• HOTEL BEDROOM FURNITURE – A GUIDE TO SPECIFYING

    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.

    ZONE 1 – THE BEDROOM LOBBY

    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.

    ZONE 2 – THE SLEEP ZONE

    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.

    ZONE 3 – THE WORK ZONE

    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.

    ZONE 4 – RELAXATION ZONE

    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.

    HOW SHOULD THE BEDROOM FURNITURE BE CONSTRUCTED?

    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.

    HOTEL WARDROBES

    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.

    HOTEL DRESSING TABLES

    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.

    HEADBOARDS

    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.

    BEDSIDE UNITS OR NIGHTSTANDS

    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.

    LUGGAGE RACKS

    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.

    TELEVISION UNITS

    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.

    DESK CHAIRS

    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.

    TUB CHAIR

    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.

     January 11th, 2010  admin   No comments