When stocking and decorating a hotel, one of the most important aspects is the hotel bedroom furniture, which should ideally be inexpensive without feeling institutional. Buying quality hotel room sets at an affordable rate, however, requires some key terms for knowing what you want. By understanding how to discuss the products you need and the style you want, you'll be able to have your hotel make your customers feel right at home in no time.
Furniture liquidation happens when companies sell new or used hotel furniture from overstock, or if a hotel is going out of business. Liquidated furniture is usually considered lightly used, and can be bought for much lower rates than new furniture.
Engineered wood is an alternative to sawed lumber for manufacturing furniture products. Many hotels favor products made from engineered wood because it is less expensive than hardwood lumber and can be used to more efficiently produce wholesale items for hotels and other institutions. Engineered wood furniture is also structurally lighter in weight, allowing pieces to be moved more easily for hotel cleaning and redecoration.
Antique-or distressed-finish is often used on hotel furniture to obtain an antique or naturally worn appearance for any piece of furniture. This type of faux finish differs from an actual antique in that antique furniture is typically 100 years old or more, while an antique or distressed finish can be found on furniture that is brand new.
Transitional furniture is a style of design between the more traditional or ornate styles of hotel furniture and the most modern and trendy designs. Transitional furniture is known for being simple in style and can be mixed with any other style of furniture, providing a useful and efficient choice for hotel furnishings that can last for many years.
Armoires are tall cabinets traditionally used for hanging clothing, and are also known as wardrobes. The armoire has become a common piece of hotel room furniture, although most hotels have separate closets and use the armoire for storing a television and entertainment media.
A major concern for hotels is often fire safety, and hotel room furnishings are typically listed using standard definitions of levels of flame retardancy. FR, or Fire Retardant, products have been chemically treated to resist burning, while IFR (inherently fire retardant) and PFR (permanently fire retardant) products are made of noncombustible materials.