How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?
August 22, 2008 9:27 PM Subscribe
How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa
five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.)
posted by sebastienbailard to home & garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Bonus questions and info:
Are Ikea Karlstad couches especially bad? (I purchased mine up here in Ottawa, Ontario, if regionalization matters).
Are my cats in danger? They're in love with it.
Am I going to die, Doc?
Any guesses what chemical it is, and would it be the foam or the particleboard?