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This isn't exactly the easiest thing to hang -- anchoring is always a little tricky -- but my husband and I have managed to install it in two different homes this year without problem. The only thing I'd recommend is making a point to measure it so that the desk portion will be level when open. (In the first installation, we had it up a tad too high and I had to makeshift a solution to compensate. We were more careful the second time around.) It's just the coolest thing, really. I have a work room that's also a guest room, and this allows me to have a desk in there when I need one that basically disappears into a simple piece of wall art when I don't. I love it. I wish I could have Murphy everything. Footprints are for suckers. This thing ... It's one of my favorite buys.
GREAT IDEA...loved the desk....horrible fume...this thing out gasses so bad! we sat it outside in the 80 degree sunshine for 2 weeks trying to get the smell to go away....we even painted the inside of the file areas with Kilz...because that area is unfinished and smells the worst...however we hung it inside again and reeks! i have never written a review but i wish this on was here before i purchased this desk....we r now looking for a new desk.
we never ended up using this desk because the color was not as pictured. It is more an almond color, light beige instead of white or creamy white. The dimensions were also a little off by about an inch on the width. The quality looked good though.
I recently moved into a 400 sq foot house with my boyfriend. I work from home and this desk is an amazing space saver. I'm a designer and can fit my MacBook Pro AND my Wacom tablet side-by-side no problem. It's holding up very well and I love it. I would like to add that I didn't have an issue with paint smell as I noticed other people mentioned.
We ordered the Murphy Desk for my 16 year old daughter. It actually came the very next day. It was easy to install and of great quality. She loves it and it looks great. Very sturdy and perfect for space saving in a teenagers bedroom. Great product, price and service. I would recommend Overstock.com to anyone looking for a great deal on furniture!
My 5-yo loves this desk!! He was intrigued when he saw it folded up on the wall in the kitchen. He ran around shouting “I LOVE it!!” when we opened it. He immediately sat down, pulled out his pre-school activity book and started working in it. He loves having his own desk to do his “homework” at He starts kindergarten this fall and I think this will be the perfect thing to keep us all organized and the perfect place for him to do his work, while we work in the kitchen, AND not have to live with his books and papers strung all over the kitchen table. I’m a 35yo female and was able to hang it on the wall by myself... but it would have been MUCH easier to have someone hold it up while the other person is attaching it to the wall. I also painted it white and blue to match our kitchen. The desk itself is pretty sturdy but has a 20lb weight limit. I WOULD NOT recommend small children crawling or sitting on it.
Original desk received was defective; but Overstock customer service is great, they sent a replacement promptly. The picture shows the support for the desktop once pulled out looks like a cut-out picture frame, but it is a solid board which I think actually is an improvement -- it makes it sturdier. I purchased this described as Murphy Winter White desk to match my white Murphy bed, but the color is actually greenish-yellow; nowhere close to white/off-white/ivory/cream. I will have to have the exterior painted white to match the murphy bed after airing it out to get rid the strong odor. I cannot imagine anyone can sleep in the room with that smell. I am lucky that the guestroom is completely isolated from the rest of the house.
This is a cool product. My daughter loves it. I had a professional install it. He made sure it was extra sturdy so if kids hung on it, it would not fall down. It is very very heavy. I would never have my husband hang it. It could be a safety issue if you do not get a professional to hang it. The product is awesome! Lots of compliments. space saver!
The unit looks nice once mounted on the wall. The installation instructions are pretty bad. Even though it's made in China you'd at least hope the marketing company that rebrands it in the US would spend the time to make the instructions easier. The instructions said to install the unit at around eye height, which makes no sense because the fold out table has to come out of the unit at a precise height or it will be uneven. In any case, after doing the math it turns out the cardboard box it came in was almost exactly the right height (on its side) to boost up the unit and then mount it on. The latch is pretty cheap and wobbly and I anticipate having to replace. I do like how it looks and use it as a compact breakfast table, which seems to work well so far.
The hardware that comes with this item is insufficient to mount it to the wall. You almost never get a stud in the exact place you want to hang it so go buy some toggle bolts, get a drill, and all will be well. The tiny little level it comes with is hilarious! The leg is solid, not like it appears in the picture. Took 2 people to install and get it right, one to hold and one to screw the bolts in. What a great space saver it is! I have it in my den which is the size of an average bedroom. I don't need a desk in there full time so I just fold it out when I have a bunch of typing to do on my laptop and it's great.
I really enjoy this fold down desk. It saves so much space when a desk is not needed very often. I like that papers and other items on the shelves stay organized, even after the desk has been folded up.
My only complaint about this desk...which I do love!! Is that the paper pockets on the right go all the way down to the bottom of the first one. So if you try to use the top or middle one and your paper is normal length...you will lose it and not be able to get it back out. The only way for me to use them is to fold my item in half and just lay it over the edge. Useless really. But the rest of the desk is amazing!!
Received the desk in Sydney, Australia - there are 2 issues I see. Firstly I would not call this desk white, it is definitely an off-white/creamy beige colour and I have now installed it against a white wall and there is a major colour difference. Secondly, the desk was scratched on the top right-hand side and my husband had to superglue it down - it is unknown how I could at least get a slight refund or return the product to the States? However the desk is excellently designed and a great space saver in our small apartment and we love it!
I got one desk for each of my daughter's for when we were living in a townhouse and short on space. It needed to be installed quite carefully (it is quite a heavy piece), but once installed the girls really loved them. It folds up very nicely, and gave them great desk space when opened up. Reasonable amount of storage space inside it as well when folded.
The only thing I don't like is the color, I would prefer a brighter white, this "antique" white just looks dingy. Other than that the desk itself is very functional and folds easily up to the wall. My kids' bedrooms aren't particularly spacious, so these neat little desks are very practical, and a good value considering they're pretty inexpensive.
I've had this desk for several weeks now and I love it. Perfect for a small space, looks great, easy to install, and sturdy. Handy that it comes pre-assembled (though that means a pretty big box!) and I agree with others who said that it will be an easier install with two people. I put it in an unused corner of my kitchen to make a little home office and added a curtain as a sort of faux-divider between it and the rest of the space. Looks cute, works well. Great purchase.
Item arrived quickly and in good shape. High quality item, looks great in my guest bedroom and saves a ton of space. Would highly recommend this item.
Once installed and up... it's great! However, installation was not for dummies and our piece had a crack that they (obviously) tried to fix/camouflage before it came to us. Irritating. By the time we got to where we were in installation, sending it back and waiting for return wasn't going to happen. The cork board had also come unglued and the center support was bowed pretty badly, the file shelves are not cut straight/do not fit evenly in the piece, a bit wonky. For *** I guess we feel "decent" about this purchase and it will serve it's purpose as a child Lego Station but had we had time... we would've built ourselves.
My daughter loves this desk and has used it steadily for the past year. It’s holding up well. I love the space saving feature. It’s important to be careful in measurements prior to installation so that when the desk is folded out, it’s level.
The quality of the hardware is suspect. One of the fold out hinges was broken when I received it. Overstock's excellent customer service department got a new one to me in a matter of days, but the hinge itself is pretty flimsy. As for the desk itself, it is perfect for our intended use.
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