Hotel Furniture Blog - Artone, LLC

What AWI and fsc certiciations mean for your hotel furniture project

What does it mean to be certified? Sometimes, not much. “Certification” can be an empty promise of quality. On the other hand, a certification can mean the difference between a job well done, and a waste of money.

That’s how hotel furniture manufacturers who are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) see it.

So what does such certification entail? What follows is an overview that shows how important these genuine pledges to deliver quality are to hotel furniture manufacturers and their customers.

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BDNY Fair 2018: All About FORMA

The annual Boutique Design Trade Fair in New York City is one of our favorite shows to attend every year. This year’s BDNY fair had double the traffic of previous years, making it the can’t miss event of the boutique hotel industry.

BDNY has always been a favorite of ours not only because we get the chance to see new products and designs from other industry members, but we love the chance to display new designs of our own.

This year our booth was titled FORMA,which means “Form” in Italian. We focused on appealing to today’s jet setting travelers through functional, modern design.

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Hospitality Outdoor Furniture: A Manufacturer's Guide

Amenities are no longer defined by a handful of menu items at a lobby breakfast, or small bottles clustered on a bathroom counter - space, feel, and experience are now infusing the term.

In fact, one of the most historically-neglected spaces in the hospitality industry is becoming a huge canvas for guest impressions: outside patios and open-air gathering places on property.

How can you set the right tone and capitalize on this hot trend on your own properties?

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What Happens to Old Hotel Furniture? + Other Hotel Furniture FAQs


The average hotel goer can be forgiven for not caring
where hotel furniture goes when it’s no longer wanted. But hoteliers, who have to decide what to do with the stuff, need to know their options.

There are other considerations, as well, that have nothing to do with disposal, such as:

  • What’s the best way to buy hotel furniture in the first place?

  • What should hotel furniture be made of to make it the best investment?

  • How can furniture be customized to serve its purpose better?

  • Do I need a shop drawing for my hotel furniture design?

  • What colors are best for hotel furniture?

But before we delve into and answer all of those questions, first things first…..

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4 Must See Wood Veneer Designs

Wood veneer has clearly come of age.

It’s beauty, versatility and cost savings over solid wood have placed it in the forefront among designers’ material choices, and even the highest-end hotels have embraced wood veneer designs as solutions for furniture, wall coverings and even light fixtures.

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Hotel Bedroom Design Tips

Guests choose hotels for many different reasons, but they are ultimately looking for a great bedroom space -- somewhere they can wind down, sleep, and get a good night’s rest before embarking on the activities for their trip.

Savvy hoteliers and designers know that no matter how many amenities the hotel has or how convenient it is to a popular landmark -- a clean, comfortable, and well-designed bedroom space is what will bring a customer back time and time again.

While there is no official formula to create the perfect bedroom space in a hotel, there are a few hotel design trends and clever design tips to help create the perfect environment everyone is hoping for when they check in.

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How to Clean Laminate and Veneer

As professionals in the hotel industry, we know that cleanliness is a top priority. In fact, the mantra of every hotel should be centered around these wise words: When you are finished cleaning – clean again!

Everything in a hotel needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, and your furniture is no exception. Just as there are a variety of different types of furniture, there are also different requirements for cleaning each of them.

Here are some tips on how to best clean veneer and laminate, two of the most popular types of hotel furniture material. 

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Cost to Build a Boutique Hotel From the Ground Up

According to Cushman & Wakefield, the average cost of building a hotel ranges from $115,000 to $1.5 million per room. That takes hotels at every level from midscale to luxury, including boutique projects.

This is a huge variance, and the price that’s accurate for your hotel largely depends on a few things:

● What type of experience you want to give to your guests.

● Where the hotel is.

● Design considerations desired to complement your brand.

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Why Buy American Made Hotel Furniture?

If you've begun to look for new furnishings for your hotel property, you know that there are a myriad of choices, both from U.S. manufacturers and from overseas-based furniture makers.

However, opting for furniture crafted "Made in America" is not just a patriotic slogan. Such a move can improve your appearance to potential guests, eliminate unnecessary headaches, and even impact your bottom line.

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Manufacturer’s Perspective: Hotel FF&E Worth Your Money

True story: A couple in their 60s found a room in an upscale hotel operating under an internationally recognized brand. As usual, the husband tried to set up his laptop on the desk. He searched for the outlet he was used to finding in the lamp base but found a USB port instead.

His power cord wasn’t equipped for USB, so he looked for another outlet. In the end, he had to crawl under the desk to find a place to plug in.

The point here is not that hotels shouldn’t offer plenty of easily accessible USB charging ports -- it’s that guests shouldn’t have to don their miner’s light and spelunker’s gear to find an old-fashioned outlet.

The design of the hotel’s furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) should take care of such problems and, in the long term, represent the best investment.

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