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

Crib 5

Crib 5

Needled Wool/Viscose with 12gsm pp backing. Conform to BS 5852: 1982 Part 2 ignition source 5 (crib 5) & Schedule 3 of The Furniture & Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

Crib 7

Needled wool/ viscose with 12gsm pp backing. Conforming to BS 5852, clause11, source 7 and BS 7176 of TheFurniture & Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

Our barrier has 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.

Crib 5 & 7 have the strength to with stand 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.

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 BS 5852 using an ignition source 5 (crib 5) & source 7 (Crib 7).
  • Fire resistance tested over non-fire-retardant foam for Crib 5 & fire-retardant foam Crib 7

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.

Crib 5 Fire retardant barrier fabric is used in

  • Sofa
  • Curtains
  • Soft furnishings
  • Headboards

Crib 7 retardant needled felt is used in the padding of furniture where the environment is high hazard or where a person cannot easily leave their surroundings: 

  • In aircrafts
  • In submarines
  • In stadiums
  • Care homes
  • Hotels

HospitalFor any felt interliner being used in the commercial sector the product must first prove that it is of a high enough quality to meet the demanding requirements of BS 5852, clause11, of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 using ignition source 7 (Crib 7).

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.

We offer a complete bespoke service.


FR Skin Wadding

White, Sumptuous & Fire Resistant.

FR wadding or skin wadding as it is more commonly know is used mostly in the traditional upholstery trade. It is used to stop horse hair and other fillings from bearding (poking through).

Here at Cowens our FR skin wadding comes in an oyster colour and is made from a mixture of natural fibres. This makes it the perfect choice for using under a light fabric when you are wanting to give the appearance and feel of something rather sumptuous. The FR feels soft & light and has a bouncy and lofty appearance.

FR skin wadding complies to BS 5852 schedule 2 part 1, source 2 of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

As we manufacture this FR skin wadding at Cowens, we can accommodate widths up to 1.8m wide and a choice of lengths.

Standard FR skin wadding comes in a width of 90cm & lengths of 10 or 30meters.

We offer a complete bespoke service.