Relaxing Asian Bedroom

The Design on a Dime team takes a bedroom from cluttered and piled to serene and styled.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBookcases provide Kirsten with plenty of storage space.
Lee gets to work on the light and airy headboard design for the platform bed. He cuts evenly-spaced notches in two support beams with a table saw then inserts wooden slats horizontally in the notches, attaching them with wood screws. He builds the base of the bed using four, 2-by-8-inch pieces of pine. The platform is made with two, 3-by-6-foot pieces of birch plywood. Brackets attach the plywood to support beams underneath to keep the platform in place. Lee then stains all of it a rich-mahogany color and attaches the headboard to the wall.

Asian-inspired accent mirrors for above the headboard get a coat of brown spray paint to blend them with the room's organic theme.

Three matching bookcases give Kirsten twice the amount of storage for her stereo and CDs, and eight matching baskets give her plenty of space to stash her necessities. A series of small contemporary accent mirrors are mounted above the bookcases. Lee and Charles then bring in plants and exotic accessories to tie the whole look together.

The Cost

Platform bed and headboard - $200

Bedding and pillows - $176

  • Sheets - Wamsutta, 021191100218, $19.99, Queen - Linens 'N Things

Lighting - $45

  • Table lamp - Nara, $19.99 - Cost Plus World Market
  • Light shade fabric - $14.95/yard - International Silks

Window treatment - $45

  • Silk - green/blue, $5.99/yard - Kashcool

Bookshelves - $196

  • Sauder - 031262005410, $19.99 (clearance) - Wal-Mart

Accessories - $225

  • Dragon mirrors - 000000352926, $8.99 each - Cost Plus World Market,
  • Various candles - Cost Plus World Market
  • Fountain - Homedics Body Basics, Envirascape waterfall, $19.99 - Linens N' Things

Plants and pots - $80

  • Pot with face - Cost Plus World Market

Total - $997