Ferris Bueller's Bedroom

UPDATE 2/25/16: The original version of this article was posted in June 2010. In the time since then, suggested updates and edits have come in from all over the world. With the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off knocking on our doors, I thought it only fitting that I clean up the post and offer a more manageable look at Ferris's bedroom. With many thanks to Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s for his contributions to this article, here's a definitive look at the bedroom every child of the 80s wanted for our own!

There are plenty of gaps yet to be filled. Anyone with further updates to offer, please feel free to drop me a line at any time!


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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 if I were 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, my other hopes and dreams for this bedroom of bedrooms never came to be.

Supposedly, John Hughes decorated this room himself, but what exacctly made Ferris Bueller's room so cool?

Plenty.

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.


1 "Get Stuffed" poster for Blancmange's Mange Tout. IMAGE
2 Overcoat, hat, and glasses worn later in front of the school IMAGE
3 Mannequin used to take Ferris' place in his bed
4 Industrial EXIT sign above the door
5 Flag: United Kingdom IMAGE
6 Poster: Simple Minds Don't You Forget About Me IMAGE
7 Animal head with pig snout and otherwise deer-like features.
8 Animal head wearing a life preserver IMAGE
9 Flag: United States of America IMAGE
10 E-mu Emulator II synthesizer IMAGE
11 Poster: Bryan Ferry -  Slave to Love IMAGE

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Throughout the movie, we get closer looks at this side of the room.


1 Several small plastic toys on the dresser
2 E-mu Emulator II synthesizer IMAGE
3 Poster: Blancmange's single The Day Before You Came IMAGE
4 Elvis Presley photo from 1956 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show IMAGE
5 Thorens TD147 Turntable IMAGE
6 Model car (a Ferrari, maybe?)
7 Carver M-500t (power amp) IMAGE
8 Audio Source EQ-ONE (equalizer and spectrum analyzer) IMAGE
9 Carver DTL-100 (CD player) IMAGE
10 Carver Receiver 2000 IMAGE

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Ferris' door is bordered with a variety of small images.


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5 Buddy Holly & the Crickets photo (lining the left side of the door) IMAGE


1 Photo of The Clash


1 Elvis Presley photo from 1956 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show IMAGE
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3 Photo: Pete Townshend

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We also get a better look at the dresser itself.


1 A small stop sign
2 The top half of a naked female
3 The near-naked bottom half of another female
4 Diet Pepsi can IMAGE
5 Lamp matching another found on the other side of the room
6 Kewpie Doll Chalkware plaster bank (made by A.N. Brooks, 1966) IMAGE
7 Brass dog horn that is shaped like a beagle

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A wider shot of the corner near the window gives a good look at a few more posters.


1 Poster: Cabaret Voltaire Micro-Phonies
2 Poster: Jean and Francois Clouet's "Francis I of France" IMAGE

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Shifting to the bed-side of the room, there's more to see.


1 Poster: Killing Joke
2 Poster: Flesh For Lulu - Blue Sisters Swing
3 Poster: Flesh For Lulu - Baby Hurricane
4 Poster: The Rave-Ups - Positively Lost Me IMAGE
5 Poster: 1951 Red Cross Poster IMAGE
6 Statue of a hula girl which is missing its left hand
7 Classic radio (under boom box)
8 Boom box stereo
9 Photo: ????

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1 Fender Blackface Bassman & 2x2 Speaker Cabinet IMAGE
2 The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac IMAGE
3 Poster: Self-portrait by Frederic Bazille IMAGE
4 Poster: ????
5 Poster: Charlie Sexton's Pictures For Pleasure IMAGE
6 Photo: Possibly Sloan Peterson?

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Then to the back wall of the room...


1 Lamp with a shade that matches the one found on the dresser
2 IBM XT 5150 PC
2 Taxan Vision Monitor 210/220IMAGE
3 Trophy used to rig the mannequin in Ferris' bed
4 Master Craft Loose Nuts Product sign
5 Video camera (seen at the bottom of the screen to Ferris' right) pointed at...

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1 ...a chair with a horse on it (this shows up again in a minute)
2 Gretsch White Falcon guitar IMAGE
3 Dart board
4 Window curatins apparently crafted from a parachute

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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.


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Moving on around the room to the fourth and final wall...


1 Poster: The Damned -- Phantasmagoria
2 Bose 901 speaker IMAGE
3 Red Bell telephone IMAGE
4 Poster: Snake Charmer by Jah Wobble, the Edge, and Holger Czukay. IMAGE
5 Submarine toy
6 Pepsi can IMAGE
7 ?
8 Bertoia side chair IMAGE

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1 Fatigues/waders hanging from the closet door
2 Boxing gloves

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And on the entertainment center...


1 Carver M-500t Power amp IMAGE
2 Audio Source EQ-ONE Equalizer and spectrum analyzer IMAGE
3 Carver DTL-100 CD player IMAGE
4 Television with closed-circuit shot from the video camera (model unknown)
5 Bryan Ferry LP -- Boys and Girls IMAGE
6 The rest of Ferris' record collection below the TV
7 Quasar VP5748XE VCR / Quasar VA66YE Frequency Synthesizer Tuner IMAGE

There you have it, folks. Let me know if you've got anything to add!

Rooney eats it.

46 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! :-)

Marcelo RM Fonseca said...

Huge Brazilian FBDO fan here! I was one of the few that actually contributed to the assembling of *the* real and first UNNOFICIAL FBDO SOUNDTRACK back in 1998. You can check out more at www.80s.com/saveferris.

To this day, his room is my favorite bedroom, so I totally agree with you, TL!!!

I have bought it already (and have it shipped from the US), the EQ-ONE (am using it now and listening to Rolling Stone's "Undercover" as I write) and the RED TELEPHONE, which is simply a BELL red telephone (this one my wife despises, so it's at my old house ;)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Western-Electric-Bell-System-2500-Red-Push-Button-Telephone-/291337677707?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43d5142b8b

I bought both of my items at eBay, and, yes, have already added your amazing list of Carver, the Guitar and, sure, the EMULATOR to my eBay watch list.

Thank you so much for posting this! It was so choice! ;)

PS: I have put together a Spotify Playlist based on Ferris' musical tastes both from the posters on his wall and on other musical references that appear throughout the movie itself or the original script. Some of the posters you mentioned above, I could never, ever, figure it out!
Great job!

Hopper said...

Sort of related!
The knot he uses to tie the string to the trophy is a Clove Hitch (on the bight).

Anonymous said...

Killing Joke, Cabaret Voltaire, The Damned... Seems like Ferris likes a lot of goth/industrial?

Greg said...

Great breakdown of the amazing bedroom setup! I'm so happy to say that I still have nearly every single record that is referenced in the scene :)

Greg said...

Wow! Check this out. These people totally recreated the bedroom and it looks extremely accurate!

http://www.vice.com/read/we-hung-out-in-ferris-buellers-bedroom-with-the-artists-who-recreated-it

TL said...

Thanks Greg ... And that art exhibit sounds terrific. One of the artists who put it together was in touch with me and mentioned that the exhibit might be visiting Chicago at some point. Fitting considering the setting of the movie but even better ... only a few hours away from me. :)

Doc said...

On the sixth picture down - with the trophy hanging from the string - if that isn't a young Pete Townshend in pic #3, I'll eat my shoe.

TL said...

Agreed...now just gotta find the actual image!

Ollie Sanders said...

I'm 99% sure the turntable is a Thorens TD-147

http://www.thorens-info.de/TD-147_11024.jpg

Also pretty sure that the car on top of it is a 1984 Corvette C4 1/16 scale like MPC used to make but the white line around the middle is throwing me a bit

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/946150-mpc-1-3088-1984-corvette

Awesome blog, keep going!

J.C. said...

Hi, coming in from Wired's take on FBDO's 30th Anniversary.

I can tell you with total certainty that the painting of a renaissace lord next to Britain's flag is Jean and Francois Clouet's "Francis I of France".

Keep the good work up!!!

TL said...

Awesome! Thanks! And that's a great article you linked to! Thanks for sharing...

J.C. said...

What's more, the painting on the right hand side of the bed (from the viewers perspective), I am pretty sure is a Self Portrait by Frederic Bazille.

TL said...

Agreed....THANKS AGAIN!!

J.C. said...

The computer is an IBM XT 5150 (with the label removed).

Source 1, Source 2 (Wired), Source 3.

The monitor is a Taxan Vision Pal model 220P-E.

J.C. said...

The speakers next to the guitar are Bose's 901, although an image of the exact model (with the big logo) is difficult to find on Google.

Source: Wired.

TL said...

Oh man ... so great! Thanks!

J.C. said...

The poster above the Red Cross one is The Rev-Ups Town & Country.

J.C. said...
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J.C. said...

Sorry, I misidentified the Rev-Ups' poster. It is indeed The Rev-Ups, but the record is Positively Lost Me.

J.C. said...

The devices between the TV and the audio system are a Quasar VP5748XE VCR and a Quasar VA66YE Frequency Synthesizer Tuner.

TL said...

J.C. ... You are a machine!