How to Furnish Your Home Ecologically


When we are concerned with furnishing our home ecologically, what are the most important considerations? Here we are concerned with furnishing in such a way as to make the very most of the space, with the most efficient use of materials, and at the same time create an attractive atmosphere. These are some of the types of fittings or furnishing that may help:

  • Fold-away furniture such as hinged chairs and tables
  • Multi-functional furniture such as sofa-beds

Furnish Home Ecologically

  • Small furniture such as kneeling stools (T-shaped wooden support)
  • Light furniture such as picnic chairs and tables
  • Inflatable furniture such as beds and chairs
  • Soft furniture such as cushions or beanbags
  • Hanging furniture such as hammocks
  • Demountable or knockdown items, such as trestles and flatpacks
  • Wall-hung furniture such as seating and tables

We can achieve many different effects with these furnishings. Add to these the creative use of curtains, blinds and lightweight partitions and you have all that you need for living a more flexible way of life and indeed easing the often traumatic experience of moving house.

Priorities for action

1. If you have spare capacity in your house, consider ways of accommodating other people in order to make the most of the space.

2. List all the ways that you would like to be more self-sufficient through activities such as growing or recycling, and give spatial priority to these activities.

3. Think which activities in your home might coexist, or even complement each other, so thatyou can consider designing multi-purpose rooms.

Furnish Home Ecologically

4. Go through your possessions and recycle any items you don’t need by selling them, giving them away or taking them to a charity.

5. Think through your storage needs carefully and look at your existing arrangements. See if there are any new ideas you can apply from the storage section in other interior design books.

6. Does your furniture require a rethink? Are there pieces that keep getting in the way? Can these be recycled or replaced with more flexible items?

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