ASTM F1988 - 99(2008)

    Standard Performance Requirements for Plastic Chaise Lounges, With or Without Moving Arms, With Adjustable Backs, for Outdoor Use

    Active Standard ASTM F1988 | Developed by Subcommittee: F15.33

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    Significance and Use

    Tests and criteria as outlined determine the overall usability and stability of chairs in an environment simulating the conditions of use.

    Tests simulate two types of surfaces:

    Smooth surfaces such as linoleum, wet pool decks, etc. The glass testing base (see Fig. 5) is used to simulate this surface.

    Rough surfaces such as wooden decks, outdoor natural surfaces, etc. The plywood testing base (see Fig. 6) is used to simulate this surface.


    Note 1—
    A = poly(methyl methacrylate) 0.25 ± 0.03 in. (6 ± 0.1 mm) thickness,
    B = AC exterior glue fir plywood 0.75 ± 0.1 in. (19 ± 2 mm) or greater thickness,
    C = polypropylene microfoam 0.7± 0.01 lb/ft3 (11 ± 0.2 kg/m3) density and 0.13 ± 0.01 in. (3 ± 0.03 mm) thickness, and
    D = glass/tempered 0.38 ± 0.04 in. (10 ± 0.1 mm) thickness.

    Note 2—A, B,C, and D are sheets roughly 48 in. (1219 mm) on a side or greater to accommodate the length of the chaise lounge.

    FIG. 5 Glass Testing Base


    Note 1—
    A = poly(methyl methacrylate) 0.25 ± 0.03 in. (6 ± 0.1 mm) thickness, and
    B = AC exterior glue fir plywood 0.75 ± 0.1 in. (19 ± 2 mm) or greater thickness.

    Note 2—A and B are sheets roughly 48 in. (1219 mm) on a side or greater to accommodate the length of the chaise lounge.

    FIG. 6 Plywood Testing Base

    1. Scope

    1.1 These performance requirements establish nationally recognized performance requirements for Class A (residential) and Class B (nonresidential) plastic chaise lounges, with or without moving arms, with adjustable backs, intended for outdoor use.

    1.2 The performance requirements are not applicable to upholstered chairs, or other types of furniture.

    1.3 These performance requirements cover the performance of the product regarding aspects of outdoor weathering, impact, static load for seat and back, and arm testing.

    1.4 Products may be manufactured from recycled plastics as long as the performance requirements are met.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D2565 Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Outdoor Applications

    D4329 Practice for Fluorescent UV Exposure of Plastics

    G23 Practice for Operating Light-Exposure Apparatus (Carbon-Arc Type) With and Without Water for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.140 (Furniture)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 72154032(Window and door and screening installation and repair service)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1988-99R08

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