Hotel Furniture Procurement Guide-Your hotel is so much more than a series of rentable rooms – it’s an expression of your brand and an experience for your guests. So, what can you do to help ensure your hotel lives up to your expectations? Hire the experts.
Behind any successful hotel are a team of professionals that got it there; owners, designers, manufacturers, architects, general contractors, and procurement agencies. While each plays an important role, a procurement agency will help source experienced vendors, which guarantees more options to find the best product and the best service at the best price.
We’ve put together four important guidelines to keep in mind as you bring your hotel’s decor vision to life.
Make sure you and your manufacturer are on the same page from the beginning.
Find a design team that meshes well with yours.
Work with a manufacturer who can function as a true partner.
How to execute these tips:
1. Make Sure You And Your Manufacturer Are On The Same Page From The Beginning. With the rapid rate of room turnover, even squeezing in minor renovations around guest scheduling can be a big challenge in the hospitality industry. Furniture delivery, acceptance, assembly, and placement should be considered on equal footing with construction renovations, in terms of time and effort allocation.
Confirm when designs are expected as samples, when production will be finished on approval, and when products will arrive at your facility or facilities.
Even beautiful high-end furniture can cause a bad experience for guests if it arrives mid-convention week and demands heavy use of elevators and staff to install.
2. Find A Design Team That Meshes Well With Yours. While the concept of having a non-furniture-industry artist pull together a bespoke piece seems interesting. It’s not a concept that scales well in a hospitality setting. Look for an experienced design team that complements your own in-house team, or one that has an extensive furniture and hospitality track record.
Don’t be afraid to ask for portfolios or recommendations; a professional team should have no problem providing both.
Remember, this is the furniture that will be defining your hotel for, potentially, years to come – sticking with experts can only benefit that goal.
3. Work With A Manufacturer Who Can Function As A True Partner. While third-party interior designer firms do an excellent job, more and more hotels are discovering the benefits of going straight to the source. Partnering with a manufacturer gives you all the access you’ll need to custom possibilities, personalized recommendations, and easy upgrade and replacement parts – knobs, legs, and so on – to keep your furniture looking newer, and longer.
When you find a manufacturer with an in-house design team, you can ensure that everything from the shop drawings to the installation is done cohesively.
Procurement the Easy Way Procuring custom furniture for your next renovation or new build project does not have to be complicated or confusing.
Partner with a furniture manufacturer who goes above and beyond to make sure your needs are met, thus taking some of the work off of you or your procurement team.