Lay Out the Doors and Drawer to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 9: Lay Out the Doors and Drawer

Lay the cabinet doors and drawer facedown and use ¼-inch shims to create even spacing between the three pieces. Lay the bed frame onto the doors and drawer so that it's centered horizontally on the doors and the top is 3¾ inches below the top of the drawer. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the bed frame onto the doors and drawer. (Our outline fell 3¾ inches from the top of the drawer, 1½ inches from the sides of the doors, and 1½ inches from the bottoms of the doors.)
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nailer
    • multi-bit screwdriver
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    1x8 Get an 8-foot length to make the cabinet box top and sides.

    1x4 Get three 8-foot boards make the header, the bedframe, and all the crosspieces.

    ¼-inch plywood Get half of a 4x8 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


    Semi-Gloss Paint

    Knob and 2-inch threaded pin to make the locking pin