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Published on 27th March, 2019
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Kitchen Layout Design Guide

At a glance:

This 56 page guide is aimed at designers and manufacturers across the kitchen sector and has been authored by the ergonomics experts at FIRA International.

According to the latest statistics digest released in January by the Furniture Industry Research Association, the UK kitchen market was worth £2.6 billion in 2016 (up from £2.2 billion in 2015). This turnover is generated from 1,324 enterprises; so plenty of choice for consumers. Layout design is one aspect that can help set these organisations apart.

Highlights:

  • Ergonomics
  • Accessibility
  • Storage
  • Functionality
  • Hygiene
  • Designing for Recycling and Food Waste
  • Designing for Elderley and Disabled Users
  • Tools for Kitchen Designers

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  • Standards meeting report – Tables

    Standards meeting report – Tables

    News February 2019

    Development of ISO 19682 Furniture — Tables — Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability

  • Government update - Letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU

    Government update - Letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU

    News February 2019
  • Standards meeting report – Seating

    Standards meeting report – Seating

    News February 2019

    Key topic for discussion was ISO 7173 Furniture — Chairs and stools — Determination of strength and durability

  • Implications for business and trade of a no deal exit on 29 March 2019

    Implications for business and trade of a no deal exit on 29 March 2019

    News February 2019

    Government update

  • Baby Products Association technical meeting report - February 2019

    Baby Products Association technical meeting report - February 2019

    News February 2019

    Key topics included possibility of new Standard for mattresses used in moses baskets and carrycot.

  • HMRC impact assessment for the VAT treatment of low value parcels

    HMRC impact assessment for the VAT treatment of low value parcels

    News February 2019

    Impact of changes

  • DEFRA Guidance on F gas: guidance for users, producers and traders

    DEFRA Guidance on F gas: guidance for users, producers and traders

    News February 2019

    guidance to industry in the event of a “no deal BREXIT scenario

  • Help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

    Help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

    News February 2019

    Videos about trading after 29 March

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th February covering data and organisational compliance

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th February covering data and organisational complianc...

    News February 2019

    Summary notes from meeting and Government information leaflets on EU exit business readiness

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 7th February 2019

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 7th February 2019

    News February 2019

    Meeting notes available from the second forum

  • ‘Statistics Digest for the UK Furniture Industry’

    ‘Statistics Digest for the UK Furniture Industry’

    News February 2019

    £17.5 billion consumer spend on furniture and furnishings

  • ‘Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK regulations’

    ‘Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK regulations’

    News February 2019

    Third guide concerning electrical components in furniture

  • FEMB Technical Committee Meeting Report - January 2019

    FEMB Technical Committee Meeting Report - January 2019

    News February 2019

    Development of a European Standard for Sustainable Office Furniture Products.

  • No deal Brexit advice: changes for timber importers and exporters

    No deal Brexit advice: changes for timber importers and exporters

    News February 2019

    Businesses importing timber will have to carry out checks from day one of EU Exit.

  • Standards Meeting Report – domestic furniture

    Standards Meeting Report – domestic furniture

    News February 2019

    Insights from CEN TC 207 WG1 (the committee responsible for developing European Standards for domestic furniture)

  • New standard for office furniture published

    New standard for office furniture published

    News February 2019

    ANSI-BIFMA X5.9: 2019 Storage units

  • Revision of the Machinery Directive

    Revision of the Machinery Directive

    News February 2019

    The European Commission would like to hear your views

  • EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario

    EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario

    News February 2019

    Research Association guidance document - scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Herman Miller receives FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award

    Herman Miller receives FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award

    News February 2019

    Four chairs within the Cosm range are included in the award

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 31st January 2019

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 31st January 2019

    News February 2019

    The forum is likely to be hosted on a weekly basis until March 2019

  • UKAS accredited flammability testing

    UKAS accredited flammability testing

    News February 2019

    Our service provider, FIRA International, has expanded their facilities

  • The UK Government’s Resources and Waste strategy for England paper published

    The UK Government’s Resources and Waste strategy for England paper published

    News January 2019

    The Government Resource and Waste strategy forms part of the 25 Year Environment Plan

  • California TB 133 Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies

    California TB 133 Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies

    News January 2019

    California TB 133 has been repealed effective January 22

  • DEFRA guidance on trading in CITES listed species in the event of a no-deal BREXIT

    DEFRA guidance on trading in CITES listed species in the event of a no-deal BREXIT

    News January 2019
  • Club Green environment manual updated

    Club Green environment manual updated

    News January 2019

    Comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of environmental management

  • Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    News January 2019

    Policy for mattresses subject to 16 CFR part 1632

  • Government White Paper on Immigration

    Government White Paper on Immigration

    News January 2019

    Single immigration system, ending free movement

  • Final standards update for 2018

    Final standards update for 2018

    News December 2018

    Details of new standards and updates to others

  • Furniture inspection and repair - a year in review

    Furniture inspection and repair - a year in review

    News December 2018

    Service improvements, new colleagues and more

  • Furniture Industry Research Association summarise final quarter activity

    Furniture Industry Research Association summarise final quarter activity

    News December 2018

    Standards, new guidance, Brexit and more.

  • REACH EU exit guidance

    REACH EU exit guidance

    News December 2018

    Seven different scenarios are covered.

  • Office and contract furniture technical forum update

    Office and contract furniture technical forum update

    News December 2018

    Resources are now available to members.

  • Standards meeting report – Hardware for furniture

    Standards meeting report – Hardware for furniture

    News December 2018

    The working group discussed two new draft standards.

  • New document for surface finish assessment published

    New document for surface finish assessment published

    News December 2018

    PD CEN/TR 17292: 2018 Technical report regarding precision data for various standards

  • New European Standard for Office Seating published

    New European Standard for Office Seating published

    News December 2018

    BS EN 1335-2: 2018 Office furniture. Office Work Chair. Safety Requirements

  • ‘Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations’

    ‘Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations’

    News December 2018

    Details powered office furniture falling within certain Directives.

  • FIRA International unveils new look and investment programme

    FIRA International unveils new look and investment programme

    News December 2018

    New brand identity follows acquisition by Element Materials Technology

  • Vietnam-EU legal timber agreement signed

    Vietnam-EU legal timber agreement signed

    News November 2018

    The EU has signed an agreement to support the Vietnamese government.

  • New standard for seating published

    New standard for seating published

    News November 2018

    A new European Standard for assessing the stability of seating has been published.

  • Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    News November 2018

    “Compliance and Safety is always at the forefront at everything we do"

  • PEFC Annual Stakeholder Event Report October 2018

    PEFC Annual Stakeholder Event Report October 2018

    News October 2018

    Stakeholder meeting to discuss sustainable forestry and receive an update on PEFC scheme

  • Standards meeting report – domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report – domestic furniture

    News October 2018

    A meeting of CEN TC207 WG1, the European standards committee tasked with producing standards for domestic furniture

  • Standards meeting report

    Standards meeting report

    News October 2018

    CEN TC 207 WG9, the European Standards committee that develops common test methods for furniture standards

  • Guidance on buying and selling timber in a Brexit no-deal scenario

    News October 2018

    Includes links to the government guidance documents

  • BA recognised with second FIRA Gold certification at their BA Clic Components factory in Rotherham

    BA recognised with second FIRA Gold certification at their BA Clic Components factory in Rotherham

    News October 2018

    This follows on from a previous Gold certification awarded in 2010.

  • Furniture Industry Research Association release their latest Standards Update

    Furniture Industry Research Association release their latest Standards Update

    News September 2018

    The September update confirms the publication of a number of new standards across the furniture sector.

  • New Assured Advice from Hertfordshire Trading Standards

    New Assured Advice from Hertfordshire Trading Standards

    News September 2018

    Latest Assured Advice on whether arm caps are within regulations.

  • Children’s furniture standard - BS EN 16120: 2012 +A2: 2016

    News July 2018

    BS EN 16120: 2012 +A2: 2016 has had a minor change.

  • FIRA International sees extension to UKAS scope

    FIRA International sees extension to UKAS scope

    News July 2018

    FIRA International, has received an extension to their UKAS scope to now include high chairs.

  • ​G Plan Flair power recliner sofas and armchairs receive Ergonomics Excellence Award

    ​G Plan Flair power recliner sofas and armchairs receive Ergonomics Excellence Award

    News May 2018

    The new range of Flair power recliner sofas and armchairs from G Plan has received an Ergonomics Excellence Award from F...

  • FIRA International unveil latest Ergonomics Excellence Award recipient

    FIRA International unveil latest Ergonomics Excellence Award recipient

    News April 2018

    ​The ‘Ollin’ monitor arm range by Colebrook Bosson Saunders is the latest product to receive the FIRA Ergonomics Excelle...

  • ​CMD recognised for their ergonomics excellence

    ​CMD recognised for their ergonomics excellence

    News August 2017

    FIRA International have recognised CMD with an Ergonomics Excellence Award for their ‘Reach Spring Assisted Monitor Arm’...

  • British Furniture Confederation aims to kickstart stalled review on furniture flammability regulations

    British Furniture Confederation aims to kickstart stalled review on furniture flammability regulatio...

    News July 2017

    ​​The British Furniture Confederation is hoping to kick start the stalled review of Britain’s flam regs with a proposal ...

  • ​New Standards for children’s furniture published

    ​New Standards for children’s furniture published

    News January 2017

    Four revised standards for children’s furniture have been published. The standards have been produced by the Furniture I...

  • ​Standards meeting update

    ​Standards meeting update

    News September 2016

    CEN TC207 WG9, the European Standards committee responsible for developing test method standards, and chaired by FIRA’s ...

  • ​FEMB Technical Committee Meeting Report - September 2016

    News September 2016

    On Friday 16th September FIRA took part in the latest FEMB Technical Committee meeting in Milan, on behalf of the BCFA. ...

  • FIRA Quarterly Standards Update Report - September 2016

    FIRA Quarterly Standards Update Report - September 2016

    News September 2016

    Even though the summer months are traditionally quieter, standards making, both at an International and European level, ...

  • ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    News September 2016

    FIRA was informed yesterday that the Government has re-started the consultation into a potential revision of the fire sa...

  • ​British Standards for kitchen furniture to be revised

    ​British Standards for kitchen furniture to be revised

    News July 2016

    At a recent meeting at BSI in London it was agreed that the two main British Standards for kitchen units are to be updat...

  • FIRA Gold for Wade Spring

    FIRA Gold for Wade Spring

    News June 2016

    Leading manufacturer of spring based seating products for the Furniture industry, Wade Spring Ltd has achieved FIRA Gold...

  • ​New Standards Meeting Report from Europe

    ​New Standards Meeting Report from Europe

    News May 2016

    A meeting of the Standards Committee responsible for producing furniture standards, CEN TC207, was recently held in Pari...

  • ​FIRA Invests in Testing Division

    ​FIRA Invests in Testing Division

    News April 2016

    FIRA International has recently completed two investment projects, totalling £50,000 as part of its ongoing plans to upd...

  • ​New Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture now available

    ​New Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture now available

    News February 2016

    The Furniture Design Toolkit for the domestic sector is the only design resource to contain this highly valuable informa...

  • Government update on the revision of the UK furniture flammability regulations

    News January 2016

    ​On the 19th of January we received the following communication from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills:

  • ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    News December 2015

    Cause for concern over the potential toxicity of some flame retardant chemicals has prompted the UK's largest furniture ...

  • Mind the Gap conference tackles skills shortage

    Mind the Gap conference tackles skills shortage

    News November 2015

    ​The biggest challenge facing the furnishing industry over the next decade is a skills shortage, and to ensure our indus...

  • How do flame retardant chemicals impact on recycling furniture?

    News October 2015

    ​A report into the impact the use of flame retardant (FR) chemicals in upholstered furniture has on its disposal and rec...

  • Standards

    Standards

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  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Children’s Domestic Furniture - General safety requirements

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Children’s Domestic Furniture - General safety re...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • About membership

    About membership

    Benefits of membership and how we support the industry

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard  Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Seating – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Seat...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture - Tables and desks – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture - Tables ...

    Knowledge Hub

    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard    Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Storage furniture – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – St...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

    Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

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    The guide has been developed in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group, whose members include technologists...

  • The Furniture Industry Research Association Council

    Furniture Industry Research Association

  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

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    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

    Knowledge Hub

    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • Standards meeting reports archive

    Standards meeting reports archive

    Knowledge Hub
  • Quarterly Standards Update Reports

    Quarterly Standards Update Reports

    Knowledge Hub

    These quarterly reports reflect the changes to furniture related standards notified to the Research Association

  • Standards Update Report - June 2019

    Standards Update Report - June 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - March 2019

    Standards Update Report - March 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of four new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2018

    Standards Update Report - September 2018

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - June 2020

    Standards update report - June 2020

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19

    Ensuring that we play a responsible role in supporting the containment of the pandemic

  • Technical and consultancy services

    Technical and consultancy services

    Our experts can provide support on a wide range of topics, tailored to the needs of your organisation

  • Ergonomic services

    Ergonomic services

    Our highly qualified experts can help you maximise the comfort, safety and efficiency of your products

  • FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    Companies awarded by FIRA International for their design and manufacture of ergonomically excellent products

  • Standards Update Report - March 2020

    Standards Update Report - March 2020

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2019

    Standards Update Report - September 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2019

    Standards Update Report - December 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2018

    Standards Update Report - December 2018

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - June 2018

    Standards Update Report - June 2018

    Knowledge Hub

    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - September 2020

    Standards update report - September 2020

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Sustainability services

    Sustainability services

    We can help you meet your environmental responsibilities through our sustainability certification and management systems

  • Club Green

    Club Green

    Health, safety and environmental legislation service for the furniture industry

  • Club Green Member Newsletters

    Club Green Member Newsletters

    Environmental updates,

  • Club Green Members Manual

    Club Green Members Manual

  • Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

    Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme

    Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability through independently verified scheme for the furniture industry

  • The European Timber Regulation - your legal responsibility

    The European Timber Regulation - your legal responsibility

    Helping you comply with the European Timber Regulation

  • Chain of custody and timber procurement

    Chain of custody and timber procurement

    Our experts can help you implement a chain of custody systems

  • Flammability services

    Flammability services

    Our experts can help you deal with product safety issues, meet all the necessary regulations and protect your brand

  • ​Business Process Improvement

    ​Business Process Improvement

    Our experts can work with companies optimise processes to achieve more efficient results

  • FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    Flammability - Show your commitment to compliance with the fire safety Regulations

  • Assured Advice

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furn...

  • How to join the FIRA Flammability Compliance Scheme

    Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furniture flammability compliance scheme

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, ...

  • ​Childcare product classification

    ​Childcare product classification

    Knowledge Hub

    Identifying the difference between a toy and an item of furniture correctly, as the standards and test methods applicabl...

  • Leather types, characteristics and maintenance

    Leather types, characteristics and maintenance

    Knowledge Hub

    Leather types and characteristics, the benefits of testing and care and maintenance of leather upholstery

  • ​Specifying leather for furniture

    ​Specifying leather for furniture

    Knowledge Hub

    Identifying which standards and properties are relevant to leather performance

  • Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

    Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

    Knowledge Hub

    A summary of some of the products and standards relating to the manufacture, specification and sale of furniture and rel...

  • UV Pine lacquer free colouration

    UV Pine lacquer free colouration

    Knowledge Hub

    Adding colour to pine the natural way

  • What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

    What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

    Knowledge Hub

    Summary of highchair testing and specification requirements taking account of the current standards and possible introdu...

  • A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    Knowledge Hub

    Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating

  • BFC Manifesto for the Furniture Industry 2019

    BFC Manifesto for the Furniture Industry 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    The BFC Manifesto has been developed in response to an industry-wide survey it conducted soon after the EU referendum wa...

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2019

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2019

    Knowledge Hub

    In-depth analysis of the latest data sourced from Government bodies

  • Testing services

    Testing services

    Use our comprehensive testing services to evaluate the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of your product

  • Flammability testing

    Flammability testing

    UKAS accredited flammability testing on all types of upholstery, fabrics, foams, feathers and fillings

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2018

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2018

    Knowledge Hub

    This Digest reveals continued growth in demand for furniture and furnishings with consumer expenditure at £17.5 billion.

  • Upholstery testing

    Upholstery testing

    Upholstery tests focus on fabric, foam, flammability and structural.

  • Chairs and seating

    Chairs and seating

    Strength and stability testing of all types of seating, to ensure fitness for purpose

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2017

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2017

    Knowledge Hub

    Furniture industry statistics, including facts, figures and commentary covering furniture production and international t...

  • Beds and mattresses

    Beds and mattresses

    Beds, mattresses and components (springs, toppers, foams)

  • Tables and desks

    Tables and desks

    We test tables (including glass) and desks for safety, stability, strength and durability

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2016

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2016

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    Furniture industry statistics, including facts, figures and commentary covering furniture production and international t...

  • Storage furniture

    Storage furniture

    Our experts can test all types of storage furniture and components for safety, strength and durability

  • Kitchen testing

    Kitchen testing

    Kitchens must be fit for purpose, our tests replicate regular use and even occasional misuse

  • Recorded training sessions

    Recorded training sessions

    Knowledge Hub

    Helping members navigate regulations, directives and standards

  • Children’s furniture testing

    Children’s furniture testing

    We can test a wide range of childcare product including pushchairs, high chairs, changing units, cots and beds

  • Balustrade testing

    Balustrade testing

    Ensuring they meet domestic or commercial regulations

  • Test equipment

    Test equipment

    Need some in-house test equipment? Our experts can design and build equipment to your specification

  • Competitiveness of the UK furniture manufacturing industry

    Competitiveness of the UK furniture manufacturing industry

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    UK furniture manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. Factory gate sales of over £8.3 billion p...

  • Guide to Health and safety management for the woodworking and furniture industries

    Guide to Health and safety management for the woodworking and furniture industries

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    Fulfilling the legal requirements, implementing processes and maintaining documented systems

  • Improving UK Productivity and Industry 4.0

    Improving UK Productivity and Industry 4.0

    Knowledge Hub

    Details the potential for Industry 4.0 to improve productivity

  • Mind The Gap -  Skills and Training in the Furniture Industry

    Mind The Gap - Skills and Training in the Furniture Industry

    Knowledge Hub

    This report aims to fuel the development of industry wide initiatives to ensure that the skills agenda is fully addresse...

  • National Furniture Specifications - A Guide for Specifiers

    National Furniture Specifications - A Guide for Specifiers

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    Guide to assist specifiers in the tender process when acquiring contract or domestic furniture and a guide for manufactu...

  • ​Report on 'Real-life' UK kitchen study findings

    ​Report on 'Real-life' UK kitchen study findings

    Knowledge Hub

    Three year study into the way UK consumers use kitchens

  • Product Selection for the furniture supply chain

    Product Selection for the furniture supply chain

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    How to manage the product selection process from initial brief to placing your product on the market, working with your ...

  • FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

    FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

    Knowledge Hub

    FIRA Standard which specifies the requirements for the remanufacture of office and contract furniture including seating,...

  • Remanufacturing for the Circular Economy

    Remanufacturing for the Circular Economy

    Knowledge Hub

    Report summarising the finding of a project which compares the potential of remanufactured furniture versus brand new pr...

  • DecaBDE as a barrier to the Circular Economy

    DecaBDE as a barrier to the Circular Economy

    Knowledge Hub

    Whether an analysis of the impact of decaBDE being added to the UNEP POP list for the UK furniture industry is viable an...

  • Sustainable Forestry & PEFC scheme updates​ - January 2017

    Sustainable Forestry & PEFC scheme updates​ - January 2017

    Knowledge Hub

    These are notes from a Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) workshop

  • Study into the Feasability of Benchmarking Carbon Footprints of Furniture Products 2011

    Study into the Feasability of Benchmarking Carbon Footprints of Furniture Products 2011

    Knowledge Hub

    This study shows that the carbon footprinting of products is a complex subject, with a number of difficulties that need ...

  • Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

    Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

    Knowledge Hub

    This article is a simple, beginners guide to performance measurement.

  • Introduction to REACH Regulations training

    Introduction to REACH Regulations training

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    Recorded training session to give members of the Research Association a high level overview of REACH so they can underst...

  • Introduction to Biocidal Products Regulation training

    Introduction to Biocidal Products Regulation training

    Knowledge Hub

    Recorded training session to give high-level guidance on the EU Biocides Regulation (528/2012)

  • Introduction to EUTR training

    Introduction to EUTR training

    Knowledge Hub

    This European Union Timber Regulation to help Members who first place timber or timber products onto the European Market...

  • FIRA Guide to European Biocidal Products Regulations

    FIRA Guide to European Biocidal Products Regulations

    Knowledge Hub

    This guide will help companies and their suppliers to comply with the obligations they may have under the Biocidal Produ...

  • REACH - Guide to the Regulations

    REACH - Guide to the Regulations

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    Introduction to REACH and substances which affect the furniture industry

  • Sustainability Hotspot Analysis for the Furniture Industry

    Sustainability Hotspot Analysis for the Furniture Industry

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    The Furniture Industry Research Association presents the wide ranging aspects of a sustainability hotspot analysis by re...

  • Biomass Subsidies and their impact on the British Furniture Industry

    Biomass Subsidies and their impact on the British Furniture Industry

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    This report focuses on the Renewables Obligation woody biomass subsidy and the detrimental effect it is having on Britis...

  • REACH Update July 2020 - SVHC

    REACH Update July 2020 - SVHC

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    New substances added to the SVHC list

  • BREXIT - The Importance  of Planning Ahead

    BREXIT - The Importance of Planning Ahead

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    64 page guide for the furniture sector

  • Furniture inspection and repair

    Furniture inspection and repair

    Use our experienced technicians to support your customer care programme and meet all your inspection and repair needs

  • Contact FIRA Service Technicians

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  • Our Technicians

    Our Technicians

    Trained in-house to the highest standard, our technicians are based throughout the UK

  • Hear what our customers have to say

    FIRA Service Technicians customer feedback

  • Service Technicians Information on Coronavirus

  • Commercial sector furniture repairs

    Commercial sector furniture repairs

    We work across all commercial sectors covering office, educational, hospital, retail and hospitality furniture

  • Consumer services

    Consumer services

    For furniture consumers who need a repair

  • Consumer frequently asked questions

    Consumer frequently asked questions

    How our furniture repair service works and questions you may have as a consumer

  • Furniture Care

    Furniture Care

  • Independent inspection service

    Independent inspection service

    For furniture consumers who need a repair

  • For retailers and manufacturers

    For retailers and manufacturers

    Our Service Technicians can meet all your furniture inspection and repair needs

  • Reporting suite

    Reporting suite

  • Warehouse services

    Warehouse services

  • Furniture Inspection and repair

    Furniture Inspection and repair

  • Office Furniture Inspection and repair

    Office Furniture Inspection and repair

    We can carry out repairs on all types of office furniture

  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions

  • Furniture repair videos

    Furniture repair videos

    See our selection of videos showing how our experts carry out repairs

  • Upholstery repairs

    Upholstery repairs

    See how our experts restitch upholstery

  • Scratch repairs

    Scratch repairs

    Bringing a cabinet 'back-to-new'

  • Paint repairs

    Paint repairs

    Undertaking a paint repair to a wardrobe

  • Leather repairs

    Leather repairs

    How our experts repair leather upholstery

  • Gold Certification

    Gold Certification

    Our Gold Product and Installation Certification will help you stand out from the competition

  • Consumer benefits of FIRA Gold

    The benefits of purchasing products with FIRA International Gold Certification

  • FIRA International Gold certification holders

    FIRA International Gold certification holders

    Furniture Product Certification, Furniture Installation Certification, FIRA Gold

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  • Cabinets

    Cabinets

    Choose cabinet furniture that's right for you

  • Kitchen buying guide

    Kitchen buying guide

    What to consider for kitchen purchases

  • Mattress buying guide

    Mattress buying guide

    What will be the best mattress for you?

  • Outdoor furniture

    Outdoor furniture

    Options and advice on aftercare

  • Upholstery buying guide

    Upholstery buying guide

    Foams, fillings, fabrics and more

  • Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of bedroom, living room, dining room and home office furniture

  • Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of office and contract furniture

  • Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

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    Clarification from the OPSS (Office for Product Safety Standards) via the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office (TS), t...

  • A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for best practice

    A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for...

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    Can pressure mapping be used as a tool to assess comfort?

  • Flammability

    Flammability

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  • BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

    BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

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    Summary of the British Furniture Confederation’s Proposed Revision of Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regula...

  • Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations training

    Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations training

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    Recorded training session to help you understand the Furniture & Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations for household f...

  • Current and alternative flame retardants for upholstered furniture

    Current and alternative flame retardants for upholstered furniture

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    The use of flame retardants in furniture and furnishings is of great significance, especially in the UK, where fire safe...

  • Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors - a guide to the UK requirements

    Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors - a guide to the U...

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    The fire safety of upholstered furniture supplied into the non-domestic market is more complex. It is heavily influenced...

  • Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home - A Guide to the UK Regulations

    Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home - A Guide to the UK Regulations

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    Any filling material, whether foam or non-foam, intended for use in furniture, must meet specified ignition tests. This ...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

    Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

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    Advice for upholstery component manufacturers and suppliers to help identify the requirements for different upholstery c...

  • The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishings

    The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishin...

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    This report investigates the impact of the presence of flame retardants on the furniture industry in relation to the dis...

  • Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

    Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

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    Guide to help you understand the requirements for electrical systems in office and educational furniture

  • Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    For designers and manufacturers of furniture with electrical features, covering applicable EU Directives and CE marking ...

  • Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    Guide to the Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 in relation to domestic furniture

  • Electrically powered office furniture -  a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    The 62 page guide identifies the relationship with powered office furniture products such as sit / stand desking and oth...

  • Furniture and the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) 93/42/EEC - Guidance and CE marking requirements.

    Furniture and the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) 93/42/EEC - Guidance and CE marking requirements.

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    How to classify your products based on their intended usage, including Guidance on what all products must be subject to ...

  • The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

    The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

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    43 page guide to support the furniture industry in understanding the GPSD

  • CE Marking Toolkit

    CE Marking Toolkit

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    To support members in meeting the strict requirements of CE Marketing Directives