BIFMA Updates Occasional Use Seating Standard in Response to Larger People

released an updated version of its occasional use seating standard – ANSI/BIFMA
X6.4 – to account for the increasing size of seating users.

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

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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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