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  • The Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide: Glass in Furniture Requirements

  • FIRA International Ltd
  • July 2017
  • FIRA/FRQG G0001: 201
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This Guide specifies safety, stability, strength and durability requirements for all types of furniture featuring glass for domestic use. The Guide is applicable to all types of furniture including tables, trolleys, wall hung and free standing mirrors, shelving systems, wall hanging and other cabinets with a surface area greater than 0.06 m2.

Furniture featuring functions not covered within this Guide (e.g. electrical features, lighting etc.), should be assessed in accordance with the most appropriate Regulations or Standards.

The document contains three Annexes:

Annex A (Normative) Test methods and requirements for mirrors
Annex B (Normative) Test methods for tables
Annex C (Informative) Sample response to toughened glass failures
The Guide has been produced due to the withdrawal of the British Standards covering the requirements for glass in furniture.

The introduction of the following European Standards:

EN 14749: 2005 Domestic and kitchen storage units and worktops. Safety requirements and test methods
EN 12521: 2009 Furniture. Strength, durability and safety. Requirements for domestic tables
Forced the withdrawal of the British Standards:
BS 7376: 2009 Inclusion of glass in the construction of tables and trolleys for domestic use. Specification
BS 7449: 1991 Specification for inclusion of glass in the construction of furniture, other than tables or trolleys, including cabinets, shelving systems and wall hung or free standing mirrors
The Furniture Retail Quality Group believes that the withdrawal of the British Standards has significantly lowered the safety requirements for glass furniture in the United Kingdom and therefore has developed this Guide as a means to maintain safety levels.
This Guide specifies safety, stability, strength and durability requirements for all types of furniture featuring glass for domestic use. The Guide is applicable to all types of furniture including tables, trolleys, wall hung and free standing mirrors, shelving systems, wall hanging and other cabinets with a surface area greater than 0.06 m2.

Furniture featuring functions not covered within this Guide (e.g. electrical features, lighting etc.), should be assessed in accordance with the most appropriate Regulations or Standards.

The document contains three Annexes:

Annex A (Normative) Test methods and requirements for mirrors
Annex B (Normative) Test methods for tables
Annex C (Informative) Sample response to toughened glass failures
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