Finding stable-compliant furniture at market just got easier

Retailers looking for clothing storage units compliant with voluntary stability standards will have an easier time finding those products at High Point Market.

Manufacturers who are members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance that carry compliant products will display a “WE COMPLY” tent card in their showrooms throughout market. The card ensures retailers the manufacturers’ products meet requirements of the voluntary stability standard for clothing storage furniture, ASTM F2057-19.

Thirty AHFA member companies have had their stability testing process reviewed by Underwriters Laboratory as part of its Product Stability Verified program. Once the testing process has been reviewed by UL, companies submit stability test results for each clothing storage SKU. As those test results are verified, they are posted on the UL Verify website (https://verify.ul.com). Consumers can search the site to confirm that a product meets the stability requirements of the voluntary standard.

Participating companies include A.R.T. Furniture, Ameriwood Home, Ashley Furniture, Delta Children’s Products, Durham Furniture, Gat Creek, Hooker Furniture, Klaussner Home Furnishings, La-Z-Boy Casegoods, Samson Marketing (Universal Furniture and Legacy Classic Furniture), Sauder Woodworking, Simmons Kids, South Shore Furniture and Vaughan-Bassett.

Compliance and verification

Their showrooms will display a tent card that says, “WE COMPLY” and “We’re Verified.”

Bill Perdue, AHFA vice president of regulatory affairs, says the stability standard is voluntary but adds, “AHFA does not consider it optional.”

Companies that display the “WE COMPLY” card have engineered their products to pass two stability performance tests. Covered products also must carry a specified warning label to help alert consumers to tip-over hazards. Those products must ship with tip restraints along with instructions for installing the restraints.

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