Netflix’s Regency romance Bridgerton has generated quite a bit of buzz since its premiere late last year, much of it centering around the sex scenes. The show’s steamy scenes are erotic enough to have ended up making the rounds on porn sites, and apparently they’ve also inspired a number of viewers to give their own bedrooms a Regency-era makeover.
Sales of four-poster beds have reportedly been on the rise since the hit show’s premiere, with multiple U.K.-based furniture sellers confirming demand for the fancy furniture has skyrocketed in recent months. Catalogue retailer Argos reported a 112% increase in customers seeking its Habitat four-poster beds, and claims sales have increased by 300% since November, according to International Business Times. The retailer said the beds are no longer seen as an “extravagance reserved for stately homes,” and gives Bridgerton credit for the four-poster renaissance, claiming customers have specifically requested “the Bridgerton look.” John Lewis, another U.K.-based furniture seller, also reported a seemingly Bridgerton-inspired increase in four-poster bed sales, claiming the beds have only recently been restocked after selling out completely following the show’s debut.
Lizzy Talbot, the intimacy coordinator behind program’s sex scenes, confirmed to Insider that four-poster bed sales have indeed spiked in England in recent months. However, while viewers may be upgrading their bedroom furniture in the hopes of recreating a little Bridgerton magic in their own four-poster beds, Talbot revealed that the Regency-era furniture actually presented some challenges when it came to choreographing the show’s sex scenes thanks to star Regé-Jean Page’s height. “We’d have to be very careful about how we positioned him so that he wasn’t hanging off the end of the bed,” Talbot told The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, many of the intimate scenes were filmed in real English country houses, where the staff was reportedly very protective of the furniture. “We would be shooting a sex scene and they would say: ‘Can you go easy on the bed? Go easy on the bedpost,’” director Julie Anne Robinson told Deadline. “There were room monitors in the room when we were doing the sex scenes, and they wouldn’t leave.”
While sex in an English country house may not be as private as Bridgerton fans might desire, those wishing to recreate the scenes from the comfort of their own homes can have all the unmonitored sex they want in their new four-poster beds.