Barrier Felt/Barrier Fabric

Barrier Felt

Luxurious, Soft, Cushioning and Fire Resistant? Must be our Barrier Felt!

With a soft feel, which not only aides the padding and cushioning effect our premium felt provides upholstery with a natural spring that all customers love to have. Finished in a pale cream colour you can be assured that there will be no material show-through even with the finest fabrics used as upholstery covers.

Conforming to BS 5852, Crib 5 and Crib 7 and BS 7176 alongside having the strength to withstand robust furniture manufacturing practices, this high-quality barrier felt conforms to your legal requirements whilst also being a pleasure to work with.

If you are looking for an upholstery interliner that will not only provide a fire resistance but will leave your customers questioning how you managed to achieve such an amazing cushioning feel, then look no further than Cowens Ltd, where all our barrier felt is manufactured right here in our UK Based Factory.

Crib 5 – What’s this all about? Why is it important for Barrier Felt?

For any felt interliner being used in the upholstery trade the product must first prove that it is of a high enough quality to meet the demanding requirements of schedule 3 of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 using ignition source 5 (Crib 5) of BS 5852:1982 Part 2.
Our Barrier felt has continually proven that it can achieve the standards required, with regular passes for our barrier felt achieved with IFS and customers receiving passes with FIRA.

What’s required for barrier felt to achieve a pass?

In short terms the main points for barrier felt Interliners to achieve a pass are:

  • Must be designed to protect the filling.
  • Fire resistance tested after a water soak and line drying.
  • Tested to Schedule 3 using an ignition source 5 (Crib 5).
  • Fire resistance tested over a non-fire retardant foam filling.

Full traceability of the independent laboratory testing from the fibre bales, to the blending batch to individual rolls is logged and labelled for your reassurance.

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Quilts on sale!

Quilt Wadding Cowens

We have slashed the price of our polyester wadding, pre-cut to standard quilt sizes. Bag contains the wadding only, and is available in single, double or king size pieces and in two weights.

Ideal for embroided counterpanes, duvets, quilted blankets as well as a handy format for toy and cushion filling and pet beds.

Now cheaper than any retail outlet or ring us for a quote for bulk orders.

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Snow Blankets – Polyester Wadding

Polyester Wadding

With winter nearly upon us and Christmas just around the corner, it’s the time of the year to be considering this year’s festive decorations. We offer a variety of polyester waddings which are perfect for Nativity scenes, displays and general decorating around the home at Christmas time.

Available in 97cm and 157cm wide rolls (a range of thicknesses).

Contact Cowens for further details:

Telephone - (+44) 01228 710 205

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Emergency Response Equipment Stock


  • 20m3/hr Peristaltic Pumps - 2
  • Oil Water Separators - 2 for hire, 0 for sale
  • 2" Weir Skimmer - 2
  • 480mm Fence boom - 100 metres
  • 550 Shore sealing boom - 5 m
  • 600mm Curtain Boom - 100 metres
  • 250mm Fence Boom - 100 metres
  • 700mm Fence boom - 100 metres
  • Portable tanks - 2500 litres - 1
  • Portable tanks - 6000 litres - 2
  • Portable tanks - 7500 litres - 0
  • Portable bunds, small - 30
  • Spill kit containers - 1000 litres - 1
  • 3 metre Absorbent Booms - 940
  • Absorbent pads - 5,300
  • Absorbent socks - 2,140
  • Absorbent rolls - 1,340m
  • Absorbent Cushions - 942
  • Squeegee suction attachments - 2
  • IBC bund - 1
  • Bunded IBC Stillage - 2
  • Tilting stillage - 1
  • Printed waste bags - 250
  • 5.5 m long payload Van - 1
  • Pump Spares - all in stock

    Boom to protect pumping station


    Cowens have recently installed a 7 section boom to protect a critical pumping station from debris, oil and over inquisitive river users. With all 7 sections moving independantly, different river levels are not a problem. A unique flood cover protects the booms once they are no longer needed in very high flood conditions.

    Longest Pod Boom Installation


    April 2010. A second 250 metres of Cowens’ rotary moulded pod boom was deployed on the Clyde to protect the naval shipyard. Cowens’ divers worked in sub zero temperatures to install the boom as a permanent safety measure against the risk of oil spills escaping or debris getting in. The boom will cope with strong river currents in two directions (because of the tidal influence), as well as wind, waves and river traffic.

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