New Educational Seating Standard


After years of development, BIFMA finally released the ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 Educational Seating standard. Although the standard is all new, testing educational furniture is not new to Advanced Furniture Testing. We have experience testing educational seating products and participated in the development of X6.1. Our lab is geared up and ready to start testing immediately!

X6.1 is intended to provide a set of test methods for manufacturers, specifiers, and end users with a common basis for evaluating chair safety and durability. The scope of products covered by X6.1 includes stacking chairs, tablet-arm chairs, chair/desks, stools, and convertible bench/tables.

The standard also gives consideration to a wide range of educational environments including preschool, elementary, high school, and college. The wide range of end users required BIFMA to develop methods that contain variable parameters to ensure the test loads are appropriate for the product. This is the first BIFMA standard with variable test parameters.

Now that ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 is released, it’s time for have your educational seating products tested! Contact Advanced Furniture testing to review your products and provide a quote for testing!