Differentiating between household and commercial grade furniture
There are so many variations when it comes to the types of furniture our buyers purchase. One type of furniture we produce is manufactured specifically for the hospitality industry: commercial or industrial grade furniture. At first glance it may not seem that there is much difference between commercial grade furniture and the furniture you find at home, but there is!
First of all, commercial or industrial furniture must serve several key functions: be highly durable, look good, require little maintenance and be economical to purchase. There are also federal and state regulations that must be followed in order to manufacture and sell commercial furniture. Lets look a little further into manufacturing commercial furniture.
Who needs commercial grade furniture?
Simply put, if you’re not purchasing furniture for your home or other residence, you’ll need to look at buying commercial grade furniture. Any establishment that serves the public requires the characteristics of specially designed industrial strength furniture. Some quick examples of environments that design and buy furniture tailored to their use include:
- Hotels and resorts
- Cruise ships
- Hospitals, medical centers
- Golf/sports clubs
- Leisure centers
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Conference facilities
Hospitality is being everything to everyone
Designing commercial furniture for the hospitality industry differs slightly in its objectives. These types of furniture will be used in environments that host the general public, who varies greatly in their personal needs. Since not all people weigh the same, are of the same build, have the same mobility etc.; furniture for these environments must be very user-friendly, adaptable or simple in its design and function. It must also be able to withstand the highly repetitive use and abuse that it will undergo in its environment.
Restaurant chairs and bar stools, for example, will undergo far more use than the stools used at your kitchen bar, or the chairs around your dining table. Imagine a steady stream of people coming and going, wiggling and rocking your chairs all day long, for years! That’s an incredible amount of strain to stand up to. Furniture for the hospitality industry must also have aesthetic appeal; after all, a large part of successful hospitality lies in its appearance and presentation.
How to choose a commercial furniture manufacturer
This is where working with a furniture manufacturer or contract furniture supplier who understands the requirements of commercial grade furniture and knows how to manufacture it efficiently comes in. Any furniture manufacturer you work with must understand the stability, weight and durability testing requirements that come along with producing commercial furniture.
Commercial grade furniture manufactured in the USA
Newport Furniture has been designing and manufacturing commercial furniture, producing beautiful and highly functional pieces for a wide range of hospitality based enterprises. We supply finished furniture, replacement parts or quality wood furniture parts to be assembled elsewhere, should you wish. We also have an in-house design and production team who can take your ideas and designs all the way to production. Give us a call!
From all of us here at Newport Furniture Parts we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year! For all of your furniture manufacturing needs, including manufacturing commercial grade furniture, come to Newport.