CRIB 5 Certification: Commercial Furniture Fire Safety Standards

20th September 2023 By JB Admin

Whilst browsing our wide range of high-quality commercial furniture lines, you may have noticed that we mention ‘CRIB 5’ a lot. If you’re wondering what this means, then you’ve come to the right place! We’re about to delve into a topic that might sound a bit technical, but understanding it is absolutely crucial for your business. So, sit back, relax, and let’s explore CRIB 5 certification and its role in ensuring commercial furniture fire safety. 

Understanding CRIB 5 

CRIB 5, also known as Ignition Source 5, is a BS 7176 standard and the most stringent test that all furniture and materials within hospitality venues, public spaces, education facilities etc. must pass in order to meet UK fire safety regulations. Provided furniture passes this test and meets its specifications, it will be awarded the certification. Only furniture that is upholstered and contains foam can be CRIB5, so a wooden chair or metal table base would not be able to obtain the certification.

Why is it called CRIB 5?

The name relates to the fact that the test uses a crib-like structure to perform the fire safety test. The structure is made up of five tiers of planks glued together, which is then set alight beneath the upholstery material, lining, and any foam or cushioning. As long as the materials don’t catch fire or smoulder and the flames extinguish within 10 minutes, then it passes the test.

Does CRIB 5 Certification mean my commercial furniture is fireproof?

The Crib 5 test does not make an item entirely fireproof, but it dramatically reduces the risk of ignition which could potentially save lives. This certification isn’t just about adding a tick to a checklist; it’s about safeguarding lives and your property. Furniture that is certified has undergone rigorous testing and complies with the highest industry standards, providing peace of mind to business owners and your clients.

Which businesses have to meet the specifications?

Every UK contract venue in the UK must use furniture that’s CRIB 5 certified. Such venues include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational spaces
  • Workplaces
  • Hotels
  • Museums
  • Leisure facilities – cinemas/casinos/spas etc
  • Hostels
  • Public buildings
  • Pubs and bars
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Care and retirement homes
  • Hospitals

Why is CRIB 5 so important?

“Why bother with CRIB 5?” you might ask. Well, imagine your beautiful restaurant or hotel catches fire. Panic ensues, and everyone rushes to safety. In such a critical moment, you want your furniture to be on your side. The certification ensures that your limiting the risk of your furniture as much as possible, giving you precious extra time to evacuate safely and minimising damage. 

Furthermore, adhering to top UK Fire and Safety Standards isn’t just a legal obligation; it’s a moral one too. You’re responsible for the safety of your customers and employees, so it’s a wise investment for both your business and people.

Crib 5 certified blue and orange sofas in a commercial space

Flippa Interiors project in Oxford.


When purchasing any high-quality, UK-made commercial furniture, you should aways ensure that the materials used meet the necessary specifications and that you’re working with a reputable UK commercial furniture supplier. It’s your assurance that, should the worst happen, your furniture won’t contribute to the fire; protecting lives and property. 

So, when shopping for commercial furniture, always look for that all-important CRIB 5 certification – it’s your ticket to a safer, more secure business environment that complies with UK Fire and Safety regulations. Remember, the Crib 5 certification does not mean that an item is entirely fireproof, but it goes a long way it the safest option you can choose and a legal requirement for your business. 

Don’t compromise on safety. At JB Commercial Furniture, all items that contain foam or fabric or a combination are CRIB 5 certified unless stated otherwise. However, if you’re unsure or need help choosing the best commercial furniture to suit your space, please get in touch. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will be happy to answer any questions and help you create your dream commercial space.

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Want more inspiration on how to design your space? Want to see what JB Commercial can do for your interiors? Contact us here, or give us a call on 01933 411 876. Business to business clients only.

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