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What is BS EN 1729 and why is it important?!

If you are looking to purchase school furniture, you might have seen the term 'Compliant to EN 1729'... but what is EN 1729 and why is it important?

What is EN 1729?

BS EN 1729 is a European Standard that determines dimensions, safety, stability, strength and durability of chairs and tables for educational institutions.

The standard is split into 2 parts;

Part 1: Functional dimensions (measurements and size markings).

Part 2: Safety requirements and test methods (strength and safety tests).

Why is it important?

All tables and chairs used by students in schools / educational settings should conform to EN 1729.

The standard was introduced in 2007 to ensure that the furniture used is suitable for education use. Anthropometric data (human body size and shape) was taken from a large sample of students across Europe and used to provide details such as suggested seat and table heights.

Using the correct size furniture makes it more comfortable to learn, increases focus and can help prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

EN 1729 sizing chart

The EN1729 sizing chart below shows chair and table measurements along with the ages that they are suitable for. It is important that customers ensure sizes are correct for their individual pupil requirements. Table and chair sizes may vary slightly from the sizes shown.

The EN 1729 standard allows heights to be within a 10mm tolerance.

Spaceforme EN 1729 sizing chart
Spaceforme EN 1729 sizing chart

How can I find EN 1729 compliant furniture?

When purchasing school furniture, make sure to look out for wording that says it complies to EN 1729 (usually found in a technical specification). If you are unsure, you can ask the manufacturer to provide a certificate as proof.

We hope you have found this information useful. Get in touch with us if you have any questions!

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