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Table and Desks Testing

Why test tables and desks?

Tables and desks for the home, office or other contract environments need to be suitable for use and durable. They should be strong enough to withstand a reasonable weight and joints should remain tight with use over time. The use of glass in tables can also be a safety concern.

FIRA’s furniture and product tests simulate real-life use and misuse, providing a valuable insight into how a table or desk will perform and allow you to identify any issues before your customers do.

Domestic furniture - The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPS Regulations) legally require beds and mattresses for the home (domestic market) to present no, or minimal risk to the user.

Contract furniture - If you are supplying tables and desks for the contract sector, which is anywhere that is not classed as a domestic/home environment, the specification will usually state that a product is required to meet the relevant Standard(s) for its intended use. It is also now the case that many office and contract specifiers will not accept a product unless it has been tested by an independent, third party.

Complying with Standards and regulations for tables and desks

Testing is an easy way to ensure compliance and FIRA’s experts are knowledgeable and experienced in the practical requirements for meeting Standards and legislation.

There are British and European Standards applicable to the structural testing of tables and desks for both the domestic and contract markets.

Each Standard contains a series of tests which address strength, durability, stability and safety. The test methods and performance requirements vary depending upon the end use of the item concerned, whether for domestic, outdoor, office, contract or educational use.

Key areas for assessing tables and desks:

  • Safety - areas such as sharp edges and entrapment points in folding mechanisms;
  • Stability – making sure a table won’t topple if you lean or sit on it;
  • Strength – ability to withstand normal use loads, as well as foreseeable misuse, such as standing on a table;
  • Durability – assessing the performance of the table over its lifetime.
  • Dimensions for educational and office desks – read more about ergonomic and dimensional testing

Speak to a FIRA expert to find out the different tests required for your product. Contact us or request a quote.

Glass in tables and desks

The use of glass in tables can also be a safety concern, but carrying out glass fragmentation testing on tempered/safety glass, annealed glass or curved safety glass will help to ensure that if it does break, it breaks as safely as possible. Request more information or a quote for FIRA’s Glass Fragmentation Testing Service.

Dimensions for office and educational desks

Desks for the workplace and educational environments should meet the requirements of dimensional Standards. Read more about ergonomic and dimensional testing

Importing tables and desks

For products made in the EU, it is the manufacturer who is responsible for ensuring a product presents no or minimal risk to the user. However if you are importing tables and desks from overseas into the EU, you are responsible for ensuring a product presents no or minimal risk to the user.

Performance Levels

  • Domestic tables and desks
  • Non-domestic/contract tables and desks
  • Office tables and desks
  • Outdoor tables and desks
  • Educational tables and desk