Received this Murphy Fold-out Desk quickly from Overstock. Solid and Heavy and well-made.
However, there was a chip with missing veneer on the edge of the desk's table that was stained at the factory to cover the flaw. The overall staining on the outside of the unit was good but some areas inside were missed. VERY heavy item required more screws to make sure it would be securly attached to the wall. We drilled more holes through the back panel of the unit and attached to studs in the wall to secure it.
Murphy beds were a clever design and so is this desk. You can fold it up and get it out of the way when not in use, and quickly fold it down when you need a desk for writing, crafts, or to use your laptop on.
When closed, I place a bench underneath the unit, and use the same bench to sit on when it's open.
Really great desk for the price! I needed a desk for my mother, who moved in with us and needed extra room for her computer, etc. She loves that she can fold the Murphy Desk up when not in use and "hide" her stuff, but easily fold it out and put her laptop on it. She is 60/short and cannot lift much, so this gives you an idea of how relatively easy it is to lift and pull out the desk top. There is not enough room for her little printer, but we have the desk next to her dresser, which allows for "overflow".
There is definitely more than enough room for her rather over-sized laptop, some paperwork, and her various pictures and things she likes to keep around. The desk also keeps her organized in terms of having three little pockets for her papers, a nice little bulletin board for her memos and notes, as well as three little adjustable shelves for pens and note pads.
Some notes: the desk is definitely black, not espresso colored (a previous reviewer said it was more espresso); it definitely takes two people to hang (everyone says this...they aren't kidding!); the instructions say to hang desk from studs, but we used some of the mega anchors--the ones that support 200+ lbs. each--and the desk is doing perfectly fine.
Pros: easy to use once it is up; easy to pull up and down; keeps my mom fairly organized; adequate space; comes already put together
Cons: definitely black (a previous reviewer said this was more of an espresso color...it is NOT); hangs lower than you think and looks somewhat odd when closed--like a really, really low cabinet; can only be set to one height
I needed a small desk with a lot of power for my teenagers room. They share a room and I wanted to reduce the clutter. This desk is the perfect option. It was very easy to put up; but you do need two people....also when using the template, take into account whether or not you have carpet. I need to lower the unit by an inch because of the carpet-when opened the desk would slope otherwise. All in all, Im very please and the kids are actually using it.
I bought this for my 7-year-old daughter. She has a closet-sized bedroom (in NYC!) and it is just the solution we were looking for. It is VERY heavy--I could not lift it (single mom, no one here to help!), let alone install it on the wall on a stud as recommended. I just set it on a shelf in her room that was the right height and it works fine. She absolutely loves it and I do, too.
This desk is great for a teenager or small spaces. My daughter had a big desk that took up so much room in her bedroom. She is a preteen and of course needs as much room as she can get. I saw this thought it was a cool idea showed it to her and she wasn't thrilled. After contemplating on whether to get it I decided to buy it anyway. Sooooo glad I did not only does she LOVE it, she actually uses it versus her other desk she never used. It hold everything she needs to do her homework. She even uses it to put her makeup on, what little I let her wear.lol. And it gives her so much more room. She is thrilled and told me she was glad I didn't listen to her..what do ya know moms REALLY DO know what's best...lol!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Superb
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Awesome
This Murphy Convertible Desk is great for people who don't have enough room to put in a full size desk. I love it! Just enough space to store only necessary items and not fill with papers that should be filed away. That helps 'me' out. :) The desk-top space is large enough for my laptop, beverage, notepads and in use papers and does not feel cramped.
The unit looked new out of the box...I've seen reviews of items that some said appeared to be someone else's return. The black color is even all over. It is very sturdy and has a very solid desk-top surface. There was a strong smell that is dissipating with time. I took a soapy cloth and wiped all the surface to remove any residue that might be there from the manufacture of the desk and that helped. All pieces needed for assembly were included.
One last thing...the holes for hanging it on the wall did not match the studs, because I only had a specific area in which to place the desk. Since it is such a sturdy item, hubby just drilled new holes in it at the studs exactly at the spot I wanted it to be placed. Perfect! And he used the same black screws, etc. that came with the desk. I highly recommend this desk and I can be quite picky. ; )
Had been wanting this or something similar for awhile. Took the plunge, but needed help to get it installed as it's a little heavy for me to do alone. Definitely think 2 people are needed to install. Tools needed: drill, hammer and a level to make sure it's level if you live in an old building like me. Also recommend like another reviewer did that you hang it using studs for extra support as this item is heavy and solid. We finally got this in place yesterday and I love it! Totally what I needed in a space challenged apartment. Now those occasional "work from home" days will really feel like work when sitting at my new desk! Got the black as that is what matches my style and other furniture.
I will have to hang this in a very specific spot on my wall (into the metal studs) because of its weight. Are there pre-placed hooks on the back of the desk for hanging or will I be able to put them exactly 16" apart? Thanks!jeast05 on Aug 22, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello jeast05, this link will give you the assembly instructions. http://www.overstock.com/downloads/pdf/12642583.pdf Thank you for shopping with us! tboverstockcustomercare2 on Aug 29, 2014
I just bought this desk, but I am having problems putting it up. how far from the bottom of the desk when its folded on the wall to the floor is it?maddsss20 on Feb 15, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi maddsss20, the writing surface when folded out is 28.75 inches from the floor. I hope this helps, thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 19, 2014
What is the actual color of this? Under product details it says "color options - walnut" and then says "color - black" and then says "finish - brown"sharp1337 on Jan 31, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for contacting us sharp1337. We apologize for the confusion we might have caused. This desk it's Black. Please let us know if you have any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 4, 2014
If it is brown it is a hew as it looks black to me.camelbacktrader on Feb 13, 2014
Hi, what is the width between the slanted panels and could they hold a laptop standing up on it's edge? If not are these panels removable.lauren525 on Jan 7, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The slatted panels are best for magazines, file folders and letters. Not large enough to hold a laptop, but should accommodate a tablet. They are not removable from what I have experienced.sonrisa12 on Jan 11, 2014
Hi lauren525, when the unit is closed there is approximately 0.5 inches between the file holders and the desktop and the panels are not removable. I hope this helps, thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 15, 2014
How long are the legs/how many inches from under the desk to the ground? I am looking to see if I can combine this with any sort of low file cabinet/drawer.mr2222 on Apr 5, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
about 26 inches. he has a foot rest under it.irishscorpio22 on Apr 9, 2013
I used this in a vanity area - hard to describe, but I got a stool under it. A 2 drawer file cabinet might work. Or a printer cart.sonrisa12 on Apr 25, 2013
Wall hanging measurements? 30 wide on wall? When open how far does it extend out from the wall? When folded open how does the desktop measure?mr2222 on Apr 1, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
a. Wall hanging measurements? 30 wide on wall? - This item is 22" wide hanging on the wall
b. When open how far does it extend out from the wall? - From the wall to the front of the desk when it is full extended 36"
c. When folded open how does the desktop measure? - The desk top is 30-1/4" x 20-1/4"
Thank you for shopping with us! :)overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 4, 2013
those are accurate measurements. My son loves this desk. When his friends come over it folds up for more floor/room space.irishscorpio22 on Apr 9, 2013
Is the pull out portion of this desk (where you would actually write on) is this portion actually 30 inches wide, or is it the portion that is attached to the wall that is 30 inches wide?1gmab on Dec 16, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
you will need a wall that can accommodate a 22 inch wide frame. 24 is tight squeeze but it will work. you may have to drill additional holes so you can screw it into studs or it may be sturdy enough on the sheetrock.
make sure that the light switches on the wall etc... are not in the waygroll on Sep 1, 2013
Could it hold a sewing machine? How much weight can it hold?mayo77 on Mar 6, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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