Runny nose? Itchy, watery eyes? 


The most common allergens in your home that could be bothering you are pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. While regularly cleaning can help get rid of some allergens these can be hidden in places you might not have thought about. Your furniture and bedding can be the home to many of these allergens.


If you suffer from allergies often and are looking for new furniture, here are some tips to keep in mind.


Opt for a Raised Leg


Choosing a raised leg will allow you to easily clean floors and see when things start to get dusty. Having the legs and bottom of the sofa or sectional uncovered, the dust won’t build up and go unnoticed. 


Try one of these exposed leg sofas… 



The Arroyo Sofa






The Alessio Sofa







Pros and Cons of Leather vs. Fabric Upholstery 



Fabric Upholstery Pros


  • Typically more budget-friendly 

  • More selection in terms of colors, patterns, and texture

  • Termed as comfortable with soft, plush fabric options 

Fabric Upholstery Cons


  • Must be cleaned often by vacuuming and using special cleaners such as stain-resistant products

  • Fabric can trap allergens and dander creating problems for people with allergies 

  • Fabric can wear down over time 


We have a wide range of fabric options such as… 


The Lewiston Sofa





The Mammoth 2pc Sectional






Leather Upholstery Pros


  • Can be cleaned easily using a microfiber cloth, mild soap, and vinegar 

  • Won’t allow dust particles to penetrate the surface

  • Gives a high-end look and feel 

Leather Upholstery Cons


  • Can be pricier than fabric

  • Can be cold in the winter months & hot in the summer months

  • Can show scratches over time 


A few of our favorite options in leather…


This Craftmaster Leather Sofa 






The Fenwick Power Reclining Sofa 




No matter if you are a leather lover or fabric fiend there are pros and cons to leather and fabric upholstery. Thinking about your home and lifestyle will help you determine the best furniture cover for you.

Choose Enclosed Storage Pieces 


In order to avoid your belongings being covered in dust, it is best to have enclosed storage. Having exposed shelves may put your items at risk of collecting dust. 


Check out these enclosed storage options…


Elson Storage Ottoman 



                                                                                                                 The Dorvale Accent Cabinet






Mattresses & Bedding 


Allergens can also infiltrate your mattress and bedding. Your mattress is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your house- you spend roughly 8 hours every day in bed so it is important that we take care of it. 


Tips for combating allergens in Mattress & Bedding


Washing your sheets often can help reduce the number of allergens you are being exposed to but depending on the fabric- it may not be enough. 


Using hypoallergenic fabric for your sheets and pillows can be super helpful in keeping out allergens. 


Here at Old Brick, we recommend Bedgear


Bedgear’s Story started with a frustrated father. His son developed allergies and he needed to sleep on hypoallergenic sheets which he found were hot and stuffy. His father, the CEO, started sowing lacrosse shorts together to form sheets, which was the start of performance bedding. 


Bedgear offers mattresses, pillows, sheets, and mattress protectors. These performance products maximize airflow to help you sleep all night comfortably long by allowing your body to regulate its temperature naturally. If you want to learn more about Bedgear, read our Bedgear Blog here or check out the products on our website here.