Furnishings Focus Blog

Find everything you need to know about furniture testing right here. Advanced Furniture Testing is closely connected with the furniture industry and latest developments with test standards and requirements. Check back frequently for new posts and updates.


Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency

On October 29, 2015, UL, BIFMA, and the GSA conducted a presentation titled, Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency, at NeoCon East in Philadelphia. Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL discussed how variations in testing, reports, and product names present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met GSA requirements. Are there specific GSA requirements that help unify the testing process? Stevie Crum, Commodity Service Specialist for GSA, indicated several requirements during the NeoCon presentation that can help establish GSA acceptance and simplify the test report process. [...]

Join UL for A Presentation at NeoCon East

Join speakers from UL, BIFMA and the GSA for a presentation called “Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency,” which will be presented at NeoCon East in Philadelphia.  Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL will discuss how variations in testing, reports and product names can present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met requirements.  Join the group for a panel discussion on the importance of test report standardization and transparency in testing. [...]

Environmental Testing

We are excited to announce we are adding more services! We have recently acquired the capabilities to conduct environmental testing! We will have one environmental chamber in our Jasper lab for larger projects. Chamber is 32 cubic feet in size. This chamber has temperature and humidity control that range from -30 F to 375 F and humidity from 10 percent to 98 percent. [...]


Advanced Furniture Testing is officially now a part of Underwriters Laboratories. As of Today (October 1) we have been acquired by UL to broaden their services and portfolio in the furniture industry. We will bring our expertise in the mechanical testing sector to pair up with their safety and volatile organic compound testing services. [...]

Accreditation Awarded to our Jasper Lab!

We are pleased to announce that our lab in Jasper, IN has been awarded accreditation. A2LA has accreditated us in the following test standards; Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA); Kitchen Cabinetry Manufacturers Association (KCMA); Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB); and General Services Administration (GSA). The Jasper Lab is a 9,600 square-foot building equipped with over ten machines that can handle any mechanical furniture testing. [...]

GSA Intensive Use Updated

The GSA test standard formerly know as FNEW-269E Performance Test Method For Intensive Use Chairs has been adjusted slightly and made into a federal specification.  The new test standard will be called Federal 834a. The two most major changes to the test method are the cycle requirement for Cyclic Back and Back Tilt Mechanism Fatigue Test (now test 5. [...]