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Toxic Emissions – A Reason to Go Back to Pine

What are the guiding factors when choosing new bedroom furniture like a single bed? Quality? Design? The size of the mattresses? Have you ever thought to factor environmental impact into your choice. This article will highlight the environmental benefits of choosing pine over popular metal furnishings.

What emissions?

Toxins. Every item of furniture has a manufacturing process, which has a direct impact on the environment. It is unavoidable. We need products but we can reduce the detriment by making the right choices. The atmosphere is degrading. It is our responsibility to take the time to understand that it is our demand that creates the earth’s decay. The toxins born of the direct furniture manufacture of pine is mostly CO2 whereas metal manufacturing produces triple the amount of CO2, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and sulfurous oxide. Plus tonnes of granulated and wet waste that has no function other than to take up space and rot.

What about save the trees and all that?

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Pine, is grown especially in self sustaining farm lots. Grown for the sole purpose of manufacture, saving natural flora of the ecosystem, but also as they are culled, more are planted, creating an endless circle of renewal and regrowth. The wasted chips of pine are recycled to provide the mulch, much like mattresses to beds, providing protection and comfort for the seedlings. Metals are evasively cut from the earth and there is no way to replace it.

Anything else of importance?

Yes, the trees in the continual cycle create more oxygen and help purify and heal the atmosphere. While both pine and metal can be recycled the latter has no benefits other than not contributing to the increasing land fill.

So please don’t put your mattresses on environmental killers, go back to pine. For more environmentally sound information visit the Single Bed Central website.

Buying Bedroom Furniture: Three Things You’ll Be Glad You’ve Done First

When remodeling your bedroom, don’t be tempted to leave these three key stages to chance. Get these right and you’ll have a great new bedroom without the tears!

1.Get a budget:

Blowing all your cash on a fantastic mirror or designer curtains and cushions will leave you precious little when you need somewhere to stash your stuff or get a good night’s sleep. Decide on your priorities. What is the most important purchase and what can you save on. A good quality mattress is without doubt the first priority, don’t skimp on this, it’s a false economy. You’ll be looking for a new one in a year or so if you get it wrong whereas a good mattress will last years.

2. Measure the size of the room:

Falling in love with a sleigh bed or an antique armoire will only break your heart if you can’t squeeze it in through the door of the bedroom or up the stairs to your 3rd floor apartment. make sure that you know the dimensions of your current furniture if you have any, to give you an idea of what can be placed in your bedroom. If you want someting large, don’t forget the flat pack option.

3. Work out your storage and sleeping needs:

If you have tons of stuff to store have a clear out first so you don’t spoil your new room with clutter. Then work out a plan for storage based on what’s left. Now you know your storage needs.

If you or your partner are really tall then you have some very specific needs that need to be a priority when designing the way your bedroom works. If you are really tall, remember that a bed should allow 5-6inches extra in length for you to be able to get a restful night’s sleep. You may need to look at a longer bed if you are taller than five foot eight inches.

Now you know exactly what you need, the fun part can begin. depending on your budget there a thousands or bedroom furniture stores to trawl for your ideal bedroom and if you want to be creative you can buy and renovate used furniture as well. Whatever style you choose your bedroom furniture, when chosen well, will serve you for many years to come.

Popular Bed and Bedding Choices

When decorating a bedroom, the style of furniture and bedding you choose will set the tone for your design plans.  The centerpiece of the bedroom is the bed itself, and there are many different styles available to choose from.  Some of the most popular choices are divan beds, princess beds, and French beds. Each of these types of beds has unique features that set them apart from a traditional and basic bed.

French beds are the most ornate of the beds available. They are generally made of a solid wood or heavy-duty iron that may come stained or painted to fit different color schemes. One of the most attractive features of French beds is the ornate carvings that accent the headboard and footboard.  On wooden versions of the French bed, these carvings are done by hand and with great attention to detail. Like with any type of bed, the craftsmanship involved in the production process can greatly affect the price.

Princess beds are also popular choices, especially in more feminine bedrooms. Princess beds feature tall posts or canopies, which can be draped with fabric for a unique and elegant look.  A wonderful feature of this type of bed is that the fabric canopies or drapes can be changed inexpensively for an entirely new look. Because of this, princess beds are an excellent choice for people who like to redecorate often.

Divan beds and folding beds are popular choices for guest bedrooms or small rooms as they take up less floor space than a traditional bed requires.  Divan beds function like a couch by day, the major difference being that they do not have solid armrests. Folding beds can easily be tucked away when not in use, allowing a guest bedroom to be a dual-purpose room.

Once you choose the type of bed that will best fit your personal taste and needs, you can focus on the bedding.  Many people dress up their beds with dust ruffles, decorative pillows, handmade quilts, and lace throws.  These finishing touches will help make the bedroom of your dreams a reality.

Adding Bedside Cabinets to The Bedroom

If your bed looks out of place or like its floating, you may want to anchor it down with some pine bedside cabinets. Maybe you need more storage in your bedroom and you don’t really have room for a large dresser or storage unit, bedside cabinets or a 3 shelf bookcase can be the perfect fix for you. Adding a bedside cabinet to each side can add extra space for you to put things away, set things on, and also give your bedroom additional style. Before purchasing, take a few different things into consideration.

First decide on the style of your bedroom. If your room is contemporary you are going to want clean lined cabinetry. Search through furniture stores and also online to see what you think would look the best in your room. You can even contact the makers of other furniture in your bedroom to see if they offer bedside cabinets. Look at the size and get something that is in proportion to your room and other furniture. If you are getting bedside cabinets because you need more space to put things, you aren’t going to want cabinets that overwhelm the room. Also measure your bed before you go looking, because from a designing stand point, you are going to want the cabinets height to measure around the same height of your bed. This will make it easier for you to utilize them and keep everything eye level.

Bedside cabinets can get expensive, so set a budget as well before you go shopping. If they match your bedroom decor and you are planning on using them for a long period of time, its alright to spend more money on them. However if you aren’t planning on using them for that long, and they are a temporary solution for a living solution or rental, you should be able to fin a set at a decent price by shopping around. With all of the different options you shouldn’t have trouble finding what you need.

Adding Pine Furniture In The Home

pine furnitureWhen I think about interior decorating for our own house, I have to weigh all of the options that are out there, as well as the opinion of my partner, who would like a rustic atmosphere. When I think “rustic”, I think pine furniture and horseshoe coat racks and such with a neutral, two-tone brown paint design.

I have to admit, out of all of the choices out there, I like the log furniture options! Yes, it is generally more expensive (unless you make it yourself), but there is just something that lifts my heart when I think about pine furniture for my house!

Wooden furniture made out of tree out of our own pasture, hardwood floors for the main part of our house, neutral paint colors, horseshoe coat racks and bone handles for my kitchen drawers are all on my wish list for this Summer! I think we will start with a wooden bed frame for our bedroom with complementary wooden desk bedroom furniture, and then maybe a bench or something by the front door to take boots off on, and then maybe a kitchen table or something.

Overall, I think the wooden-type furniture is going to be the easiest to keep clean and such. Ceramic tiles and such are easy to clean, but then you have to worry about the grout and such, and I am just not ready to deal with that. There is also the metal option for furniture, but that makes the furniture seem cold and unusable, in my opinion, especially metal bedroom furniture. Also, metal tends to rust after a while. On the other hand, if it’s termite/bug free to start with, if you keep your wood furniture clean and finished with linseed oil, or even a clear varnish, wood furniture will last for a long time with very little upkeep, except a coat of varnish or linseed oil occasionally.

Finding The Right Makeup Vanity And Vanity Bench For You

One piece of furniture that is an absolute must in every woman’s home is a makeup vanity. Having a vanity table is such a wonderful thing; it offers a place where a woman can put on her makeup and get herself dressed every day in peace and quiet, and where she can keep her makeup, jewelry and perfumes organized and arranged just the way she likes them to be.

When you are looking to purchase a new vanity table, there are several things that you should keep in mind. The first is size. It’s important to take a good look at your bedroom and measure the area where you are planning to put the vanity. You definitely want it to be a good fit. If the table that you are looking at is too large for the area, it will be overbearing and will lose the elegance and daintiness that it could otherwise add to the room. And if it is too small you will simply not have enough room to spread out comfortably and be able to put your make up on with ease.

makeup vanityAnother consideration is price. You might think that you will have to spend a lot of money to get a good, beautiful vanity table, but this is simply not the case. If you are on a budget you can find some excellent vanities that will serve your purposes well without digging a hole in your wallet. But if you have a larger budget you can afford to spend some more for some special extras that will really enhance your vanity and decor.

Also give some thought to your vanity bench. You will be spending quite some time sitting on it, so make sure that it is comfortable and wide enough. Together with the table, you will have a wonderful vanity set that will serve you well for many years to come.