The use of furniture in Hotels greatly affects the environment and ambiance within. Colour, texture and shape are important elements for interior designers seeking to imbue bedrooms, bars, reception areas and dining rooms with moods appropriate to their function. Of course the primary goal of all hotels is to create a comfortable, stylish environment for their guests, but there is more to designing a hotel Furniture scheme than merely selecting lots of pieces that look nice.
Each area within the hotel needs to be addressed separately, taking into account the frequency of use, function of the area, amount of space, likelihood of spillage etc. This therefore creates the need for a carefully planned Furniture strategy. hotel furniture
Hotel reception areas are generally large open areas offering guests and visitors their first exposure to the venue. Creating the best possible first impression is therefore essential, and most hotels will invest heavily in furnishing their reception areas in order to do this. Fabric choice is important both from a design perspective and a wear and tear point of view. Guests may prefer to have drinks and light snacks in front of house areas, which means upholstery may be prone to spillage. Comfort is of the utmost importance as well, with reception areas often hosting business meetings, afternoon teas, and other social gatherings.
Hotel function rooms require a completely different furniture scheme. Flexibility is the most crucial factor here, as the rooms could be used for Balls, Parties, Conferences, or possibly as an Overspill restaurant. Tables will therefore need to be foldable and chairs stackable so that the rooms can be rearranged quickly and furniture stored away in as small a space as possible. Both will also have to be hardwearing due to the rough treatment they are likely to receive.
Bar furniture needs to be incredibly robust as it is usually the most harshly treated of all hotel furniture. Chairs are often knocked over or dragged from place to place by guests, and spillage is inevitable. Dark, stain resistant fabric is recommended, and removable machine washable covers are a sensible option. Tables are likely to suffer similarly rough treatment with guests sitting on, standing on and resting their feet on them at times, emphasising the need for strength and durability. Furniture within hotel rooms is less frequently used than in other areas of hotels so the need for hard-wearing durable designs is lessened. Here the emphasis will be on comfort, and utilising decorative pieces that compliment the bedroom decor. Spillage is also less likely so light coloured fabrics are more acceptable.
Restaurant furniture has its own individual requirements as well. As in most restaurants, dining chairs are designed to be comfortable for only a certain amount of time – usually long enough for the average person to enjoy a meal – but no longer. This is so that diners are not tempted to linger long after their meal, and instead move on to other areas of the venue eg. The Bar, giving staff enough time to reset the restaurant ready for the next sitting.