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Old 02-12-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Murphy bed sofa storage area?

has anyone done any sort of mod to the storage area under the Murphy bed sofa,..... there's a lot of space under there and yet that plastic drawer only uses a small amount of that space,.....I just figure someone out there must have come up with an idea of how to take better advantage of that space than what the plastic drawer does, ....if you have, please share.....thanks
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:28 PM   #2
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Do you have pics? This is what I did under my queen bed. Click image for larger version

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Put these under each side IKEA drawers
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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Here is what we did to our 2011. Cut board in half added hinges put 4 bins underneath for games, hiking stuff, etc., good place to keep shoes as well. Excuse the mess, we are camping.
Also we use an over door hook to hang our fan.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:22 PM   #4
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rmac04401....with the Murphy bed we don't have an open area under the queen bed, the sofa lays flat and takes up the area under the Murphy bed, and the storage area under the sofa is where I was asking about.......

iluvlcy.....I was thinking about hinging the front piece to swing up or to swing down, or to even fix it to lift and remove out of the way when we want access to that storage area under the sofa, but I hadn't considered cutting it in half and opening that way,.....and it looks like you've removed the plastic drawer, I would certainly do that also,.....thanks, you've given me another idea to think about
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i removed the 4 screws holding the kick panel in place and used Velcro to secure the panel. I keep 6 folding camp chairs under the sofa and have never had the panel come off during moving. Works like a charm. I would post pics but the trailer is down at the campground 2 hrs away. Simple and easy!
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:48 PM   #6
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i removed the 4 screws holding the kick panel in place and used Velcro to secure the panel. I keep 6 folding camp chairs under the sofa and have never had the panel come off during moving. Works like a charm. I would post pics but the trailer is down at the campground 2 hrs away. Simple and easy!
I had assumed all the sofa's related to the Murphy beds would be alike, but what you describe about removing the 4 screws, plus the photos from iluvlcy show that yall don't have the plastic drawer that I had mentioned in the original post,......I can't supply a photo right now because during our trip last week a weld broke on the Murphy Bed aluminum frame and I have the whole frame removed preparing to take to a local welding shop,.....but the kick panel is the drawer front to a small plastic drawer that slides out and is only intended for small items,......that design also has a steel bar that runs across the front of the sofa about 1" off the floor and is there to add strength for the drawer slide, iluvlcy's photos don't show that bar at all,.....anyway yall have given me some ideas I will consider just as soon as I can get the bed frame welded and back installed(still under warranty, so I gotta get FR to pay for the welding job),.......thanks for your post
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You are right we did not have a drawer and the panel just hung on the upper sofa frame below cushions . Tried to find a pic of your sofa configuration, none,but I sure like the layout in yours. Dont see why you couldn't remove drawer system and still use front panel.


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Dont see why you couldn't remove drawer system and still use front panel.
yes, I agree and that's what I plan to do and because of the way mine is designed, using the Velcro may be the best way to keep the front panel in place,...I don't have an area to use hinges without further modification,... I think using the Tote bins is a better way to take advantage of the storage area than the drawer does, but the support bar will restrict the size of Tote that will fit into that area,...will have to play with it to see what works best, .....gotta get the bed frame welded first, whole trailer is messed up right now because of doing that repair,...will post pics when I can
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I originally thought about hinging the panel but not alot of room near the end wall by the kitchenette to really utilize. I see they changed the sofa's over the years. Mine is a 2012 Coachmen Catalina 22FB. The so called "Engineers" certainly do not think about the logistics to put items into these storage areas. before doing my mod we needed two people to store anything under the sofa. One to hole the dam thing in a semi open position and the other to store items. Can not tell you how many times i got my arm caught up under a falling sofa. Not fun at all!!!

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this is our sofa w/drawer, also shows the bar across the bottom
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