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When you’re about to carry out a total refurbishment of a particular space in your venue, e.g. the reception or dining room, hospitality furniture is obviously just one aspect that needs considering. However, it is an important one, for it impacts on many stages of the project. And since we started supplying hospitality furniture, we’ve found ourselves involved and managing many refurbishment projects because of this, and thought we’d share a few tips with you.
What do you need to consider when choosing hospitality furniture?
Right from the beginning of a project, you’ll need to be asking yourself:
Which areas of my venue am I going to refurbish? Just the bar? Bar and restaurant? Reception area?
What is my budget?
What is my timescale?
When should the work take place? Do I have a seasonal dip at all?
Once you’ve answered those questions and established the outline structure of the work, then the fun can begin.
Designing the layouts and picking hospitality furniture
Before you even look at the hospitality furniture options available to you, obviously you need to work out how each space is to be used. So, you’ll be asking yourself:
How many people will be using each space at each significant point of the day?
Are they using it for five minutes, an hour, half a day, etc.?
What is the purpose of the space? Eating and drinking? Meeting? Socialising?
Will they be sitting or standing? In groups or alone?
There may be many answers to each question, even for each space, but each response will help you work out how to design and layout the areas to achieve what you’re looking for. And in doing so, you’ll be making it much easier to choose your hospitality furniture when the time comes.
Hospitality furniture layout - what else should you be mindful of?
Is privacy important for your visitors?
How you lay out the hospitality furniture in a particular space can either enhance or inhibit privacy. It really does depend on how the space is to be used. For example, if you’re reviewing your reception area, should the chairs and coffee tables etc. be clustered in groups? Or should they facilitate individuals working alone on their laptops, speaking on the phone etc. more? Even some strategically placed plants, statues and lamps can make a difference here.
Will visitors need access to power?
Again, depending on the purpose of the space you’re considering, easy access to power will vary in importance. In the dining room, it won’t be a problem to have a lot of your chairs and tables set out in eating groups of two, four, six etc. with much of the hospitality furniture being more central and away from the walls… and thus the power points. The reception area may be different though. It just needs thinking about and planning.
How can CamHam help with your refurbishment and hospitality furniture?
Obviously, there’s so much more we can say on the subject, but hopefully that’s given you a little food for thought. We start every refurbishment project with an in-depth consultation. The main purpose is to establish what your functional requirements are for each space, and how these are to be supported by the necessary design and look you’re going for your market. We will also establish your budget at this point too and discuss your options with you. We then produce both 2D and 3D plans that will give you a much better idea of what you can achieve with the various spaces you’re refurbishing.
If you’d like to find out more or see examples of the hospitality furniture projectswe’ve worked on, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to talk things through in more detail with you.