There is a number of standards applicable for furniture, depending on its general purpose (e.g. office, outdoor, etc.). Amongst the most common ones listed below, there are numerous national standards which have to be concerned, when manufacturer deliver their products to the specific country.

In Germany the quality of furniture is assured by the Standard RAL-GZ 430, which is specified by different DIN-, EN- and ISO-Standards. In the Netherlands the quality criteria is defined by NEN 1812.

The standards for office- and children’s furniture is very high. There are numerous different standards for office furniture (EN 527, EN 1335, DIN 4551, etc.), and a very strict standard for children’s furniture (GB 28007-2011), concerning execution, design and technological premise.

  • EN 527 Office furniture – Work tables and desks
  • EN 581 Outdoor furniture – Seating and tables for camping, domestic and contract use
  • EN 1730:2012 Furniture – Tables – Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability
  • EN 13150 Workbenches for laboratories
  • BS 4875 Furniture. Strength and stability of furniture. Methods for determination of stability of non-domestic storage furniture
  • EN 1335 Office furniture – Office work chair
  • EN 1728 Furniture – Seating – Test methods for the determination of strength and durability– updated in 2012:
  • ANSI/BIFMA X 5.1 Office Seating
  • DIN 4551 Office furniture; revolving office chair with adjustable back with or without arm rests, adjustable in height
  • NEN 1812 Furniture standard from the Netherlands
  • EN 747 Furniture – Bunk beds and high beds – Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability
  • GB 28007-2011 Children’s furniture – General technical requirements for children’s furniture designed and manufactured for children between 3 and 14 years old
  • BS 5852: 2006 Methods of test for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources