Reader Project: Disappearing Bed and Bookshelf

A new, modern twist on the Murphy bed concept.

The bed in Brandon and Susan Dempster’s guest room is like a big drawer. Riding on fixed casters, it glides into the unfinished attic on the other side of the wall. A plywood box in the attic shields the bed from dust, and a bookshelf connected to the bed frame hides the wall opening. Guests get a comfortable bed, and when they leave, Susan gets plenty of space for crafts.

“While thinking about a Murphy bed, I had a Eureka moment: Why not use that wasted space on the other side of the wall?” — Brandon Dempster

Hidden bed and bookshelf

Hidden bed behind bookshelfPhoto: Courtesy of Brandon Dempster

Pulled out bed on casters with bookshelf