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5 Questions Parents Should Be Asking Before They Buy a Play Couch

With so many play couches on the market it can be tough to figure out which one is the best for your little one and for your space. We see you, and we are right there with you. If you are trying to figure out where to start, here are some things you might want to ask yourself while you’re shopping for the right imagination building tool kit!

Why is the type of foam so important?

Not all foam is family-friendly. You want to offer your kids a safe space to play and let their imaginations grow and thrive, but you also need to make sure that you’re not exposing them to harmful chemicals. Some play couches can come with foam loaded with toxic chemicals, like flame retardants, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Figgy uses CertiPUR-US® foam manufactured right here in the USA and free from mercury, lead, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Did you know? CertiPUR-US foam is the highest-standard on the market.

What kind of dye or chemicals are used in the fabric? 

You want to ensure your little one doesn’t come in contact with toxic dyes, which can be harmful in your home and to sensitive skin. A lot of synthetic textile dyes, like the notorious azo dyes, are carcinogenic! In fact several countries in the EU have banned them, but they can still make their way into products shipped from overseas. 

That’s why Figgy only uses non-toxic fabrics, and we are happy to share that all of them are OEKO-TEX® certified! Having this label ensures the textiles were tested for harmful substances. Figgy Play Couches are designed and crafted right here in the U.S. You can rest easy knowing we’ve gone through all the right steps to make sure you and your little one have a safe and fun product your family will love! 

Does the company conduct third party testing or certifications? 

Quality-control testing ensures that products purchased are safe for the consumer, but it can be discouraging to find out that many of those tests are performed by the brand themselves. It’s a conflict of interest and can leave buyers feeling uneasy. That’s why it’s important for companies to be clear and upfront with their customers, and offer them results from independent testing. 

The Figgy Play Couch undergoes exactly that kind of third-party independent testing. At Figgy, quality and substance matter, that's why we don’t shy away from rigorous testing to ensure that our products meet the highest quality standards. 

Is this play couch made to last?

With any piece of furniture or investment into your kiddos’ play room, you want to ensure that your money is being well spent and you have a product that’s going to last for several years. Sure, a less expensive play couch could save money now, but if you’re having to replace it every few months, you’re actually losing more money. The Figgy is made to last so that it can grow with your child, and withstand all the play-time and rebuilds that their imaginations can come up with. The foam is sturdy enough to hold a 10-year-old jumping on it (we know because we tested this!), and even thick enough for an adult to comfortably nap (which as a team of parents with little ones just like yours…we have also tested). 

What type of play couch design will I need?

From minor rebuilds to fully separate pieces that can be stacked and arranged in dozens of designs, there are tons of choices on the market. However, if your little one is notorious for building forts, rocket ships, and mansions out of your cushions, the Figgy is the ONLY play couch for you. Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to a good play couch. That’s why we built the Figgy with patented velcro connectors – so that all their wildest builds are safe and stable. Other couches simply won’t hold and stick.  In fact we are the only play couch on the market with patented Velcro connectors- That’s The Figgy difference 

The Figgy Play Couch was designed with families in mind. 

Our team in South Carolina assembles each Figgy Play Couch by hand, and our products are made to order. That means you won’t run into problems like harmful mold growth or unpleasant smells associated with chemicals meant to preserve the integrity of the foam pieces.

The Figgy is built to last, with strong patented Velcro® connectors and water-proof optional liners. Let’s face it, kids are messy! If you’ve ever said, “Please, be careful and don’t spill that,” only to watch as your little one took three more steps before spilling everything they were holding, we understand that. We’ve all been there. That’s why we love offering machine washable and dryer safe options. Spills happen! 

Don’t worry, we know what your next thought was. “Removable covers mean zippers!” You’ll be happy to learn that the Figgy is made to keep your kids AND home safe from scrapes and scratches. Our zippers are hidden, which protects little hands, as well as floors and walls. 

Figgy Play Couches are proud to be made in the USA. Not only can we guarantee that our play couches pass the highest-quality standards and guaranteed testing, we can hold true to our promise to deliver hand-made designs with families in mind. 

About The Figgy Play Couch

Figgy’s CEO and co-creator, Rachel Neill, first thought of the Figgy Play Couch during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many of us, Rachel was stuck inside with kids who were just dying to get out and play. While she was working from home, she was also struggling to keep her six kids entertained. Rachel got to work and came up with the Figgy play couch! By using Kickstarter to start fundraising, the initial goal for funding was met just minutes after launching. As a brand made for kids, by parents, customers came flooding in and have built the Figgy from the ground up. There’s no question that corporations are notorious for cutting costs at the expense of safety, which is why we’re proud of our play couches, and work hard to provide a quality product, rigorously tested and inspected to ensure kids are safe, having fun and parents are happy!


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