The Difference Between Green Furniture and Sustainable Furniture

Many furniture companies claim their products are “green,” a designation usually referring to material sourcing. Maybe their sofa frames are made out of dumpster-sourced scrap metal or their cushions are filled with used ticker tape. Responsible material sourcing is important, but it does not necessarily make something sustainable; that is, able to exist in perpetuity from an environmental and resource consumption standpoint.

To be considered sustainable furniture, it should be high quality and support a lifestyle with reduced energy and resource needs. You can have a piece of furniture made of the most responsibly sourced materials out there, but if it falls apart in a short time and winds up in a landfill, or if it is designed in such a way that it can only fit into a carbon-spewing, resource-gobbling McMansion, it’s not sustainable.
When it comes to sustainability, size does matter. Here’s why:

One of the best ways, if not the best way of reducing our carbon footprints and natural resource consumption is to reduce the physical footprints of our homes.
Smaller homes produce less operational carbon emissions, (e.g., heating and cooling) than larger homes and are less resource intensive to build.
Smaller homes tend to discourage excessive consumerism mitigating that behavior’s attendant environmental impact.
Smaller homes typically support denser, more transit friendly communities, which, by their very nature, allow for a reduction in associated transit emissions.
Location, Location, Location

When thinking about sustainable housing, the name of the game is location, location, location. An EPA study found that an energy efficient single family suburban house plus a fuel efficient car can cut your carbon footprint by 34% as compared to a conventional, single family, suburban house and a car with average fuel economy. While this is a significant improvement over a standard single-family home, the same study found that living in an energy efficient multifamily house (i.e. housing with two or more units such as a townhouse or apartment) with access to public transportation reduces your carbon footprint by 62% ­- and that still assumes car ownership.

As one would expect, multifamily housing units are typically smaller than single-family houses. The median size of a new multifamily unit is 1,074 square feet, whereas the median size of a new single family home is 2,467 square feet. But with a smaller – albeit more environmentally-friendly – footprint can come some challenges regarding functionality, especially as a household grows or changes over time.

Let’s face it, it’s the desire for – or perceived need for – more space that frequently drives people out of central, transit-friendly locations in search of more square footage. Since housing in most urban cores is considerably more expensive than suburban housing on a per square foot basis, moving to a larger home in a central location can be cost-prohibitive.

A Busy Person Guide To Getting Organized Room

Organization: defined culturally as a key characteristic to success and easy living. The art of organization comes easy to some but may be a bit harder for others, especially those who are always busy and never seem to have enough hours in the day. Organization and productivity go hand in hand, each influencing the other. To keep levels of productivity high, you have to be organized and usually, organized individuals are productive. Fortunately, there are many different tactics you can use around your home to keep (at least) this sector of your life in order. Today we’re highlighting four products that make organization a breeze while saving space and maximizing time.

The Home Office
When you’re busy, what would make a better helper than something called “The Home Office”? The Home Office allows you to work hard on your busiest days and hide away clutter when guests visit. The unit is available in two heights– Alto and Basso– and a variety of finishes to match your home, your Resource Furniture wall bed, and Resource Furniture shelving systems (wink, wink). Pair it with a stylish Alpha chair or comfy Pocket Chair to keep your mind relaxed and flowing to tackle your heavy to-do list.

This piece can be used in any way you see fit. From food in pantry, to plates and glasses, or journals and office supplies, the Giralot is the perfect piece to find anything, keeping things you need at your fingertips. The storage units swivel 180 degrees, either right or left and come in an array or colors and finishes. With many style options, you could have a Giralot with earth tones or brighter finishes. Whatever you choose, the Giralot can complement any space, giving you a stylish piece to store what you need for your day to day tasks and duties.

Giro Table
The Giro table is a perfect hide-away console for dinner or work. This 2-in-1 table features a rotating mechanism that allows it to swing straight from the wall when you need it. A nifty addition to the Giro is the easy accessible drawer that allows for fast and easy storage of your supplies. It’s compact, elegant and perfect for those “work from home” days you may need once in a while.

The Piano
Sometimes, things are better when they are left hanging! The Piano is a wall-mounted multipurpose rack for the walls that doubles as a coat or clothing hanger and even an art piece. These elegant space saving hooks are a great way to place everything you need, in any room in the house. With a name as fitting as “Piano”, this piece features a gorgeous design resembling the keys of an actual piano. It is perfect for anything you may need to hang or rest on it

Three Sneaky Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

Living in a small apartment can present a number of challenges in figuring out where to put all of your stuff. When you live in a large home, things disappear because there’s so much space for them to spread out. The problem is you end up accumulating more belongings than you need, not to mention you might end up maintaining and paying for spaces that are essentially storage lockers. Small apartments force you to keep only what’s important. This is great for living a simpler, more essential life–not to mention allowing you to afford costly urban real estate. The problem is that unless you come up with some very clever storage ideas for your small apartment, your spaces can start feeling like junkyards when messy or warehouses when organized.

Well, that’s the point of this post. We want to give you some creative storage ideas for small spaces that will make your small apartment feel like you’re living in a home, not a storage locker.

Storage idea #1: Keep what you love and use, get rid of the rest

While not necessarily a “clever” storage idea for small rooms, the first, and perhaps most important thing to do before finding any storage solutions for small spaces is to do an audit of the stuff you’re storing. We know it sounds obvious, but with less stuff to store, there will be fewer storage solutions to find.

There is no shortage of places to go for inspiration on the topic of paring down and decluttering. Pick up Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” or one of the many other books on the topic. Upon analysis, many of us realize we use a small portion of the stuff we have in our homes. Fewer possessions make the task of organizing your small spaces that much easier.

The benefits of paring down extend beyond easier organization and storage solutions. With less stuff, with fewer things to buy, maintain, and manage, many people report they experience feeling happier, lighter, and freer.

Storage idea #2: Think of your small apartment as a city

Okay, now that you’ve pared down your possessions, you might still be faced with the dilemma of finding a place for all the essentials.

For inspiration, let’s think about cities. More specifically, let’s think about how cities fit more people, homes, and businesses into a limited footprint: by building up, not out.

One of the most creative storage ideas for small spaces is to apply that same logic. Some of the best —and least utilized —spaces in our small apartments are their vertical spaces.

Rather than crowding your small spaces with several low dressers or storage cabinets, invest in a few tall wardrobe and closet units such as our closet systems. Effectively using your vertical spaces makes your apartment more like an ultra-efficient city than a sprawling suburb.

The Future of Senior Housing

The majority of attention surrounding micro-apartments has been focused on millennials and their needs. But it might be seniors who are most likely to enjoy the benefits of compact, affordable and centrally located housing such as micro-apartments.

In 2016, noted New York City architect Matthias Hollwich wrote a treatise of sorts that attempted to rebrand seniors and senior housing. The compact, graphic-rich book New Aging portrays a vision of smartphone-toting, yoga-posturing, resource-sharing, young-at-heart-if-not-years folks living modern, active, and socially vibrant lives. Hollwich’s vision is a welcome update to the dominant one of seniors and senior housing —one characterized by walker-brandishing folks watching Price is Right marathons with their posteriors firmly planted on floral vinyl covered chairs.

The big question Hollwich is trying to answer is: “where will seniors live in the future?”

This is no minor question. According to the Pew Research, 10,000 Americans turn 65 a day —a pace expected to continue for the next 12 years. And the Population Reference Bureau reports that “The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.”

In thinking about where these people will live, it’s important to think about how they’ll live. The face of 70 is far more taught than it was 20 years ago. People are working longer, staying more healthy and active, and stretching their lifespans further than ever. In thinking about how to house seniors, these factors must be considered.

Yet even the most vigorous senior will eventually be confronted with health, mobility, and financial issues related to their age, and all of these things have deep implications for housing. Ideal housing for transitioning seniors incorporates the concept of “Aging in Place,” whereby homes are adaptable to restricted movement.

Hollwich and his firm HWKN designed a building called Skyler, a high rise building which accommodated the needs of highly and minimally mobile seniors —as well as every stage in between. But conventional American housing —which, for the most part, is where seniors will live —looks nothing like Skyler. And there’s reason to believe this housing is woefully unprepared for the waves of Americans entering their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond.

In 2014, AARP and Harvard joint published a report called “Housing America’s Older Adults.” The report portended a future where seniors would find themselves stuck in predominantly large and suburban homes they could not maintain, afford, or get to and from due to the car-dependent nature of their locations.

Here are some key findings:

Today, 47% of households under the age of 50 are couples with children under 18 at home or single parents. This share falls to 9% of households in their late 50s and continues to drop among older age groups.
About 25% of people their 50s live alone. That number increases to 33% for those in their 60s, 40% for those in their 70s, and 60% for those aged 80 and over.
Most Americans over 55 own suburban single-family homes, including over 2/3 of those aged 50-64, nearly 3/4 of those aged 65-79, and three-fifths of those aged 80 and over.
Most seniors are unlikely to move. In 2011, 60% of households aged 80 and older and 47% of those aged 65-79 had lived in the same residence for 20 or more years.
In 2012, 1/3 of adults aged 50 and over—nearly 20 million households—were cost-burdened, meaning they paid over 30% of their income for housing.
Even though most seniors drive, 61% limited their driving to certain hours of the day, and around 21% stated that they frequently or occasionally miss out on activities they like to do because of driving limitations.
In many ways, this potential crisis was unavoidable in light of how housing has been developed for the last 70 years. Ninety percent of all homes built across the country since the 1940s have been suburban, single family housing.

Suburban housing makes many assumptions about the abilities of its residents. It assumes they have the physical wherewithal to handle the upkeep —to vacuum the carpets, clear gutters, mow lawns. It assumes they have the earning potential to afford large mortgages. It assumes they can always drive around to conduct their daily affairs —to visit friends and family, to go to the grocery store of pharmacy, and so on. All of these assumptions fall by the wayside as people age.

As Hollwich strongly suggests, there’s a huge need for a total overhaul in how we think about senior housing. One possible solution is the micro-apartment.

Resource Furniture has been involved with a number of micro-apartment developments such as Carmel Place in Manhattan and the Arris in Washington. The underlying idea behind these projects is that the reduced unit size is offset considerably by great design, which includes transforming furniture and amenities afforded by the buildings and the neighborhoods the buildings are located in. The net result is apartments that are more manageable and affordable than comparable units in city centers; the design and furniture allow this to happen with few, if any, compromises in functionality.

Micro-apartments are almost invariably linked with millennials —a generation often characterized by smaller households and a fondness for walkable neighborhoods. And though the needs of millennials —particularly ones wishing to live in the middle of the city —are real, it might be the nation’s seniors who have the greatest need for compact, centrally located housing. Less space means less stuff and space to manage and maintain. Less space means less money to spend buying or renting a home, which is especially important for people on fixed incomes. And this lower price allows people to upgrade neighborhoods, living in centrally located, walkable areas; this has implications ranging from the promotion of active, social lifestyles to more economical in-home healthcare services, meal delivery, and other social services.

In thinking about how to house the millions of aging Americans in the coming decades, micro-apartments should be part of the conversations. They might be an ideal, market rate senior housing solution that results in simple, affordable, and active lifestyles —and one that lets its residents think about something other than maintaining their home.

Creating An Organized Multi-Use Room

A home is more than just a place to eat and sleep. It’s also a place to entertain, work, exercise and play in as well. With the right multi-purpose room ideas, your home can provide a variety of functions, even without much space.

Transforming a home into one that is more functional is as easy as turning living areas like the dining room, living room and spare room into multipurpose spaces.

Creating a room that serves more than one purpose may sound challenging. However, with space-sensitive furniture and a few clever design strategies, you can have that dual-purpose guest room or multi-purpose living room while keeping it aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.

Below are a number of ideas to organize and design your multi-use areas.


Put those often overlooked corners and closets to good use. For instance, corner shelving units are a great way to organize your things and keep your small spaces tidy.

Create a “Cloffice”

If you have a closet in your room, you can turn it into a closet office. This room, equipped with this “cloffice”, can be both a workspace and a welcoming guest room. Maximize your storage by adding shelves, table hooks, a chair and a dresser. When you’re not using it, you can tuck it away. You can even consider adding a New Table Concept to fold away when not in use!

Now you have transformed this small room and closet into a home office/guest room combo! With roughly half of the US workforce holding a job where they can work from home at least half the time, having a “cloffice” makes a lot of sense.

Make Use of Your Corners

An often overlooked and under-utlized space in the home are corners. With a corner desk, you’ll have enough room to pay bills, check your email or write the next great American novel. Corner desks use your small spaces more efficiently than a regular rectangle tabletop, which is the key to success in a small space. Add a TV in another corner or a corner shelving unit, and you have just created an office/bedroom combo that still has a lot of space. By having your desk inside a corner cabinet, you can close it up in the evening when you’re not using it.

Corner shelving is a great addition to the space, creating a spot to put books, plants and decorative items for a stylish nook.


Add a little unifying theme to turn your multi-functional rooms from crowded to cohesive.

Play on Colors in Kids’ Bedrooms

If your children share a bedroom, you can still give them that sense of individualization by color coding their “sides” of the room. While each may have similar design items like beds and dressers, making the room feel cohesive but the color differentiated makes each child feel like they have their own space.

Play on Textures in a Dual Office/Bedroom Setup

If your bedroom also acts as your workspace, your bedroom/office doesn’t have to resemble a cubicle. Consider incorporating soft furniture that’s functional for work but feels like it belongs in a bedroom. The office furniture can also look and feel like bedroom furniture with appealing colors and soft lines. The bedroom office will still be your workspace, but this will keep its comfortable, homey look and feel.

You can incorporate your own unique style, too, such as an elegant lamp, decorative chair or stylish shelving like the X2 to add some pizzazz and take the “corporate cubicle” look out of it.

Blend In: Bringing Your Rooms Together

Transform your guest room into a laundry room, craft room or home gym by utilizing furniture that tucks against the walls, such as folding chairs, fold-away beds, hideaway tables and Murphy beds.


The more storage you have, the tidier and more organized your rooms will be. Don’t forget to add some decor to your storage to give it a nice aesthetic. For instance, you can store away your kitchen tools in wooden canisters next to a couple of pretty floral arrangements or potted plants, or clear away your bathroom vanity by hanging up glass mason jars to store your cotton balls, makeup brushes or Q-tips.


Utilize Sleek Cabinetry and Panels in Your Laundry/Craft/Guest Room

Want some guest room/craft room combination ideas? How about adding some wall-to-wall cabinetry in your multipurpose laundry/crafts/home office room? The secret here is that your front-loading, stacked washer and dryer are tucked away inside the panels where they can’t be seen.

Use Foldaway Furniture in Your Combination Guest Room/Home Gym

Have you been looking for a way to work out but don’t have the space for a home gym? Considering only one in five homes have a fitness or recreation center or a park within a half of mile radius, having a guest room also function as a home gym is something many of us could benefit from.

Add a Murphy Bed to Your Library/Den/Guest Room

Looking for more multi-purpose guest room ideas? Try a private guest room that turns into a library. With a Murphy bed tucked away inside a custom cabinet, this can be done easily and look great. You can have bookcases during the day for your home library, and come nightfall, slide open the side panels of a Murphy bed to hide the bookcases and turn the room into a guest bedroom. There is no need to move things around to try making room for an extra cot or air mattress.


Is it an office, bedroom, living room or multi-purpose dining room? You decide. For multi-use rooms, find furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as:

A dining room table that can serve as a desk
A couch that doubles as a bed
A coffee table that transforms into a table
Design a Living Room That Doubles As a Home Office

If you work from your home, you can have both a home office and cozy living room all in one. Add a little personality to the room with an L-shaped sofa while controlling clutter with built-in storage. You can maintain balance and a sense of order in your multi-purpose living room/office with a white color scheme, which keeps it from feeling cramped.

Transform One Room Into Three

By adding a Murphy bed that comes right out of the wall, a dining table that can also be used as a desk and a kitchenette, you can give your room three-room functionality.

Plan a Dining Room That Doubles As an Office and Living Space

Now you can have a dining room, living room and office all in one. By including a dining table you can also use as an expansive workspace and double-duty furniture and modular glass-fronted cabinets where you can store your books, it’s easy to switch uses for this room. You could also find chairs that hang on the wall– when entertaining guests, you can easily add seating to accommodate them.

Still looking for multi-purpose dining room ideas? Think about turning a rarely-used, formal dining room into a hangout room for your children or an office space for you. By combining a daybed, an understated table and slim folding chairs, you can go from dining to working in no time flat. Add a couple of bookshelves and you can divide the space up so this one room has three different functions without disrupting its flow.

Sustainable Furniture in Modern World

LED lights are common in today’s households because of their sustainability. They’re far more energy efficient and have longer lifetimes than conventional light bulbs. In fact, LED light bulbs last 25 times longer and, in comparison to traditional light bulbs, use 90 percent less energy. Longer light bulbs help reduce waste and if adopted by everyone in the U.S., would power 2.5 million homes.

What Is Green Furniture?

Sustainable furniture is based on the closed-loop cycle of recycling. The goal of sustainable furniture companies is to design furniture that can be continually reused, disassembled and then reused again – or that can be used throughout a lifetime (or two). Most sustainable furniture companies also focus on reducing the environmental impact of their items, such as using reclaimed materials or non-toxic furniture stains.

The environmental impact, and importance, of buying eco-friendly furniture is often overlooked. Traditional sofas, beds and other furnishings, are major polluters of our homes.

Additionally, the EPA suggests that indoor air quality is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality. Given that we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, purchasing furniture that’s good for the environment and our personal health is important. Many people are curious to learn how to find eco-friendly and sustainable furniture, as well as eco-friendly furniture companies.


Finding sustainable furniture all begins with research. It’s easy for companies to claim their furniture is green or eco-friendly, but many organizations now certify sustainable furniture materials. Educate yourself about these certifications and what qualifies furniture as sustainable, and you’ll be able to make smart decisions regarding your furniture purchases.

What Are Sustainable Furniture Materials?

Sustainable furniture materials include a variety of resources, from reclaimed wood to LED lights. The type of material, as well as how it was obtained, factor into its sustainable classification. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), for example, certifies wood as sustainably harvested. Sustainable, responsible harvests ensure that the natural ecosystem remains in place and is able to maintain itself. As a result, the forest continues to grow and produce wood. Tree farms and forests are examples of areas that qualify for certification.

Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Some eco-friendly furniture companies use reclaimed or recycled materials, like wood, glass and iron to create sustainable furniture. Old furniture, homes and other structures often provide the reclaimed items. Companies have even used factory wood scraps or flawed wood pieces for their sustainable furniture. Wood is a popular choice for manufacturers because it’s durable, even if it’s been mishandled throughout the years. Reclaimed pine, for example, is a popular finish for the Cristallo table.

The Rainforest Alliance helps determine if a piece of furniture actually uses reclaimed wood. The non-profit organization provide the Rediscovered Wood Certification to qualifying furniture pieces. Sustainable furniture may also be certified Cradle to Cradle (C2C), which in part says that the furniture can be dismantled. Its individual parts can be recycled at a facility or reused in other furniture. Easy furniture disassembly also allows for quick and easy repairs, which extend the life of the piece.

Furnishings consisting of recyclable materials, like most plastics or metals, help eco-friendly furniture companies by saving them from purchasing additional resources. Recurve is an example of a chair made from recycled aluminum.

Non-Toxic Lacquers

The familiar “new car” smell associated with cars, furniture and other items is a result of manufacturers using unnatural and sometimes toxic substances, like solvent-based lacquers, to treat or finish a product. Solvent-based lacquers contribute to the pollution in your home by emitting, or off-gassing, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde. Water-based lacquers are a green alternative to finishing wood furniture.

Furniture can be certified by Greenguard or Oeko-Tex for low toxicity rates. Unfinished furniture can also be found, though you’ll still want to varnish it with natural wood finishes to extend its life and protect it from heat, moisture and general wear.

If you’re unsure if a varnish is solvent or water-based, check the label. Most varnishes will note if they have a low VOC, which is what you want.

LED Lighting

LED lights are common in today’s households because of their sustainability. They’re far more energy efficient and have longer lifetimes than conventional light bulbs. In fact, LED light bulbs last 25 times longer and, in comparison to traditional light bulbs, use 90 percent less energy. Longer light bulbs help reduce waste and if adopted by everyone in the U.S., would power 2.5 million homes.

A Style Star’s Guide

The Idea enters the brain from the outside. It rearranges the furniture to make it more to its liking. It finds other Ideas already in residence and picks fights or forms alliances. The alliances build new structures, to defend themselves against intruders. I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.


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Don’t forget to pay some mind to the size of your potential armchair when looking around.

You’ll need to consider the size of your room, how big the sofa and any other furnishings such as coffee tables and TV stands are, and where you’re going to place your armchair. You don’t want your living room to look cramped and busy after all.


If everything goes to plan and you manage to avoid any armchair-life threatening spillages, your chair should, ideally, last a lifetime. Hurley-Perera recommends thoroughly inspecting the armchair before you make a purchase: “For all kinds of upholstery, you should always reference what the frame is made of. We tend to use beech as it’s a particularly strong and hardwearing wood.”

She adds: “Everyone has such individual tastes, it’s important to choose the right armchair for you and your space – but it is safe to say a classic shape always stands the test of time.”

Think carefully about how you think your armchair will be used in the many years it’ll be dominating a corner of your living room. Large families or those with small children running around should opt for durable fabrics such as leather to avoid any stains or damage to the exterior.

The same goes for pets. Hurley-Perera says: “Think about whether the comfort level will change with wear and tear, so don’t get anything high maintenance if you have small children, or anything too textured if you have house pets – their claws will love you for it, but you won’t so much.”


Above all, you want an armchair that is going to be comfortable.

Hurley-Perera says: “Optimum comfort is a hard one to call, as there are lots of factors to consider. An example being I have a beautifully soft wool at home, that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, however, that’s not everyone’s taste.

“There’s no point buying a fabric based on a particular trend, you have to feel comfortable on it.”

New Concept Of 2017

Now you’ve got the sofa of your dreams sitting pretty in your living room, it’s time to think about the other furnishings that can turn a house into a home, namely, an armchair.

Though typically not as pricey as your average sofa, an armchair still operates as an investment piece for your home, so you’ll want to put some thought into what exactly you’re looking for before taking the plunge and purchase. Size, style, and fabric used are all extremely important factors to consider when shopping around, but knowing what to look for can get a little overwhelming.

Choosing an armchair that reflects your style and personality is key, but it’s also important to consider the overall decor of your home when shopping around. Vanessa Hurley-Perera, chief product officer at, says: “I always look at the size and shape of the room first and what colour palette I’m using and work from there. For example, I live in a post-war house so I have focused on mid-century style pieces to complement the environment, but then upholstered in a more modern fabric for a beautiful twist.”

You also have to think about what you’ll be doing on and with your armchair. Do you want something to curl up on with a blanket, a good book, and a glass of wine, or are you looking for a statement piece to complete your living room?

Laura Barnard, product manager at Arlo & Jacob adds that armchairs can be a great way of bringing in color, pattern, texture, and detail into your living space: “When choosing such an armchair the right fabric can help to create that modern look. Choose fabrics such as wool instead of leathers and opt for vivid colors or fun patterns.”

Don’t forget to consider the style of any existing furniture you might have. If you haven’t purchased your armchair as part of a set, don’t forget to consider the style of any existing furniture you might have. While the ‘mix and match’ style can look great, you’ll want to make sure it looks deliberate and not like you’ve sourced your furniture from the side of the road. Hurley-Perera says the key to a successful ‘mix and match’ design is to “find echoing details in the fabric or the design so that they fit comfortably with each other.”

White and Bright

I’m very inspired by interiors with gray walls (or muted blue and green walls) lately, but with spring around the corner, I got very excited about this all white home as well. I like how it is combined with accents of black and brown and how the green plants and flowers take all the attention. The dark painting in the living room above the sofa is a real eye-catcher as well, surrounded by all these white walls and floors.