Fold-up Murphy beds are the perfect solution for creating double-duty rooms, but prebuilt systems can be really pricey. Such trifles never stop TOH
reader Murray Cohen, whose restored Los Angeles bungalow was featured in our December 2006 issue. He built his own using a kit from Create-A-Bed
in Louisville, Kentucky. Included in the box are the piston-operated mechanism, which allows the bed to open and close, DVD instructions, and a full-size template for designing your own enclosure. Cohen built his housing out of MDF from the lumberyard. About $299.