BIFMA Updates Occasional Use Seating Standard in Response to Larger People

Top Quote A look at BIFMA’s occasional seating standard, which has been adjusted to account for the continued increase in size of the average US male. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 10, 2021 - BIFMA has released an updated version of its occasional use seating standard – ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – to account for the increasing size of seating users.

    Occasional- seating is used in a variety if indoor spaces, including:
    • Medical centers – waiting rooms, reception areas and for visitors in patient rooms
    • Hospitality – restaurants, dining, cafeterias
    • Office environments
    • Home environments

    The updated standard – ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021 – is consistent with the previous version (2018) but is adjusted to address the continued rise in the weight of the average American. The test loads are now increased to reflect the current 95th percentile male weight of 275 lbs. The standard is based upon halving the durability cycles of its related standard ANSI/BIFMA X5.4-2020(Public and Lounge Seating).

    ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – 2021 helps manufacturers by defining the specific tests, laboratory equipment, test conditions, and recommended minimum limits that should be used when evaluating occasional-use seating units.

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