With regard to other furniture placed in the bedroom, it is best to avoid upholstered furniture as much as possible.  The bedroom should be free of dust collecting clutter.  Choosing older furnishings or letting new products air out before introducing them into your home will also limit VOC’s.  The best choice, however, is to use furniture made of all natural materials that have not been treated with chemicals or Poly-wood furniture which is made from recycled dairy containers and soda bottles and has exceptional durability.  It is also best to avoid items made of composition wood products such as particleboard because they are manufactured with formaldehyde and other VOC’s.

The placement of plants in the bedroom can provide a pleasant look while at the same time helping to clean the air.  There is evidence that certain plants absorb formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and other harmful fumes.  The Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, Janet Craig, Marginate, Mass Can or Corn Plant, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Pot Mum, Peace Lily, and Warneckii are particularly good choices for the bedroom.  Rooms with unusually high ceilings require additional greenery.

Other Furniture

& Plants

By:  Melissa W. Cooper

Interior and Architectural Design in Connecticut and New York