Many clients come to us wanting a chemical free couch that promotes a healthy environment and clean air. Fewer people are quite as clear on what that involves. We are here to help our clients understand the ins and outs of eco-friendly couch construction and how that affects the cost of the finished product.
Some green features come standard: we use kiln dried NW Alder, low VOC wood glue and water-based stains in all our frames. Our standard foam is a product called Certipur, which is free of the big-name flame retardants like chlorinated tris, PBDE’s and formaldehyde. You can learn more about it here. Very few, if any, of our fabrics are treated with flame retardant chemicals. If you are curious about the fabric you’re interested in just ask and we can check on it for you!
If you would like to get deeper into natural and chemical free materials, we would start by replacing all the polyurethane foam with latex. Latex is either 100% natural or 70% natural and 30% lab made rubber. Unlike Certipur, we can say with confidence that there are no flame retardants or added chemicals in latex. Latex is fairly more expensive than polyurethane foam, but it also lasts at least twice as long as even the heaviest conventional foam. To further avoid flame retardants, Dacron, our polyester batting, can be swapped out for wool batting.
For clients who are looking for materials that are 100% natural, we offer cotton linen and wool options. COUCH also carries a line of natural fibers that are organic and have low environmental impact production processes. Going with a heavy-duty velvet, microfiber or leather can be another way to reduce the environmental impact of your couch. While these are not as eco-friendly as natural fabrics, they last a very long time delaying the waste of reupholstery.
Not sure what combination is right for you? Come in Sunday through Thursday to discuss which combination of options is right for your lifestyle and budget.