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Texas Specification No. 420-68-02C

Effective Date: June 24, 1991

Last Revision: June 28, 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for flame retardant box type bedsprings, coil construction, with vinyl laminated, waterproof ticking. Reference Texas Specification No. 565-10-01A for box spring units and Texas Specification No. 850-84-03A for ticking.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards, test methods, and other documents shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitations for Bids. Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown. The following publications form a part of this specification to the extent specified herein:

2.1. FEDERAL DOCUMENTS: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402:

2.1.1. AA-B-260F -- Bedspring, Box type.

2.1.2. V-T-285 -- Thread, Polyester.

2.1.3. V-T-295 -- Thread, Nylon.

2.1.4. FED-STD-191A/5903 -- Flame Resistance of Cloth, Vertical.

2.1.5. Code of Federal Regulations -- 16 CFR 303: Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act.

2.1.6. Code of Federal Regulations -- 16 CFR 1632: Standard for the Flammability of Mattresses and Mattress Pads (FF 4-72).

2.2. FEDERAL REGULATIONS: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Marketing Service, Cotton Division, Washington, DC 20250:

2.2.1. CN Regulation No. 180.

3. CLASSIFICATION: Bedsprings shall be classified by size as shown in Table 1:

4. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the applicable interpretation shall be determined by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4.1. Commission: Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4.2. Ticking: Fabric used for covering box springs, mattresses, and pillows.



Size No. Width Length 1 Coil Count Felt Weight (lbs.)
01 36.0 74.5 45.00 4.00
02 36.0 77.5 45.00 5.00
03 36.0 81.0 50.00 6.00
04 38.5 74.5 54.00 6.00
05 38.5 77.5 54 6.00
06 38.5 81.0 60 7.00
07 53.5 74.5 72 6.00
  1. Plus or minus one-half inch ( ±1/2").

5. REQUIREMENTS: Products furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following requirements:

5.1. General Requirements:

5.1.1. Bedsprings shall be new, unused, and a currently standard product of an established manufacturer except for such deviations as may be required by this specification.

5.1.2. Bedsprings shall present a neat, well finished appearance inside and outside and shall be free of all imperfections and/or defects which might affect appearance, normal life, or serviceability.

5.1.3. All metal parts shall be fabricated of corrosion resistant metal.

5.1.4. The ticking shall no show evidence of holes, tears, loose yarns, spots or odor.

5.1.5. Stitching shall not pucker or have open seams, loose, or untrimmed ends.

5.1.6. The surface shall not sag, or have lumps or hollow places.

5.1.7. Wood pieces shall be free of splits, decay, shakes, and loose knots.

5.1.8. Details not specified herein shall be in accordance with standard commercial practices for products of this type.

5.2. Design:

5.2.1. Frame: The frame shall have corner radii of approximately two-and-one-half inches (2-1/2"). The frame will be constructed so that the outer edge perimeter and both top and bottom exposed sides shall have a planned surface. Bottom edges of the frame shall be eased to prevent penetration of the cover fabric.

5.2.2. Cross Slats: The number of cross slats required shall be dependent upon the number of rows of coils used in construction of the box type bedsprings. The wood frame shall have a cross slat to support each row of coils.

5.2.3. Center Slats: One (1) longitudinal center slat shall be required except two (2) center slats shall be required of size fifty-three-and-one-half inches by seventy-four-and-one half inches (53-1/2" by 74-1/2").

5.2.4. Slats: The minimum dimensions of the wood slats shall be as shown in Table 2.



Description Quantity Size
Top end slats 2.00 3/4" x 7/16"
Bottom end slats 2.00 3/4" x 1-1/4"
Cross slats Variable 3/4" x 2-5/8"
Longitudinal (1 or 2) Center Slat 3/4" x 2-5/8"

5.2.5. Border: The border shall be the specified ticking and shall be plain, not padded or quilted. Both edges of the border shall be hemmed. The edges of the border ticking shall be fully sewn to the edges of the cover ticking within the folds of five-eights inch (5/8") cotton herringbone weave flame resistant tape. The sewing shall be done by machine and shall extend completely around the edges of the bedspring.

5.3. Materials:

5.3.1. Box Spring Unit: The box spring unit materials shall be in accordance with Texas Specification No. 565-10-01A.

5.3.2. Border Wire: Border wire shall be one (1) piece three (3) gauge bright basic wire formed with corner radii of approximately two-and-one-half inches (2-1/2"). The ends shall be secured within and eighteen (18) gauge steel ferrule approximately three inches (3") in length or shall be butt welded.

5.3.3. Spring Cover: The spring cover fabric shall be in accordance with Texas Specification No. 850-84-03A.

5.3.4. Filling: The filling shall be new garnetted cotton felt made of seventy-five percent (75%) cotton linters not lower than Grade Three (3), Staple Three (3), and twenty-five percent (25%) high grade white cotton picker as described in CN 180. The cotton shall be treated to provide flame resistance. The cotton felt shall be of unbroken laminated sheets and shall be distributed in layers of equal weight on the full top surface of the box spring unit. The weight shall be as specified in Table 1.

5.3.5. Ticking: The ticking shall meet the requirements of Texas Specification No. 850-84-03A.

5.3.6. Wood Frame: The wood frame shall be made of selected dried hardwood, No. 2 Common, sound Grade B or better; or thoroughly dried No. 2 Common Yellow Pine, Grade B, or better. Maximum moisture content shall be fifteen percent (15%).

5.3.7. Bottom Cover: The bottom of the box spring unit shall be covered with the same material as used for the spring cover.

5.3.8. Thread: The thread shall be polyester or nylon, and shall not affect the flammability characteristics of the mattress when tested in accordance with FF 4-72 and FED-STD-191A.

5.3.9. Edge Binding Tape: The tape shall be polyester, five-eights inch (5/8") minimum width, with a minimum breaking strength of one-hundred pounds (100 lbs.).

5.3.10. Staples: Tacks and staples shall be upholsterer's commercial hand or power driven type and shall be blued steel, copper lacquer or other corrosion resisting coated steel. Tacks and staples for attachment of dust cover and ticking shall be not less than a three ounce (3 oz.) size with minimum three-eights inch (3/8") long staple legs.

5.3.11. Non-textile Components: Recycled materials may be used for non-textile components.

5.4. Fabrication:

5.4.1. Frame: The frame shall be assembled with nails of a sufficient length to permit clinching. Nailing not staggered and hairline cracks due to nailing are acceptable. The protruding nails shall be clinched and flattened so that all surfaces of the frame shall be smooth. Power driven nails designed or coated to resist pull pout shall be acceptable without requiring clinching providing that the nails are of sufficient length to penetrate a minimum of ninety-five percent (95%) of the pieces being nailed.

5.4.2. Spring Unit and Frame: The spring unit shall be placed on the wood frame and securely attached to it y air force staples. A cross slat shall be provided under each row of coils for support.

5.4.3. Spring Cover: The spring cover shall be placed over the spring unit, turned under the border completely around the unit and shall be securely hog ringed in position.

5.4.4. Upholstery Felt: The upholstery felt shall be placed over the springs and completely and firmly tucked in around the border. Corners shall be well padded with felt before the ticking is applied.

5.4.5. Ticking: The ticking panel shall be placed over the upholstery felt, the border pulled down tightly, and securely tacked underneath the wood frame.

5.4.6. Bottom Cover: The bottom cover shall be securely stapled to the bottom of the wood frame after the cover ticking has been attached.

5.4.7. Stitching: The stitching shall be machine stitching, with eight to twelve (8 to 12) stitches per inch. Ends shall be back tracked not less than one-fourth inch (1/4"). Repairs shall be backstitched not less than one inch (1").

5.4.8. Border Wire: The border wire shall be attached to the outside of the top convolution of border coil by the closed top crimp endings and at the corners by tempered steel clips or hog rings.

5.4.9. Legs: When so specified in the Invitation for Bids, six (6) square tapered wooden legs and screws shall be furnished with each dowel bedspring. The legs shall be six inches (6") long overall, and either one-and-one-half inch (1-1/2") square or two inches (2") square, and made of kiln dried beech, birch, or maple. The wood shall be straight grained, and shall be free of any knots and decay.

5.5. Flammability Requirements: Mattresses shall conform to FF 4-72, issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, including all requirements for testing, record keeping, labeling, and guarantees. Ticking shall be tested by FED-STD-191A/5903.

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by, or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier.

7. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be obtained from products supplied on regular orders.

8. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction or the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

9. WARRANTY: All mattresses shall carry the manufacturer's standard warranty and shall be guaranteed against defects in materials, workmanship, and performance for a minimum of one (1) year. The warranty shall begin on the date of acceptance of the unit by the ordering agency. During this warranty period, the vendor shall repair or replace defective components and/or units at no cost to the State of Texas.

10. PACKING and/or PACKAGING: Packaging for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice an in a manner readily accepted by common carrier engaged in interstate commerce. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during shipment due to rough or improper handling.


11.1. Marking: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

11.1.1. Name of contents.

11.1.2. Quantity.

11.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping document shall include:

11.1.4. Order number or contract number.

11.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

11.1.6. Agency requisition number.

11.2. Labeling: Each mattress shall be labeled in accordance with the following:

11.2.1. A label shall be sewn on each mattress, marked to conform to the legal requirements of the state in which the mattress is manufactured.

11.2.2. Each mattress shall have a label bearing the name of the manufacturer.

11.2.3. Each mattress shall be labeled in accordance with the requirements of FF 4-72 and the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act.

12. BID LITERATURE: All bids shall be accompanied by a description of the products being offered.

13. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to the bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following:

13.1. PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as part of the bid.

13.2. EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

13.3. PROOF: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

14. ORDERING DATA: When ordering products conforming to this specification the requisitioning agency shall specify the following:

14.1. The number of this specification (420-68-02C).

14.2. Width and Length (See Table 1).

14.3. Legs and Leg Size (See Paragraph 5.4.9.)

14.4. The quantity of bedsprings of each size required.

15. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Copies of this specification may be obtained by calling or writing:

Bid Services

Texas Procurement and Support Services

P.O.Box 13186

Austin, TX 78711-3047

(512) 463-3416

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