I was very concerned that after all these months of anticipation, it would not measure up. But it is well-made, truly comfortable, roomy and fits my living room like it was made for it. Which it basically was.
Going couch-less was not easy. With this dark period now behind us, we can breathe a sigh of relief, fuss a bit over the cushions, and celebrate the close of our odd social pariah status. No longer will we have to burden casual visitors with an alarming earful concerning how and why I put my toxic Ikea sofa out on the curb, just to address the paucity of seating options.
We ended up with a couch from Robert Craymer, who had great designs and gave us a price break even before this blog started sending traffic his way, as I explain here. It was a long wait, although some of the delay was my responsibility as well, as I contemplated the materials, color, etc. Robert’s recently down-sized his operation and closed his storefront, and, as he told me, he’s happy to do orders, but they will take some time to fill.
It was finished in a simple, child-friendly brown, pre-washed twill. For filler, I did not go with latex, instead opting for the polyurethane foam with no flame retardants in it. (But others should at least review the excellent and detailed exchange in the comments to this post about the latex option, and the eco-issues with polyurethane foams.)
Here’s a picture with the pillows that I had on hand, which look great mixed with the four brown ones that came with the couch:
Now, about those chairs…
If you’re new to the “Sofa Saga,” or the issue of flame retardants, these other posts may be of interest to you:
- Ouch, Couch! A Sad Sofa Saga, Part One
- Ouch, Couch! A Sad Sofa Saga, Part Two
- Sofa Saga, Part Three: An Interview with Flame Retardants Expert, Heather Stapleton
- Sofa Saga, Part Four: Some Success! Two Great Sources for Greener Sofas
- Must Read: The Chemical Industry’s Big Fat Liar on Flame Retardants
- Curb Alert: Free (Toxic) Sofa
- California Governor Brown Orders State to Change Flame Retardant Rule
- Burning Questions: An FAQ on Flame Retardants in Furniture
- Must Read: Today’s Great New York Times Story on Toxic Sofas
- More Misadventures with Flame Retardants: So.Much.Fun.
- All Frothy Over Flame Retardants in Foam
And here’s sobering coverage of a study released Nov. 15, 2012, linking maternal-fetal levels of PBDEs, a particular and ubiquitous flame retardant found in 97 percent of the study subjects, to delayed development in the child at age 7.
There’s more! Coming attractions include a guest post by Ken Fonville, of Eco-Select Furniture, with an update on the California process from his perspective.
Full disclosure: I have not been paid any commission whatsoever by either company for this review or any other post, but Robert did rather casually mention that he might send along some additional pieces given the referrals he’s getting from the blog mentions. Lucky me!