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Mother Earth News has plans for building a built-in bed. I have yet to find a good set of plans for the famed Murphy bed; has anybody else?

Build one of these, put it somewhere semi-private in your home, and rent it to a community-minded friend (or random Craigslister) to decrease your energy footprint by increasing your denominator for home energy use. It’s up to you whether you make “help on projects” a condition of the rental:)

Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman makes stuff, some of which works. He invites you to drive a bike for a living (, stop killing your garden (, and live in an off-grid shipping container (

  • Tony C

    Perhaps more of a somewhat experienced carpenter level than for a casual maker, but it could be simplified a bit.

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    Part 2

  • Laura Evers


    Thank you for mentioning us on your website. We’re glad you enjoy Mother Earth News.

    Great post on building a built-in bed. I’m glad our plans were helpful to you.

    Laura Evers
    Mother Earth News