Dreaming of an Eco-Friendly Bedroom? 6 Tips to Make it Real
Creating an eco-friendly bedroom is actually easier than it may seem at first glance.
True, you will need to do your research and find the best products and pieces of furniture for your delightful nook, but it can be a fun and inspirational process which will bring you a lot of joy.
Let’s run through some of the most important tips on how to make your eco-friendly bedroom a reality.
Let’s start with the most obvious element of your bedroom: the bed.
Look for materials that are renewable and environmentally-safe, such as natural latex, wool, cotton, or even a memory foam mattress. There are plenty of options available, so just check the manufacturing labels or do a quick search for the eco-friendly mattresses available in your area – as buying locally is the eco-friendly choice.
The bedding can also be organic. Cotton and hemp are the materials most often used, so look out for those.
Some Cozy Pieces
The rest of the furniture you choose to add to your bedroom is just as important, so look for sustainably-made pieces, or better yet, recycled ones. You can easily adopt several pieces of recycled furniture, do some refurbishing or resorting of your own, or even look for a shop specializing in this kind of work, and see how they can help out.
Try to only bring pieces into your room you are sure will last you a lifetime, both in the sturdiness and the appeal aspect. That way, you know you won’t be contributing to any unnecessary waste.
Paints and Flooring
More and more eco-friendly and VOC-free paints have become available on the market, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble sourcing some.
As for your floors, try to stick to the ones you already have, because that is the greenest choice you can make. If you’re set on replacing them, go for eco-materials – recycled wood or bamboo, for example, and try to focus on locally-sourced materials.
Instead of adding a temperature control device to the bedroom, try to eliminate the air-conditioning and the potential heaters (especially central heating), as they use up a lot of energy and increase your carbon footprint.
Go for shades on your windows in the summer to keep it as cool as possible, and you can add some blinds as well. During the winter, you will most likely need an energy source to keep the room warm, but try to keep it as low-consumption as possible, or look for heating alternatives.
Keeping your lighting green is semi-easy. First, make sure all of your lights are LED, and minimize their number as much as is reasonable. Rely on natural light to keep the room lit, and only turn the lights on when you actually need them.
As for any other appliances in the bedroom, make sure they are as eco-friendly as possible. An even better option is to forgo all appliances in this room altogether. All electrical appliances are a tiny bit noisy, even when we don’t actually hear them, and they can disrupt your sleep with their lights or sounds. If you don’t absolutely need one, don’t get one.
Minimalist Décor and Extra Ambiance
When decorating your eco bedroom, make sure you consider all the materials you are bringing into it. Recycle, refurbish, or repurpose everything you can, and use these older items for décor. You can use mugs to put houseplants in, or cardboard boxes as storage.
Don’t overbuy, and try to only bring pieces into the room that have actual meaning and ones you will want to hold on to forever. This may mean your room is a bit minimal, but a minimalistic lifestyle is actually good for your mind, so you might want to try it out anyway.
With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can easily create an eco-friendly bedroom you will love to sleep and wake in. Just remember to carefully consider every purchase, and have fun in the process!