February 09, 2021 4 min read

Are you getting enough sleep? When we discuss bedrooms we often focus on bedroom designing or remodeling issues like furniture pieces, wall décor, and color schemes. Here’s the problem. This approach overlooks that we spend more time in the bedroom than any other room in the house. Factors like indoor air pollution could be negatively affecting your quality of sleep, energy levels, and daily mood.

The good news is you don’t have to totally revamp your bedroom to make it more eco-friendly. I’d like to share basic changes for your sleeping room that can help you get more “green sleep.”

Tip #1: Make Bedrooms Greener with Plants

Plants are one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality. Besides having vibrant leaves and flowers, they also help to remove unhealthy air while adding fresh, natural scents to your bedroom.

When selecting plants for better sleep, pick ones that take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen during the night. This can help you to sleep better by removing stale and stuffy air while you catch Z’s.

And don’t forget to choose proper pots and plantersfor them, as this will not only help your plants thrive, but also enhance the visual appeal of your bedroom.

Tip #2: Focus on Floors and Walls

These are some key components of every room, including bedrooms. One reason is they can significantly help to improve indoor air quality and reduce sleep-preventing allergens.

Flooring

One way to cool down the room temperature is to go with non-carpeted flooring. This can help to prevent allergens, including:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Dander

This is very important since it can help people with respiratory conditions like allergies and asthma. Even if you don’t have such health conditions, a cleaner floor is certainly one way to make it more eco-friendly.

When selecting hardwood materials, consider sustainable materials. This includes ones like bamboo, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing plants. Cork is another good option. When selecting flooring materials, make sure to research how eco-friendly the manufacturer is.

Even if you go with cement over hardwood, you can still make it greener. For example, select products that have a minimum or no unhealthy ingredients like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This includes wood treatments like:

  • Finishes
  • Stains
  • Polishes

Walls

When making paint green, it’s important to go with low/non-VOC interior paints. This is what causes that strong “new paint” smell in a room, and the particles stay in the air for a long time even if there’s good air circulation.

If you want to add wall coverings, then you also have some eco-friendly options. They include reclaimed woods and eco-friendly wallpaper. As the new master’s degree in product and interior design at Raffles Milano explains, we should be open to new surfaces, materials and ground-breaking solutions.

Tip #3: Add Quality Recycled Furniture

Adding furniture pieces made from recycled materials can help to minimize the raw materials used to manufacture furniture like beds, nightstands, and dressers.

As new recycling statistics shows, recycled furniture can provide several eco-friendly benefits. The recycling rate in the United States has increased in recent decades and is now about one-third of solid waste, according to the EPA.

You can find recycled furniture through various sources, like online retailers and thrift stores. Mobile apps have made online shopping easier, although you can also find used furniture through brick and mortar stores.

As when buying new furniture it’s important to shop around. Make sure you select pieces that you’re happy about in terms of style, durability, and features. One of the main benefits of options like antique furniture is they’re generally built with superior materials and craftsmanship.

Meanwhile, there are some key green benefits of used furniture. For example, toxic stain and paint have worn off, and it’s already gone through the process of off-gassing.

Tip #4: Pick Green Mattresses and Bedding

Mattresses

Today’s mattresses often contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde that sleepers breathe in every night they sleep, so it’s tremendously important to learn how to pick a mattress. We sleep about one-third of our lives, and over time you could develop respiratory problems including chronic conditions.

Make sure to select mattresses made of natural materials like organic cotton and wool and natural latex. There’s also a Plan B! If you want to avoid the higher costs of eco-friendly mattresses, then make sure to air-out your mattress outdoors for one or two hours. Do this every three months or so.

Beddings

There are also eco-friendly options when picking beddings. This includes options like organic cotton, wool, bamboo, and hemp. These materials weren’t exposed to artificial chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides when they were grown.

When picking comforters, some good options are organic wool or cotton. Wool retains heat well, so it’s ideal for winter. Meanwhile, cotton is very light and breathable for summertime use.

Tip #5: Make Windows and Lighting More Eco-friendly

You can make these natural and artificial light sources greener by taking some basic steps:

  • Install light curtains and drapes to let more natural light in
  • Add Energy Star-certified windows
  • Pick LED or CFL light bulbs for better energy efficiency
  • Add lights with dimmers to reduce the light intensity at night
  • Save energy with motion-activated hall lights
  • Consider smart lighting to adjust lighting’s color and brightness

Going green not only can help to save the world but also help you sleep better. It’s about selecting eco-friendly flooring, paint, and mattresses that can help to maintain good air indoor quality and reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

This process can help to improve your sleep hygiene. That’s because issues like bright light, warm temperatures, and chemical smells can all prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. There’s a better way! Designing or remodeling an eco-friendly bedroom can help to keep the bed space stylish, comfy, and healthful.

These unique handmade punched tin light fixtures are made from repurposed metal and are a perfect accent to brighten up your space.

 


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