Dec 13, 2017
by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée
When looking for headboards and bed frames, consider nontoxic options. As the structure that surrounds your mattress, the headboard and bed frame are important considerations when detoxing your bedroom.
It would be demoralizing to invest in an organic mattress or bedding, and later learn that your headboard and bed frame are toxic!
Headboards and bed frames can affect the air quality in your bedroom by releasing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Those VOCs may be absorbed by your mattress and bedding (since they are porous surfaces) and release them back into the air again later(1). Moreover, you'll inhale them during your sleep.
So, what should you look for in a headboard or bed frame?
Consider these three considerations: wood type, wood finishes, and decorative fabrics that may surround your bed.
Wood furniture is often finished with a stain, paint, or top-coat finish (to seal wood). Standard finishes such as varnish may release VOCs(5) into the bedroom.
Instead, seeks finishes that contain:
Even better, find products that limit Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs)(6) as well. These products are more often found in healthy building or green building stores. Also, remember that solid wood can be sealed with linseed oil.
To learn more about healthier paints, read When Painting, Planning Pays Off.
Headboards are sometimes upholstered with fabric for decoration or can have a full fabric slip cover. This fabric may contain chemicals stemming from any, or each of, three decisions: the fabric type, color dye, and fabric finish. If you choose a headboard with fabric, choose those made with natural fiber materials with the least amount of dyes and finishes.
To learn more about healthier fabrics, read Safer Textile Materials to Detox Your Home.
Create a healthy sleep environment by buying a nontoxic bed frame and headboard to accompany your organic mattress and bedding. This holistic approach is a significant step in detoxing the entire bedroom!
Enroll in the D-Tox Academy to detox your home and life at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
The D-Tox Academy gives subscribers access to specific brands of products, and tips for how to use and maintain products. The academy includes short videos and check lists that are helpful when making healthier changes.
(2) Earth Data
(6) US EPA
Each month, we will "meditate" on a body part or system. The goal is to connect with our body, senses, and symptoms to rely on this curiosity and "listening" as guidance for a gentle, detox journey.
This article is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. Views expressed in this article by an expert are the views of the expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Nontoxic Living or Ruan Living.
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.