Knowledge Hub Article
13th September, 2017
by Suzie Radcliffe-Hart
Identifying the difference between a toy and an item of furniture correctly, as the standards and test methods applicable to these two categories of product are substantially different.
Furniture Fire Safety
Key point: upholstered furniture has a significant impact on domestic house fires
FIRA International continues expansion programme
Members receive preferential rates on FIRA International testing
New standard for office furniture published
ANSI-BIFMA X5.9: 2019 Storage units
UKAS accredited flammability testing
Our service provider, FIRA International, has expanded their facilities
California TB 133 Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies
California TB 133 has been repealed effective January 22
Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads
Policy for mattresses subject to 16 CFR part 1632
Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations
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
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
The 62 page guide identifies the relationship with powered office furniture products such as sit / stand desking and oth...
Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors - a guide to the U...
The fire safety of upholstered furniture supplied into the non-domestic market is more complex. It is heavily influenced...
Guide to Health and safety management for the woodworking and furniture industries
Fulfilling the legal requirements, implementing processes and maintaining documented systems
The Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing
Advice for upholstery component manufacturers and suppliers to help identify the requirements for different upholstery c...
Testing all types of furniture and related products at our UKAS accredited labs
Product testing videos
A selection of video showing how our experts test various products
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
See how our experts test adjustable desk for stability and strength
How we test tables
See how our experts carry out performance tests on tables
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
Leather types, characteristics and maintenance
Leather types and characteristics, the benefits of testing and care and maintenance of leather upholstery
Bed frame testing
See how bed frames are tested for safety and durability
Ottoman bed testing
See how our experts set up an ottoman bed for testing to assess performance over a set number of cycles
Performance of furniture finishes and surfaces
Standards for testing furniture finishes and their performance requirements
How mattresses are tested
See our mattress roller in action. This test gives and indication of how mattresses will perform over years of use
Reduce upholstery fabric complaints through testing
Measuring fabric properties and characteristics
American Standards (ANSI/BIFMA)
ANSI/BIFMA Standards differ from British and European Standards, defining specific tests, equipment to be used, conditio...
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...
Balustrade testing is required in order to meet domestic and commercial building regulations
Bed and mattress testing
Our experts test all types of domestic and contract beds and mattresses alongside flammability testing, and component te...
Chair and seating testing
We can test all types of domestic and contract seating including upholstery, office chairs, high chairs, stadium chairs ...
Childcare products testing
Childcare product testing including pushchairs high chairs, changing units, cots and beds.
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...
UKAS accredited flammability testing on all types of upholstery, fabrics, foams, feathers and fillings
FIRA International test a wide variety of foams which are subject to light use to heavy duty usage – such as arm rests f...
Storage furniture testing
Surface finish testing
Surface Finish Testing for Furniture
Table and desk testing
test all types of domestic and contract tables including desks, dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, outdoor table...
Wood based materials testing
tests on raw materials used in the manufacture of furniture and related items, with specific expertise in the testing of...
Our testing team have a wealth of expertise in designing and building testing equipment for you to use in-house
BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017
Summary of the British Furniture Confederation’s Proposed Revision of Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regula...