Information about BS 7176:2007

Ignitability of uphostered furniture.


Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating by testing composites.

Why test according to this standard?

This standard only refers to other test standards. The standard is used to assess, depending on end-use environment, which fire test the upholstery furniture needs to be tested according to. Upholstered furniture for domestic use is not covered by this standard, instead the “Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988” with amendments is applied.
Example of how products are tested according to this standard

The table shows which test methods upholstered furniture should to be tested to, depending on end-use environment involved.

Hazard Category
Typical examples
 Low hazard BS EN 1021-1 & 2 Colleges
Day centres
Medium hazard

BS EN 1021-1 & 2,
BS 5852, source 5

Hotel bedrooms
Places of public entertainment
Public buildings
Public halls
Public houses and bars
High hazard BS EN 1021-1 & 2,
BS 5852, source 7

Offshore installations
Sleeping accommodation in certain hospital wards and certain hostels

Very high hazard BS EN 1021-1 & 2,
BS 5852 source 7 (clause. 11 or 12)
+ additional tests
Locked psychiatric accommodations
Prison cells

Sample dimensions

Different sample dimension for different test methods. See each test method. 

Short test description

The test procedure varies, depending on the test method. See each test method.



Related Information


Fire testing – furniture and furnishing

Business Areas

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Anna Bergstrand

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Per Thureson

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