The Murphy Bed is finished, and we're ready for our daughter and son in law to come and visit us later this month.........and Roxane in April! It was a fun project......for the most part! We're not crazy about the handle design, so may eventually do something different with those. The handles are a pretty important part of the bed. The two center handles are to hold on to while pulling the bed down, and the two outer handles are actually the feet of the bed, so they definitely need to be there. Warren would like to router the edges so they don't look so blocky, but that means another new tool..... imagine that!
Although the cabinet is wide at 64", it only sticks out from the wall 16". I think it's going to work out great for a studio/ guest room!
Here's what it looks like opened up. I think it needs a quilt or painting on the wall behind it, don't you? I better get busy on that!