Healthy Living in a Tiny House

Or Living Healthy

Guest post by Corinne from mychemicalfreehouse.blogspot.com

 Now that you have a green home to call your own, you want to make sure the furniture you bring in is not contributing VOCs or toxic particles. Finish off your non-toxic abode with healthy furnishings:

Tiny Green Cabin

Tiny Green Cabin

 Mattresses

 The most important item inside you house is your mattress because of how much time spent we spend in bed as well as your proximity to the substances that they offgas. Try to avoid toxic materials like polyurethane, synthetic latex and flame retardants.

 IKEA’s Sultan Heggedal is the most accessible option for someone that is not extremely sensitive. It uses mostly natural materials with 15% synthetic latex. It does not contain flame retardants. The cost is $900 For a queen.

 For 100% natural options go with either natural latex – like this one from Nest Bedding ($900 for a queen), or a 100% wool mattress from Shepard’s Dream ($1200 for a queen).

Bed Frame

For a bed frame in a tiny house you might need to build-in slates like I did, or use a low lying futon base finished with a natural sealant.

Sofa

 Sofa’s are tricky – I haven’t seen a conventional sofa that is safe. They all use polyurethane foam, glues and flame retardants. In my tiny house I’m having a carpenter make me a base out of maple (and the glue of my choosing), with a custom sized piece of natural latex on top. This is a good option when you need a custom sized sofa as well.

 There are many companies making eco sofas but they are often really pricy. Greensofas is an good option and they are quite affordable at $1300.

 A futon is also a good option if it is filled with 100% organic cotton or wool batting. With an unfinished or naturally finished wood.

Rugs

Look for rugs made from cotton, hemp, rattan or jute from companies that state that they are all natural and do not use toxins in their production. Conventional rugs from big box stores contain a long list of chemicals including flame retardants.

Curtains

It’s hard to know which curtains contains flame retardants as they will not be labeled. Many also are treated with chemicals that make them wrinkle free for example.  I would go with an organic brand like these hemp fabric curtains or have your own made from the fabric of your choosing.

Tables and Chairs

 Look for inert materials like metal, glass, solid wood (with natural finishes), or tables with ceramic tiles.

 Vintage furniture might be tolerable for some if you are sure it hasn’t been re-finished recently with conventional products, and has not been exposed to chemical cleaning products, smoke, mould, or other substances in its previous life. Metal is a good bet for vintage furniture as it does not soak up toxins and can be simply wiped down.

For more info see Corinne’s Blog: mychemicalfreehouse.blogspot.com

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