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Seating Guide

ANSI/BIFMA Ratings

Fortune500 purchasing directors look for the ANSI/BIFMA rating when they buy a quality chair... shouldn't you?

ANSI: American National Standards Institute
BIFMA: The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association

Both firms have joined together to set quality standards assuring durability and safety of office furniture.
  • Provides manufacturers and customers with a common way to evaluate safety, durability and structural adequacy (independent of construction materials)
  • Standards define the specific tests, laboratory equipment to be used, the conditions of test, and the minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating products
  • Tests for SEATING include scope, definitions, general sections and tests for: Back Pull, Unit Base, Swivel Cycling, Tilt Mechanism, Seating Impact, Front and Rear Stability, Arm Strength, Back Durability, Caster/Chair Base Durability, Footring Durability and Tablet Arm Tests
  • Standards are reviewed every five years according to guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

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