Ferris Bueller's Bedroom

There is no question...Ferris Bueller had the coolest bedroom in the history of bedrooms. I remember a time when I would draw up plans on paper to recreate a similar set up in my own room given an unlimited amount of money. I would have a killer stereo, state of the art computer, a keyboard, and walls absolutely plastered with posters. While I did accomplish the wall-plastering (details to come someday), my other hopes and dreams for this bedroom of bedrooms never came to be.

Supposedly, John Hughes decorated this room himself. But what made Ferris Bueller's room so cool? Let's take a look...

First, in the opening sequence of the movie, we get a great look at the room as we face the door leading to the hallway. In this shot alone, there is tons to look at...
  • United States and British flags
  • Industrial "EXIT" sign
  • Simple Minds Don't You Forget About Me poster (song featured in The Breakfast Club -- another John Hughes masterpiece)
  • Overcoat, hat, and glasses seen later in the movie as Ferris picks up Sloan from school
  • The mannequin used to take Ferris' place in bed
  • A mounted animal head -- seems to have a pig snout and otherwise deer-like features
  • Ironically, animal head wearing a life-preserver
  • In the corner, the keyboard used later to simulate coughing and sneezing
UPDATE: Although I have not yet found an image to verify this, the poster above the lamp and to the left of the Brian Ferry poster behind Ferris' bed may feature Blancmange's Mange Tout.


Throughout the movie, we get a closer look at this side of the room including a few small plastic toys on Ferris' dresser...

UPDATE: Ferris' synthesizer is a E-mu Emulator II. Also, it is likely that the poster to the right of the American flag features the band Blancmange.


...the small black and white images bordering the door frame...


...a better look at the dresser itself -- decorated with a stop sign, the top of a naked female, the near-naked bottom of another female, and a can of Diet Pepsi...


...and a shot of the corner near the window featuring a Cabaret Voltaire poster.


Shifting to the bed-side of the room, there's plenty more to see...
  • Killing Joke poster
  • Two different Flesh For Lulu posters -- Blue Sisters Swing and Baby Hurricane
  • Bryan Ferry Slave to Love poster
  • Statue of a hula girl which is missing its left hand
  • A classic radio with a "modern" boom box on top of it
  • A Fender guitar amplifier and speaker cabinet.
  • A book Ferris is reading -- I can't make out the title. (Town City?)
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the book next to Ferris' bed is The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac.


The back wall of the room...
  • A lamp with a shade that matches the one found on the dresser by the door
  • The grade-changing, naked-woman-drawing computer
  • The trophy used to rig the mannequin in Ferris' bed
  • A video camera (seen at the bottom of the screen to Ferris' right) pointed at...
  • ...the horse chair (this shows up again in a minute)
  • A guitar
  • A dart board
UPDATE: The poster to the left of the bed, just behind the lamp, features Pictures for Pleasure -- an album by Charlie Sexton.


A closer shot of the horse chair also shows a small collection of books as well as some wires connected to a battery.


A close look later in the movie shows that this battery operated contraption is actually the doorbell/intercom set-up used when Mr. Rooney arrives at the house.


Moving on around the room to the fourth and final wall, we see...
  • A poster of The Damned -- Phantasmagoria
  • A Bose speaker
  • The considerable length of the phone cord -- considering the phone itself is actually next to Ferris' bed.
UPDATE: The poster to the left of the Damned poster features the Snake Charmer album by Jah Wobble, the Edge, and Holger Czukay.

  • Fatigues/waders hanging from the closet door

And on the entertainment center...
  • A clearly awesome stereo set-up
  • Television with closed-circuit shot from the video camera (there's that horse chair)
  • Bryan Ferry album -- Boys and Girls
  • The rest of Ferris' record collection below the TV

UPDATE: Ferris' stereo system consisted of (top to bottom) Carver M-500t (power amp), Audio Source EQ-ONE (equalizer and spectrum analyzer), Carver DTL-100 (CD player) and Carver Receiver 2000.

To this day, I'm envious of this room.

25 comments:

Darren said...

Thanks for posting this. I've always thought Ferris' room was awesome, and it's great to see the pics. I'm actually trying to use some of those elements to design my cubicle at work. Thanks again!

TL said...

Darren -- My pleasure...glad you enjoyed it!

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The Thinker said...

Thanks for this post. I am with you, to this day this is the bedroom of bedrooms to me. LOL

If I may contribute, the book's title is The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac

TL said...

Thinker! Thanks for the insight on the book! Glad you found this post!

Marcus said...

There are not 2 amps. There is one vintage Fender guitar amplifier and speaker cabinet similar to the one shown in this photo: http://www.soundcityusa.com/soundcityusa-gallery-vintage/gallery-vintage-pictures/tremolux-amp.jpg

Great post! :)

TL said...

Marcus -- Thanks for pointing that out. Glad you enjoyed the post!

fdaniele12 said...

Anyone know the exact name of the red telephone he has?

Sonny EL said...

Thanks for this post! Ferris Bueller is the man!
I don't know about the red telephone, but if I may, he has also a poster of Blancmange's album called "Mange Tout". Check it out, it's besides the "Slave to Love" poster. By the way, does anyone recognize other bands or people in the posters?

mcnfi said...

Thanks for this. My 12 year old is moving into his own room (from s shared room with brothers, and we wanted to do a Ferris Bueller room. Found your post by googling! Just what we needed.

Burak Soysal said...

mcnfi, your 12 year old is very lucky :)

Unknown said...

FYI... adding to this awesome post, in case you were wondering about the synthesizer that Ferris used... its an Emulator II, http://www.vintagesynth.com/emu/emulator2.php

Back in the day, this was THE sampler to have... Depeche Mode had it, in fact most of the major bands in the 80's had them. As I recall, back in '85 they were very expensive.

TL said...

YES! Thanks for the details on the synthesizer. Keep 'em comin' folks!

zumbini said...

His stereo system consisted of (top to bottom) Carver M-500t (power amp), Audio Source EQ-ONE (equalizer and spectrum analyzer), Carver DTL-100 (CD player) and Carver Receiver 2000.

TL said...

zumbini - As I've said to others who have offered additional details....YES! Thanks for adding to the details of this most envious of all bedrooms!

cmac3600 said...

The guitar is some model of Gretsch White Falcon, which seems a bit anachronistic for a thoroughly 80's bedroom. Gretsch's are known mostly for rockabilly and some 60's rock (Stephen Stills favored one).

Anonymous said...

Haven't seen the film for a while, but I seem to recall a big poster for Jah Wobble's excellent Snake Charmer mini LP

Anonymous said...

The Jah Wobble/Edge/Holger Czukay "Snake Charmer" promo poster can be seen in the screengrab with Ferris on the red phone, directly behind him.

I also want to add that there's a poster for Charlie Sexton's "Pictures for Pleasure" album on the left side of his bed, next to "Slave to Love" and beneath Blancmange's "Mange Tout"

Anonymous said...

After reading this post, I had to go back to figure out what poster was opposite the US flag above the E-mu Emulator. In the shot where he's dancing to the "I Dream of Jeannie" theme, you see more of it. It seems to be a promo poster for Blancmange's single for "The Day Before You Came", as it says that in rebus form. It doesn't look anything like the actual sleeve, save for the font used in the words.

And, I have to add, I remember when I first saw the movie, I was impressed that he had a poster for Cabaret Voltaire's "Micro-Phonies." I knew then he was a cool guy.

TL said...

YES! You may be anonymous but you've just added some key pieces of information to this post! Thanks a ton!

Anonymous said...

Any idea whats the model for the turntable (vinyl player) and the equipment next to the TV (with horses head feed from CCTV camera)?

I am actually duplicating his sound system... :)

TL said...

Not sure...but I'd love some details once you've got this set-up duplicated!

Anonymous said...

there is a news article on yahoo today that says more about this, '12 ferris bueller fun facts'

TL said...

Yep! Just caught it on Yahoo. Awesome!

Adirondacker said...

You clearly show but missed commenting on the way cool parachute curtains! :-)