A schedule 3 fire barrier made in cotton which is fused to the back of fabrics to be used for upholstery. This backing reinforces materials to become more resilient and makes delicate silks and other types of fabrics suitable for upholstery usage. Also this process minimizes the upholsterer’s time and energy in production as the face fabric has been laminated with the fire barrier therefore creating a single substrate for faster application.

A schedule 3 fire barrier protects some of the harmful foam used in upholstered furniture from being exposed. This FR backing will ensure that your fabrics will meet BS 5852 CRIB 5 & I.M.O FTP Code 2010 Part B without compromising the quality or durability of the fabric.

Fire retardant fabric is far superior to back coating finish as this process involves applying a flame retardant paste to the reverse side of the fabric and is then heat cured. Whereas FR Backing is a fabric laminated to the back of a material greatly reducing concerns of any wet adhesive seeping through or changing the colour and handle of the face fabric.

Below we have a table showing the comparison between two processes:

Silk Gallery Fabric
Silk Gallery Fabric

Cotton Fire Barrier

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​Where do you use this?

Fabrics especially used for upholstery must meet British flammability standards for commercial applications such as:


  • Reinforces fabric

  • Protects against wear-and-tear

  • Engineered to obstruct or stop the process of a fire from penetrating into the foam or padding of furniture.

  • Maintains the original quality of your material

  • Adds strength and thickness for enhanced durability.

  • Fabrics laminated become a single substrate with no air pockets and a single source of friction.

  • Much easier to cut and sew

  • Meets BS 5852 CRIB 5 & I.M.O FTP Code 2010 Part B

  • Materials can be safely dry cleaned


Technical Specifications

Service Code: FRB/01 (Cotton Fire Barrier)

Composition: 100% Cotton

Width: 155cm

Weight: 235gsm

Colour: Cream

Fire Classification: BS 5852 CRIB 5 & I.M.O FTP Code 2010 Part B

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