The eco-friendly bedroom is a sum of its parts. You can invest heavily in an organic mattress, but if your bed frame is made of unhealthy materials, you have gained nothing. Although bedroom furniture is a big part of the equation, there are a few additional considerations. Please note that there is a wide range of products that fall into the eco-friendly realm; most are green but not all of them are organic.
Preparing the Walls, Windows and Floor
Paint your walls and ceiling with a paint containing no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Having been connected to environmental harm and personal illnesses, VOCs are federally limited to 250 grams per liter. Consumer Reports reveal that in California the standards are tougher. There is a limit of 150 grams per liter for non-flat and 100 grams per liter for flat finishes. Go below this figure when shopping for paint. Be sure to compare listings on the advertised low-VOC paints; some are lower than others.
Organic fabrics make perfect window treatments. For the floor, pick a rug made of natural fibers. Hemp is a great choice, as is jute.
Choosing the Mattress and Bed Frame
Eco Choices sells the Bella Terra organic hemp bed frame. The materials involved in the making of the frame are organic hemp fabric, organic cotton, natural latex as well as wood from sustainable American sources. This frame is not cheap. Costs run between $2,900 and $4,900.
After investing this much money in your bed frame, do not use it with a standard mattress filled with all kinds of chemicals. Rather, pick a Proteas mattress from Coco-Mat. The materials used in the manufacture include rubberized coco fibers and horsehair, natural rubber, cotton, seaweed and cactus fibers. The company notes that the mattress is suitable for all body types.
The Log Furniture Place carries open nightstands that have been made from reclaimed red oak planks. Mind you, these pieces have been treated with catalyzed lacquer. Not organic, the furniture nevertheless qualifies as green for being fashioned from reclaimed materials. Woodland Creek Furniture makes a sideboard that is made from solid wood. This product qualifies as being eco-friendly because each cut tree is replaced with eight newly planted ones. When only organic nightstands and dressers will do, choose the Clean Bedroom, which sells furniture by Urban Woods. The stains are water-based and non-toxic.
Getting the final Design Details Right
Organic cotton or wool blankets are great for keeping warm and not inviting chemicals like formaldehyde to share your bed. Pillows should feature buckwheat or other organic materials. Stay away from foam, which is usually laden with flame-retardant chemicals. Wash with dye-free and scent-free laundry soap for best results.