Not all office chairs are created equally. Perhaps, through personal experience, you are well acquainted with this fact, but maybe not. Either way, we hope that after we detail just what it takes to be an ANSI/BIFMA-approved desk chair, you will be thoroughly convinced that the opening statement of this article is, indeed, a true one. In a previous article, titled An Overview of ANSI/BIFMA, we explained just what ANSI/BIFMA is, what they do, and how their organizations not only strive for safety and efficiency at the workplace, but also how their approval can help when making an office furniture purchase. ANSI/BIFMA truly serves customers by encouraging manufacturers to produce better quality furniture.
Above: ANSI/BIFMA Testing
Above: An ANSI/BIFMA arm rest test
The Testing of an Office Chair
We also very briefly mentioned the type of voluntary testing that a piece of furniture is put through in order to be ANSI/BIFMA-approved in our article on ANSI/BIFMA-approved office desks. Today, we will be exploring those tests again, specifically as they apply to office chairs. In order to be considered ANSI/BIFMA-approved, a general-purpose office chair must adhere to the standards set for all basic office chairs as well as any standards set for additional features. Like office desks, testing for office chairs can take days, depending on how many specific features the chair has that need to be tested. An office chair passes a test by withstanding the repeated and predetermined applications of pressure or weight.
Here is a video to get an even better feel of what these chairs endure to hold the coveted approval of ANSI/BIFMA:
Passing ANSI/BIFMA Tests
If an office chair holds up against the barrage of ANSI/BIFMA testing, it earns an ANSI/BIFMA stamp of approval. This signifies the outstanding quality and durability of the product. An ANSI/BIFMA-approved chair is one that is built to last. It is entirely safe to use day in and day out in any office setting, and it encourages a functional and sustainable working environment. As stated earlier, all ANSI/BIFMA testing is voluntary, as furniture companies and manufacturers independently choose whether or not to send their products to be tested. Therefore, this truly shows dedication, on part of the participating furniture companies and manufacturers, to go above and beyond for customers.