Lots of us are trying to live in a more eco-friendly way. We are learning more and more about the dangers of the different chemicals in our homes, and we’re trying to create spaces that avoid these dangerous products.
The bedroom is one of the most used spaces in a home. After all, we spend approximately eight hours asleep in our bedrooms every night. This is why it’s so important that our bedroom space is healthy, and if we can achieve this while also taking care of the environment, then even better.
By creating an eco-friendly bedroom, you will naturally be living a more sustainable life and conserving energy at the same time. Green living may sound like a thing of the future, but it’s not as hard to achieve as you’d think. The aim of any eco-friendly space is to reduce your overall consumption. Making simple changes in the environment can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. So, to help you achieve your dream of an eco-friendly bedroom, we’ve come up with some top tips to help you:
1. Work Out Your Budget
No matter what type of project you’re completing, the first thing you need to do is work out how much money you have available to spend. Most eco-friendly bedroom solutions are usually budget-friendly, but knowing how much you have to spend is always a good idea.
2. Make a Plan
Once you’ve got an idea of a budget, you can start making a plan. Think about the amount of space you have to play with, how you want the furniture to be laid out, where the doors, windows and radiators are in the room and how you want to decorate the space. The five main principles you should follow with any eco-friendly design are:
- Waste reduction
- Energy efficiency
- Low carbon footprint
Making sure these principles are included in your plan will help you to create your dream eco-friendly space. Don’t be daunted by this step; these principles are often easier to include than you’d think. For example, for energy efficiency you simply need to choose more energy-efficient appliances and light fittings (e.g. dimmable switches) and for a low carbon footprint, you should choose the more sustainable, environmentally friendly options.
One brilliant tip is not to compromise on your mattress. Choose a good mattress that is not only good for your health but is also likely to last a long time (meaning you’re helping to take care of the environment). You can find more information about mattress types in this review of the best mattresses. However, if you’re worried about the impact of your mattress on the environment, then why not choose one that is made or wool, cotton, bamboo, hemp or a food-grade polyethylene? These all-natural alternatives are a great eco-friendly alternative.
3. Recycle, Re-Purpose and Reuse
Not only does recycling, re-purposing and re-using your existing furniture and accessories help to reduce waste, but it can also help you to save money. If you can’t re-use or re-purpose your furniture, then you could consider donating it or recycling it instead.
4. Choosing Your Furniture
In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people buying eco-friendly bedroom furniture. Eco-friendly furniture has usually been pre-owned and upcycled by someone else or it is furniture that has been built out of sustainable materials. Choosing eco-friendly furniture will help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re struggling to find eco-friendly furniture, then a great tip is to look for furniture that is built out of all-natural materials. Another great tip is to choose pieces that are small in size. Remember, eco-friendly bedrooms are meant to look minimalist.
When it comes to designing an eco-friendly bedroom, there are lots of things you need to think about, and lots of decisions you’ll need to make. Choosing eco-friendly furniture and installing energy-efficient lighting are just some of the things you should consider when designing your eco-friendly bedroom. Why not start designing your eco-friendly bedroom today?
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