Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:11 PM
If you're concerned about VOCs, then you should probably go with furniture made of metal, glass, or solid wood. No particle board, plywood, laminates, or the like. I doubt that coatings like paint or varnish are tremendously important, since they lose their VOCs as they dry, followed by perhaps a few months of outgassing, maybe less. It would depend a lot on the particular coating. You should avoid upholstered furniture, since it might contain endocrine disrupting flame retardants. They are probably the worst thing you'll find in furniture. Personally, in my own life I don't worry about VOCs much. For most people, the best place to put their effort is diet, exercise, and sleep. As a general rule, particulates are a bigger health problem than VOCs.