Allergy-friendly interior design
Did you know almost 20% of the population has some form of allergy?
Allergies to dust, pollen and dander can have a serious impact on your quality of life. And sometimes it can seem like an endless battle, with the average home collecting about 18 kilograms of dust every year. But take heart, if you are sensitive, there are things you can do to minimise allergens in your home. Here are some allergy-friendly interior design tips that can help you breathe more clearly.
Let’s talk about bedding
How often do you change your bedclothes? It’s recommended to wash your sheets every week, and up to every three days if you suffer from asthma or allergies. That may seem like a hassle, but once it’s part of your routine you’ll thank yourself. If you haven’t got a dryer, keep some clean sheets spare so you don’t get caught out. It’s also worth investing in natural, hypoallergenic bedding which is specially designed to minimise reactions. And it goes without saying that feather pillows are a no-go!
Reduce surface areas for dust
Anything with intricate textures has a high surface area for allergens to become trapped in. We’re talking about chunky knitted materials, textile wallpaper and, yes, carpet and rugs. While textures make for a cosy interior design, if you find them incredibly difficult to clean, it may be worth opting for a more polished look. Nobody ever complained about plain white walls and shiny hardwood floors, after all.
Keep out the clutter
Clutter is a great hiding place for dust bunnies, but it’s not doing your health any good. Thankfully, it’s just the right time for a thorough spring clean. Divide your things into three categories – keep, store and throw away. Not only will your home look better for it, but you’ll have less to dust, too.
Choose blinds over curtains
Sadly, curtains are very prone to trapping allergens and can be quite difficult to regularly clean. We recommend Venetian blinds if this poses an issue for you – just wipe clean with a damp cloth and you’ll be good to go.
Buy more house plants
As if you needed an excuse! Certain types of plants are allergy-friendly as they help purify the air. These include rubber plant, devil’s ivy, date palm and peace lily. Next time you find yourself purchasing yet another house plant, just remember it’s for your *health*.