Want to turn your love life around 360 degrees?
It's been said that in the bedroom size doesn't matter, but
it seems that shape sure can improve your odds.
The round bed, long the domain of over-sexed celebrities
and Harlequin romance heroes is the centre piece at Boudoir,
a new boutique on Queen Street West that specializes in bedroom
adornments, antiques and "eccentricities."
Owners Patti Fox and Debbie Pearce found the eight-foot-diameter
bed in the classified ads and quickly did a deal. "Everyone
who comes in the store loves it," said Fox. "You
take one look at it and you envision good times."
The bed, which was recently featured underneath Toronto
goodtime girls Sasha and the Scandelles on the cover of Eye
weekly, carries a $2,000 price tag.
But it also holds decades of sexual legend. Playboy magnate
Hugh Hefner used to do all his work from a spinning round
bed in the Playboy mansion. The storied bed even toured with
the Playboy Expo so ordinary square-bedded guys could have
their picture taken while rotating blissfully along side a
In 1997, Mike Myers brought the round bed back into public
- that is, public - popularity when, as Austin Powers, he
dove on a shagadelic round bed and asked Elizabeth Hurley
if he made her horny.
In the Silencers, a 1966 flick, Dean Martin starred as another
swingin' spy, Matt Helm. In the kitsch classic, Helm's round
bed actually moves across the room and lifts up to dump him
into a pool-sized bathtub filled with suds - and his assistant,
"It's very cross-generational in its appeal,"
said Fox. "If you're younger, it's Austin Powers."
During the swinging Sixties and sticky Seventies, the iconic-beds
gained popularity as gifts between the rich and sexually famous.
Bombshell Ann-Margaret once received a round bed as a gift
from then-beau Elvis Presley (the King himself had a round,
white, fur-covered bed in his bedroom).
Alice Cooper was given a round bed by Groucho Marx. "He
told me he went through three wives with it and never had
any luck," Cooper said. And Cooper couldn't have fared
much better, because he eventually passed the gift along to
At Boudoir, a number of customers have been captivated by
the bed, but there have been no offers yet. Film producers,
set designers and commercial directors have all eyed the bed,
but its powers are too much for most mortals.
"People come in on a daily basis, trying to negotiate
the price or begging for some sort of layaway plan,"
says Fox. "A lot of people just want it as a couch, but
there are a few guys who obviously picture it as the locale
for some sort of group event."
Local party guy and agent for the Levin Agency, Sam Hiyate,
considered purchasing the swinging settee for his new digs
in Rosedale. His reasoning: "Anyone who owns that bed
will become a legend."
But even Myers discovered the downside of the bed's legend.
In the 2001 animated feature Shrek, Myers battled to keep
Princess Fiona from going under the zebra-patterned covers
of evil Lord Farquaad's round bed.
And Bobby Jo Moore, who plays Chris Issak's platinum-haired
mermaid muse on the Chris Isaak Show, told Playboy magazine
she was nearly killed by a spinning bed. During the taping
of the show's second episode, Moore said the bed began spinning
at Mach 1 and Isaak had to pull her off the contraption before
she was thrown into a concrete wall.
And for those who dare to take on the randy responsibilities
of owning a round bed, linens are by far the greatest challenge.
Boudoir's $2,000 asking price does not include sheets, and
you won't find circular linens at a Sears white sale.
American fashion designer Cynthia Rowley told In Style magazine
she had to cut the corners of a large comforter to cover the
round bed in her Tribeca loft. For potential buyers who aren't
handy with scissors, satin, flannel, wool, rubber and even
latex sheets can be found on the Internet for any size round
But the added expense of linens, although steep, could be
worth the investment. Everyone knows they should make their
bed, but not everyone owns a bed that could make them.