Knowledge Hub Article
30th June, 2017
by Furniture Industry Research Association
BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017
The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is the furniture industry’s representative body which seeks to ensure all Government policies and initiatives support a thriving furniture, furnishings and bed sectorView BFC proposal
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Product testing videos
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Overview of our product testing services
FIRA International product testing services video, furniture and related products
See how furniture experts test adhesives
How our experts test the durability of cots
Furniture experts test for strength, durability and stability of drawers
Cabinet door testing
How our experts test furniture cabinet doors for durability
Sliding door tests for durability
see how our experts test all types of doors on furniture for durability - cabinets, sideboards, wardrobes, occasional fu...
Testing height adjustable desks
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How we test tables
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Testing of domestic and non-domestic seating
Our experts can test domestic and non-domestic chairs for strength and stability
Here's an example of how our experts test a bench for strength and stability
Furniture arm testing
Video showing experts testing for strength, durability and safety of furniture arms
How we test motorised recliners
See how our experts test motorised recliners
Office chair testing
See how our experts test the swivel mechanism on office chairs
See how the experts test sofa's
Video of furniture flammability test, comparison of pass and fail, regulations, fabrics and foam
Testing colour fastness to light
Our experts can test fabric for colour fastness to light
Fabric colour fastness tests
See how our experts gauge how liable fabrics are to colour fastness when rubbed.
See how our experts test foam used in upholstered furniture for for durability
Ottoman bed testing
See how our experts set up an ottoman bed for testing to assess performance over a set number of cycles
How mattresses are tested
See our mattress roller in action. This test gives and indication of how mattresses will perform over years of use
Seating - American standards testing
Safety and performance testing to various ANSI and BIFMA American standards
Ensuring they meet domestic or commercial regulations
Childcare product classification
Identifying the difference between a toy and an item of furniture correctly, as the standards and test methods applicabl...
Beds and mattresses
Beds, mattresses and components (springs, toppers, foams)
Chairs and seating
Strength and stability testing of all types of seating, to ensure fitness for purpose
Leather types, characteristics and maintenance
Leather types and characteristics, the benefits of testing and care and maintenance of leather upholstery
Children’s furniture testing
We can test a wide range of childcare product including pushchairs, high chairs, changing units, cots and beds
UKAS accredited flammability testing on all types of upholstery, fabrics, foams, feathers and fillings
Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK
A summary of some of the products and standards relating to the manufacture, specification and sale of furniture and rel...
We undertake performance and flammability testing on foams for domestic to heavy contract use
Our experts can test all types of storage furniture and components for safety, strength and durability
What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?
Summary of highchair testing and specification requirements taking account of the current standards and possible introdu...
Our UKAS-accredited lab can test surface durability against factors such as abrasion, impact, heat and chemicals
Tables and desks
We test tables (including glass) and desks for safety, stability, strength and durability
Our experts can test fabrics properties such as physical strength, colour fastness, pile retention and wear resistance
Wood based materials
We test raw materials used in the manufacture of furniture, with specific expertise in wood based products
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