While it is crucial that you invest in the structural quality and the external design of your hotel, the interior is arguably even more important if you aim to deliver a high quality experience to guests.
Make no mistake; guests are far more likely to appraise your value proposition based on the comfort, style and presentation of your interior (rather than how it looks from the outside), so you need to ensure that you invest in functional and attractive furniture in every area of the hotel.
In this article, we will present a furniture buying guide for your hotel, as you look to create an appealing interior that turns first-time guests into loyal patrons.
Reception or Lobby Furniture: Focus on Comfort and Simple Design
Let’s start with the reception area, as this is the first thing that guests will see when they enter your premises. Given that it only takes us seven seconds on average to form first impressions about people and and our surroundings, it is crucial that you invest in this space urgently to create an design that reflects your brand values and its proposition.
There is also a need for this space to be comfortable, as people will often arrive after long flights and long for a reception area or lobby in which they can sit and feel at ease.
Size is also a factor, of course, but as a starting point we would recommend adding a sectional sofa as a focal point of the reception. Focus on a seat with a simple but stylish design, while also ensuring that it is plush and comfortable.
If you have a larger reception, you can also introduce one or more, L-shaped corner sofas to create additional seating, while also framing the space effectively. If you want to create a warm or cosy feel, you can also invest in a coffee table and armchairs accordingly.
On a final note, it is wise to introduce neutral colours when furnishing your reception. This should optimise the sense of space, while ensuring that guests do not feel oppressed or claustrophobic upon their arrival.
All-in-all, these steps will ensure that you create an open and inviting reception area, and one that welcome guests while subtly reminding them of the home comforts that they are missing.
Bedroom Furniture: Make the Bed Your Focal Point
Comfort is also a key consideration when furnishing your bedroom, as you look to create a sanctuary that enables guests to relax. You should also look to continue the design ethos laid out in your reception, and this can be a difficult balance to strike (particularly when operating within a relatively stringent budget).
Remember, as with any business it is far cheaper to retain loyal guests and target new ones, and creating a restful, harmonious and holistic bedroom space is central to this.
Clearly, your bed should be the main priority when organising your spend, as this will serve as the focal point of the room. You must select a stylish and visually appealing design that offers genuine comfort to guests, while spending a little more on a quality product will also guarantee longevity and value for your money.
Every good hotel room should also have a desk and a comfortable arm chair, so that you can create a living area even in relatively compact spaces. Try to follow the design principles laid out by the bed and the décor, while also selecting relevantly-sized products to suit the space that you have available. You can also look to add compact and simple bedside tables too, but the key is to make the most of your floor space and maintain a minimalist ethos where possible.
You can also add a wow factor with your soft furnishings, while these can be used to introduce colour, style and personality into each individual room. This includes linens and filled products like cushions, which should be purchased according to a consistent vision (either different for each room as part of an eclectic approach or uniform throughout).
Hotel Restaurant Furniture: Creating a Homely Dining Space
While it may be commercially wise to consider your hotel restaurant as being an entirely separate entity to your accommodation, the same cannot be said when planning your design. In fact, it is important that you maintain a similar design throughout your hotel, and your choice of furniture is central to this.
With this in mind, it is important that you invest in comfortable seating throughout your restaurant, regardless of its size or the type of food that your serve. It is also important to invest in one or two sofas instead in additional to single seats, as these can be used in conjunction with longer tables while they also offer flexibility within any given space.
If your hotel restaurant has a patio area, you will also need to invest in outdoor furniture (primarily chairs and tables). These products can be simple in their design but should be durable and resilient to adverse weather conditions, and fortunately there is a diverse range of interior and exterior furniture to help create comfortable and functional seating areas.
This also means that you can maintain a seamless design both inside and outside of your restaurant, which will appeal to anyone with an eye for detail.
Meeting Room Furniture: Embracing Natural Materials Like Wood
If your hotel has a meeting or conference space, you may be torn between maintaining your existing design and ensuring that the space is fit for purpose. It is better to focus on the latter in this instances, as comfort is less important while a minimalist approach will ensure that any variations are subtle at best.
Conferencing spaces should be equipped with long tables, with uniform and upright chairs also ideal for the space. We would also recommend introducing natural wood such as oak where possible, as these add a sense of timeless style while they also optimise any natural light that engulfs your meeting rooms during the day.
If you do include additional wooden desks and tables in your meeting space, it is also worth adorning these with seasonal plants. These add colour and vibrancy to the space, while improving air flow and in some instances aiding creativity.
This should help you to create an open and professional space, and one that enables users to focus at all times. By adhering to a minimalist design, you can also save money and make the most of the space at your disposal.
The Final Word: Why Attention to Detail is Key When Furnishing Your Hotel
So there you have it; our 2017 guide to furnishing your hotel. As you can see, comfort and style are key considerations, as these help to create a functional space that boasts a similar design throughout. The key is to furnish each space in accordance with an overall vision, and one the reflects your brand, its values and an underlying budget.
You can also introduce colour and personality through your choice of soft furnishings and plants, affording your hotel a competitive edge over its rivals.