Chemical Free Bedroom



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The Futon Shop, a family business since 1976, is dedicated to continue to manufacture premium chemical-free healthy mattresses, and eco-friendly furniture for you and your family. Let us help you make your bedroom and your home safe from harmful chemicals. It’s so simple; just ask your doctor or chiropractor’s for a note or prescription for no fire retardants added to your mattress. Most retailers purchase their mattresses in bulk and are unable to eliminate harmful fire retardants. Our custom made, premium Chemical Free and green futon mattresses can easily empower you to choose whether or not you want fire retardant in your mattress. A chemical free message from our CEO Suzanne Diamond.

The Futon Shop strives to create the kind of awareness that will empower the eco-conscience consumer to understand what is in the products they are buying, and that they have choices. The reason that laws have been mandated to control fire resistant mattresses is consumer safety from deadly house fires. The latest federal fire regulation is 16 CFR part 1633, which requires all mattresses to pass an open flame test. In California Technical Bulletin 117 applies for upholstered furniture and mandates every single component in an upholstered sofa be flame retardant.

According to US consumer Product Safety Commission, under regulated FDA flammability requirements of 16 CFR part 1633, with a doctor’s prescription from a licensed health care professional, one can purchase a bed or mattress without fire retardants. The Futon Shop has followed the law, by adding the most natural fire retardant to our cotton batting in the form of Borate aka Borax, aka Boric Acid. As for All Futon mattresses manufactured at The Futon Shop, the fire retardant boric acid is only sprinkled into the cotton, and no fire retardant exist in our soy-foam, latex or wool. Boric acid is not a known carcinogen by the EPA, the state of California or the IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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Nevertheless as a consumer, you have the right to eliminate fire retardants of any kind in the products you buy for your health and your family. We want you to have voice and have choice.

A recent HBO Documentary titled, "The Toxic Hot Seat", discusses the issues of chemical flame retardants and their adverse affects on health. It's estimated that 90 percent of Americans have some level of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies. More disturbing, is that many of these chemicals are also known to accumulate in breast milk. This alone is highly disturbing because many studies have linked them to human health risks including infertility, birth defects, lower IQ scores, behavioral problems in children, and liver, kidney, testicular, and breast cancers.

Moreover, the documentary goes into how the tobacco industry was instrumental in pushing legislation for chemical flame retardants in furniture, as nearly 40 percent of Americans smoked, creating a major source of fires. Rather than creating a self extinguishing cigarette, the tobacco industry, under increasing pressure to make fire-safe cigarettes, created a front group called the National Association of State Fire Marshals, who, rather than forcing the issue of creating self extinguishing cigarettes, pushed for federal standards for fire-retardant furniture.

Chemical Free Livingroom

Chemical Free Living Room

Creating a comfortable and non toxic place for your family to sit and entertain friends is a big part of what we do. Our sofa bed frames are manufactured from solid hardwoods and utilize Low VOC finishes in a variety of colors while offering a formaldehyde and toxic free environment. A futon frame is a sitting and sleeping environment so you can sit by day and sleep by night. Wall hugging convertible futon sofa frames offer a great space saving alternative as the frame does not have to move away from the wall while converting into a bed. Choose from over 45 fire retardant free and non-toxic futon mattresses made from natural fibers. Finish up with removable and washable slip covers in hundreds of fabrics with matching organic cotton and wool throw pillows. The end result is a non-toxic, chemical free sofa that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.


Chemical Free Bedroom

We spend one third of our lives sleeping. Our bodies are vulnerable to cell disruption when we let go and sleep, which is why chemical free bedrooms are a starting place in our fight against breast cancer. As we sleep, it is important that the air we breathe be clean and free of VOC’s such as those found commonly in polyurethane foams and other materials made from petrochemicals. Harmful toxins like fire retardants, found in many products, can pollute our bodies and minds causing sleeplessness and disease. Providing an eco-friendly sleeping environment is essential to your health. Start building this eco-sleep system with a chemical free natural hard wood platform bed frame with a breathable slat system without box springs made without harmful VOCS, formaldehyde or glue. Then choose from over 45 fire retardant free, non-toxic futon mattresses made from natural fibers.


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Chemical Free Baby Room

Creating a chemical free environment for your child should be one of the most important tasks for new parents. Infants sleep up to 20 hours each day while their body is growing and developing. Government and university studies suggest great harm is being done to our children from chemical exposure. These dangers range from organ and brain development, illnesses such as cancer, and sometimes death. Give your child the healthy start they need and deserve by offering natural, flame retardant free and non-toxic baby mattresses for their cribs. We offer 6 chemical free options for your new baby.


Chemical Free Coconut Mattresses

Creating amazing non toxic chemical free mattresses all starts with the ingredients. Natural and chemical free ingredients, such as, USDA Certified Organic Cotton, Natural Dunlop Latex, and most recently, All Natural Latex infused Coconut Coir are what we use to make our mattresses. Wool is used as a natural fire retardant in all of our chemical free mattresses. This allows us to pass all U.S. and California standards without the use of chemical fire retardants. All of our chemical free mattresses are manufactured in the United States in San Francisco, California facility. Choose from soft, medium, firm and ex-firm support. Whether it’s a topper to cover your existing mattresses or a new non toxic mattress or futon, we offer over 45 unique and comfortable choices to fit any lifestyle.



October Was Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October we joined in the fight to end Breast Cancer, as we proudly Sponsored Boarding For Breast Cancer. During the entire month of October 2015, 1% of every chemical free mattress or futon sold by The Futon Shop was donated to Boarding For Breast Cancer to educate our young woman and men. The Futon Shop, in collaboration with Boarding for Breast Cancer, introduced education on prevention and lifestyle change to students throughout California in the Boarding For Breast Cancer's B4BC Fall Campus Tour. The Futon Shop proudly represents the chemical free furniture option for those who want to go organic and remove toxic chemicals from their environment. For more information please visit