US Updated Clothing Storage Standard

US ASTM has released an update to F2057, its clothing storage stability standard. Now designated ASTM F2057-19, the revision includes several changes, with the lowering of the height applicability from 30” to 27” being the most critical.

ASTM F2057 was originally established in 2000 as a voluntary standard aimed at reducing the rate of fatal incidents associated with the tip-over of free-standing clothing storage items. The standard defines a clothing storage item as “a furniture item with drawers and/or hinged doors intended for the storage of clothing typical of bedroom furniture”.

The standard cites chests, chests of drawers, drawer chests, armoires, chifferobes, bureaus, door chests and dressers as specific clothing storage examples.

Furniture items not covered by this standard include shelving units, such as bookcases or entertainment furniture, office furniture, dining room furniture, jewelry armoires, underbed drawer storage units, occasional/accent furniture not intended for bedroom use, laundry storage/sorting units, nightstands, or built-in units intended to be permanently attached to the building.

Significant revisions within ASTM F2057-19 include:

  • Now applicable to clothing storage units 27” and higher
  • Updated definition of ‘clothing storage unit’ to “units with drawers and/or hinged doors” (units without drawers and/or hinged doors are excluded)
  • Citing of specific items covered and not covered by the standard
  • Specifically excludes nightstands that are defined as a small furniture item for use beside a bed, intended to hold or store items including but not limited to a lamp, alarm clock, a book, magazines, or reading glasses
  • Warning labels now must contain a pictorial of a crossed-out TV, relaying the risk of TV tip over
  • Specifically citing the back of a unit placed against the wall as an unacceptable and non-conspicuous warning label location

Important to note, the test weight remains 50 pounds (lbs). Future revisions of ASTM F2057 are likely, as the industry continues to address clothing storage stability.