I N - D E P T H

CATEGORY: DESIGN-AND-BUILD
ITEM: BED FRAME WITH MATCHING LIGHT FIXTURE
CLIENT: SHAUN D.
LEAD TIME: 5 WEEKS

Having previously commissioned a study desk from us, Shaun returned to discuss the possibility of building a customised bed-frame for his second-floor master-bedroom .

Over the course of 5 weeks, the team learnt more about what Shaun envisioned for his space, conducted site visits for measurements, tweaked CAD renders and executed the build. The key components of Shaun’s brief were for (i) a bed-frame that appeared to be floating; and (ii) a built-in storage system. In order to meet both the visual and use objectives, our design team used subtle but thoughtful modifications that were effective both functionally and economical.

Here we go in-depth on the highlights of this special project:


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C O R N E R S

One of the most critical aspects of a custom build is the site visit.

In the initial design, our team had originally planned for a single 2.35m x 1.1m headboard slab to anchor the king-sized bed-frame and built-in side tables. However, we realised during the site visit, that although the residential lift cabin was large enough, the installers would not be able to navigate the corners of the staircase leading to the second floor master bedroom, with the slab.

After exploring several other options (such as hoisting the slab from the living hall over the second floor banister and hacking the bedroom wall), we finally agreed that it would be best to joint separate pieces of wood on-site, so as to retain the overall form of the intended structure without incurring additional fees. In the spirit of leaning into the issue, the client went further by choosing different slabs of the same type of wood, each with distinct features so as to create more texture in the grain appearance.

The result: the same sleek form, with additional visual interest from the contrasting grain patterns.


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S T O R A G E

The best thing about custom furniture: being able to tweak your favourite designs to fit your lifestyle.

In this case, to make the most out of the available bedroom space, Shaun wanted to add an under-bed drawer system for added storage.

However, in order to achieve the illusion that the bed-frame was floating, the supporting base was inset so that it would be invisible from a vertical, top-down perspective.

This meant that we could not use a typical rail system, as the rails would have to end with the edges of the base, making the drawers inaccessible.

Solution: drawers on castor wheels. By installing the drawer units on castor wheels, we immediately achieved complete freedom of movement, allowing Shaun to pull out the drawers as far as needed. At the same time, by sizing the drawer units to fit the under-bed support beams exactly, we ensured that closing the drawers would be smooth, eliminating the need for tricky aiming and constant alignment.

The result: the same floating appearance, with additional storage solutions for practical use.


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M A T E R I A L S

One of our favourite things about this build is that it was constructed completely from certified Green Label Singaporean mahogany - a locally-salvaged wood from our city’s land-development projects.

Apart from the environmentally-friendly source, we love the intention behind this project:
By choosing hardwood carpentry, Shaun was able to create a personalised sanctuary for self-care and refuelling, while committing to a higher-quality build than an online, cookie-cutter purchase.

We were also fortunate to find several pieces that showcased the unique “tiger stripe” grain pattern of mahogany, incorporating a truly local flavour in a local home.


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