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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    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 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.
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