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Rely on UL for the support, expertise and services necessary to compete successfully in the global furniture and bedding market.

The new realities of business require furniture manufacturers to manage a broad set of compliance challenges centering on safety, quality and environmental leadership. Rely on UL’s scientific expertise, teamed with our presence in major purchasing and sourcing centers around the world, to meet the challenge. We help manufacturers grow their market reach, meet regulatory demands and protect brand value.

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Our network of more than 130 laboratories and facilities in 39 countries uniquely positions UL to serve as a global testing and certification partner, drive the integrity of supply chains worldwide and broaden market access.

UL offers vital services for every stage of furniture manufacturing, from prototype through finalization. We can help determine risk before production begins with factory capability and social compliance assessments. We provide safety certifications, performance and mechanical testing, chemical and emission testing, flammability testing, and sustainability offerings for furniture and bedding – from raw materials and components to accessories and packaging.

We don’t stop after product development and production is complete: we support our customers through the entire business cycle with services aimed at efficiently getting products to market and managing supply chains.

UL’s expertise in compliance issues enables us to assist our furniture-industry customers in determining exactly what regulations apply to their target markets, which products need to be tested and whether testing should be conducted on components or finished goods. We can help customers develop a production testing plan, and provide guidance on regulatory details ranging from labeling requirements to record keeping.

Our detailed on-site safety assessments help detect variances and defects at critical checkpoints throughout the supply chain, from top-of-production (TOP) inspections and in-process quality checks (DU PRO) to packing and loading inspections.

UL provides our furniture manufacturing industry customers with one trusted contact for all of their critical business needs – from prototyping to sourcing, risk analysis, quality assurance, regulatory compliance testing, sustainability, and environmental certifications. UL uses recognized methods to test products for compliance, with international regulations and standards, including:

  • China – GB standards for furniture and fabrics
  • Europe – EN, FIRA and BS testing
  • Japan – JIS
  • North America – UL, BIFMA, 196 CFR and ASTM
  • Other international standards – ISO methods

We offer targeted services to meet the particular needs of every facet of the furniture manufacturing industry. Please visit the appropriate industry segment section for detailed information on specific services.

Areas of Focus

Children’s Furniture
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Household Furniture
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Institutional Furniture
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Mattresses and Bedding
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Office Furniture
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Retail Furniture
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UL certifies first products by Glen Raven to new standard Northbrook, IL April 17, 2014 – UL, a global safety science leader, announced today it is an official certifier to NSF/ANSI 336, a sustainability assessment for contract fabrics used in furnishings.  The first consensus-based sustainability standard for contract fabrics, the standard has been in development...

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From the earliest stone seats and beds used by non-nomadic cultures some 5,000 years ago to today’s advanced designs that are functional, comfortable and aesthetically attractive, furniture is an essential part of the human experience. Furniture contributes to the functionality and usefulness of every inhabited space, including commercial and institutional settings, residential environments and retail...

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A recent study by the University of Texas, Austin, has found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemicals emitted by their crib mattresses while they sleep. During the analysis of 20 new and used mattresses that contain polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding, it was found that the mattresses released high levels of...

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