Carving Out A Guest Room with a “murphy bed” in San Francisco

The Space: The ground floor of a large San Francisco home divided into two separate areas. One space was used as a playroom/ TV room while the other was under-utilized, providing storage and additional play space for the children. This part of the home was inexpensively renovated about a decade ago and was due for an upgrade to complement the rest of the home.

The Need: The clients wanted a bedroom for guests that could be entirely separate from the play/TV area but at the same time be used for additional play space when the guest quarters were not being used. Their wish list included a closet with built-ins to accommodate guests and a desk for occasional family use.

The Solution: InHouse’s redesign provided for the reframing of the two entrances to the new guest quarters thereby allowing it to function as a separate space when the two custom designed Japanese-style mahogany sliding doors were closed. InHouse designed a closet with built-in storage on one wall of the new guest room. A “murphy” bed was determined to be the best solution for guests given the intended dual use for the room and the limitations of the space. The new bed wall was reframed and is sheathed in mahogany paneling on three sides which in effect creates a mahogany “box”. Custom bifold mahogany doors with dramatic pomelle sapele recessed panels fold back to reveal a queen sized wall bed. Additionally, a built-in mahogany desk with pomelle sapele drawer fronts is positioned underneath a window facing the rear yard.Radiant floor heating and a new wood floor were installed throughout the two rooms. All interior ground floor doors and hardware were upgraded and a new ground floor front entry door was designed to reflect the style of the home and the clients’ taste. InHouse also provided color and lighting consultation services.

Before: Closet Wall

Photo F-27: New Closet Wall

Photo F-28: Interior of new closet with built-in storage

Before: Bed Wall

Under Construction: New Bed Wall

Photo F-29: New Guest Room Bed Wall



New Bed Wall with murphy bed in raised position

Photo F-30: New murphy bed opened

Photo F-31 Pomelle Sapele Panel Doors

Before: Desk Wall

Photo F-32: New Desk

Photo F-33: Custom Japanense-style Sliding Door

Photo F-34: Custom Exterior Entry Door