Healthy Non-Toxic Materials for Upholstery

Are you looking to buy safe, healthy natural materials for your upholstery project? This includes latex foam, wool batting, cotton batting, and various other natural fibers and fabrics – many with GOTS, GOLS or OekoTex certifications.

Evolution of Natural Upholstery

I’ve been sourcing ‘natural upholstery’ materials for over 12 years. Sourcing natural materials for use in upholstery has gotten easier, but is still a challenge, since the materials are manufactured for the bedding industry.

My intention has always been to help upholstery professionals, designers, and DIYers understand the ins & outs of working with these materials in a wide range of upholstery projects, so I’m happy to share what I know to help you source healthy materials.

A ‘One Stop Shop’ for Natural Upholstery Materials

Since my husband & I began building and reupholstering sustainable furniture using natural & organic materials back in 2009, I have been in communication with many vendors who sell them.

In three years of stocking and selling natural & organic materials myself through the Natural Upholstery website, I gained insight into both the supply side AND the experiences of my customers.

In late 2019, as I began focusing more on upholstery education, I discontinued sales of natural upholstery materials. Nevertheless, new inquiries continued to roll in asking where to buy the materials. In early 2020, I began contacting vendors who sell various one-off natural products, to gauge their interest in providing a ‘One Stop Shop’ where upholsterers could purchase all of the materials in one place. Finally, in January 2021,  I reconnected with a trusted vendor looking to work with the upholstery trade: DIY Natural Bedding.


DIY Natural Bedding

Deborah Brenton has been selling natural & organic non-toxic materials for DIY bedding since 2011. I have been corresponding with her about upholstery materials since 2016. From the very beginning of our association, I was struck by Deborah’s upbeat and friendly approach. Over the years we have developed a trust that stems from a goal we both share – to help people learn about using natural & organic materials, and to help them source healthy materials for their projects.

Please note: Below are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small compensation from the vendor if you decide to purchase the item at that link. This helps fund Natural Upholstery’s continued operation as an ad-free educational resource, and also helps DIY Natural Bedding continue to improve their services to the upholstery trade. We appreciate your support!

  • Custom Cut GOLS Certified Organic 100% Natural Latex Foam – manufactured using sap from rubber trees (Hevea Brasilensis) grown in Southeast Asia (featured in our video ‘How to Cut Latex Foam for Upholstery’).
  • Wool Batting produced in the USA – Sold by the yard (88″ wide), 1.8 lbs/linear yard with thin spun backing – use as a cushion wrap (requires ticking fabric when used under a woven cover fabric)
  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Batting – Sold by the yard (88″ wide), 2.4 lbs/linear yard – used as a foundation material, such as stuffing around springs, and inner padding layers.
  • Kapok Fiber – harvested from the seed pods of Ceiba trees growing in rain forest latitudes. Sold by the pound – for stuffing cushions or pillows.
  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Sateen Fabric – a lightweight fabric with a tight enough weave for use as a ticking fabric to prevent wool fibers from migrating through to the surface of your outer fabric.
  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Twill Fabric – a heavier twill weave with a tight enough weave for use as a ticking fabric, and ideal as a decking fabric.
  • Wooly Bolas – produced in the USA – for stuffing cushions or pillows.
  • Wool Felt – use in areas where light padding with minimal loft is called for, to replace thin foam, or as a foundation layer between springs and latex foam to protect the foam.

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about any of the above linked products, feel free to use this email link to contact Deborah, and she will know it is upholstery related and coming from this site.

See ‘Choosing Latex Firmness for Upholstery’.

This is the basic list. I’d love to hear your recommendations, your experience with a vendor or just your thoughts – please post them in the comments below, or drop me an email. Thanks for visiting!

Also see a list of Natural & Organic Fabrics for Upholstery.

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