Platform Beds – Asian Style In Its Simplest Form

beds asian + style + platformFor some reason, home decorators still think there is something mysterious about decorating in Zen style, like they have to get a degree in Asian studies in order to carry it off.  While there are many aspects of Asian décor that may seem foreign to the Western mindset, there are some simple ways to get started with Japanese style furniture.  Platform beds and other Asian accessories can give the bedroom an instant facelift without much effort.  In fact, it is in the bedroom where many would-be Zen decorators begin their journey.

A good place to get ideas about platform beds and Asian style décor is by looking at furniture ensembles online.  For example, the Haiku bedroom collection at features an eclectic mix of Craftsman and Asian designs that accents the appearance of natural wood.  Distinctive yet simple shapes recall the ancient symbols of Japanese style, making it easy to choose an elegant collection of furniture.  The Haiku beds, Asian inspired tables and other accessories shown at are authentic Japanese pieces that would cost much more at a traditional furniture store.

The polished ash veneer of Haiku furniture is married to hardwood solids, lending an air of authenticity to these handcrafted furnishings.   A signature piece of Asian-style furniture the platform bed features exposed rails and a 14-slat support system. It is also available in a queen-size bed.   When purchasing the entire collection, one gets a queen-sized platform bed, Asian style nightstand, a six-drawer dresser and a mirror.

Of all the beds Asian furniture companies make, the platform bed has enjoyed the longest run as a bestseller.  First popularized in the 60s and 70s, when American modern designers copied Zen decorators, the Haiku platform bed continues to be the epitome of style.  Designers still pair this bed with black lacquer Ginza table lamps, wide rice paper lamp shades, washy Japanese ink paintings and organic tatami mats.  Dressers are usually “knobless” and extraneous décor is minimized in order to create a more spacious and meditative space.

As more homeowners seek to modernize their living spaces with platform beds, Asian hardwoods, and other Japanese style furnishings, is ready to help them.  The holidays are an excellent time to consider redecorating and buying gifts for the home around a Zen theme.  Whether you are just getting started with a Japanese bedroom or you’re looking to start a Japanese garden, there is something for everyone at

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