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How to Shop for Non-Toxic Sofas That Are All Natural

If you are in the market for a new sofa there are a lot of options to choose from. However have you considered investing in nontoxic sofas that are all natural? These days with more and more concerns about the environment and sustainability in general, more people are opting to buy furniture that is better for their health and for the environment.

So exactly what should you look for when searching for a non-toxic, natural sofa? Deciding how green you want your sofa to be is likely the first step. Of course, while a couch that is one-hundred percent all-natural is probably the best option for a lot of people, it may be difficult to find something that is both what you are looking for design-wise and within your budget. Therefore you may be forced to pick and choose. In this case, it would likely be best just to make sure that the largest bits of the furniture are green such as the frame or upholstery.

There is a lot of jargon when it comes to buying natural furniture items and here is the scoop on what all of these terms mean.

All-Natural Materials

If you are searching for non-toxic sofa, it is very important that you look at the materials that the sofa is made from. You will want to opt for a sofa that is made from materials such as wool and organic cotton for the interiors. You will also want to make sure that these fibers have not been treated with any toxic chemicals. If you are buying a sofa that has dyed fabrics, make sure that that the dyes being used are only organic dyes.

Don’t forget about the interior of the couch as well. You need to check that the materials inside the cushions are all natural. Go with designs offering cushions filled with recycled materials for the best value.


Materials for construction of the sofa’s frame can vary greatly depending on the type of materials that the furniture designer chooses to use. Some examples of sustainable materials include rattan, abaca, seagrass, Kirei grass, wheat boards, hemp and bamboo. Most recyclable materials could be woven into the construction of a sofa, however those listed above are among the most common.

Wood might automatically come to mind when thinking of a suitable material for building a non-toxic sofa, however most woods are often treated with toxic stains. If you would prefer to have a sofa that is composed of wood, you will want to make sure that the wood has formaldehyde-free stains and finishes. This will ensure that there are no dangerous chemicals in the wood that can harm your health. An easy way to find out if the wood in the couch you are looking for is up to standard is to search only for couches that have FSC-certified wood frames.

Binding Materials

When searching for a non-toxic couch, don’t forget about even the smallest detail: the binding materials. If you want a non-toxic sofa, the only way to go is with 100% solvent-free, water-based glues as the binding materials inside of the sofa. These glues are environmentally friendly and will not harm your health.

Sustainable living is not only the modern way, but is also the best way for us to obtain better health and a better environment. No longer do you have to worry about toxic chemicals being in your home causing you allergies and other health problems. In addition, these same toxic chemicals end up in our water and land the minute that someone decides to discard old furniture instead of recycling it or reusing it in a new way.

Non-toxic Sofa Design Options

The great part about non-toxic sofas is that there are a lot of design choices when it comes to living more responsibly. You can have a traditional look or a modern look. The range of possibilities is endless and there are designers looking to meet the tastes of every buyer in the market for these types of products.

Viesso is embracing this concept and all upholstered Viesso products including sofas, beds, and benches and made with all-natural products instead of synthetic alternatives. You can also go as far as to specify the type of fillings, frame, glues and stains to ensure that your new sofa is toxin-free.

What sustainable furniture items have you bought to date or are interested in buying? Let us know and contact us with any questions, we’d love to chat!

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