Why are spas so
appealing to people? It is because spas create an atmosphere where you are able
to relax and forget about your daily problems. People crave such an environment
and that is why many of them pay good money to be able to experience it for
only a couple hours, at most. However you can create a spa atmosphere in your
own home just by picking out a few key pieces of furniture and doing a little
The number one thing in creating a home spa is making sure that the room is clean and clutter free. Clutter prevents you from having a truly relaxing experience, your mind is unable to be at peace. Once your room is clean and organized you are well on your way to your very own home spa.
Next thing is choosing
the right furniture and accessories. If you go into a spa you will notice right
away that most of the furniture is made from natural materials, such as wood.
This is because you feel best if you are closer to nature. Furniture in your
home spa should be made from eco friendly wood, such as teak. The furniture you
buy should be functional yet also aesthetically pleasing.
A few key furniture
pieces are a must for your home spa. Every bathroom needs a mat, proper
shelving and some decorative accessories as well.
Bathroom mats made
from cloth are very inconvenient. They are an ideal places for bacteria to form
and they tend to get dirty quickly. On the other hand a teak wood mat looks
expensive in your bathroom, but is also very functional. It is easy to clean
and comfortable to step onto.
Shelving is the most
important part of your bathroom decor. It helps control clutter … Read more
There are many claims
from furniture manufacturers and retailers about the furniture on display at
their showroom or website-about durability, comfort, value, and even about
environmental friendliness or “green” qualities.
Some considerations to think about when shopping for eco-friendly furniture, discussed here, will help you qualify what the terms really mean and what things are important and which are “puffery”.
furnishings are the third largest user of wood and wood products, after
building and paper, and there is a high transport cost of wood. So, if imported
(from Asia especially), wood products will have a high “carbon
footprint” for furniture sold in the US. However, there are some choices
that you can make as a consumer, and a big one is the source of the lumber
In wood furniture and
in the wood frames of upholstered furniture-there are two certifying
organizations that the manufacturer will tout if they used certified sources.
The most stringent is “FSC” (Forestry Stewardship Council) and is
used mostly for export lumber and by European lumber suppliers. The same is
true for PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification). Many
domestic (US) lumber mills are smaller and only sell to domestic users and so
adhere to and are certified by the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) which
is less stringent, but still require much more environmentally friendly
practices than non-certified sources. The last audit of certified timberland in
2006 showed that less than 16% of US forestland is sustainably certified and
virtually no Asian forests are sustainably managed.
The use of fiberboard,
particle board and plywood in furniture does save on the amount of lumber that
has to be harvested to make the product, and has less lumber waste associated
with its manufacture. However, these products may include toxic adhesive
components. Many … Read more