If you’re interested in creating a healthy, healing natural environment in your home, don’t overlook the sofa. Conventional sofas are made with petroleum-based foam and have added flame retardants. It may be somewhat easier to find a conventional sofa without adding flame retardants now (Ikea carries some), but a sofa made with only natural ingredients is an even better choice. Look for one that is made with natural latex, eco-wool, FSC-certified wood, and upholstery made from organic, natural fibers.
If you are set on buying such a sofa, it will cost you a few thousand dollars at least. Make sure the company you are buying from does not also sell conventional sofas. If they do also sell conventional sofas, you know that they are not committed to the issues. Also, there is a risk of contamination since the sofas are likely stored in the same warehouse.
At this writing I have not found any low-budget options for a real sofa. However, there are more affordable ways to create your own sofa, though it won’t look the same.
The Organic Futon
One option is a futon. There are futons made of eco-wool, organic cotton and/or natural latex. You can use this on a plain wooden futon frame for a simple, pure seating option. This may not fall into the range of “affordable” for most people, but would be cheaper than an organic upholstered sofa.
The Organic Daybed
Another simple option for a more affordable sofa is to go the route of the daybed. Natural latex and organic wool mattresses are much more affordable now than they were a few years ago, probably thanks to demand and some smart entrepreneurs. You can use natural latex pillows as cushions for the back. This works best when you have a nook to place the couch into, so that the back is against the wall, and the sides have something to lean against. This is the option I chose for my own home, and it cost me around $1000.
The Organic DIY Sofa
If you are a bit crafty you can make your own DIY organic sofa. Start with finding a sofa frame made of wood, bamboo or rattan. Then find some natural latex cushions, have them made to fit your frame, and either use your sewing skills to make covers for them or have an expert do it for you.