Reader's Bedroom: Paul's Soothing Bedroom

Reader's Bedroom: Paul's Soothing Bedroom

Feb 8, 2007

Welcome Paul!
I wanted to create a soothing bedroom in earth tones and neutrals. I decided to use brown and grey tones on the walls. The bed, which was an Ikea hack, really pops against the dark wall. The bed is a metal Heimdal bed that I bought from ikea. Although I liked the look of the metal bed frame, I didn t think it had a very finished and sophisticated look, so I decided to put my upholstering skills to the test.

I had seen an earlier posting on AT about the Tate bed at Crate and Barrel. I loved the upholstery on the bed. It was both sophisticated and sleek, and I really wanted to capture that look. However, I definitely don't have the $1200 to splurge on a bed. Essentially I upholstered the bed by using 3 inch foam padding and a beige microsuede fabric to achieve the upholstered look. First I cut the foam to size and glued each piece to the metal bed frame using spray adhesive. To create the tufted headboard, I sewed seams in a grid pattern. Using a button making kit, I made buttons from the same fabric. To create the tufted effect, I sewed each button onto the headboard, pulling it tightly to the back of the foam padding to create that depression. The side rails and footboard were upholstered as well.

My closet doors hacked to create a more modern look reminiscent of japanese shoji screens. I hated the 80's look of my mirrored sliding doors. I really wanted the look of Japanese shoji screens but there were no affordable options. Basically I flipped the mirrored doors around and glued plexi glass onto the back. I used a frosting sheet to get the frosted glass look. Finally I used precut wood molding which were stained black and glued onto the plexi glass to create the grids.

To accessorized with textiles form Target and Ikea, and vintage pieces like a Plycraft Eames style lounge chair and Eileen Gray side table.

Thanks Paul! If you have photos of your bedroom you would like to share with us you can do so by tagging your flickr images with "apartmenttherapyla" or email us! The first 30 beautiful bedrooms that are shown across all the AT sites will receive an AT book or T-shirt as a thank you.

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