Membership Projects

The Furniture Industry Research Association carries out a range of research and development projects on behalf of the industry, providing a voice to government and continually pushing the standards within the furniture industry in the UK and abroad. Below are some examples of recent projects.

Furniture Design Toolkit

Launching in January 2016, this is a new toolkit for designers of furniture for the home and specialist furniture for elderly and bariatric users. The Toolkit will focus on three areas of furniture:

  • Domestic furniture
  • Furniture for elderly and disabled users
  • Furniture for bariatric users

It will include key information about ergonomics, user testing, task analysis and standards. Click here for more information.

National Furniture Specifications

Launched in 2015, National Furniture Specifications offers a free, easy to use online portal that provides clear, concise and accurate information to support those specifying, developing or reviewing tenders for non-domestic and contract furniture. Click here to visit the website.

Statistics Digest

Published annually, the Statistics Digest comprises almost 40 pages of facts, figures and commentary covering production and international trade for a wide range of product groups. It also assesses some of the key drivers behind furniture spend such as lending and house purchasing patterns. The Digest is free to members of the Association, and available for non-members to buy here.

REACH Awareness

The 'REACH' awareness service was launched in February 2013 to companies comply with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals), a system of regulations controlling chemicals in the European Union.

The REACH Awareness Service provides FIRA members with a suite of information and guidance on the Regulations including:

  • REACH Guidance Sheet, Glossary and Timeline
  • Series of 'Substance Information Sheets' applicable to the industry
  • Substance databases

Education and training requirements survey

A survey of the status of skills and training within the industry, this project was carried out on behalf of the Association and the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and served to fuel the development of industry wide initiatives to ensure that the skills agenda is fully addressed. Click here to view the results of the survey.