Your bedroom is often where you spend the majority of your time in your home, so you want to make sure it’s as healthy as possible! That’s why a non-toxic bed frame is so important (as well as a non-toxic mattress)!
What is a non-toxic bed frame?
Non-toxic bed frames are made with materials that are safe for you and your family. They don’t off-gas or emit harmful chemicals, so you can sleep soundly knowing you’re not being exposed to anything dangerous. When shopping for a non-toxic bed frame, look for ones made from sustainable materials like bamboo or FSC-certified wood. You should also make sure the frame is certified by a reputable organization like Greenguard or Cradle to Cradle.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, consider a bed frame made from recycled materials. With a little research, you can find the perfect non-toxic bed frame for your home. Sleep well knowing you and your family are safe from harmful chemicals and toxins.
Chemicals to avoid when buying a non-toxic bed frame
Conventional bed frames, often use various varnishes, adhesives, formaldehyde and paints. Most of these materials will contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are thought to lower the air quality within the home and potentially lead to other health conditions.
Formaldehyde is often used in the manufacturing of plywood. Plywood has become super popular within bed frames, especially with platform beds.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing) and should be avoided.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
VOCs are compounds that are released from stains, paints, glues and varnishes over time. Some VOCs are suspected or known carcinogens whilst others can cause skin irritation, headaches or nausea.
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What to look for when buying an eco-friendly bed frame
When researching and looking to buy a non-toxic bed frame, it’s important you understand exactly what the manufacturer is using to make the bed. Here are the most important factors to consider when purchasing a non-toxic bed frame:
Solid wood or bamboo
We recommend buying a bed frame that is made of solid wood. Make sure the manufacturer sources their wood from ethical and sustainably managed plantations that are FSC certified. As well as making sure the timber is ethical, you want to make sure that all fishies, glues and adhesives are low VOC.
Low or no VOC finishes
It’s all well and good to buy solid timber but if it’s finished with toxic materials, you won’t be able to rest at night!
Low or no VOC finishes include natural oil finishes such as linseed and walnut oils, natural wax finishes such as beeswax and water-based non-toxic wood stains such as Ecos Paint.
Plywood with low VOC adhesives
Whilst solid wood is our number one pick, bed frames are often made with plywood. Plywood is an engineered material that involves glueing layers of wood together. Most plywood is made with toxic adhesives but it is possible to get plywood made with low VOC adhesives.
Make sure you know what the manufacturer is using within the plywood they use, this information should be easily available on their website.
If you’re wanting to purchase a padded bed frame then make sure the fabric that is used is GOTS certified organic and the padding is made from a non-toxic material such as latex.
Brands of eco-friendly and non-toxic bed frames we recommend
The Palder Bed by Medley – Our Overall Winner!
Medley has a range of beds, including the Palder Bed. The Palder Bed is made from solid, FSC-certified timber and is finished with natural beeswax. This non-toxic bed frame is timeless and modern. All furniture from Medley is free of harmful materials and fire retardants. Every piece is also handcrafted in the USA and is made to order.
Gavilana Live Edge Teak Bed by Maysaya & Co – The Runner Up!
The Gavilana Live Edge Teak Bed is handcrafted in Nicaragua from sustainably sourced teak hardwood. It is also finished with a low VOC finish and for every bed sold, 100 trees are planted!
To date, Mayasaya & Co have planted 900,000 trees and employs 150 local artisans in the Managua area in Nicaragua.
The Bramo Bed by Medley – Best Upholstered Bed Frame!
If you’re looking for a non-toxic padded bed then you can’t go past The Bramo bed by Medley. Medley is a favourite of ours and it’s not hard to see why!
The Bramo Bed is made from FSC-certified wood, CertiPUR-US®-Certified Foam (free of formaldehyde and flame retardants) and GOTS-certified fabrics. This bed is our pick for padded bed frames.
Hemp Upholstered Platform Bed by Futon Shop – Most Affordable!
The Futon Shop has a wide range of bed frames and platforms to choose from. Our pick is the Hemp Upholstered Platform Bed. It’s affordable, minimalistic, non-toxic and safe for your family.
It is made with certified organic durable hemp fabric and FSC-certified spruce wood. It is also possible to add a hemp upholstered, latex headboard to your order to create a different look.
The Bed Frame by Floyd comes in a few color options and is made from veneer and plywood. Whilst this isn’t solid wood, they use plywood that is certified low VOC. The birch, oak and walnut that is used as the veneer is sustainably sourced.
Floyd as a company is working towards becoming one of the first carbon-neutral furniture brands. They are working towards this by creating a ‘Full Cycle’ shop (reselling returned or defective products), aiming to use 70% reclaimed materials, reduce their packaging and eliminate single-use plastics, use 100% FSC materials and be able to measure and disclose their emission across their supply chain.
Avocado is well known for its non-toxic mattresses but they also manufacture non-toxic bed frames and platforms. Our pick for Avocado beds is the Natural Wood Bed Frame. It is manufactured in the USA using reclaimed wood, and eco-conscious materials (including low VOCs), in an environmentally friendly way.
This bed is made from reclaimed, local douglas fir and as a result, each piece has its own unique character and matches perfectly with its non-toxic mattress and other bedding.
The Bruno Bed by Area Home is a non-toxic whitewash, solid timber bed frame. The bed frame is available in FSC-certified American white oak and walnut with an oil finish or FSC-certified ash with a whitewash water-based finish.
The Bruno Bed is designed and manufactured in the USA and all manufacturing facilities are certified for safe working conditions and provide fair wages.
The Thuma Platform by Thuma
The Thuma Platform is manufactured from repurposed solid wood, no MDF or veneer is used here! The Bed also comes with a low-rise padded headboard, made from CertiPUT-US certified foam and a lined cover. In order to prevent the mattress from moving, each slat is covered in felt made from recycled plastic, which helps to improve durability and reduce sound.
Upholstered Wood-Slat Foundation by Lifekind
If you’re after a super minimalistic look then the Upholstered Wood-Slat Foundation by Lifekind might be for you!
It is made with untreated fir with light padding from organic wool batting, a layer of latex and then covered with certified organic fabrics. This platform is made in the USA.
Get your non-toxic bed frame today!
There’s no better time to make an improvement in your home! We hope this list gives you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your non-toxic bed frame!