

Installing bed cabinet

Since Murphy bed hardware requires a precise fit, it’s important to make the cabinet to the exact dimensions given in the instructions. The cabinet was assembled with screws before being set in place.

It’s also important to attach the bed cabinet securely to the wall studs with steel angle brackets to prevent it from turning over when the bed is lowered. Make sure the cabinet is square and level before attaching it to the wall.

Installation Tip

To check to see is the bed cabinet is square, measure diagonally from corner to corner. If the two diagonal measurements are the same, the unit is square.

Spring loaded bed hinges

Once the cabinet was ready, the heavy duty spring hardware that raises and lowers the bed was mounted on each side. The steel bed frame was assembled with a sheet of MDF on the bottom.

After the bed frame had been attached to the hinges, it was raised and lowered to make sure everything worked properly. A handle was mounted on the outside of the bed to allow for easy opening and closing.

Storage and Accessories

When the bed was complete, matching bookcase cabinets were installed on either end of the wall to provide additional storage space. A window seat with two drawers finished out the wall. Colorful green curtains, a throw rug, and decorative accents tie the room together.

Finished bedroom

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  • Tyler agent Says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the post. I was thinking about doing something like this for my daughter for her birthday. And I was wondering if for the hardware if you have to go with a certain kind. Because with a lot of the wall beds that I’ve seen they’ve all had murphy bed hardware. And I don’t know if that’s a brand or maker or not. So I was just a little curious about that.

  • kkiimmiiee Says:
    September 6th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I just read your info on THINKING GREEN: Reduce litter from cigarettes. It just reminded me that it is bad enough that people still smoke now knowing the facts about what smoking does to us all. “including 2nd hand, & now they even prove the effects can harm our neighbors living in another dwelling”. All those little tiny butts put together add up to 30% of all the litter in the US. That really is just SAD…

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