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Quality requirements

The furniture/product groups that undergo quality testing are: tables, office desks/worktops, sitting furniture, school and nursery furniture, storage furniture, beds and mattresses. The quality requirements are presented below.

TABLES
(for contract- and consumer market)

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 12521:2009

  • This involves, for example, requirements for tube ends to be closed or covered, for edges to be free from burrs and to be rounded or chamfered and for there to be no cutting or crushing risks associated with use.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1730:2012

  • Here, the product is subjected to loading in the relevant directions (longitudinal, transverse, vertical and horizontal loading), static  loading, horizontal and vertical fatigue tests, impact tests  against the desk surface, and drop testing.

DURABILITY OF THE SURFACE
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS: NS-EN 12720, NS-EN 12722, NS 8057 and NS 8058

  • The desk surface is tested for its resistance to various types of liquids and stresses: water, grease, colouring liquids (coffee), dry heat, grease in scratches, scratching of the surface. The subframe is tested for water and grease on the varnish surface.

GLASS USED IN FURNITURE
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14072


OFFICE DESKS/WORKTOPS
(for contract- and consumer market)

DIMENSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 527-1:2011

  • Requirements apply concerning the usable area of the work surface (minimum requirements), the height of the work surface and minimum requirements for legroom.

SAFETY REQUREMENTS
IN ACOORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 527-2:2003

  • Requirements are imposed for tube ends to be closed or covered, for edges to be free from burrs and to be rounded or chamfered and for there to be no cutting or crushing risks associated with set-up and use, etc. Requirements concerning stability also apply. This is tested through application of the load at the centre of the short side (the longitudinal direction) or the centre of the long side, 50mm in from the desk edge.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 527-3:2003

  • Strength and durability are tested with regard to static vertical and horizontal loading in the relevant directions and in the most exposed places, fatigue horizontally and vertically and drop testing. Stricter requirements are imposed on office desks/work surfaces than ordinary tables.

DURABILITY OF THE SURFACE
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS: NS-EN 12720, NS-EN 12722, NS 8057 and NS 8058

  • The desk surface is tested for its resistance to various types of liquids and stresses: water, grease, colouring liquid (coffee), dry heat, grease in scratches, scratching of the surface. The subframe is tested for water and grease on the varnish surface. 

OFFICE CHAIRS
(for contract- and consumer market)

DIMENTIONAL REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1335-1:2000

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1335-2:2009

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1335-3:2009


SITTING FURNITURE
(for contract- and consumer market)

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 16139:2013

  • Tube ends must be closed or covered and edges must be free from burrs and be rounded or chamfered.

SAFETY AND STRENGHT REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: 16139:2013

  • Here, the furniture is tested with various static and dynamic loads on the seat, back, front edge of the seat, foot and leg support, armrests, wings, loading of legs, impact testing of the seat, impact testing of the back, impact testing of arms, drop testing and leg support.

STABILITY REQUIRMETS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1022:2005

  • Stability is tested with regard to tipping in relevant directions, with a seat plumb and loads.

DURABILITY OF THE SURFACE REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS: NS-EN 12720, NS-EN 12722, NS 8057 and NS 8058

  • The surface is tested with regard to resistance to various types of liquids and stresses: water, grease, colouring liquid (coffee), dry heat, grease in scratches, scratching of the surface. The subframe is tested for water and grease on the varnish surface.

FIRE RESISTANCE REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS: NS-EN 1021-1:2006

  • Here, the furniture's textiles are tested with a smouldering cigarette end. The product must not ignite within 60 min.

SCHOOL AND NURSERY FURNITURE

School furniture is divided into seven size categories from user heights in the range 80 - 100 cm (Category 1) to user heights over 185 cm (Category 7). The loading requirements depend on the size/year group that the furniture is intended for.

SAFETY, STABILITY AND STRENGHT REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1729-2:2012

  • Requirements are imposed for tube ends to be closed or covered, for edges to be free from burrs and to be rounded or chamfered and for there to be no cutting or crushing risks associated with set-up, adjustment or joining.

SCHOOL CHAIR REQUIREMENTS

  • Edges of seats, backs and armrests with which the user comes into contact must have a minimum radius of 2 mm; handles must be rounded with a minimum radius of 2 mm in the direction of movement/force; the safe distance between moving parts must not be less than 8 mm or more than 25 mm during movement; it must not be possible for parts under load to become loose unintentionally and lubricated parts must not soil the user.

FUNCTION REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1729-1:2006

DURABILITY OF THE SURFACE REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS: NS-EN 12720, NS 8057 and NS 8058

  • The surface is tested with regard to resistance to various types of liquids and stresses: water, grease, colouring liquid (coffee), dry heat, grease in scratches, scratching of the surface. The subframe is tested for water and grease on the surface of the varnish.

FIRE RESISTANCE REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1021-1:2006

  • Here, the furniture is tested against ignition by a smouldering cigarette end (the cigarette test). The requirement is no ignition within 60 min. This is a statutory requirement in Norway (see the Regulations on the ignitability of mattresses and upholstered furniture).

CHILDREN`S HIGH CHAIRS

SAFETY, STABILITY AND STRENGHT REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14988

FIRE RESISTANCE  REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1021-1:2006

  • Here, the furniture is tested against ignition by a smouldering cigarette end (the cigarette test). The requirement is no ignition within 60 min. This is a statutory requirement in Norway (see the Regulations on the ignitability of mattresses and upholstered furniture).

STORAGE FURNITURE
(for contract- and consumer market)

SAFETY REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14073:2004

  • Here, components with which the user can come into contact are required not to have burrs, sharp edges, sharp corners or open tube ends; moving parts must not work loose and there must be a safe distance between moving parts; Venetian blinds (vertical) must not self-close; pull-out elements, shelves and rails, frames and drawers must be fitted with stoppers, shelves must be secured so that they cannot slide, fall out or move.

STRENGHT AND STABILITY REQUREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14073:2004

  • Here, a requirement is imposed for the product to tolerate certain loads on all storage surfaces.
  • The product must be stable. This is partly tested  through repeated loading of the short side/long side with open doors/drawers.
  • Requirements are also imposed concerning the strength of the product. This is tested through repeated loading of the short and long sides, shelves, shelf supports/shelf brackets and upper surface
  • In the case of wall-mounted units, cupboards and shelves must tolerate a vertical force from below of at least 100 N without  collapsing. Requirements are also imposed concerning the strength of fixings for screen partitions and walls.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: ISO 7170:2005

  • A requirement is imposed for shelves and clothes rails to tolerate long-term loading. This is tested through loading over a period of seven days.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14074:2004

  • Requirements are imposed concerning the durability of drawers and pull-out elements. This is partly tested through repeated loadings (50,000 cycles). Impact and closing tests on drawers and pull-out elements are tested through 10 cycles of loading with 35 kg. Hinged and pin-hinged doors are loaded vertically with 30 kg over 10 cycles; horizontal static loading against open doors 80 kg over 10 cycles. Vertical Venetian blind doors are tested for durability through opening and closing them 20,000 times. Flaps and pull-out surfaces are tested through vertical static loading with 250 kg over 10 cycles; durability pull-out over 20,000 cycles.
  • Mobile units are tested through a rolling movement over 1000 mm, 2,000 cycles.

DURABILITY OF SURFACESE REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: EN 12720, NS-EN 12722, NS 8057, NS 8058

  • Panels/surfaces should tolerate water and grease, etc. on the varnished surface for 24 hours, grease in scratches for 24 hours, alcohol (48%) and colouring liquid (coffee) for one hour, dry heat (85 degrees Celsius) for 15 min. On the sub-frame, the product must tolerate water and grease on the varnished surface for 24 hours.

HAT-RACKS

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 14073-2:2004


BEDS AND MATTRESSES
(for contract- and consumer market)

FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1334:2000

  • The functional requirements establish maximum and minimum dimensions for the products. The basis is the manufacturer's specified dimensions and no major deviations are permitted.

SAFETY REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1725:1998

  • Edges must be free from burrs and be rounded or chamfered; tube ends must be closed or covered, the safe distance between moving parts must not be less than 8 mm or greater than 25 mm during movement, the safe distance to avoid crushing feet under moving parts must be over 100 mm from the floor, the complete bed or frame must not tip over.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY REQUIREMENT FOR BED
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: EN 1725: 1998

  • The product is tested with regard to tipping in four positions, fatigue and impact.

STRENGHT AND DURABILITY REQUIREMT FOR MATTRESSES
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 1957:2000

  • The mattress undergoes fatigue testing of the spring properties both on the edge and on the surface. This is partly carried through rolling a roller of 1400 Newtons (10 N = 1 kg) over the mattress 30,000 times.

FIRE RESISTANCE REQUIREMENT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARD: NS-EN 597-1:1995

Assessment of ignitability of mattresses and upholstered furniture

  • Here, the bed/mattress is tested with a smouldering cigarette end. The product must not ignite within 60 min. This is a statutory requirement in Norway.

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