Furniture & Autistic son

twingleOctober 27, 2012

I have 4 boys. My youngest is Autistic. He is 9. He is potty trained but when he is going through a period o adjustment he has deliberate potty accidents. Its his way of letting you have it I guess anyway he has ruined my 2 couches & I had to throw them out. These couches were scotch guarded & washable covers but too many accidents. Any suggestions of what kind of couches and how to protect them?? Thx

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    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 5:08PM
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Leather can be porous, so I would recommend a commercial grade vinyl. Naugahyde is one brand.
But more important is to purchase a sofa that is "ready to assemble" and that also assembles together using standard module parts/components. Easy to replace any of the components that have been damaged. For instance you can replace or repair a seat cushion or arm or seat deck etc. Even with the same original material.
No more throwing out the whole sofa just because one place needs to repaired.

Here is a link that might be useful: replace or repair modular built sofas

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 9:05PM
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I have a fabric couch; the cushions that we sit on are covered with a twin-sized waterproof mattress pad, tucked around the cushions and secured with those little straps that are sold to hold dust ruffles in place, and then there's a machine-washable slipcover over the whole thing, including the back cushions. I expected that it would be obvious that one was sitting on a waterproof mattress pad, but it's not "crunchy" or uncomfortable at all. If I were concerned about urine on the back cushions, it would be pretty easy to put another twin-sized waterproof mattress cover around those: the slipcover fits over it just fine.

Not the most elegant solution, but it got us through a "pee-on-the-couch" phase without any damage to the underlying cushions. Now if only I were confident that the "vomit-on-the-couch" stage were over... but that one seems to reappear a few times a year!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 3:02AM
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Whatever you decide to buy, you might want to consider using a twin size waterproof mattress pad on the seating area when your son is sitting on the sofa. It can be removed for washing as well as when having visitors.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 4:53PM
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