Information about BS 7177:2008

Fire test of mattresses, divans and beds.


Specification for resistance to ignition of mattresses, divans and bed bases.

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 mattress, divan or bed base should to be tested according to.

The filling used in domestic mattresses, divans and bed bases (low hazard) are also subjected to Government Regulation “Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988” with amendments.

Example of how product are tested according to this standard

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

Hazard category
typical examples
Domestic use (Low hazard) BS EN 597-1 & 2 Domestic dwellings (including non-motorized caravans)
Medium hazard BS EN 597-1 & 2,
BS 6807 source 5
Boarding schools
Day centres
Halls of residence at universities and colleges
Holiday camp chalets
Old peoples’ home
Residential schools
Services’ messes
High hazard BS EN 597-1 & 2,
BS 6807 source 7
Certain hospital wards
Offshore installations
Very high hazard BS EN 597-1 & 2,
BS 6807 source 7
+ 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

RISE Safety and Transport

Contact Persons

Anna Bergstrand

Phone: +46 10 516 58 54

Per Thureson

Phone: +46 10 516 50 83

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Phone 010-516 50 00, E-mail

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