BLC Leather Technology

Upholstery Testing

Upholstery Testing at BLC

In today's competitive business environment, it is unacceptable for high value leather upholstery to fail in use. BLC provides a complete range of leather and material upholstery tests to prevent failure.

BLC offer upholstery testing at our UKAS accredited laboratory.  BLC can test upholstery to determine performance and identify problems with furniture and arbitrate in consumer claims.

A simple range of performance tests can ensure that furniture does not fail either in store or in use.  Every batch of leather and material used to make up furniture should be checked for light fastness, colour fastness, finish adhesion, flex endurance and strength.

BLC is one of the fastest upholstery testing laboratories in Europe and our aim is to deliver results within 3-5 working days.  Established for over 90 years we have the technical pedigree in upholstery testing to ensure fast accurate support.

Whilst many upholstery testing laboratories are only able to supply simple pass/fail reports; BLC is able to offer additional support and advice immediately upon report of a sample failure.  In addition our experience of different material testing means that we ensure the appropriate test methods are used at all times.

The highest number of consumer complaints comes from the leather upholstery sector. Typical examples include finish cracking, colour loss/transfer, bagginess or a change in appearance. Currently leather upholstery accounts for around 30% of all upholstered furniture sold.  Many manufacturers and retailers could benefit from a better understanding of how to buy leather and sell leather furniture. We offer a range of leather training courses for buyers, designers, quality control and retail staff.  We also offer corporate and bespoke training courses, please contact us for further information.


Why choose BLC for your upholstery testing?


Please click here to download a copy of our sample submission form

For further information on leather and material upholstery testing, please contact the testing team on +44 (0) 1604 679999 or email

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