Is there a non-toxic padding I can use for dining room chairs?


Is there a non-toxic padding I can use for dining room chairs?

Asked by marsea

We have refinished a thrift store table & chairs and wish the padding under the new fabric to be chemical free. We have found padding made by Dacron & NuFoam, as well as Airtex, (polyurethane). But still looking for a safe option. Something without flame retardants. Any suggestions?

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Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS's picture

Dear Marsea,

Your two best options for non-toxic and non-flame retardant paddings are:

  1. Wool, which is in amplesupply on Whidbey Island. Contact your local 4-H group, and just make sure you wash it well before stuffingyour chairs; and
  2. Natural latex (foam rubber).

It can be a bit challenging to purchase natural latex insmall quantities so you might try purchasing some ready-made natural latex pillows from an onlineretailer such as

  • Make sure you speak to a sales representative to verify that the producthas not been treated with flame retardant.
  • Alternatively, contact a local professional upholsterer andinquire as to whether they might have some natural latex in stock that they would be willing to sell.

Good luck and enjoy your new dining set!

For more information:

Read "How can I reupholster furniture sustainably?" a Q&A answered by Kirsten Flynn.