How to Build a Sex Room: 8 Design Elements From the Netflix Trending Series

Netflix’s new series How to build a sex room takes you behind the scenes as interior designer Melanie Rose meets her clients who want a dedicated sex room in their home.

From her first encounters to getting to know them, imagining their sexual fantasies, the building process with her trusted contractor Mike, and finally, the big reveal, the show follows the entire journey. It also highlights sex toys and accessories, erotic practices such as BDSM, Shibari, and features various couples. From a lesbian couple living in a van, a polyamorous family of seven, to heterosexual couples wanting to spice it all up. Each episode highlights different fantasies and how Rose works her decorating magic to bring these sex rooms to life. The series is full of design lessons that can help elevate your current bedroom or give you ideas for having your own fun room. Here’s what we learned.

Melanie Rose in How to build a sex room. Caleb Alvarado/Netflix

Identify location

The very first thing you need to decide is the location of your new sex paradise. Will this be your current bedroom with some decorating changes? Is it perhaps a spare that you can convert, or a hidden secret room concealed using Murphy doors? Once you identify the location, the space can be visualized better through design changes that can improve the overall experience. On the show, people have turned their basements, guest rooms, and even farm sheds into sex rooms.

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Decide on a decorating theme

When it comes to decorating the room, it’s important to know what you and your partner are up for. Often, Rose would ask her clients about the colors they like and their sexual fantasies to come up with a mood board. Whether it’s a noir BDSM lair, an erotic honeymoon suite-like bedroom, or a Moulin Rouge-inspired bedroom with a stripper pole – it’s essential to discuss it in detail to get the right decor. If you don’t want to make drastic changes, you can start by adding some interesting wallpaper, scented candles, mood lighting, and some cheeky decor pieces. For some, intimate framed photos did the trick.

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