Is it safe to sleep in a freshly painted room?

sleep in a freshly painted room

Have you recently repainted a bedroom? You might be wondering whether or not it’s safe to sleep in a freshly painted room.

The answer to this common question depends on what sort of paint you’ve used. In this article, we’ll give you a rough guide, so you can sleep easy and safely in your newly painted bedroom.

Health hazards of paint fumes

If you are planning to repaint your home, you’ll need to consider the health hazards of lingering paint fumes. For the most part, exposure to paint fumes after standard professional or DIY paintwork will not pose any risk to your or your family’s health. Any lingering fumes can be masked or eliminated using methods discussed in our article, 7 Tips for Eliminating Paint Fumes.

That being said, we suggest using low or zero VOC paints. VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds – are harmful chemicals that evaporate from wet paint. These chemicals, which can include things like formaldehyde, are most prevalent as the paint is drying.

If you can stay out of the room until the paint has completely dried, you should not be exposed to nasty paint fumes.

Is it safe to sleep in a freshly painted room?

As we mentioned above, the answer to this question depends on the type of paint you have used. Let’s look at this in more detail.

Zero-VOC paint

Zero-VOC paint is very safe. You can sleep in a bedroom painted that day. The paint is pretty much odourless, and does not release any toxic chemicals.

Low-VOC paint

Low-VOC paint is also very safe. You can sleep in a bedroom painted that day. However, low-VOC paint isn’t odour-free. If you are particularly sensitive to smells, we suggest waiting about 24 hours before sleeping in the freshly painted room.

Regular latex paint and oil-based paint

Paints that are not labelled as eco-friendly or low-VOC require a fair amount of curing time. While the paint may feel dry 2 to 8 hours after painting, toxic chemicals could be released for up to two weeks.

Ensure the room is properly ventilated – windows open, fans on – and avoid sleeping in the room for about two weeks if possible.

Get your home professionally painted

Looking to give your home a refresh? Don’t spend a small fortune and waste weeks battling through a DIY project. Give the friendly and professional painters team at Kraudelt Painting a call today on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page for fast service and professional finish.


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