New Netflix show “How to Build a Sex Room” was filmed in Denver with local couples
Let’s talk about sex (rooms), baby.
That’s what one of Netflix’s newest original shows sets out to do — in Denver. “How to Build a Sex Room,” which premiered on the streaming platform on July 8, follows 11 couples and a single woman as interior designer Melanie Rose comes in to help spice up their sex lives with rooms filled with specialty furniture and other decor designed to fulfill fantasies and fetishes.
The R-rated show’s eight-episode first season was filmed last year in Denver by Denver-based production company High Noon Entertainment, and all of the guests are from the metro area.
They include couple Taylor and Ajay, who are looking for “a rock ‘n’ roll sex basement”; Hannah and Wesley’s “shower sex” shower; and Lester and Soriya’s “swanky dungeon.”
“Denver offered the best mix of personalities and interests for this show,” High Noon executive producer and president Scott Feeley said in a statement, adding that the show’s creators put out a casting call to cities across the country, and Denver quickly became the obvious choice.
“We jumped at the opportunity to feature this city we love so much,” Feeley continued. “The openness and authenticity of the people of Denver ended up being key to making ‘How to Build a Sex Room’ the honest, personal and heartwarming show it is.”
Bettie Belladonna and Brody Danger are one of the couples featured on the show. Both of them are performers (in addition to having day jobs) and they sought out an intimate space that could double as a place for them to get ready for or decompress after shows.
Danger, a non-binary drag performer who uses they/them pronouns, said the couple saw the show’s casting call just as they were looking for “fun ways” to renovate their house.
“I had purchased the house before Bettie [a burlesque performer] and I started dating, and it was really important to me that we create a space together. I never wanted the house to feel like it was mine and she was only living there,” Danger said.
And so Rose, a brightly dressed English woman who calls herself the “Mary Poppins of sex rooms,” gets to work. Bettie and Brody’s completed space transforms their old multipurpose room with poor lighting into a beautiful “backstage boudoir.”
Decorated with old Hollywood glamour, as Rose describes it in the show, the space is now adorned with feathers and flowers. A suspension bar hangs from the ceiling, intended for the couple to use Shibari (Japanese rope tying) techniques they learned in an earlier episode.
There is ala so two-person bathtub surrounded by candles, a stylish vanity for them to watch each other do makeup, and even a runway and a miniature stage for them to perform for each other.
“It was amazing,” Bettie said about the process. “We learned so much about each other.
“We jokingly call it our ‘multipurpose romper room’ right now,” she added with a laugh.
The sex-positive show’s topic may seem too hot to handle, but Rose’s rooms are nothing short of stunning. “When people hear the word, ‘sex rooms,’ they concentrate on the word ‘sex,’ and that connotates ‘dirty, disgusting.’ But when I design them, they can be beautiful,” she says in the show’s trailer.
Bettie and Brody were performing at the 10th anniversary of Colorado’s Burlesque Festival in Denver when the show was released, and they said friends were telling them about seeing them on the show before they even could see it themselves.
“We’re so thankful that the response has been so positive,” Brody said. “It’s an interesting world we live in and it’s hard to live authentically and be yourself. I think what’s the most humbling is just the amount of love we’ve gotten from other queer people who have reached out to say it’s so incredible to see a bit of themselves on Netflix and shows like this.”
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