They have arrived! My new sofas are lovely and really pull the room together – just like the Dude’s rug. I am enjoying them. My children are not enjoying them because the old sofas had devolved into something so unredeemable that bad furniture behavior was permitted. Jumping, burrowing, rolling, eating drinking etc. So far my children have not looked clean enough to be allowed on the new sofas except after they have taken a shower, which they traditionally do at the end of the day, leaving no time for sofa enjoyment. That is only a mild exaggeration, so obviously we are going to have to institute some new sofa rules and I will get over my enjoyment of the pristine furniture and let the chips fall where they may. This will be rough on the sofas which have no stain resistant treatment. Ah well.
The sofas’s arrival is the final step in what has been a year long process (Part 1 and Part 2 previously published) to replace my old sofas with new but more importantly, safe for a TILTed mom sofas. I checked out many furniture companies and tested a lot of sample materials before settling on Ekla Home as my source. They used organic natural latex, organic wool, organic cotton barrier cloth, FSC certified wood, recycled steel springs, non-toxic adhesives, zero VOC finishes, and organic cotton cushion fabric to make my new furniture. There are no fire retardants used in Ekla Home’s furniture, instead they rely on the fire resistant nature of other materials like wool to do the job safely. Use of chemical fire retardants in furniture continues to be one of the more high profile conflicts between the chemical industry and health advocates; here are some useful links to learn more…
Chicago Tribune’s Overview
Last week’s article in the Huffington Post
Transcript of a PBS interview of parents looking for safe baby gear
My “safe for me and the environment” sofas are are lovely to look at, comfortable to sit on, and seem very sturdy. The cushions especially are well crafted and look like they will withstand quite a bit of natural child wear. The latex smell is not strong; I have to really get my nose buried in the cushion to detect it. To clarify – I had no latex sensitivity going into this experience and I am hoping that the latex is well contained enough that I do not develop an intolerance.
The only glitch in the process has been a miscommunication in ordering long-distance; the ottoman was upholstered in the wrong fabric. Ekla Home’s solution is to ship the correct fabric to an upholsterer close to me and have it re-done here, rather than shipping the piece all the way across the country and back again. Sounds efficient and practical but of course I cannot go into an upholsterer shop so they will have to either pick up and deliver the ottoman or my husband will be drafted into yet another set of errands for me. Something I work hard to avoid because there are so many times when I can’t avoid it. It’s all part of accepting my own TILTed state but fighting to keep my family on even keel.