Choosing Safer Products: Furniture
Choosing Safer Products: Furniture, a listing of products to choose and to avoid.
|Upholstered furniture: chairs, couches, ottomans, etc.||Furniture from companies that do
not use toxic flame retardants in foam or upholstery. Companies include:
Furniture not treated with stain-resistant chemicals (such as Teflon and Stainmaster).
Microfibers are ok.
|Furniture treated with toxic
flame retardants or stain-resistant coatings (Teflon chemicals). Do not apply stain-resistance treatments yourself.
Artificial leather, which can be made of vinyl/PVC.
|Solid furniture: tables, chairs, shelves, dressers, cabinets, etc.||Furniture made of these
||Manufactured wood (such as plywood and particleboard) that contains formaldehyde-based glues.
Plastic furniture made of vinyl/PVC.
|Furniture covers (slipcovers)||Fabric covers without
stain-resistant coatings (Teflon chemicals).
Microfibers and other non-chemical treatments are ok.
|Covers made of vinyl/PVC.
Covers treated with stain-resistant coatings (Teflon chemicals).
|Inflatable furniture||Solid or upholstered furniture instead (see above).||Inflatable furniture is
typically made of vinyl/PVC and should be avoided.
|Bean bags||Bean bags with cloth covers and no polyurethane foam.
||Bean bags with vinyl/PVC covers or polyurethane foam.
If you’re not sure whether a piece of furniture contains toxic flame retardants, ask the manufacturer. If they are not able to tell you, consider an alternative.
If you already own furniture that may contain toxic flame retardants, cover and seal any rips in upholstery and replace old items where foam is exposed, loose, and crumbling.
Consider replacing furniture made of manufactured wood that contains formaldehyde-based glues. You can also apply a sealant, to contain the formaldehyde.