When we think Industrial Design in the home, we tend to think warehouse conversions, or steely kitchens, not comfy bedrooms!
This look can be equally beautiful in the bedroom as in the kitchen and it need not cost the world.
I will show you seven items that can add some Industrial Design influence into your bedroom on a budget; with everything you can get from around the home, in second hand goods stores, or on eBay.
1. Consider materials
Think robust concrete, exposed brick, slate, stone, wood and steel. Materials that are practical and useful.
Now, if you don't live anywhere near a converted warehouse, or even in a home with exposed brick, you can get the industrial look by using wallpaper. For example, the industrial wallpaper below is here on ebay for $42 for a 10m roll.
Leather is also a hard working but nowadays luxurious material which works with the industrial theme. These butterfly chairs would work, and even with international shipping, will cost you $250. Steel legs complement the look.
2. Use industrial products for furniture
Consider re-using and re-purposing things like old work tables, benches, chairs or crates. Just about anything that is strong, of a quality material and would have worked hard in its first life.
Old filing cabinets as drawers compliment this design. There are quite a few vintage ones on line, which I love, and are easy to find (try vintage filing cabinet in the search engine of eBay). But if you aren't interested in second hand goods, what about a modest set from Officeworks? Pick up your new bed side tables for $179 each.
Pipe shelves are a great example of storage that you can adapt to size and budget. Fix above the bed for more storage as well as impact. Ebay has them here.
Do you remember making shelves as a kid out of old bricks and planks of wood? Well those old bricks can come in handy now, as a door stop or pot plant base, or book ends. Put your thinking cap on.
Or why don't you go for an op shop tour? Remember the shabby chick industrial-esq finds in our tour of Long Jetty? Check out those items here.
3. Re-purpose useful products for accessories
Industrial Design really pays homage to products that are super useful and beautiful. Think metal graters for lamp shades, or this beautiful old rope hanging light for $35 including shipping.
Jars are around the house and work for vases, jewellery, keys, cotton buds. If you don't have any spare around the house, consider these, a set of 24 for just $37.
Now that you have your eclectic industrial design mix of industrial purposed furniture and accessories, you can soften the look with neutral coloured rugs, cushions, soft lighting and of course quality bed linen!