This is a complete list of eco-friendly non-toxic sofa brands.
I start with the best of the best non-toxic sofas, digging into what’s really in them, this is followed by a “next best” list, and then a look at some simpler and more affordable options.
Non-Toxic Sofas and Couches – What to Look For:
- Natural cushion fill such as natural latex, cotton, down, and wool.
- No chemical/formaldehyde treatments on the fabric (such as stain and water-resistant coatings, especially PFAS).
- Eco Leather – Conventional leather is made with toxic dyes and treatments. Some folks may prefer leather due to the ability to wipe it down. Brands that use safer leather are covered in a dedicated post.
- Solid wood construction, not formaldehyde filled pressed wood products.
- Zero or low-VOC glues, stains, and varnishes
- Flame retardant free (my post on flame retardants goes into detail on which ones we want to avoid) but the picks here are all FR free.
- Polyurethane does offgas at low levels, but I don’t rule it out completely. Make sure it is flame retardant free (“Soy Foam” is still polyurethane with some soy). I avoid memory foam which is higher in offgassing. Almost all foam can meet CertiPUR certification VOC levels, but the certification does help weed out abnormalities.
- GOTS Certified fabrics and GOLS certified latex are best – which are explained in this post on certifications. (GreenGuard Gold is not needed, every sofa can probably meet that level of offgassing; it’s more important than the foams and fabrics are certified).
Many of the companies below also offer upholstered chairs, recliners, and non-toxic sofa beds/sleeper sofas. You will have to choose between polyurethane or natural latex in the beds.
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The 8 Top Non-Toxic Sofa Brands You Can Buy Online
Medley sofas are made with either polyurethane & polyester, or organic (GOLS) natural latex & wool, no-VOC glues, no flame retardants, fabric options that are all-natural or organic (none contain PFAS), solid alder frames with natural or zero-VOC finishes, and organic cotton internal frame lining.
They offer a sample kit which is really helpful for those who want to check out the materials first.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic option this sample box will help to narrow in on what you are allergic to. Medley is a top pick for most people with allergies and sensitivities.
They carry loveseats, standard size sofas, sectionals, and sleeper sofas.
They offer leather as an upholstery option. One option they have is vegetable tanned and chrome-free, which is the best there is. (I talk more about safe leather in the leather furniture post).
Made in the USA. Delivery to the US, Canada, and beyond.
Start at $1500
You can use code MyChemFreeHouse5 for 5% off at Medley
2. The Futon Shop
The Futon Shop has a sofa called Daisy Organic Natural Sofa.
It’s made with solid pine (no glues) and has various options for the fill.
The seat cushion fill options include wool with coils, wool, and latex, or all three. You can change the main fill to PLA or upgrade to organic wool and latex.
The base arms and back of the sofa are made with natural latex, coconut coir, and natural wool encased in fabric.
The fabric options include organic cotton, linen, and wool. They said all their fabrics are free of PFAS.
They make chairs, loveseats, sofas, and sectionals.
Made in the USA they can provide you with a quote if you are shipping outside of the contiguous 48 states.
Start at $1800 for the sofas.
These handmade, customized sofas are high quality and made with traditional methods – and that means less glue and more material options.
They use organic wool, organic cotton, GOLS certified organic natural Dunlop latex, and GOTS certified fabrics, free of PFAS. No flame retardants are used anywhere. Kapok and down are offered in some configurations.
They use non-toxic zero-VOC glues and Rubio Monocoat stains. They can use a different finish if the customer is sensitive to Rubio, or they can leave it unfinished. Solid wood frames are made of alder and beech, ash is usually used for the legs.
They can also accommodate a latex allergy by completely leaving out and replacing the latex.
They make 3 seaters, loveseats, and sectionals. (They also make chairs, ottomans, bed frames, and headboards).
They make leather sofas with EcoPell leather which is unsealed, vegetable-tanned, and free of heavy metals. It’s the only truly safe leather on the list – I go into detail on why that is here.
This is the most customizable brand on the list. The Essential Collection is more of option than a collection, and is a more affordable option.
Handmade in Seattle, they ship to all states and to Canada.
Start at $3800
Sabai sofas are made with recycled fabrics (some from polyethylene water bottles), and the fabric contains no stain guard treatments like PFAS.
They use solid wood inside the sofa, no glues are used in the sofa, and the stain on the legs is low-VOC.
A nice bonus is that 90% of the materials are sourced within 100 miles of production.
They do not use any flame retardants.
Prices start at $1300, use this link for $60 off.
Pure sofas are made with organic latex with a feather and down wrap, solid maple wood, organic wool, GOTS certified organic cotton (no PFAS in that), GreenGuard certified water-based glue, and Rubio Monocoat wood finish on legs. No flame retardants are used.
They offer sofas, loveseats, sectionals, some sleeper sofas, and a recliner. (Out of the top tier eco companies this is the only one that makes a non-toxic recliner).
Made in America. They ship to the 48 contiguous states. It’s possible to order one to Canada but you need a customs broker.
Start at $1400
You can mention My Chemical-Free House for 5% off.
6. Cisco Brothers
Cisco Brothers sofas are either the Essentials Collection or they can be made with the Inside Green option. The base line is called Essentials Collection which contains hardwood (no plywood), typically alder or maple, polyurethane foam, and cushions with goose feathers & down. Fabrics are washed to remove any residual dust or chemicals.
The Inside Green option contains organic natural latex instead of polyurethane, wrapped in either eco wool or feathers & down. They use certified solid woods, organic cotton fabrics with no toxic treatments, jute and hemp instead of springs, and WOCA natural stains.
No flame retardants are used.
They make sofas, loveseats, and sectionals.
Made in the USA. Sold at locations throughout the US and Canada and online through Urban Natural.
Starts at $2300. The “Inside Green” option starts at $3400
7. Carolina Morning
The wooden structure is made from regionally harvested Appalachian poplar wood, finished with Vermont Natural Coatings finish.
The futon covers are an organic 100% cotton canvas (in eight colors), and they are filled with kapok fiber. The kapok is grown without herbicides and pesticides. Their organic fabrics are GOTS certified, they won’t be treated with PFAS.
Carolina Morning sofas are made with the chemically sensitive in mind, and they go to good lengths to keep out added chemicals.
8. Savvy Rest Couch
Made with solid maple (no plywood or particleboard), GOTS-certified organic upholstery (hemp and/or cotton), natural latex wrapped in organic wool, and the option of linseed oil finished or unfinished feet.
No flame retardants are used. They make sofas, loveseats, and upholstered chairs.
Made in America they ship to all states and Canada. I have not been happy with their customer service personally.
Next Best Options
The next best options are sofas free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These are my criteria:
- No use of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a top priority in terms of avoiding persistent chemicals. Only a few sofa brands, beyond the above 8 options, are free of PFAS.
- Solid wood or plywood inside the sofa is preferred. Particleboard can be considered as the next best choice, but has more offgassing.
- No flame retardants.
- No memory foam (that is higher in offgassing than regular foam).
1. Pottery Barn Eco Sofa
Pottery Barn has options that I would consider in their green line. The down blend is 50% polyester fiber, 45% duck feather, and 5% duck down. Some of their other sofas are made with polyurethane foam.
They use solid wood inside the construction and some of the fabric options are GOTS certified organic cotton. (This sets them apart from most other large national big brands). GOTS certified fabrics are free of PFAS.
Priced from $1000 – $2900
2. Burrow Sofas
Burrow sofas are free of PFAS – the olefin fabrics are inherently stain resistant. The website says they use solid wood inside the sofa, like all brands, they also use plywood (looks like plywood with fiberboard layers).
Starting at $1500, you can get $75 off with this link.
3. IKEA Sofas
The standard IKEA sofas (i.e. not the futons) are made with particleboard, which offgasses some formaldehyde; regular polyester fabric not treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS including PFOS, PFOA, PFOSA); and polyurethane foam cushions which are low in offgassing and free of flame retardants.
The main difference between IKEA and the “greener” brands above is the use of particleboard.
IKEA sells loveseats, sofas, sectionals, sofa beds, upholstered chairs, and recliners.
Prices start from $250
4. Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel eliminated PFAS and flame retardants from their upholstery. (However, I did hear from one of the fabric makers that they do use PFAS in 2021: Babyletto’s fabric company Livesmart by Culp confirmed that the Crate and Kids Babyletto Kiwi is made with .15% PFAS).
Some of the sofas I looked at had engineered wood (plywood probably) and some were labeled as solid wood inside.
There was standard polyurethane foam on the ones I reviewed, with no flame retardants.
The fabric swatches had an odor that was hard to describe, something similar to a very light rubber smell.
They sell sofas, loveseats, sectionals, sleeper sofas, upholstered chairs, and recliners.
Prices start at about $1000
5. Room and Board
Room and Board has also eliminated PFAS from their fabrics according to a an industry document and this confirmed in writing by their product reps. However they told a reader that the Advantage stain repellent is “like Teflon” (see comments) which is a PFAS (!!).
Some of the fabrics are GreenGuard Gold certified but I couldn’t pick up any major difference between those and their regular fabrics in terms of offgassing.
The frames are made from solid wood. The foam is regular polyurethane that is free of flame retardants, I did not see any memory foam options.
They sell sofas, loveseats, sectionals, day beds, sofa beds, upholstered chairs, and recliners.
Prices start at $1200
6. Vegan Polyurethane Leather Couches
This is not a brand, but a type of sofa to look for that I consider non-toxic and safe is a polyurethane (PU) faux leather sofa.
Whenever looking at faux leather check to see what kind of plastic it is. It could be PVC, PU, or nylon. I avoid PVC faux leather.
I like PU because it doesn’t contain plasticizers, PFAS, or other stain guard chemicals, it’s extremely low odor – and even that will pass soon. It is also is quite a good block of VOCs or semi-VOCs that could be coming from inside the couch.
- Elodie Finch makes a cute PU leather sofa for about $1000.
- Pottery Barn Teen makes a really cool lounger chair out of PU for $300.
Other: since 2022 Target has eliminated PFAs from textiles.
Alternative Sofa Options: Simple and Affordable
Daybeds and Futons
Some of the metal daybed frames will accommodate a MondoKing Thermarest.
You can buy simple futons with a solid wood or metal base from Amazon or IKEA.
IKEA makes a futon and simple metal-based sofa that contains polyurethane foam (no flame retardants). This option cuts back on other toxic materials used in regular sofas.
An even simpler option from IKEA is the Hammarn little futon for $129. This has a metal frame, and only a small amount of polyurethane (no flame retardants).
A simple option like this can be quite non-toxic and offgas rather quickly, especially after a little time airing out.
The more polyurethane, the more you have to offgas. Not all futons have foam though. You have to check what the fill is.
The more components you have inside a typical sofa, the more offgassing you have from pressed wood products, stains, and glues. Futons eliminate pressed wood products and cut down on glues used. They often don’t have stains.
Metal frames eliminate all offgassing of both stains and wood glues.
If you want a proper futon bed for sleeping made of truly safe or natural materials check out my post on mattresses where I outline a number of options in this category.
One major benefit of outdoor furniture is the simplicity of the design.
They have metal, plastic or solid wood as the base.
Outdoor cushions are made with either polyurethane or polyester fill and the covers are a water-proofed fabric that often contains PFCs. Offgassing from cushions used outside is not usually a concern but persistent chemicals like PFCs and PFAS are in my opinion.
IKEA outdoor furniture is free of PFOAs/PFCs.
Sumbrella fabrics are free of fluorochemicals and are PFC-free (free of fluorochemicals should mean PFAS-free as well as PFC-free).
Corinne Segura is a Building Biologist Practitioner with 8 years of experience helping others create healthy homes
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