The melamine headboard in my daughter's bedroom has strange, almost 'dust-like' odor. I am worried that it's off-gassing?

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The melamine headboard in my daughter's bedroom has strange, almost 'dust-like' odor. I am worried that it's off-gassing?

Asked by cristy

I bought a mellamine headboard on 2008, and recently I have noticed a strange, almost 'dust-like' odor coming from somewhere in my daughter's room. I put my nose into everything, and the headboard was the one that had this smell. Is it time to replace it with read wood perhaps? Thank you.

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Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS's picture

Dear Cristy,

Chances are the melamine has already off-gassed the majority of whatever chemicals it started with butstranger things have been known to happen.

  • Have you moved the bed recently so that the headboardis close to a wall heater or heat register which may be activating the glues in the melamine?
  • Have you recently applied a salve or lotion to your daughter's skin that may have gotten on the headboard andmay be co-producing the odor?

Regardless, if you have the financial resources, changing out the headboard for solid wood would be a wise investment in your family's health.

Here are a few website to browse for environmentally oriented kid furniture:

If you do not find what you need at one of the websites above then consider looking for manufacturersand retailers on the Sustainable Furnishings Council's website.

Good Luck!

For more information:

Read "How should I deal with off-gassing from a Melamine desk?" a Q&A answered by Joel Hirshberg.