These days there are lots of things to consider when making furniture choices for your home. Is the fabric sprayed with chemicals to make it stain-and water-resistant? Are the cushions impregnated with fire retarding chemicals? Is the wood solid, or is it particle board emitting formaldehyde?
It may surprise you to learn that much of the furniture sold in the U.S. can’t be exported to other countries because they don’t allow these chemicals in furniture. The good news is there are many companies which are making excellent quality furniture using only natural, sustainable materials without toxic chemicals. A good resource that has particularly high standards can be found here.