Q: We're looking for American-made upholstered furniture, but want something that is not made with flame retardant treated materials. In other words, we're concerned about the health implications with flame retardants and consequently would like something that is composed of entirely natural materials. Our research has shown that wool is naturally flame retardant, as opposed to foam, etc. But we can't seem to find a manufacturer who produces say, a sofa, that has a real wood frame, wool stuffing (both in loose cushions and the sofa body) and some natural fabric upholstery (cotton, linen, wool, whatever). We've seen down-stuffed pillows, but not necessarily the body of the sofa itself. We're not too keen on down anyway as it tamps down unevenly. And we've seen sofas with wool fabric covers, but the stuffing is still synthetic and treated with PBDE and whatnot.
It's much more difficult to find than we expected — are we headed down the (very expensive) custom-made route? Or are there some alternatives out there and the information is just not transparent?
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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