As much as I love purchasing new furniture, I hate the way the room smells when the furniture arrives.
Off-gassing…I believe is the term.
And it really isn’t very healthy.
Some furniture companies seem to be stinkier than others. Fortunately, I have been pretty lucky with Pottery Barn.
We just purchased this new Pottery Barn desk for my little first grader! He is so thrilled to have a desk just like his brother.
In fact, he wanted the exact same one!
Right now the Pottery Barn desks are on sale too!
The new desk arrived the other day and my husband put it together right away. Sure, it did smell like varnish/stain but it wasn’t terrible. I mean, it wouldn’t knock you out or anything! Of course my crazy boys, (and husband) thought it smelled good!
But being the neurotic, health conscious mom that I am, I had to freshen the air in his room just in case.
I poured some baking soda in a few dishes to absorb some of the odor.
Then I brought in a few live plants. And I do use the word, “live” loosely…
I’m not exactly known for having a green thumb!
Houseplants such as Spider Plants, Philodendron and Peace Lillies are supposed to be good for removing chemicals from the air. Other good plants are Bamboo Palms, (which I used to have in my bedroom but eventually killed it…) Rubber Plants and Boston Ferns.
Anyway, besides the jungle I created in the room, I also opened the window to get a little breeze.
But don’t tell my husband because the air conditioning was on! Yeah, I’m willing to sacrifice a little on the energy bill for some fresh air…he is not!
Already, the room smells much better and we are planning on making a trip to Staples so we can buy all his special desk supplies and accessories. He’s so excited to have a desk!
Now I am planning on adding a few more things to his room.
Oh, it never ends…
What do you use to get rid of that new furniture smell?