Free Murphy bed plans are relatively easy to find if you do a little research on the internet. You will find the basics on building your bed and information about the necessary hardware. But as far as choices of designs, recommended material, list of what you need and how to proceed instructions, you are pretty much on your own.
Murphy beds can be very useful when one is living in a limited space such as a studio apartment or a small condominium. They also can be a great solution if you have two kids in the same bedroom. Beside all the extra space you get back by folding the bed into the wall, some designs are a real wall unit master piece. The price they sell for can really motivate you to built your own.
Free plans can help you get started to see if building one is for you. You don't need to have carpentry skills to successfully built your own. Basically this bed consist in a box with a platform that swings inside with the help of the right set of hardware. You can buy a whole kit of Murphy bed hardware that includes everything you need to make it work.
But before you settle for a bed design you find on a free set of plans you found online, see if you can find a little better. I mean that making your Murphy bed is a significant amount of work and it wont cost you more to make a nice one you really like rather than an ordinary one. Beside if you sell your condo eventually, selling the Murphy bed with it could be a great asset for your property.
There are so many designs besides just the square box one, you can make book shelves on each side, you can use real hard wood instead of covered plywood, and so on.
A good set of plans will include a list of all the necessary material, several choices of designs, a step by step how to proceed instructions and tips on how to treat your wood to preserve it. Once you have chosen your design and your material, follow your plans and cut all your pieces. Murphy beds are easy to built, you just need good plans and the right kit of hardware.