Friday, February 5, 2010

No. 36 Japanese Screen Bed -Bed Week

This week I'll be tackling beds. I'm excited about this subject for a few reasons, of which I'll list the important ones.
  1. I have not designed many beds.
  2. It was my wife's idea.

 This bed is an unabashed ripoff interpretation of a Japanese screen wall. The design actually incorporates ideas and themes form a number of aspects of Japanese architecture and a little bit of original design (the chamfer of the screen frame). The bed is obviously not made for people under 8" tall, that is just the space saving format I chose to draw it in. I see it in made of cypress (traditional) or some dark wood with interesting grain such as wenge.

Grab a pencil, some paper and start drawing your own beds or anything else for that matter. After you're done share them with the rest of us at


Ken said...

If you have cats or young children, I think I'd forego actual rice paper. However, a soft light behind paper would be very good if you had to get up in the middle of the night.

I like the look. I think that in a light wood you'd get an impression of light solidity. Sounds odd, I know - it has the appearance of being a very solid, stable "structure", but the way it opens up at the top and the way the headboard rises so far above the foot, and, I think, the shape of the legs give it a solid anchor while reaching towards the sky.

Is that too much to read into a bed design?

Timberwerks Studio - Dale J. Osowski - Furniture Maker said...

That's a great looking bed design. Adding the washi would be a nice touch, Cedar bark or Kozo would add visule interest. You can glue washi to panel for strength. One thing I would change is the number wood panels you have, two or three with the grain running horizontal may be something to consider.

Torch02 said...

I like the look of this bed. On the vertical panels in both the headboard and footer - are those chamfers on the edges of tongue & grooved boards or is that some kind of decorative inlay?

jamon schlimgen cabinetmaker said...

Thanks and no I don't think that is reading to much into a bed design.

The wahsi would look great (source?), and the cedar bark is really cool too. I see where you are going with the horizontal wood, that might make a nice alternate version.

Yes to chamfered tongue & grooved boards .

Timberwerks Studio - Dale J. Osowski - Furniture Maker said...

I have plenty of paper here if you ever want to try it out. Or when you are ready I can give you some links to suppliers. I purchased mine from Kayoko at Misugi before she closed.