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Blog/Opinion: UrbanGreen Hudson Stool Bench Review

One common complaint about “going green” and choosing healthier furniture is the price. This is because much of green furniture is made completely of solid wood and as result, carries a higher price. Now more companies are looking to make healthier and greener furniture at a more accessible price, such as the company UrbanGreen.

 

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Pros
  • Personalization options
  • Formaldehyde-free
  • Low-VOC finishes
  • Sturdy
  • No assembly required
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • None that we observed

 

Finished Bench
UrbanGreen makes furniture in many styles including modern and traditional. Their products are usually made with a combination of solid wood and wood veneers to reduce prices and to ensure consistency. We got the opportunity to try their Hudson Stool Bench in the Maple Amber Finish.

Finished Bench 2

The UrbanGreen Hudson Stool Bench is a simple yet attractive bench. It was obvious this was a quality product early on. It came assembled and ready-to-use, a great plus, and was very sturdy. No warping or cracks were visible, and no perceivable wobble when sat upon by people of various sizes. It worked great near the front door for guests to sit down and take off their shoes.

Another thing we noticed immediately was there was no “new furniture smell”, which usually occurs when furniture is outgassing formaldehyde and other VOCs found in glues, paints and finishes. This made it evident that UrbanGreen uses only formaldehyde-free glues and low-VOC finishes and paints (see Q & A: Green Paint).
While we chose the Maple Amber finish for our particular stool, all UrbanGreen furniture can be personalized in a variety of stains and colors, and in customizable sizes as well. The Hudson Stool Bench is available unfinished and in 15 different finishes including stains and solid paint. Unfinished it retails for $150, when finished, it costs an additional $50.

Overall, we feel that investing in quality furniture by UrbanGreen is a great way to improve the health of your home without having to spend too much. Their use of formaldehyde-free glues prevents indoor air pollution, and so benefits those with allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivity.

 

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UrbanGreen Hudson Stool Bench Review:  Created on March 8th, 2013.  Last Modified on April 27th, 2013

About Allison Rathey Kirby

Allison Rathey Kirby is Healthy House Institute's (HHI’s) Associate Editor and Director of Social Media. Formerly HHI's Tool Listing Editor, Allison has been with HHI for seven years - managing, editing, and contributing "healthy" content to the site. Allison is also the Associate Editor for HHI's sister site, The Housekeeping Channel.

 

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