Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture

    Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture launched its new-look website for professional specifiers, buyers and operators throughout the hotel and leisure sector.

    The site introduced many new ranges to the already extensive portfolio of hotel chairs, tables and sofas.

    It was important that the new website was as easy as possible for specifiers of hotel and leisure furniture to use.

    Products are categorized firstly by their type:

    Side chairs, arm chairs, tub chairs,easy chairs, ottoman stools, bar stools, metallic base chairs, sofas,bespoke chairs etc.

    They can also be cross-searched by clicking on any image to view chairs from the same family. For example, the easy chair, compact tub, dining chair, sofa from the same range which allows the specifier to maintain some continuity of style whilst utilising pieces of differing scales.

    Clicking on an image immediately provides the specifier with all dimensional details such as height, width, depth, arm height, seat height.

    The “Design” pages of the new site inform visitors to the site of Lugo’s ability to design bespoke chairs and tables. Equally, Lugo offers a complimentary space-planning service and assistance if required with upholstery fabrics.

    The “News” section of the new website provides new clients with details of large prestigious hotel projects where Lugo suppliers of all contract furniture. Working with some of the leading names in the hotel sector, Lugo has an exemplary reputation in its sector for delivering high quality goods at the most competitive prices.

    A downloadable Information Sheet provides details of our standard polish colours although we are always happy to match to a sample of your preferred wood stain to help co-ordinate with existing timber features within the room.

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    Hotel Contract Furniture

    Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture specialises in the supply of contract furniture to the hotel sector.

    We produce and supply chairs only for the hotel, leisure and cruise sectors. It is pivotal to our product development process that all goods sold are fit for purpose.

    To advise customers as to the considerations before investing in hotel furniture we would suggest that the article below written and issued by Satra Testing and Research Facility is well worth the time to read.

    The main issues faced by UK-based suppliers and purchasers of furniture for hotels and other similar establishments, including beds, seating, desks and tables, are:


    Does it conform to the relevant standards or guidelines?


    Is the structure of the complete item strong and durable enough? Will it stand up to the likely wear and tear which could involve some elements of misuse?


    Surfaces such as lacquer, paint, laminate and foil on tables, desks and other horizontal surfaces. Will the surface of the furniture be fit for purpose and withstand normal use, and some foreseeable misuse?


    Suppliers will always strive to supply furniture that is fit for purpose and, hence, will not create customer or user complaints. Purchasers too, will be concerned that they are selecting and buying the appropriate furniture for hotel bedrooms and public areas.
    SATRA recommends that all furniture for hotel use should be selected on the basis that it meets the appropriate strength and stability requirements.

    Purchasers of hotel furniture will find it useful to use a written specification, which will indicate the minimum performance and safety levels needed to satisfy any regulations and to minimize wear of the products.

    Finishes on the surface of tables should meet the minimum requirements for durability, including scratch resistance, resistance to hot objects and resistance to liquids. In addition, the fabrics or leather covers selected for use on seating should meet the minimum performance requirements, which will help to significantly reduce or eliminate customer complaints during usage. Key attributes of fabrics or leathers for upholstery are light fastness, abrasion resistance, rub fastness, seam strength, pilling and soil resistance.


    Seating and tables in public areas of hotels will be used for a variety of functions, such as meetings, weddings, parties and other celebrations, and may be moved in and out of storage on a regular basis to cater for large dining functions or meetings. Repeated movement of items to and from storage areas increases the wear and tear on tables and seating and, therefore, products needs to be sturdy enough to survive these repeated movements. In some venues, the furniture will be in place permanently, so robustness for moving and storage may not be such an issue. In both cases, the furniture should be sufficiently strong to withstand normal use by those heavier individuals, together with some foreseeable misuse, such as a person standing on a chair or a table to change a light bulb or to hang decorations.

    In the UK, hotel seating must meet the flammability requirements specified in BS 7176 so that it is resistant to ignition sources including a match flame and cigarettes, even though smoking is not permitted inside public buildings in the UK. It could be argued that smoking in public places or hotel bedrooms might occur despite rules and regulations. Therefore, this activity might be interpreted as ‘foreseeable misuse’.
    In other countries, smoking may be permitted in bedrooms and public areas depending upon local regulations. Suppliers in non-UK countries should check with local authorities on current requirements for fire safety.

    “Some of these issues would have been prevented if suitable specifications and product or material testing had been carried out before the contact for the purchase of the furniture was agreed”

    Reception furniture, including coffee tables, sofas or chairs, will be used by persons entering the building with luggage and possibly wet or damp clothing such as raincoats. There is a risk that wet clothing and sharp parts of luggage could damage or mark upholstered furniture.
    SATRA has inspected hotel furniture on many occasions for various clients. A list of some typical problem areas witnessed include:
    • Fabric, allegedly snagged either by clothing or luggage
    • Polished tabletops scratched by luggage studs and other sharp objects
    • Decorative embellishments on seating (including buttons, tassels, fringes and trim) that have become detached or loose
    • Soiling and water damage of upholstered furniture by accidental spillages or from wet garments such as raincoats
    • Polished tables damaged by liquids and hot objects.
    • Excessive movement of the cover of cushions, resulting in loss of shape and distortion of seams
    • Gaping seams on upholstered seating
    • Loose joints in dining room chairs.

    Some of these issues would have been prevented if suitable specifications and product or material testing had been carried out before the contact for the purchase of the furniture was agreed.


    The best hotels are likely to have high occupancy rates, so beds and other furniture will require an appropriate level of durability (see table 1). This can be determined by testing before items are supplied. In the UK, seating, divan beds, upholstered bed frames, bed headboards and mattresses in bedrooms must meet the flammability requirements so that they are all resistant to ignition source, including a match flame and cigarettes, even though smoking is not permitted inside public buildings. Some hotels still permit residents to smoke in their bedrooms.


    In the UK, BS 7176:2007 will be used to determine if seating products provide adequate fire safety for hotels. BS 7176 is a specification which lists various types of buildings and the appropriate level of fire safety needed to satisfy the specification. It is divided into groups of buildings and these are labelled as different ‘hazard categories’. The medium hazard category is appropriate for upholstered hotel furniture. The test requirements include a match flame test, smouldering cigarette tests and a flame ignition source 5 test (often called crib 5), which is specified in BS 5852 Section 4.
    In the rest of Europe, different standards apply and many, but not all, EU States will rely on EN 1021-1 and EN 1021-2 tests to demonstrate fire safety. These are cigarette and match ignition tests on furniture composite materials.


    Whilst there is no mandatory requirement to label the product to indicate ignition resistance, it makes good sense to do so. Failure to do this could put the furniture supplier at risk from legal action if the furniture is moved to a more severe hazard category and a fire occurs. If there is no declaration on the product as to the suitability of the item for a particular end-use or hazard category, the furniture supplier would be in a weak position if he had to demonstrate that the products were fit for purpose.

    Additionally, the supplier may add his details to the product label to help with service issues, such as the purchase of spare parts or replacement products. If a supplier is making a claim for compliance with BS 7176 or BS 7177, the correct design of label should be used.


    Suppliers of hotel furniture should check for any local rules and regulations regarding fire safety of furniture before quoting for contracts. Products and materials should be tested to demonstrate conformity, and they should be labelled to indicate the level of conformity, together with details of the source of the product. Delivery notes should also indicate the level of conformity of furniture. Test reports can provide a useful selling tool to demonstrate fitness for purpose.

    Purchasers of hotel furniture should ensure that their product specification is consistent with any local or national rules and regulations concerning fire safety. They may need to consult with the operator of the premises, as he or she is ultimately responsible for fire safety. Purchasers should look for evidence that products offered and supplied actually meet the appropriate requirements – test reports will help to do this. If there are any doubts, further tests could be carried out to demonstrate compliance.

    Visit the Satra website for a useful table of performance requirements

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    Hotel Bedroom Furniture

    Lugo Group Europe designs and supplies fitted and loose hotel bedroom furniture to some of the leading names in the hotel sector both in the UK and overseas.

    Most bedroom furniture for hotels is bespoke manufactured and is made further to a comprehensive site survey considering access for off-loading goods, skirting profiles, dado rail profiles, ceiling heights, electrical points etc.

    Over the years Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture and sister company Furnotel have become very proficient in helping hotel operators, interior designers, property developers, architects, procurement companies in ensuring that they achieve the maximum specification and aesthetic impact for their investment.

    The hotel bedroom furniture represents a large proportion of the overall joinery package and contributes to a significant percentage of the FF+E budget.

    When planning a hotel bedroom it is usually a good idea to start by loosely “zoning” the room.


    This is the area immediately inside the main hotel bedroom door (usually adjacent to the en-suite bathroom).

    It is usually a sensible idea for the guest to store his/her suitcase near to the door within the lobby zone. This reduces wear and tear on the room with suitcases banging walls and other furniture further within the hotel bedroom. As such, it is always a good idea to position the luggage rack and ideally the wardrobe within the lobby zone if possible.

    Larger bedroom lobbies may also be big enough to accommodate some form of tea and coffee making unit.


    As the room opens out beyond the lobby zone, the Sleep Zone accommodates the hotel bed, bedside units, headboard and possibly a bed bench at the foot of the bed if the footprint allows.


    With so much corporate business during the working week, it is important to allow a generous footprint for a desk / dressing table / workstation.
    This area also includes a comfortable desk chair and usually the television.


    This small area of the bedroom will typically include at least one easy chair for watching television and usually a small breakfast table for guests wishing to take advantage of room service. Larger hotel rooms may opt to accommodate an ottoman too within this relaxation zone.

    Once the zones have largely been identified the specifics of the furniture itself can be considered.


    The materials used when making contract hotel bedroom furniture depend largely on the star rating of the hotel and the available budget.

    Most budget brands opt for MFC (melamine faced chipboard) furniture which is cost effective and easily maintained. PVC edge details can be added as an on-cost to ensure that facing edges resist impacts.

    MFC installations are usually relatively fast as panels are joined quickly via cams.

    Generally, three, four and five star hotels require bedroom casegoods with a real wood veneer finish which gives a more opulent aesthetic.
    The veneer can be applied to an MDF (medium density fibreboard) or a chipboard core. The vast majority of Lugo’s bedroom furniture is manufactured with an MDF core which produces a very robust piece of furniture.

    When choosing veneers, the veneer grain should first be considered.
    Some specifiers like to see the rich tones of the wood grain and opt for veneers such as walnut. Other prefer blander veneers that give a more solid effect such as maple or beech.
    Thereafter, the veneer can be tinted (stained) in the factory to whichever colour is preferred.


    Wardrobe dimensions differ depending on the available space in the bedroom and the make-up of how the wardrobe internals are divided.

    As a rule of thumb standard sizes for hotel wardrobes are as follows:
    Single wardrobe: 600mm wide x 600mm deep x 1900mm high
    Double wardrobe: 800mm wide x 600mm deep x 1900mm high

    A blanket shelf above the hanging rail is a usual pre-requisite to house a spare pillow.

    One half of the hanging rail should allow at least a couple of long coats and long dresses.

    The other side of the wardrobe internal can be compartmentalised to accommodate a room safe, tea tray, ironing board, luggage rack if required.

    Wardrobes can be value-engineered to reduce cost by using slightly thinner panels on the internal sections i.e.:19mm internal shelves but 25mm or 30mm thick doors.

    A minimum of three wardrobe door hinges are required but four or even five hinges are preferable for heavier door panels.

    There is a wide range of handles available to suit any application. Cost can be saved by cutting finger pulls into the doors in lieu of handles.


    The dressing table has to multi-task between being a corporate workstation, a dining area, and some where to apply make-up.

    To enable the desk to multi-task effectively, it is advisable to attach an upstand to the rear edge of the desk which runs approximately 300mm up the wall. This upstand accommodates electrical sockets and allows electrics to be run to the desk for laptops, hairdryers, lamps etc. The timber upstand prevents the wall decoration from premature finger marks around the sockets.

    Drawers add expense to your dressing table and unless your hotel accommodates regular long stay guests, it is a cost that you can easily do without.

    Drawer runners should be robust steel runners and not cheap nylon alternatives which will probably not perform well in a commercial setting.
    “Soft close” drawers are an optional extra which help reduce wear and tear but also provide a more elegant upmarket feel to the furniture.

    Many hotel operators prefer to leave dressing table/desk tops clear for guest workspace and as such require a shelf within the unit for the tea/coffee tray. This can be sliding shelf that allows the guest to easily access the refreshments.

    Wherever possible it is preferable to mount televisions on the wall to free up desk space. However, where there is insufficient wall space to do so, a longer desk may be required. If desk-mounting televisions it is essential to use flat screen technology to minimise the TV footprint within the desk.


    The headboard usually provides the focal point to the bedroom.
    Higher headboards present a more luxurious appeal but to save cost it is a worthwhile alternative to consider putting an inexpensive piece of artwork over a lower headboard if budgets are challenging.

    Headboards can be upholstered or veneered, or indeed a mixture of the two.
    Timber headboards can accommodate bedside lights and switches so that bedside units remain uncluttered.


    Many professional hotel specifiers save on cost by choosing bible boxes or shelves in lieu of a free standing bedside table.
    The bible box is fastened securely to the headboard.

    The benefit for the housekeeping team is that they can easily vacuum around the bed.
    The disadvantage of bible boxes or headboard bedside shelves is that they do not accommodate zip and link beds. Where zip and link hotel beds are being used, freestanding nightstands are necessary.

    Where freestanding bedsides have been specified, they should have no more than a single drawer ideally to keep them light enough for the housekeeping team to move if they need to reconfigure beds.


    Hotel luggage racks can be as simple a lightweight foldaway wooden or chrome luggage rack which can often be accommodated within the wardrobe.

    Alternatively, the luggage rack can be a unit in its own right and can house storage drawers beneath it if additional room storage is required.

    Again an upstand is recommended at the back of the luggage rack to protect the wall from suitcase scuffs. The veneered top surface of the hotel luggage rack should be covered with stainless steel or brass bars to avoid veneer scratches.


    TV’s can be mounted straight to the wall without any encasement but this presents a less opulent aesthetic than a simple timber surround being manufactured which hides all wires and co-ordinates with other furniture pieces within the room.

    Free-standing TV units are only deployed when the hotel bedroom has a particularly large footprint such as executive rooms, suites or within luxury hotel accommodation.


    Most hotel desk chairs do not require arms unless they are for a 4 or 5 star environment.
    If a swivel chair is required, it is worth considering how the bedroom carpet will perform under castors. Most 80/20 wool nylon carpets do not pass the British Standards Castor Chair Test.
    If an armchair is required, it is worthwhile double-checking that there is sufficient clearance between the top of the arm and the underside of the desk.


    A comfortable chair is required for the guest to sit and read or watch television. However, where space is restricted, this is usually a compact tub chair that does not require a large footprint within the room.
    Upholstery fabrics chosen should be practical in their colour, design and construction in the knowledge that there will always be food and beverage spillages over time.

    We hope the aforementioned provides some assistance when designing bespoke hotel bedroom furniture.

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