Being a smoker is not easy, especially if you don’t have an outside area all year round. So creating a smoker space in your home is the next best thing! There are a few ways to go about it, depending on if you need to prep the space, add useful pieces, or totally modify your space. There are so many ways to make it smoker friendly both for you and the other people in the home who are nonsmokers. It all depends on if you want to change your home, or if you are moving into a new one and want to change it to accommodate your smoker needs. With a little bit of planning you can achieve anything, So here are the 4 design ideas to try if you are a smoker!
Prepping the walls
Walls are an essential part of the home, they can also make or break the whole space. If you are an experienced smoker, you know the consequences of smoking inside, especially if you are doing it in one room. So prepping the walls is a must if you want your space to look good in the long run, while you freely continue to smoke inside. First of all, make sure to clean the walls thoroughly before adding any layers – on top of clean walls, add a layer or a stain-proof paint in order to prevent nicotine from penetrating the walls and creating stains. After that, add two good layers of latex paint of your choice, and if possible try to choose a darker color, White walls are more likely to turn yellow and gray due to smoke and nicotine, so choosing a warm, darker color is a better option if you plan on smoking regularly in the room. Choose a glossy or semi-gloss paint as it’s easy to clean and you won’t have to worry about the smoke buildup that usually happens on walls. Also, remember to stay away from wallpapers and fragile materials as they are more susceptible to damage and discoloration due to nicotine and smoke.
Nicotine proof your furniture
In order to keep your furniture nice and clean as a smoker, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. If you are just moving into a new home, and want to buy new furniture while keeping in mind your smoking habits – it’s a good idea to buy black or dark furniture, to begin with, This is because darker furniture is less likely to get stained and ruined by smoke and nicotine. A dark, leather couch is a great accessory, regardless of whether you are decorating your furniture or a designated smoker room – it’s still stylish, yet you don’t have to worry about ruining it anytime soon. On the other hand, if you have your eyes set on light furniture, there are ways to maintain it! Using a solution made up of water and vinegar – is a non-toxic and safe way to clean up nicotine buildup and keep your furniture looking nice and clean. Furniture that’s made up of fabric is more likely to get yellow stains, so try to buy furniture that’s made from firm materials, preferably leather, and make sure that it’s a brownish or black color.
Add useful gadgets
If you are a smoker, it’s important to use useful gadgets around the house in order to ease up your smoking habits. This is especially important if you are smoking in living areas where other, nonsmokers are spending time in. Sometimes, depending on your space, ventilation can lack quite a bit – so adding a box ventilator is a must in order to create a better flow of air across the room. On the other hand, there are some gadgets and furniture pieces that can make your cigar stash blend in with the furniture and also keep your cigars nice and fresh. There are lots of cigar humidors to choose from, depending on the size of the room and the size of your cigar collection. You can easily incorporate a nice, cupboard-like humidor that can easily fit into your space without looking out of place. Gadgets like these can truly change your smoking habit and transform your home for the better. With a little planning, you can display your cigar collection and keep your space looking clean and put together! On the other hand, ventilation is just as important as anything else, so keep that in mind!
Have a designated smoker room
If you are the only smoker in the house, it’s smart to create a designated smoker room in your home. It all comes down to whether or not you have the space for something like that, but if you have a small empty room this is the perfect opportunity. Start with the walls – make sure you have a clean base and buy good quality paint to cover your walls. Since you’ll be smoking in that one room, rather than smoking in other parts of the home, the nicotine damage can be a bit more prominent. So to prevent this, make sure your walls are well coated with a thick layer of paint! On the other hand, the furniture is up to you, again since you’ll be smoking in that room a lot it’s a good idea to use the furniture you are not so fond of. Also, it’s preferable to add a good ventilation system or to have the window opened while you are in the room. This is to prevent further nicotine damage to the walls and furniture and to prevent the smoke from spreading to other parts of your home. All in all, having a designated smoker room is way better than modifying your entire home in order to smoke-proof it, but not everyone can consider this as a viable option.
At the end of the day, it all depends on what you are working with if your home needs more prepping or not. Being a smoker is not the best especially if you want to smoke inside – your furniture and walls can easily get damaged, discolored, and inevitably ruined by nicotine. So try to design your home so that all your belongings don’t suffer the consequences of your smoking, and to use all the little hacks to your advantage. Overall it’s important that your smoking habits don’t interfere with the rest of the household!
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