Ever since we moved to our current apartment in September I have always wanted to redecorate, rearrange and ultimately declutter my kids’ bedroom.
One thing my husband has been working on for the past few months is their toddler-sized bunk bed. I’m sooooo excited! He finally built it, painted it and brought it home. YYYESSS! It looks lovely and I love the fact that it uses vertical space thus giving my kids more room. Side note: If my husband gives me his outlines, sketches, measurements and the how-to, maybe eventually I’ll share with you how he built it! It was a lot of work cut out for him, but it was totally worth it!
With the bunk bed in and things slowly moving along toward my envisioned kid’s bedroom, I also wanted to get a nice, large area rug. We have plank flooring and it’s quite uncomfortable for my kid’s to sit on to play, besides, rugs make any room look lived in and cozy.
So I went to rugsusa.com, my go-to site for rugs, to check what they had. There are so many beautiful rugs to choose from and they often have great deals and discounts! However, I was choosing a rug for my kids’ room and was a little bit more cautious about what I’m buying. I wanted to buy a non-synthetic rug that did’t have as many toxins as most synthetic rugs out there.
After doing a tiny bit of basic research, I’ve found that there are primarily two types of rugs, synthetic and wool.
Most commonly sold rugs are synthetic rugs, which are made from materials like 100% polypropylene.
What’s Polypropylene? It’s a man-made fiber and can be any of these materials; olefin, acrylic, polyester, or nylon.
Synthetic rugs burn easily and therefore often treated with toxic, fire retardant chemicals. Synthetic rugs are also glued with adhesives that contain formaldehyde and dyed with toxic dyes that are harsh for the environment. In short, all of these toxins and chemicals get released into the air we breathe everyday.
Wool rugs, on the other hand, are natural fibers- aren’t treated with fire retardant since wool itself only chars and not burns. Of course, to be completely sure of this you would have to contact the rugs’ manufacturer and ask that question. I found it reasonable enough to get a wool rug instead of a synthetic one anyways. In addition, wool rugs are super durable and last up to 50 years compared to synthetic which last only up to 10 years.
Of course, like with anything, there are downsides. The wool rug I bought looks great, feels great, but the one little issue I have is that it sheds. However, many rugs do shed in the first month and that’s normal.
*Keep the vacuum in the room for a couple weeks and vacuum the rug everyday. The shedding should stop even sooner…simple!
I do have to mention that I do have a synthetic rug in my apartment. The rug I bought for my living room is synthetic and I bought it without doing any research. Of course I won’t be returning it now since I’ve had it for 6 months now, but there are some great ways to purify the pollutants that may be leaching into the air you breathe, one of which are plants. If you’re interested in which plants do the best job at purifying the air, read my post about 6 Best Plants for Your Apartment, to find out!
I’m hoping this post was somewhat informative and useful to you my friends!