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Eco-friendly ways of revamping furniture without increasing your carbon footprint

Revamping your home furniture need not be an expensive option. Neither does it have to be an environmentally degrading one. You can go in for a furniture revamp without spending too much money or harming the environment in the process. Take a look at some of these really simple and cool furniture revamp tips that would make your home look better and greener.

Recycled wood furniture

If you are looking to replace your furniture, consider opting for pieces made of recycled or reclaimed wood. Eco-friendly teak and bamboo are also plausible options. Choosing eco-friendly wood over other materials for your home furniture would give the latter an elegant, timeless look that would make your home more inviting as well.

Consider hand-me downs

Why go for expensive new furniture when you can easily opt for hand-me downs for just a fraction of that cost? A lot of hand-me-downs in the family maintain that timeless appeal that would look great in your home. While you may have inherited quite a number of antique furniture pieces from your ancestors, there are plenty of furniture thrift stores to choose second hand furniture that still looks and feels good. Give it a try!

Try repurposing

Rather than throwing out old furniture, consider repurposing old ones to perform other roles in your home. For instance, an old cupboard that is no longer needed in the kitchen can be moved to the bathroom as a vanity or as an additional shoe rack. A large dining table can be broken down and used as smaller study or worktables. And an old shelf can be broken down into individual cubicles which could then be used as simple storage boxes in the rooms.

Say yes to natural fibers

Instead of opting for synthetic fibers for upholstery and furnishings, consider going natural. Bamboo furniture can be as strong and durable as standard wood, steel furniture without harming the environment in any way. Also, give importance to eco-friendly fibers like cotton, bamboo and linen for everything from the bed sheets, pillow covers, sofa covers and blankets to drapes, rugs and even slipcovers. In addition to sprucing up the look of your home instantly, these fibers would welcome some much-needed greenery into the space as well.

Say yes to recycled fabrics

While natural fabrics can lend an aesthetic look to your home furniture, you can also consider opting for recycled fabrics. Find out stores that deal in recycled fabrics and buy them for the upholstery and furnishings. You will be amazed at the sheer number of available choices.

You can also repurpose items from your home as well. That old bed sheet that you no longer require can be torn up and stitched up to form pillow covers or stuffing for the same. It all depends on how you reuse these items around your home to give it a natural, lively look.

Simply repaint

Why opt for new furniture when you can simply spruce up the old ones with a new coat of paint? Refrain from throwing out that dingy piece of furniture that looks absolutely hideous. Rather, paint it in an attractive color, ensuring that you stick to only non-toxic, VOC free paints. You will be amazed at how this simple trick can give new life to the old furniture in your home.

Get locally sourced furniture

If you really want to go for new furniture though, consider buying it from local stores. In doing so, you would be reducing the carbon footprint caused by the production and transportation of imported furniture pieces. Buying locally would also help produce local jobs and revive the local economy, thus helping you contribute to the same as we.

You can (and should) opt for a furniture revamp in an eco-friendly manner. In addition to repainting furniture, you can opt to locally outsource them, use natural or recycled fabric and repurpose furniture around the house.


Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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