• HOTEL DINING FURNITURE – BASIC CONSIDERATIONS

    Hotel Dining Furniture

    When choosing furniture for a hotel restaurant, there are several factors to consider over and above the stylish lines of the chair and its aesthetic appeal:

    THE FOOTPRINT

    The physical space that the restaurant chair occupies on the floor. Clearly a smaller footprint allows for more restaurant furniture (covers) and increases the revenue potential of the restaurant. Generally speaking hotel dining chairs with arms (carvers) require a larger footprint and cost more. For this reason most hotel operators will opt for an 80/20 split between armless chairs and carver arm chairs. Can the chairs be pushed completely under the restaurant tables? This may seem basic, but if the table has a large pedestal base or a low-hanging under-frame chairs may only tuck part way under.

    STRENGTH AND STABILITY

    Hotel dining chairs are subject to heavy usage and need to be robust enough to withstand the rigours of a busy restaurant environment. Side-stretchers between chair legs give additional strength of the legs to ensure that chairs do not buckle under the weight of a diner rocking back and forth on his dining chair. If you prefer the more minimalistic lines of chairs without side-stretchers, the legs should be of sufficient thickness to be fit for purpose. Too many hotel operators are tempted into buying cheap dining chairs which may have been intended for the domestic market. Lugo supplies only the contract sector and all Lugo chairs are designed with hotels specifically in mind. Chair frames should be dowelled, glued, and screwed as a minimum at all joints. Strengthening corner blocks to underpin where the legs meet the seat frame are advisable. Hotel tables and chairs will be stood on by someone at some time (Christmas parties, maintenance staff changing light bulbs etc). As such, dining chairs should be manufactured with this inevitability in mind. Ideally arms should be integral components to the chair’s front leg. The fewer joints the better is a basic rule of thumb.

    DINING CHAIR ARMS

    Hotel restaurant chairs with timber arms will be susceptible to stratches and damage from everything from guest’s cufflinks to being jammed carelessly under the dining table. It is important to allow plenty of clearance between the top of the arm and the underside of the table top. Upholstered chair arms prevent some of the aforementioned damage but there is the inevitable trade-off with upholstery becoming prematurely soiled with time.

    SEAT AND ARM HEIGHT

    The average seat height of a hotel dining chair is 500mm. The average height of a hotel dining table is 750mm. Generally speaking it is always advisable to allow 250-300mm between the seat and the table top. Approximately 180mm between the seat and the top of the arm will usually suffice.

    STACKABLE HOTEL DINING CHAIRS

    Not all hotel restaurants require the flexibility of stackable dining chairs. Most timber framed chairs do not stack any higher than 5 or 6 chairs high. For this reason many restaurants trade some of the style of wooden chairs for the practicality of aluminium banqueting chairs. Stackability is an important consideration as although aluminium banqueting chairs can stack 10-15 chairs high, the restaurant takes on a different aesthetic completely and can lose some of its appeal as if it has been set for a wedding or corporate dinner.

    UPHOLSTERY

    Dining chair seat pads will certainly quickly become soiled with food and beverage spillages. With this in mind, it is important to choose a fabric with a small scale patterned design that disguises these stains. Alternatively, faux leather upholstery fabrics continue to be very popular as they are well priced and offer a “wipe clean” solution. It is worth considering the chair from the rear view as well as the front perspective.
    Most chairs within a restaurant will be viewed from the rear. For larger restaurants it is advisable to select more than one upholstery to give the overall aesthetic some interest factor. We would advise that for every 20 x chairs being specified a co-ordinating upholstery fabric should be considered. Lugo Hotel Contract Furniture works with all the leading upholstery fabric manufacturers such as Skopos Fabrics, Panaz Fabrics, Sinclaire Fabrics, Warwick Fabrics, Today Interiors, Zoffany Fabrics, Harlequin Fabrics, Sunbury Fabrics, Designers Guild.
     January 11th, 2010  admin   No comments