Toppling furniture

Products the mandatory standard applies to

Freestanding household furniture can be dangerous if it falls or topples over.

Warnings and safety information must be provided when supplying these 3 categories of furniture.

Category 1

A clothing storage unit or bookcase with a height of 686 mm or more. A clothing storage unit is an item of furniture intended to primarily store clothes. It has one or more doors or drawers.

Category 2

Entertainment units of any height typically used for housing televisions, home theatre systems or gaming consoles.

Category 3

Hall tables, display cabinets, buffets, and sideboards with a height 686 mm or greater.

This mandatory information standard comes into effect on 4 May 2025. It aims to reduce the risk of death and injury from toppling furniture.

Products the mandatory standard does not apply to

The mandatory standard excludes:

  • furniture that was bought by a consumer and is being resold
  • second-hand furniture, including furniture that was previously bought and used commercially
  • furniture designed to be fastened to a wall or other structure and that can’t be used unless it’s attached.

Complying with the mandatory standard

This information is an overview of how to comply with the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance. View the full detail of the standard.

Suppliers must warn consumers about the risk of toppling furniture by:

  • attaching permanent warning labels to furniture covered by the mandatory standard  
  • displaying point of sale warnings, both instore and online
  • including information about the risk of toppling furniture in any instruction manuals provided with storage furniture.

Labelling

Clear graphic and plain English warnings, and safety information must be provided with furniture and at point of sale. Warnings must include internationally recognised safety alert symbols and pictograms showing a child standing or climbing on the toppling furniture, with a cross or strikethrough. The strikethrough can be of any colour.

Toppling furniture safety alert
Toppling furniture pictogram

A pictogram showing furniture anchored to a wall is also recommended but not a requirement.

Point of sale warnings

A business that sells furniture online must include a warning about the risk of tip overs and the importance of anchoring with the description of the products.

A business that supplies furniture at a retail premises must display a clearly visible and prominent warning about the risk of tip overs and the importance of anchoring on or near the products.

This may be a hang or swing tag attached to the furniture, a placard placed near or on top of the furniture or a removable sticker attached to the furniture.

Toppling furniture hangtag categories 1 and 3

Example of a compliant hang tag for category 1 and 3 furniture. The pictogram that shows toppling furniture anchored to a wall with a green tick is not a requirement, but is recommended. The pictogram showing a child standing or climbing on the toppling furniture, can have a strikethrough of any colour.

Toppling furniture hangtag category 2

Example of a compliant hang tag for category 2 furniture. The pictogram that shows toppling furniture anchored to a wall with a green tick is not a requirement, but is recommended. The pictogram showing a child standing or climbing on the toppling furniture, can have a strikethrough of any colour.

Attached warnings

A business that supplies furniture must display a clearly visible, prominent and legible warning about the risk of tip overs and the importance of anchoring on the furniture.

The warning must be an attached permanent and durable label that will last the lifetime of the product. It must be attached where it will be visible when the toppling furniture is empty. For example a warning label attached to the inside of a door or drawer will be visible when that piece of furniture is empty.

Toppling furniture warning label categories 1 and 3

Example of a compliant warning label for category 1 and 3 furniture. The pictogram that shows toppling furniture anchored to a wall with a green tick is not a requirement, but is recommended. The pictogram showing a child standing or climbing on the toppling furniture, can have a strikethrough of any colour.

Toppling furniture warning label category 2

Example of a compliant warning label for category 2 furniture. The pictogram that shows toppling furniture anchored to a wall with a green tick is not a requirement, but is recommended. The pictogram showing a child standing or climbing on the toppling furniture, can have a strikethrough of any colour.

Warnings in instructions

If a toppling furniture product is supplied with instructions, a warning about the risk of tip overs and the importance of anchoring must be included in the instructions. This includes  assembly instructions.

When a product does not comply

Fines and penalties may apply for failure to comply with a mandatory safety or information standard.

Mandatory standard details

The Consumer Goods (Toppling Furniture) Information Standard 2024 sets out the mandatory standard requirements for toppling furniture.

The accompanying Explanatory Statement has further information.

See also

Toppling furniture and televisions product guide

Product category

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