RL Makeovers: A Bedroom, Guest Room and Computer Room in One

Design consultant Dustin Reyes puts the “fun” in “functional” in this multipurpose bedroom

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

Since college student Ayo Lapid's bedroom is right next to the living and dining areas, it is one of the most frequented spaces in this home. It serves as a multipurpose room -- where the guests can stay and where his family uses the computer.

Design consultant Dustin Reyes had to make sure that the bedroom would be comfortable enough for Ayo to share with family and friends. He also had to change the peeling wallpaper, cracked closet panels, and inefficient room layout. In order to do this, he had to divide the bedroom into three different areas: a place for sleeping, a place for work and study, and a place for playing music and simply hanging out. Through his efforts, the space is now organized, stylish, and multifunctional. 

Read the original article ("One for All") in the March 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Build an affordable headboard

Dustin used wooden planks from Handyman to create a distinct yet inexpensive headboard. To complement the piece, he added clip-on reading lamps, pillows, and bed sheets from Robinsons Department Store.

Choose a pull-out bed

Contractor Razel Marquez personalized a trundle bed (a bed with a pull-out bed underneath) for Ayo. This will come in handy when his family and friends sleep over. 

Create an optical illusion

The curtain rods are placed much higher than the actual windows. This creates the illusion of bigger windows and gives the space an airy feel.

Install a ceiling fan

“We added an industrial ceiling fan to create better air flow,” explains Dustin. Since there is no need for an additional stand fan, there is also more space in the bedroom.

Opt for a black ceiling

Although most Filipinos are afraid that a dark ceiling can make a room seem smaller, Dustin thinks that it is perfect for spaces with high ceilings. “I feel that it creates a warmer environment and ties everything together," he explains.

He adds that a black ceiling is a modern and cost-effective way to add drama to the bedroom.

Set up a display area

Ayo’s comic book collection and the model airplanes that he makes are placed on wall-mounted shelves.

Dustin also built a customized shelf that could hold his three special guitars. “One of them is my mom’s classical guitar from a long time ago. One is my best friend’s. He migrated and left the guitar with me—he told me not to throw it, not to sell it, not to give it away. The third is my first guitar," Ayo explains.

Replace the wallpaper

Dustin removed the peeling wallpaper and painted the walls with a refreshing shade of blue. The new paint color helped brighten up the space.

Build an expanded desk

“We created an expanded desk with multiple shelving and drawers as the workstation,” says Dustin. The shelves now hold numerous books, while the drawers help keep clutter out of sight.

Add more light

Dustin found a clip-on lamp with an industrial feel from Handyman. He used this as task lighting in the work area. Task lighting can help homeowners save on electricity costs because they can simply turn on the pieces that they need.

How Much It Costs:

Floor lamp, desk lamp, outdoor lights, ceiling fan, wood planks, mouldings, other carpentry and electrical materials - P 44,864
Robinsons Department Store
Pillows, beddings, curtains, clip-on lamps, and other accessories - P 8,328
Labor - P 15,000
Materials - P 5,983
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact design consultant Dustin Reyes through mobile 0915-220-9777, or email him at [email protected]

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