Recently, the John Cotton Group has invested over £400K to build entirely new laboratories and research and development facilities

Supporting our continued efforts to identify and develop new and innovative materials, treatments, finishes and processes to meet the ever-increasing customer demands. Our UKAS accredited commercial services, allow us to undertake a wide range of European and British standards for the bedding and upholstery and insulation markets, while the research and development team have access to an array of performance testing equipment, enabling in depth analysis of new and innovative ideas. 

To view a full list of tests we are accredited for, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Laboratory contacts:

Philip Gardner (Laboratory Manager):

Andrew Ripper (Senior Technologist):

Performance testing

Our Capabilities

Flammability Testing

Furniture and Furnishing Regulations and associated water soak procedures
Resistance to ignition testing
Burning behaviour of bedding items

Cleanliness Testing

Cleanliness of fillings used for bedding and upholstery

Performance TestingPressure mapping – pressure imaging for use in mattress recommendation
Mattress performance test – triangular Roller
Mattress performance test – cylindrical Roller
Performance of mattress edges
Rebound properties of filling materials
Pounding of filling materials – foam, mattresses and pillows
Cot Mattress Performance Test (UK)
Cot Mattress Performance Test (European)
Pressure Drop Testing – evaluates the atmospheric pressure drop for nonwoven filters
Tensile testing
Burst testing
Tear, Seam strength and slippage testing
Thermal PerformanceCustom8 – thermodynamic analyses of heat flow and moisture transport
Tog Testing – thermal resistance of synthetic and natural duvets
Thermal determination of insulation materials
Washing TestingDimensional stability
Appearance after wash
Textile Fabric Analysis and production capabilitiesFibre denier, cut length, crimp and cross-sectional analysis
Fabric weight per unit area
Textile composition
Woven textile construction (ends, picks, warp, weft)
Air permeability
Laboratory Carding

Testing Methods

Flammability Testing

Flammability Testing

We can perform a full range of UKAS accredited flammability tests on bedding articles including BS 7177, BS 7176 and the Furniture and Furnishing regulations 1988

Performance Testing (Pounding)

Our pounding equipment allows us to perform performance testing on materials to BS EN ISO 3385. We can measure both hardness and height loss before and after pounding. This test is important for the development of new filling materials for mattresses and upholstery.

Tensile Testing

We can perform, tensile strength, burst strength, seam strength and seam slippage tests on both woven and nonwoven textile materials.

Mattress Roller Testing

We have the capability to perform both BS 7397 triangular roller tests and BS EN 1957 Cylindrical roller tests on mattresses.  

Pressure Drop Testing Device

Our new pressure drop testing device, allows us to evaluate the atmospheric pressure drop of our nonwoven filter media products at a range of air flow rates.

Pressure Mapping

Using pressure mapping technology, John Cotton can monitor the effect of a person’s body pressure through imaging software for use in mattress recommendation, sleep research and automotive testing. The pressure imaging technology delivers the practical real-world benefits of personal comfort and safety.


John Cotton uses Custom8 technology to monitor temperature and humidity through numerous layers of material, providing valuable information about the response of the different types of materials that are used in sleep and seating systems. The equipment visualizes and interprets temperature and humidity data that is measured with a 3D multiple sensor mat setup. Thermodynamic analyses of heat flow and moisture transport can be generated by the thermodynamic software.

Tog Testing

John Cotton house a purposely built Tog testing room, created specifically to measure the thermal resistance of duvets via an apparatus designed to monitor heat conductance and resistance.  The test specimen is tested over a hot-plate held at skin temperature, whilst the atmosphere in the test room is held at a constant temperature and humidity.

Mini Carding

Our laboratory scale carding machines allow us to mimic the carding action of our industrial scale carding lines, providing us with the ability to produce prototype scale samples for testing and development.

Scope of Accredited Tests we Offer

To view the full range of tests we are accredited for, please use the link below.

Scope of Accreditation

Covid-19 Update

During these unprecedented times, John Cotton continues to manufacture and supply insulated pouches that provide an essential component for the transportation of chilled food and pharmaceutical items via distribution networks.

In line with the Prime Minister’s advice and government guidelines, this enables our customers such as Morrisons, HelloFresh, Mindful Chef, All Plants, Pharmacy2U and many more to deliver fresh food and pharmaceutical prescriptions to your doors, minimising people’s risk of exposure.

Insulated Packaging Website

John Cotton is directly involved in providing essential components which makes the distribution of food using parcel delivery networks possible. Mindful chef is a customer whose business is at the front end of fresh food distribution and home delivery meal kit solutions which is a critical front-line business.

Tim Lee - CEO at Mindful Chef