Chapter 3 – The Bedroom
Following on from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of the Polyurethane Passive House walkthrough in which we explored the kitchen and living room, we now take a journey upstairs to the bedroom where a range of polyurethane applications can be found that ensure both peaceful nights and stylish sleeping quarters for the entire family.
First we turn our attention to the central focus of the room – the bed.
Polyurethane is widely regarded as an excellent and safe filling material for mattresses; it is the “flour that makes the cake.” Flexible polyurethane foams are used because they are fully supportive yet provide extra comfort; they are also extremely durable and maintain their original shape, making them longer lasting and more cost effective!
Fitted around your mattress you’re likely to find polyurethane in the form of a mattress protector; they not only contribute to the longevity of the life of the mattress, but keep it comfortable for longer. Polyurethane can also be found on top of your bed in the form of bedding; utilising an open cellular structure, polyurethane ensures good ventilation and heat transfer to keep you comfortable during hot and cool nights.
One of the unique benefits polyurethane foam provides is that it can adapt to and support the body’s contours. Memory foam used in both mattresses and pillows is a popular application of polyurethane as it shapes to a person’s body, delivering the perfect night’s rest. As an interesting side note you may not know that memory foam also has medical uses, such as wheelchair seat cushions and padding for persons suffering chronic pain or postural problems.
No bedroom, however, is complete without its furniture, and the application of polyurethane varnishing on your bedroom furniture not only ensures that it looks better for longer, it safely and effectively shields exposed surfaces from various forms of indoor pollution.
While so far we have seen that polyurethane in the bedroom brings both comfort and style, the list of applications and benefits continues!
Polyurethane wall insulation provides optimal acoustic separation between rooms, guaranteeing that not a noise is heard to interrupt a good night’s rest (should you have a snorer in the family!)
You can also find polyurethane in your all-important bedroom windows. Used in the frame, polyurethane makes the most of the heating potential from sunlight while also stopping cold drafts and ensuring optimal warmth inside. For more, check out our previous blog on windows.
Soft polyurethane carpet underlay allow for soft and supportive material underfoot, a welcoming feeling upon waking in the morning. The carpet underlay are provide another valuable layer of insulation, reducing noise levels by cushioning sounds, and acting as a heat insulator. Soft carpet underlay also decreases wear and tear by absorbing friction, which would otherwise cause your carpet to deteriorate.
The final touch to add to the Passive House bedroom is the ventilation system, made with polyurethane filters, which allow for fresh air throughout the day and night.
Find out more about the polyurethanes Passive House here!