ASTM International, a global leader in the development of international voluntary consensus standards, adopted the first furniture stability standard in 2000. It was updated in 2004, 2009, 2014, 2017 and again in 2019.
ASTM F2057-19, Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units, is intended to reduce injury and death from accidents involving clothing storage units. Specifically, it covers drawer chests, cabinets, armoires, dressers and bureaus 27 inches high or taller. The F2057-19 standard and the companion F3096-14 standard for tip restraints are available for purchase from ASTM.
Furniture manufactured in compliance with this stability standard meets three specific criteria:
1) It passes TWO stability tests. The first test requires that the clothing storage unit not tip when all doors (if any) are opened 90 degrees and all drawers are opened to the “stop,” or, if there is no “stop,” they must be opened two-thirds of the way. The second test requires that the piece not tip when each drawer is opened individually to the “stop,” and a 50-pound weight is gradually applied to the front of the drawer. For doors, the weight is applied to outer edge of the door.
2) The piece must have a permanent warning label. The label must be attached where it can be seen when the piece is in use. (Most manufacturers choose the inside of a top drawer.) Bedroom furniture that is designed to hold a television – typically called a “media chest” – requires a separate warning label. (See RESOURCES below for downloadable labels.) For exclusive AHFA guidance on media chest warning labels, please click on Label Guidance for Media Chests in the Member Toolbox to the right.
3) Tip-over restraints must be included with each item of furniture. These must meet the requirements of the tip restraint standard (F3096-14). Instructions for installing the restraints also must be included.
The ASTM Subcommittee on Furniture Safety (F15.42) has jurisdiction over this and three other active ASTM standards for furniture. These include the standard for furniture tip restraints, a standard for horizontal glass used in desks and tables, and a standard for cedar chests.
AHFA urges all manufacturers to comply with the ASTM F2057-19.
In February 2019, CPSC Deputy Executive Director DeWane Ray issued a statement to the U.S. residential furniture industry advising companies not to manufacture, import, distribute or sell clothing storage furniture that does not comply with the requirements of ASTM F2057-19.
Ray further advised the industry that clothing storage units failing to comply with ASTM F2057 will be regarded by CPSC “as having a defect which could present a substantial product hazard.” Under Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, importers and retailers who fail to report noncompliant products could face both civil and criminal penalties.
To help retailers easily identify showrooms carrying bedroom furniture that complies with ASTM F2057-19, AHFA created a “WE COMPLY” tent card for display in market showrooms.
Click HERE to order updated “WE COMPLY” tent cards to display in your showroom during High Point and/or Las Vegas furniture markets.
Printers for F2057 Warning Labels:
B. Walter & Company
Contact: Paul Goyette
Contact: Ray Russell
Wright Global Graphics Solutions
Contact: Kim Grubb
B. Walter & Company
Contact: Paul Goyette
Contact: Sheila Gallien
Understanding CPSC Data on Clothes Storage Unit (CSU) Tip-Overs Involving Children
Adam Suchy, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
October 24, 2018
Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Televisions, Furniture and Appliances
Advanced Notice of Rulemaking Regarding Clothing Storage Unit Tip Overs
November 21, 2017
In-Depth Analysis of Nonfatal Injuries from TVs Falling Off Furniture
Help For Consumers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an “Anchor It!” campaign to educate parents and child caregivers about simple steps they can take to help prevent possible television and furniture tip-over accidents.