Anyway, a steampunk bedroom is often a fairly dark place, the better for sleeping. Dark fabric on the walls, thick curtains, and a mighty bed as a focal point.
So, ready to find ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a steampunk style masterpiece? Get your quills and parchment ready, as we delve into the best steampunk bedroom ideas you could use right now.
A sleigh bed would be all the rage, with its decorative turns and thick mattress requiring a running leap to reach its great height. Or the ubiquitous four-poster, its massive uprights liberally embellished with scrollwork and mythological scenes.
For an Eastern look, a four-poster with thinner uprights and a circular thin curtain canopy above that can be let down like a mosquito net. Sporting lovely pale skin is great, but not because flying insects have drained you of blood. Or succubi.
Choose beds that complement the other furniture in your bedroom. Add mosquito netting, canopy, or a bed crown for a regal look that looks as though you are on an epic adventure.
Traditional Style Sleigh Bed
You wouldn’t go wrong with a traditional style wooden sleigh bed if you’re aiming for a classic steampunk look. This bed in particular gives off a modern vibe as well, so if you only want to add just a little touch of steampunk setting to your room without going over the top, you might want to check it out.
Scarlette Classic Four-Poster Bed
Classy and elegant, this four poster bed will surely remind you of the old romantic novels of the Victorian era. With a little tinkering, you can turn this beautiful bed into a stunning steampunk centerpiece in your bedroom.
Here again, thick wood construction awash in metal hardware can’t be beaten, unless you’re going for that Eastern look, in which case something with a black lacquered finish and painted with delicate herons and other birds at play among reeds.
Rustic Brown Metal Dresser
This rustic wooden dresser is a perfect addition to any bedroom with a steampunk design. Made from wood and black metal frame, it will certainly go well with any olden-themed bedroom. Besides, it also goes well with modern furniture, so if you only want a little touch of steampunk interior design to your bedroom, getting one of these is the way to go.
Vintage Faux Leather Chest Dresser
This amazing dresser looks like four leather chests stacked together, which makes it a perfect addition to your steampunk decor. It’s ideal for explorers and adventurers.
Do you know what proves a person has been around? A table made for Victorian campaigns into Egypt and places like that. These look like small steamer trunks and made to be lightweight and easily movable. For that matter, why not stack a number of wood or canvas traveling suitcases and use that as a table? Finally, there are plenty of Victorian-style bedside tables available. The knob pulls can be replaced with more interesting metal ones, or slap some vintage travel posters on the side.
Rustic Nightstand Set
These two sets of bedside tables comes in many colors so you can choose one you prefer that would fit the steampunk design ideas you had for your bedroom. It’s also equipped with modern amenities, like 3 power outlets and 2 USB port for your convenience.
Chest-Style Accent Table
Now, this fantastic bedside table is designed like a vintage chest which curious visitors could assume contain rare artifacts and antiques. It definitely gives off a steampunk vibe as well as a little magical in a way.
Antique camelback steampunk chests of wood with thick metal straps, hinges, and locks are the thing of legends, like you. With their rounded tops, they’re not very useful for arranging things on top of, but who knows what could be lurking inside? If some strings of pearls and gold have “accidentally” fallen from the side, that will paint you as an adventurer and international scoundrel. Great!
Cove Treasure Chest
This jewelry box looks like a classical pirate treasure chest, which makes it perfect for any steampunk style decor. It looks believable enough that people might actually ask you if it was an heirloom from the olden days.
Faux Bronze Steampunk Octopus On Pirate Treasure Chest
Now, this is a trasure chest that looks straight out of a legend. With a faux bronze sheen and a detailed sculpture of an octopus that seemed to be guarding its contents, people will surely ask you about it.
Vanity, thy name is meeee! Oh wait, we’re talking about a different kind of vanity. A nice, rounded front mahogany unit with a dainty mirror is all that’s needed. To complete the scene, tuck daguerreotype photos of relatives sporting four arms, punching bears, or shooting pterodactyls. Finally, leave small jars labeled Dr. Terrar’s Opium Pills and Authentic Egyptian Mummy Dust Exfoliation Creme on the table.
Three-Mirror Cherry Vanity Set
This vanity set induces the feeling of being transported back into the 1800s, with cherry table, mirror, and drawers. It comes with a matching stool covered in a plush fabric.
Lafayette Vanity Table and Mirror
This rather simple yet beautiful vanity table and mirror features a center drawer, plus two additional side drawers. It makes an excellent place to put light fixtures, that are of course should also fit with the steampunk theme.
A steampunk office should be dark and woody, with a few green plants to set it off. Any self-respecting world traveler of the steampunk variety would have the floor covered in a lush Arabian or Persian carpet. Not rich? Faux carpets look just as good. A faux tiger skin rug adds the final touch.
Traditional Persian Rug
This lavish and intricately-detailed rug goes well with a steampunk-themed bedroom. By incorporating this rich, expensive-looking rug, it will seem like a prized object you bought from your adventures in the east.
Meanwhile, this rug gives off a bit of a different vibe, but still very much in tune with the steampunk aesthetics. This oriental Persian steampunk rug looked like it was bought from old shop antique stores, whose owners also only bought it from mysterious travelers who happened to pass by the shop.
Now that you can buy those elongated Edison bulbs, the designs are limitless. Many lamps are built from interlocking copper pipes in interesting shapes. Add pressure gauges, clock faces (of course), and a valve or two. Another way to go is to fit a bulb inside a bell jar that can be accessorized with coils, dials, and maybe even a brain!
Industrial Desk Lamp
What could be more steampunk that having an industrial, Edison bulb light fixture in your bedroom? This lamp also comes with modern features, like USB lamp so you can stay true to your science-fiction steampunk-themed bedroom, while still enjoying the conveniences of this century.
Baroque Tiffany Style Stained Glass Floor Lamp
Now, while this particular lamp isn’t very steampunk in the usual sense (it even has the word “Baroque” attached to it), it will still remind you of the aesthetic preferences of the Victorian era. It makes a great addition to your bedroom, especially if your design theme includes ornate chests and rare artifacts.
The well-appointed bedroom will feature a floor mirror on a wooden base, although large wall mirrors are also fine, with exuberant filigrees and so much fancy tracing that you daren’t look at it too long. If you find that the image in your mirror ages but you don’t, and your name is Dorian, you could get famous.
But if you never see your reflection in the mirror, and you find yourself going out all night with a terrible, ungodly thirst, be aware of garlic and people with stakes. Or you’re Keith Richards.
Queen Ann Oval Hanging Wall Antique Mirror
While this one looks like it was made for a nobility, this oval mirror also seems like it was taken from a treasure pile. Add it to your steampunk decor to give people an idea that it was one of your prized hauls from your many adventures.
Steampunk Gearwork Mirror
Aiming for a more hardcore steampunk look? This rectangular mirror decorated with steampunk accents of cogs and wheels is the perfect choice for you.
Still have loads of cathode ray tubes, steam gauges, voltmeters, sound horns and tubing? Stick them all over a radio from the Forties! Of course, there weren’t any steam-powered radios in real life, but they sure would have looked cool like these! Say they’re a prototype, say you brought them back from the future, say “who asked you, anyway?”
Phonograph Gramophone Radio
This radio with a phonograph gramophone design certainly gives off a steampunk retro vibe, maybe because it was invented during the era when much of the steampunk content was based on. Although it became more widely used in the turn of the century and beyond, it’s still one of the best decor you can add to your steampunk interior.
Classic Wooden Vintage Retro Radio
Another great choice for a retro radio you could add to your steampunk bedroom is this vintage radio. Although, again, not popular during the Victorian era, it’s not surprising for time travelers to have acquired such a gem from the future, right?
Whether you stretch out on Egyptian cotton or the Swiss twilled calico from the Victorian era, you will want to choose bedding that resonates with the genre overall. Choose colors that both stand out and complement the rest of the decor in your room, then crawl under the covers with the best steampunk novels.
World Map Bedspread
Explorers and adventurers would surely love this bedspread with a vintage world map design. Nothing says that you have travelled many places (or would love to do so one day) than a bedding that shows the map of the world.
Antique Baroque Pattern Gothic Victorian Bedspread
Darker colors also blend well with the steampunk aesthetic. With this black gothic patterned bedding that calls Victorian aesthetics to mind, it’s going to be one of the best additions to your steampunk interior design inspired bedroom.
Curtains and Blinds
Although you can purchase curtains with clocks and gears printed on them, the real steampunk homeowner would want heavy brocade curtains, dark red or burgundy, in order to keep out the prying eyes of the neighbors who come bearing torches and pitchforks.
Burgundy Curtain Window Panel
This heavy brocade red curtains rather seem to be too luxurious looking, but keep in mind that Victorian aesthetics usually favor ornate and oversized decors. Though it certainly looks lavish, this burgundy curtain will help you achieve that steampunk style.
Pom Poms Velvet Curtain
We won’t be stopping with heavy brocade curtains here, because this one is also a lavish-looking red bedroom curtains. The Victorian age is really full of luxurious decors, but with a little tweaking and additional industrial-style furniture pieces, you can turn it into a full steampunk decor.
Other decor tips
Steampunk is all about combining the ornate, classic style of the Victorian period and utilizing your own creativity to achieve an imaginative aesthetic that is unique to your own. Here are some more tips on how you can achieve that steampunk bedroom you have always wanted:
- Scour flea markets and shop garage sales to find antiques.
- If you want, you can add steampunk wallpaper to your room.
- For wall art, you can put daguerreotype pictures and sepia photos on your bedroom wall. Adding cogs and steampunk elements can even redecorate your photo frames.
- Use seemingly throwable items like old water pipes, cogs, and metals creatively. You can use them to decorate your wall or even create a decorative piece out of them.
- Find old maps and antique lamps with light bulbs to use as decor. A table lamp with a Victorian design is also a great addition to your room decor.