The answer is fairly simple, the majority of hotel casegoods share one common component, that can vary in size and shape and it can be a bottom, top, side, back, door or drawer; it’s a panel.
What Are Hotel Casegoods Made Of?
Casegoods (panels) can be manufactured using a variety of different materials. And the elements that define and make each design unique are -- faces, cores and edges.
Logically enough, the face is the look of the casegood: color, luster, etc. -- and is widely considered as the most important part of the casegood. That look is, to a large extent the result of the material used to create it. The most common face materials are real wood veneer, high pressure laminates, and low pressure laminate.
If you can’t decide which material to use here are a few options to consider:Faces:
- High-pressure laminates (HPL)
- Low-pressure laminates (LPL)
- Solid wood
- Particle Board
- Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
- Laminate self-edge
- PVC Edge banding
- Solid Wood Edge
Why Are Casegoods So Important?
Casegoods define a room. Therefore, they also help define the guest experience. If they're stylish, attractive, unmarred, easy to access and solid, they go a long way toward creating a satisfying environment.
If they show damage, instability, lack of style and poor design, they take away from the experience.
What Are Guests Looking For?
As with clothing, fashions in hotel casegoods change. At the moment, it looks as though guests seek these items, among others:
- Natural woods (a great place for veneer to come in!)
- Attractive bar and entertaining centers for guests within their rooms
- Multifunctional furniture that makes a space feel larger
- Uniqueness that they can share with the world
- Luxury feel at an affordable price
- Health and wellness features
- Technology integrated throughout
- Environmental responsibility
Why Opt for Custom Casegoods?
To keep up with the trends and give a hotel a unique look and feel, custom casegoods offer solutions that cover the range from budget to luxury. For example:
- Newer laminates contain recycled material, a fact that can be touted to show environmental responsibility.
- For a luxury look, wood veneers can provide rich, warm appeal.
- Veneered or laminated panels are ideal for multifunctional furniture, such as a combined workspace--with the tech features guest want--and dining area.
- Instead of dressers that also make room for minibars and refrigerators, cellarettes can create a real bar and a focal point.
- That luggage bench can be turned into a weight bench to make exercise private and convenient.
These are just a few of the possibilities, and because they can be customized, the design potential is limited only by the designer's imagination.
What the Future Holds for Hotel Casegoods:
Of course, creating a satisfying environment for guests goes beyond casegoods to lighting, decor and much more. But custom casegoods that make a hotel unique and have been designed to meet their needs beautifully have a special appeal.
Most likely, hotel rooms are going to get smaller in the years ahead, so they'll have to be more efficient to remain comfortable. Custom casegoods give hoteliers an advantage in making the transition.
Not sure on the best material choice for your casegoods? Explore the considerations between two of the most popular materials, laminate and veneer, to determine what would be better for your project:
Editor's Note: This blog was originally published September 25, 2018 and was republished on October 6, 2019 to reflect updated insight and resources.