Fire Retardant Fabric Explained

Inherent fire retardant (IFR) and back-coated (NDFR), are the two standards for fire retardant fabrics. With IFR being durable and NDFR being non-durable.

For inherent fire retardant (IFR) the fabric is woven using modern day fire retardant yarns, rated for durable, hard wearing, repetitive commercial uses; where washing is key criteria for not losing the fire retardant standards required.





Not all fabric qualities can achieve IFR standard due to the practical availability of IFR yarns, in this instance, we can back-coat and spray any fabric with chemicals to fire ratings. Fire retardant sprays are 100% durable for up to 10 washes maximum, however, they have the advantage of being applied to any fabric.

Fire retardant fabrics are available in many different qualities, you can see our full range here: Fire Retardant Fabrics.


Fire retardant fabric has the following characteristics:

  • 100% Inherent Fire Retardant
  • Non-durable fire retardants
  • Any fabric can be fire rated
  • Over 50 colours available
  • Fabric weights up to 350gsm
  • Complete blackout fire retardant fabrics
  • Widths upto 300cm available
  • Satin shiny finishes
  • Matt finishes


This fabric also has the following uses:

  • Furnishing fabrics
  • Domestic uses
  • Stages, clubs, theatres, hospitals
  • Bean bags, floor cushions

Fire Retardant Standards

The following are the British standards that fire retardant fabrics must conform to:

  • BS5852
  • BS5867

Any usage outside of that specified should be checked with the Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations with the latest amendments.

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