Vermont Woods Studios Handmade Furniture


Natural Furniture – Questions to Help Ensure It’s Non-Toxic

October 8th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

More and more customers are contacting us these days looking for non-toxic, natural furniture.  For some people natural products are just an integral part of their lifestyle while others are trying to cope with newly-identified sensitivities and allergies they are tracing back to home furnishings and flooring.

I thought it might be helpful to list some of the questions one should ask when purchasing natural eco furniture:

  • What type of wood is used?
  • Where does the wood come from?
  • How is the wood processed?  Are chemicals used in processing?  What kind of chemicals?
  • What type of finish and/or stain is used?  Is it a low VOC or no VOC finish-stain?  Can you supply an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the finish?
  • What type of glue is used?  Is it non-toxic?  Does it contain formaldehyde?  MSDS available?
  • Where is the furniture made and by whom?
  • How is the furniture packaged for shipment?

If you have any questions or want to discuss the issues of natural, non-toxic furniture, give us a call or email us at Vermont Woods Studios.  We'll be glad to help!