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  1. surrounded

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Jun 22 2009 15:03:53
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    I am moving, and will be leaving my sofa behind. I have never suspected or found bedbugs in it, but no way am i taking it with me.

    is there some sort of sofa, or sofa approximation, that i can get that is bed bug proofable? like something on a metal frame, with individual cushions that can be taken off and put in a dryer. or cushions that i can put an encasement on. In the event that i ever get bugs again (i live in brooklyn), I cant afford to keep throwing out furniture.

    I wont invest in a new couch, as I cant afford a new one anyway and there is no way to find a bug-free used one in this town. Do I have to sit on the floor the rest of my life?

    any ideas?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Jun 22 2009 16:28:10
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    i recall that when i moved, i spent a few months sitting on those foldable canvas camping chairs. they were easy enough to fold up and throw in the bathtub, and that way i could pour steaming (or maybe even boiling) water over them if they needed to be cleaned. they weren't a long term solution, for sure, but they worked as a temporary fix while i tried to determine whether i was free of the bugs.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Jun 22 2009 17:08:56
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    actually now that i think of it...

    i suppose another alternative might be a futon? once you are comfortable that the bugs are gone you could get a futon and encase the mattress. then in the event of another infestation you should be able to steam the futon frame a bit more easily than you might be able to treat a couch.

    not sure what other's thoughts are on this. i guess it would depend on your likelihood of re-exposure, whether you would need to go that far.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jun 23 2009 9:20:58
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    I dont think my chances of re-exposure are terribly high, but i live in brooklyn, and I will be getting a roommate so they could potentially bring them in. and my boyfriend would be still living in the old apt, which has bugs next door. I havent figured out how to deal with that yet. I am getting some climb-up monitors for him so he will know if he ever has them again.
    I just think that it will a permanent concern, along with all the other vermin prevalent in the borough. And I dont want to invest in a new couch, if a year from now i might have to throw it out in paranoia. If i ever get a bug scare again, I want to be able to quickly treat everything.

    yes a futon couch might be an answer, and it could double as a guest bed. anyone know if there are any metal futon frames available?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jun 23 2009 9:37:15
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    i am answering my own question. there is a metal daybed at ikea that looks like it might work. the "TROMSÖ
    Day-bed frame"

    its not very attractive, but i can put lots of pillows and a big throw over the frame itself. and then all of that can go in the dryer, and the mattress can get an encasement. yay!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Jun 23 2009 13:14:11
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    hehe. glad you found something!

    also, you could put interceptors on the couch/futon/daybed frame itself, hopefully cutting down on the chance that it might get infested if you were ever re-exposed...

    in the meantime, get some cheap camp chairs so that you can put your feet up and relax! i think mine were only ten bucks each, or something to that effect...

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 2 2010 5:03:03
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    I don't know if this link will work but I did find a really great looking vinyl couch.

    I imagine vinyl sofas made for hospitals or other public places are engineered specifically to prevent bed bugs from hiding in them.

    This may be one of them.

    http://office-chairs.officefurniture.com/White-Vinyl-Low-Profile-Loveseat-AVN-220014.aspx?afid=nextag_of&mr:referralID=1fdeb9e0-f77d-11de-8544-000423c27407

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 2 2010 5:14:47
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    One more promising sofa design.

    http://www.csnsofas.com/asp/superbrowse.asp?clid=307&caid=&sku=DES1064&refid=XT41-DES1064

    I would call the companies that make furniture for public places. You can ask if their furniture is made specifically to be bed bug/insect resistant. I've seen vinyl and steel framed furniture in reception areas. Now I know why. I won't even sit on a cloth couch or chair any more. I sit on the tables if I have to.

    We need bed bug proof furniture now!

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 2 2010 11:04:26
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    There's these cheap benches that CVS sells in the summer that are made of heavy duty plastic. They have legs which maybe can sit in climb-ups. You could pile them on with pillows and cushions; you could even make it attractive mixing the pillow colors and textures . They're not very long, not near as comfy as a couch, but they'd be easy to clean and move about.

    I'm all for light weight furniture these days.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 2 2010 13:33:17
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    I had once posted here that I saw what I thought was a bedbug-proof designer set of couches in the lobby of a brand new hotel at a casino in CT. The couch was completely made of a very thick, viscous white foam. No wooden legs or metal legs or fabric or seams--just "poured" in a couch shape.

    I'd be concerned about any furniture that had any joint where metal touched plastic. I once was bitten on an airport chair that I had to sit in for 3 hours late one night. It was blue plastic with metal legs. I think the bedbugs could have been hiding in the screw heads, but the chair was bolted to the floor and I couldn't turn it over. I don't think there is any couch that is completely bedbug proof, but I did notice some rental beach houses in Cape Cod having the canvas-sling type of couches and chairs. Easy to clean, inexpensive to replace, easier to spot bedbugs--but impossible to climb out of once you sit in them unless you are very spry.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 2 2010 14:31:33
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    In the age of the ClimbUp, I would go for a sofa with metal legs -- preferably ones that come straight down like a traditional bed leg, so you could place them in ClimbUp Interceptors.

    Sofas with large stumpy legs or which have a lot of real estate touching the ground don't lend themselves to this.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sun Jan 3 2010 23:07:59
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    I thought these looked promising, except for the wood. Cushions can be thrown in the dryer.
    http://www.furnitureconcepts.com/Category/default.aspx/WILD-CHERRY-TOUGH-STUFF?id=285


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