Help - finally found counter stools but the offgassing is awful

muskokascpJanuary 27, 2014

I have been trying to find the right mix of modern but comfortable stool for 2 years. It needs to have a back ( high enough to do the job of supporting you but not too high) a padded seat and arm rests would be great. We often sit at the island for a long enough time that comfort is a big must have - the kids will do their homework, computer work and watch the tv at the island. I am in Canada so ordering stools equals a commitment to the stool in many cases.

Two weeks ago I found these stools at HomeSense and I jumped on them. They had 4 of them and the price was right at $150ea.

Everyone in the family loves them and they are super comfy. But they are smelly and they are giving me a headache. Yesterday was the first day that I really spent a lot of time working in the kitchen and by the end of the day I felt quite ill. I think I will have to return them...

Does anyone have experience with yucky vinyl offgassing? I worry that they will continue to smell beyond my time to return them and there are lots of scary stories about the chemicals and what they can do to you over time. I just don't want to take the chance.

So, assuming I return them - can anyone recommend a similar style stool?

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I've had the same problem with some computers...I think it might be the styro-foam packing. Whatever it was, it was terrible for about six weeks, every time my husband turned on the computer. Eventually, it finally 'burned off' or whatever, but it can be annoying and it gave me a bit of a headache.

My friend had a similar problem with new carpet in her basement. It was installed in the winter and she couldn't open the windows.

Can you store the stools out in the garage for a month or two, until the offgassing is a bit better? Do you think it's the vinyl...or maybe being stored in a warehouse and the vinyl just picked up some other odors?

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 1:29PM
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Below is a link. Is the material PVC?

Here is a link that might be useful: How to off-gas furniture

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 2:15PM
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I don't know if it's PVC but that's a good bet.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 2:55PM
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