If you’ve ever volunteered, spent the day teaching someone how to do something, or crossed off everything on your to-do list, you know you sleep better. Making the right decision, and doing good helps us put our worries at ease. A clear mind makes for restful sleep.
So, when it’s time to invest in your primary, guest, or kid’s bedroom furniture, don’t forget to make sustainable choices; for the planet and for your sleep health.
While big box stores may encourage you to buy what’s trendy, it’s important to consider what design styles you love, and will love in the years to come. Making intentional design choices means looking for pieces that are:
- Made of sustainable materials
- Responsibly or locally made
- Providing a take back, resale, or repair programs
- Taking part in reforestation projects
- Donating to the community or sustainable causes
There are lots of ways businesses are doing good these days!
Before you get started, work with what you’ve got! Beautiful heirlooms will always be far more interesting than anything you buy new. Then, use these sustainable bedroom furniture brands below to build out the perfect place to lay your head.
For Modern Organic Eco-Friendly Furniture: Maiden Home
Maiden Homes describe themselves as design-driven luxury for the modern home. They create minimalist furniture with soft, organic lines meant to mimic nature. Each of their pieces is handcrafted to the highest standard and made to order in North Carolina.
They use locally and responsibly sourced materials, are GREENGUARD Gold certified, and have eco-friendly manufacturing practices. Plus, their pieces come with a lifetime guarantee.
Search for beds, accent tables, chairs, and ottomans.
We love the Reyes Bench for the end of a bed or against a window. Made of mixed materials, this minimal bench can act as a soft place to land when you don’t want to sit on your bed. The brass insert detailings are an intentional and beautiful touch on a simple bench.
Plus, you can add a custom cushion in Italian nubuck leather!
Modern with a Scandinavian Vibe: Inside Weather
Inside Weather designs living, dining, office, and bedroom furniture. All of their products are made to order in northern California, and come delivered in biodegradable packaging. Their zero-inventory model has helped them achieve a carbon negative footprint.
They also plant a tree for every order, and have FSC certified options.
Mix and match consoles for beautiful shelving. Inside Weather’s consoles come in four different heights, and the shelves are customizable to create the perfect layering for your space. Whether you need something shorter, to ground a gallery wall, or something taller to stack the classic novels you like to keep close, these consoles can fill any space.
The plywood is FSC certified with an eco-solvent finish. They recycle excess cuts, and even have pieces that “absorb” unused plywood! Plus, for every order placed, they plant a tree via the National Forest Foundation.
Get Your Mattress at Birch
Birch is best known for their mattresses and sustainability standards. This brand is:
When you order a mattress from Birch, you’ll get a 100 night sleep trial, a 25-year warranty and free shipping. Their mattresses are handmade in Arizona. They also use zero polyurethane based foams. Also known as, no noxious off gassing!
Birch is the place to get a sustainable mattress!
Because you’re worth it: Luxe Natural Mattress. Eco-friendly? Check! Naturally breathable layers? Check! Responsibly sourced? Check!
Ok, you get the point. The Luxe Natural Mattress checks all the boxes when it comes to finding the right mattress. As comfortable as it is sustainable, you’ll have to put your alarm across the room to motivate yourself to get out of this bed.
For Soft, Earthy, Sustainable Bedding: Parachute
If you’re looking to strike a balance between modern, elegant, and earthy, Parachute could be your “soft place to land” every night! Each piece is inspired by shapes found in nature, and designed to last a lifetime.
Parachute creates all of their products using responsible manufacturing in the United States. They’re based out of Venice, CA and their products are made to order. Their foam is CertiPUR-US certified, GOTS-certified, their products are made without PFAs, and they have fair trade certified options.
Plus, they also give back and support carbon offsetting.
What’s not to love about the Organic Cloud Cotton Quilt? This bedding is made of a 100% organic cotton shell, with polyester filling. Soft and fluffy, while still warm and cozy. It comes in Twin, Queen, Full, King, and California King sizes, and five colors. Mix and match earthy colors between the bed cover and your sheets!
For Gorgeous, Eco-Friendly Hardwood Pieces: Copeland
Copeland is one of our favorite vendors to work with if a client needs a bed frame. Inspired by the Arts & Crafts, Mission, Shaker, and Scandinavian movement, this family owned business hand-crafts their furniture in Vermont. Their facilities are solar powered, they sustainably harvest their hardwoods, and have a Silver Exemplary Membership Status by the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Just to name a few of their certifications and standards!
Who doesn’t love a bed with a little bit of extra storage?! Especially in those tight guest bedrooms, or kid’s bedrooms! The Monterey Storage Bed has plenty of room for blankets, robes, pajamas, or whatever else you may need to store nearby.
It is made of solid cherry hardwood and is GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions. These made-to-order bed frames come in five finishes and a variety of knob or pull out options.
The Best Night Sleep Requires a Little Extra Planning to Get the Right Sustainable Bedroom Furniture
There are a lot of good reasons to avoid fast furniture. While more affordable up-front, the quality is often compromised. Your bedroom furniture pieces won’t last as long and become uncomfortable. In the long run, fast furniture is often more expensive because you’re continually replacing it, rather than making a one time purchase.
Plus, there are many negative impacts on the planet. When trendy pieces are overproduced while popular, they quickly go out of style and end up in landfills. Americans throw away 12 million tons of furniture each year.
Big items, like beds and dressers, can be hard to recycle or rehome, end up on the curb on odd item pick up days and, ultimately, head to landfills.
Rather than looking at what’s trendy to build your ideal bedroom, consider what styles you really love long term. Then, use natural resources harvested sustainably, without plastics or chemicals to build a look you’d love to sleep in for years.
Need some help figuring out what styles you love, and picking out sustainable furniture? That’s where we come in. Fill out a contact form so we can help you design a bedroom you love that lasts a lifetime.
Curious what all the certifications were about? Learn about sustainable certifications, and design here.