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BIFMA has released an ANSI approved update to ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – Occasional Use Seating. The 2021 edition is based upon ANSI/BIFMA X5.4-2020 Public & Lounge Seating.

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In January, BIFMA released an update to ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – 2018 (Occasional Use Seating). The updated edition, now designated ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – 2021, aids furniture manufacturers in addressing the continued rise in Americans’ weight by increasing the test loads to reflect the current 95th percentile male weight of 275 lbs.

Consistent with the previous version and reflecting “occasional use”, ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 – 2021 will be based upon halving the durability cycles of its related standard ANSI/BIFMA X5.4 (Public and Lounge Seating). 

Occasional-use seating is normally used in indoor common/shared spaces such as waiting, reception, visitor seating in patient rooms, restaurant/dining/cafeteria settings and other gathering areas. Occasional-use seating may also be used in the home environment.

ANSI/BIFMA X6.4 defines specific tests, laboratory equipment, conditions of test, and recommended minimum levels to be used in the test and evaluation of the performance, durability, and structural adequacy of occasional-use seating units.

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