Hotel Lounge Tub Chair

    Before choosing your contract seating for a hotel bar or lounge, it is important to consider three key factors:
    1. Have a clear understanding as to “zoning” of the room and exactly what activities will take place in each zone i.e.: drinking, eating, working on laptops, sitting at a bar counter.
    2. Equally important is calculating the number of covers (chairs) you need to accommodate within the space. This information will largely dictate the scale of furniture you can consider.
    3. Know your budget. Clever use of less expensive chairs and upholstery fabrics will help you stretch the budget to its maximum.
    Hotel bar chairs fall into the following categories:


    Tub chairs are typically medium sized and comfortable enough for guests to sit in for a significant length of time whilst enjoying a drink from the bar or watching a television.
    The term tub chair is the most traditional description of the category and refers back to the classic barrel shape of the design. More contemporary versions of the tub chair deviate from the traditional tub shape and are more commonly referred to as club chairs.
    Some tub chairs and club chairs are fully upholstered to the seat, back and sides with no polished wood on show except for the timber chair legs.
    Many specifiers prefer to see plenty of “show-wood” on a chair but generally speaking the more show-wood, the more expensive the chair.
    The addition of show-wood arms and backs reduces the chances of premature soiling of upholstery as guests handle the chairs.


    Compact tub chairs accommodate a slightly smaller footprint to the standard tub chair. As such, they are very useful when attempting to maximise the room covers.
    Compact tub chairs often come from families or ranges which allow the specifier to choose similarly styled pieces in a variety of sizes across a room.
    Compacts make good bar chairs and multi-task well for lap-top users as they sit a little higher than the standard tub chair.
    As a smaller chair, the compact tub also requires less upholstery fabric and as such is a more cost effective option when considering tub chairs or club chairs.


    Easy Armchairs are a much larger scale of hotel chair and are the cosy late night drinker’s chair that envelopes the guest as they take their seat. Cushions can be feather filled or foam filled. Feather filled cushions provide a very comfortable seated position and a luxurious aesthetic. These are popular in 5 star hotels where housekeeping staff are trained to continually plump the cushions as and when required.
    Foam is the most popular filling for contract hotel chairs as it retains its shape and is largely maintenance free. Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture uses different densities of foam to ensure that the most comfortable chair is produced.
    Our chair designers can accommodate clients preferring a softer or firmer seat by altering the foam densities. This is often useful with hotels that have an older clientele who want additional support to their chairs.


    Most Lugo sofas are available as a 2 seater, 2.5 seater, and 3 seater options.
    Like our hotel easy chairs, our sofas can be supplied with feather or foam cushions.
    Cushions can be fixed which means they cannot be removed or loose. Fixed and loose cushion options can be mixed on the same sofa if preferred i.e.: a fixed seat cushion with loose back cushions or vice versa.
    Most of our sofas can be button backed if required. Button back chairs and sofas continue to be popular particularly with the boutique hotel sector.
    Lugo has an extensive portfolio of sofas ranging from large traditional scroll arm designs to contemporary compact “box sofas”.
    Our sofas are available with a range of foot options from solid wood to metallic to ornate castors.


    Lugo boasts a team of experienced in-house furniture designers who can help customers with bespoke designs should a particularly eye-catching chair, chaise longue, or sofa be required.
    Signature pieces can work well in hotel bedrooms or in foyer areas as focal points when one enters the room.
    Often bespoke designs are cheaper than anticipated. Sometimes bespoke may just mean adaptation of an existing design such as making the back higher, seat deeper, adjusting the back incline.
    Whether a simple adaptation or a completely new seating concept, Lugo’s clients are encouraged to let their imaginations run free.


    Lugo Furniture supplies only the contract hotel and leisure sectors and as such all fabrics that we use on our chairs must meet the relevant British Standards for abrasion and fire rating.
    If we are asked to upholster one of our tub chairs in a pre-specified fabric which is not of contract quality we can usually treat the fabric or use an inter-liner to help it meet the necessary Crib 5 fire rating.
    Where this is not possible, we cannot supply the furniture upholstered in a sub standard fabric and our sales team will do all they can to help the client choose a more suitable fabric from our extensive library.
    Similarly, the contract standard for abrasion of an upholstery fabric is measured via the Martindale Test which states that 40,000 rubs is the minimum requirement for a contract installation.
    If a client is adamant that they wish to use a fabric that does not meet the minimum Martindale requirement, we will supply the chair or sofa but our warranty will not underwrite the fabric and its subsequent wear.
    Quality upholstery fabrics range from £10 sqm – £100sqm. With this in mind, it is worth spending some time choosing a well priced fabric as it has the most significant bearing on the cost of the furniture.
    Lugo works with most of the leading fabric manufacturers such as Skopos Design, Panaz Fabrics, Sinclaire Fabrics, Zoffany Fabrics, Harlequin Fabrics, Warwick Fabrics, Sunbury Fabrics, Today Interiorsv Designers Guild to mention but a few.
    The Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture website is very informative and tells buyers or specifiers exactly how much upholstery fabric is required to finish the chair.
    The website also quickly allows visitors to search by style of chair, families of chair, by location of the chair. Most questions are answered but those that are not can soon be addressed by our Customer Support team who are always on hand.
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    Hotel Table Top

    Contract table tops are supplied by Lugo to the hotel, restaurant, leisure and cruise sectors. This document is aimed at specifiers and buyers of tables tops for a contract installation.

    Table tops are available in a large variety of materials; Nevertheless, all of these options can largely be categorized into the following:
    Solid wood table tops
    Laminated table tops
    Veneered table tops
    Glass table tops


    Timbers differ between the domestic and contract sectors; the most popular solid wood table tops for the hospitality sector are beech, ash and oak but other woods such as walnut, and sapele are also available.


    Beech table tops are usually made in 25mm, 32mm or 40mm thickness.
    Beech is a blonde wood and has no strong grain patterning. As such, it accepts stain very easily. It is also the most popular timber used in contract furniture manufacturing because it is a very stable wood.


    Ash table tops are typically 25mm thick or 32mm thick. Ash has a very distinctive V-shaped grain for those customers who like their timbers to have a little more character. Of course customers must appreciate that when tables are butted together in restaurants the grain variations between tables does not offer the same uniformity as beech.


    Solid oak table tops have a more rustic aesthetic and are most commonly used in the pub sector wanting a “farmhouse” finish. Tops can be supplied in 25mm thickness or 32mm thickness as standard.
    Oak grains are graded depending on the scale of grain required and whether knots are desirable.


    Walnut is an opulent looking timber from which to manufacture table tops.
    It is equally a very strong wood that can withstand the rigours of a busy restaurant.
    Walnut is available in 25mm thickness, although thicker tops can be manufactured to order.


    Sapele table tops have a similar appearance to mahogany as it is a dark rich red African hardwood.


    A veneer is a thin slice of wood which is stocked in 8’ x 4’ sheets.
    When using a veneer on a table top the veneer needs to be glued on to a core structure, usually MDF (medium density fibreboard).
    An MDF core is particularly stable and it will neither warp nor bend.
    Veneer can be added onto more exotic wood cores but this often results in the product being over-engineered and expensive as a result.

    The most widely used beech veneer table tops have an exposed MDF edge. This is the most cost effective way of producing a veneer table top.
    An optional hardwood edge of 5mm adds a little cost but is worth the additional cost when considering the level of impact protection it offers the leading edges.


    Lugo works primarily with the leading manufacturers of high pressure laminates (HPL’s) namely Resopal, Polyrey and Formica but of course we can equally accommodate any pre-specified contract standard laminate.
    HPL table tops are manufactured from the fusion of multiple layers of impregnated paper under high pressure and temperature. Laminated tops are arguably the lowest maintenance specification for hotel tables as they are less susceptible to marking. They are easily cleaned and with a hardwood edge they are largely bullet-proof.
    There is a wide variety of wood-effect laminates that provide a rich warm textured aesthetic with all the practicalities of a HPL.



    A curvaceous tactile edge profile but bull-nose edges will create valleys between tables when tables are butted together.


    As the name suggests, the edge is cut straight to ease butting of restaurant tables to accommodate larger groups of diners.


    Adds some interest to the edge detail but like the bull-nose will also create valleys when pushing tables together.


    Works well with most table tops and allows the flexibility of butting tables together.


    This is largely the same as a straight-cut edge but has a very slightly rounded corner to gently soften the aesthetic.


    Available in 5mm or 10mm options. Adhered to the table edge to provide additional impact protection.
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    Hotel Contract Tables

    Contract Hotel Tables are supplied by Lugo. This is a guide to choosing an appropriate table for a hotel installation.


    The ratio between the size of the table top and the base is of key importance when considering the stability of your hotel restaurant table. The experienced team at Lugo Contract Hotel Furniture will always offer clear guidance on the recommended top size for all pedestal bases within our range. We would urge specifiers of contract furniture not to attempt to use larger tops than the recommendation.

    Clearly some table tops are much heavier than others and need a wider and/or heavier base. Materials such as a marble, granite or even a thick hardwood top will quickly become unstable if manufacturer’s guidelines are ignored.

    Many hotel and restaurant General Managers prefer to buy pedestal tables rather than the conventional four legged dining table.

    Although heavier for staff to move around a restaurant, pedestal tables can be easier to butt together to make longer tables for larger family or group bookings. Diners do not have to sit astride a table leg.

    The housekeeping team can vacuum around a pedestal table leg with ease and metal bases withstand buffering from vacuum cleaners better than polished timber.

    Pedestal tables can help to reduce the footprint of the table and chairs if space is an issue. Chairs can be pushed well under the table top.

    Pedestal legs and bases can be fabricated from wood or metal. Where budget is a key factor, it is worth mentioning that metallic bases are usually less expensive than wooden table bases.
    Metal bases are manufactured in great volume and are used within the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors for a multitude of applications. Wooden bases are most commonly made to order and will cost a little more.

    The timber base provides a more classic aesthetic and is arguably a better option for fine dining.
    Square tables do not necessarily require square bases. Many specifiers want the ability to butt square table tops together but avoid corners on the table base.

    Timber bases can be stained to match the colours of other woods or veneers in the room and can be a great unifier to a scheme.
    As a table base material, timber is much more versatile in creating something more bespoke to compliment the scheme.

    Many wooden tables have a cruciform base (a timber cross). Cruciform bases are continually popular for their look and their stability.

    Although Lugo has an extensive standard range of table bases, the vast majority of tables sold are adaptations of our standard products or fully bespoke. It is important to us that the hotel designer gets exactly what is required to suit their interior scheme.

    Black cast iron bases are relatively inexpensive and are the entry level product when considering a metal table base. This is a sound choice when budget is restrictive and tables are to be clothed.

    Silver pedestal bases are available in chrome or stainless steel.

    Chrome table bases are very popular, but they can require more cleaning by housekeeping teams as chrome looks at their best when it is polished and free of scuff marks and finger marks.

    Stainless steel is an ideal finish for a pedestal table base. Stainless steel is available in brushed stainless steel or polished stainless steel.

    The polished stainless steel base provides a more quality aesthetic over its chrome cousin. The brushed stainless steel option provides a matt finish which many operators prefer.

    Use of a primer on cast iron bases means they can be used outdoors.
    Most exterior pedestal table bases are made in aluminium as it will not corrode and is light to manoeuvre.

    Table sizes can be adapted to suit but our standard dimensions are:


    Table for 2 – 700mm x 700mm x 730mm high
    Table for 4 – 900mm x 900mm x 730mm high
    Table for 6 – 1200mm diameter x 730mm high
    Table for 8 – 1500mm diameter x 730mm high
    Table for 10 –1800mm diameter x 730mm high


    Rectangular – 1000mm x 450mm x 450mm high
    Rectangular – 1200mm x 450mm x 450mm high
    Circular – 550mm diameter x 450mm high
    Circular – 700mm diameter x 450mm high


    Circular – 600mm diameter x 1080mm high
    Circular – 700mm diameter x 1080mm high


    Square – 500mm x 500mm x 600mm high
    Circular – 600mm diameter x 600mm high


    Rectangular – 1100mm x 450mm x 800mm high
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