Flammability Testing

Testing Services

BLC offers a wide range of flammability testing services for leather, textiles and mattresses


What is flammability testing?

Flammability testing is an assessment of how easily a product will burn or ignite, causing fire or combustion. Internationally a variety of test protocols and standards exist to quantify flammability.


Why do flammability testing?

In order for upholstery to be compliant with fire regulations of all countries, the product must be tested against one of the approved standards.  If the product is tested in accordance with the British standard it can be sold in the UK only, however if tested with the European standard it can be sold in the whole of Europe except for the UK.

Flammability regulations cover:

  • All filling materials must meet specific ignition tests
  • All upholstery must be cigarette resistant
  • Furniture must be permanently labelled
  • Furniture suppliers must maintain records for five years


How long will it take?    

Typically 5-10 days but subject to material type and volume submitted.

Please read our testing terms and conditions.

At BLC, we are proud to offer one of the highest levels of customer service in the industry.

As standard, we provide:

  • Purpose-built walk-in flammability test cabinet, with capacity for large pieces of furniture
  • Highly competitive pricing
  • Fast turnaround time
  • A fully comprehensive and easy to understand report, complete with before and after images
  • Technical back up and support from experts
  • An assured pedigree through 95 years of experience.


Become a BLC Member, and you’ll also get:

  • Discounted prices
  • Priority testing allocation


BLC offer leather and textile flammability tests to the following methods:



Sample Size Required

Test Method

UK Cigarette & Match (Outer)

1 metre squared per test

Schedule 4 Part 1 & Schedule 5 Part 1 of F&F regulations

European Cigarette & Match (Outer)

1 metre squared per test

BS EN 1021

Crib 5

2 x 1.5 x 0.65m defect free

BS 5852:2006 Ignition source 5

Slab Foam

2 pieces 450mm x 450mm x 75mm

2 pieces 450mm x 300mm x 75mm

BS 5852-2:1982 as modified by Schedule 1 Part 1 of F&F regulations

Non Foam Fillings

1 cushion or pillow and approx. 1Kg of filling

BS 5852-2:1982 Ignition as modified by schedule 2 part 1/2/3 of F&F regulations

Non Visible

1 metre of fullwidth fabric

Schedule 4 Part 2 & Schedule 5 Part 3 of F&F regulations

Smouldering Resistance of Upholstery Materials

1 metre squared


Sofa Bed Mattress / Mattress

One mattress

BS EN 597-1&2:2015

Sofa Bed Mattress / Mattress

One mattress

BS EN 597-1&2:1995
(With reference to the Low Hazard Category of BS 7177:2008 + A1:2011)


Our Accreditations

BLC holds accreditations from UKAS, CPSC, and ILAC, and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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