The design of the Murphy bed was to have nooks for pictures, a hide away for an antique chess board and contain a queen size bed. I used Maple plywood for the main construction and solid Maple for the trim and details. For the daytime, the self supporting chess board can be folded down. At night, the chess board folds back into the cabinet and a queen size bed for guests can be easily brought down with the help of a spring mechanism. The stain was matched to existing woodwork in the house and the finish was sprayed polyurethane. There are back lights in the side boxes and a night light for when the bed is folded down.