Top 10 eco friendly bedroom ideas

1:20 pm 13 Jul, 2012

Green living is the new style in home décor and practical advice to revitalize your home is found in almost every media – from blog posts to television shows. Homeowners love the tips for they ensure their bedroom is environmentally friendly and safe for their own health benefits. You buy all the materials needed at numerous stores and change your bedroom into a beautiful space, free of harmful chemicals and environmentally harmful products. Your bedroom can look as stylish as you want for growing interest has compelled shops to offer variety in design. Find the most helpful eco friendly bedroom ideas in this TopYaps list to alter your favorite sleeping room using environment positive inclinations.

 

10. Eco-Friendly Flooring:

Defined as durable, non-toxic, from a renewable source and easy in transportation, eco-friendly flooring is good for your bedroom as well as yourself. You can install reclaimed wood floors for their wholesome beauty; timber or bamboo floorings are good alternatives.  The pre-finish in reclaimed wood do not have Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and bamboo flooring does not require additional coats, so no toxic fumes will enter the bedroom. Nylon carpets are tainted with toxic artificial chemicals so cover your floors with environmentally-friendly carpeting like rugs made of wool, natural fibers (eg. sisal and jute) or organic cotton. Not only are eco-friendly carpets environmentally sustainable, they improve indoor air quality and ease asthma pangs.

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9. Insulation:

The strength of your bedrooms’ insulation affects your energy bill. A well insulated home significantly reduces the heating and cooling cost in your home. Follow a few steps yourself to make sure your bedroom is properly insulated or discuss the possibility with a professional.  Buy the right kind of construction materials or fill in the gaps found in the walls and around windows. Make use of eco-friendly types; cellulose, formaldehyde-absent or recycled-constituents of insulation. Loose-fill cellulose is derived from recycled newsprint after treatment with chemicals, some batts insulation is made from natural fibers like wool and cotton and spray-in foam insulation can contain natural soy.

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8. Furniture:

Many stores sell a wonderful collection of ‘Green furniture’ made from eco-friendly materials that have been recycled or responsibly harvested without affliction to the environment.  For wooden furniture, wood is sustainably harvested from designated tree farms and reclaimed wood from discarded remains.  The source of bamboo and cane furniture is easily found in most parts of Asia. Moreover they are free from pollutants usually associated with furniture production.  Steel furniture is an option since it is long lasting and recyclable.

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7. Furniture Materials:

Aside from the frame, the upholstered furniture should have organic fabrics filled with natural latex foam. The choice of materials for good eco-friendly mattresses are organic wool, organic cotton and natural latex, which provide comfort similar to conventional mattresses. Also, hemp and Bamboo mattresses have ideal properties, the former is resistant to mildew and mold and the latter is suitable for allergy sufferers. If you are partial to foam cores in your mattresses, check that they are comprised of eco friendly natural latex. Avoid foam cores embedded with fire retardant polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), scientifically linked to breast cancer.

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6. Natural Paints:

A brief browsing on the web will reveal the dangers of synthetic paint, which is why natural or low VOC paints are the best alternative. The chief composition of natural paints is organic ingredients like Linseed oil, milk and even citrus and balsam. Natural paints are hailed as a great means for maintaining clean air. You can even mix your own paint from natural ingredients.

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5. Curtains:

The right kind of curtains will enhance the Green effect in your room. Drapery fabrics such as linen, canvas, cotton hemp or any material with a natural source are apt choices over petroleum-based synthetics.  Moreover, find fabrics dyed in less toxic or environmentally-friendly dyes or go for naturally pigmented fabrics like specially grown color cotton.

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4. Green Cleaning Products:

Maintain the cleanliness of your bedroom by using eco-friendly cleaning products. You can easily find a range of cleaning products or eco-friendly cleaning brands that will help you eliminate all the dirt, stains and filth in your bedroom without posing a health risk. For, these all-natural cleaning products do not contain harmful chemicals. You can even make your own cleaning products from a few readily available natural ingredients.

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3. Alternate methods of cooling and heating:

This is one of the most important eco friendly bedroom ideas. On hot summer days, it would be better to cool down with ceiling fans, portable fans and shutters rather than turning on the air-conditioner full blast and wasting electricity. Homeowners also have the option of shade screens that prevent the sun rays from entering your bedroom and raising the temperature. Finally, you can save a lot on heating and cooling bills by purchasing a programmable thermostat which allows you to adjust the number of times you switch on the device.

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2. Lightbulbs:

Switch your standard lightbulbs to more eco-friendly ones like CFLs (or compact fluorescent light bulbs). CFL bulbs last a lot longer, are more energy-efficient and in the end, save you money on energy bills and replacement costs. Better still, use lower-wattage LED bulbs in your lamps and overhead lights.

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1. Air Quality:

The most important of the eco friendly bedroom ideas is to install high quality filters to improve the air circulation in the bedroom for a continuous influx of fresh air which is good for your health. Certain air filters in the market are said to have beneficial influences on your internal organs. On pleasant days, keep the windows open to allow fresh air to enter and circulate. Don’t use commercial air refreshers as they produce toxic pollutants. Instead trust natural scents (e.g. cinnamon, fresh ginger or herbs), organic sachets or potpourris to freshen the air with an aroma.

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