You’re new to the hospitality, or someone who has been in the business for a fair old while. Eventually, the time will come when you have to give your hotel a bit of a facelift or, if it’s a new venture, an entire refit.
Hotel furniture will be an important consideration in this process. Now before you get on the phone to a host of hotel furniture suppliers, it is important to make sure you know exactly what you are looking for.
From the design itself to the actual supplier, there a number of important considerations to bear in mind before striking a deal with the hotel furniture supplier you opt for.
The Furniture Itself
When looking at furniture for your hotel, you should look beyond the usual furniture stores as they are obviously catered for the domestic market.
If you already had that in mind then you will have no doubt spent a lot of time looking through a whole host of hotel furniture suppliers offering all manner of modern, old fashioned, funky and every other design possible. The key question to ask yourself here is what design is most suitable for your hotel theme?
Decide on a theme and stick with it. However this generates another big question you will have to ask yourself – what is your budget?
If you are on a bit of a shoe string budget that does not mean you can’t pick up decent furniture for your hotel, you will maybe have to be a little more savvy and find a firm specialising in used furniture. Of course the issue there is it may be a limited supply.
Whatever your budget, you should be wary of buying something cheap. You want furniture built to last, so make sure the quality of the product is top notch before investing. Cheap furniture may be a quick fix, but it can create a false economy if you have to buy replacements every five minutes.
The Hotel Furniture Supplier
Moving on to the supplier. You need to consider whether they are able to provide the amount of items you require. It is all well and good them offering a stunning selection of furniture, but if they aren’t able to provide the amount of items you require within your specified timeframe, then it is of little use.
Similarly, you will want to enlist a supplier that you can build an on-going relationship with. A successful business relationship can be a way to get yourself some bargain prices as well as making sure you know the firm is able to provide any replacements should there be issues or breakages.
You also want to find one offering good value for money and the designs to suit your theme, much better to only have to rely on one firm than have to enlist a whole wave of different firms providing the furniture required for each room. If you are new to the industry such a scenario can be quite overwhelming and the last thing you want is the beds arriving weeks after you originally planned to open!
With these tips in mind you can approach the daunting process of a refit with a little more confidence.
Louisa Jenkins is an expert in the hospitality industry. She offers advice newcomers on what to look out for in hotel furniture suppliers and important considerations to have in mind prior to opening up a new venture.