So, what exactly is FF&E? Well, the short answer is that the acronym stands for Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment [you may also hear some people say Furniture, Fittings & Equipment and occasionally use FF&A instead – meaning furniture, fixtures & accessories]. FF&E is the well used contractual term that most of the industry works with to categorise the movable, non-fixed furnishing products that are specified for an interiors project. The longer answer is a little more complicated and considers the classification of FF&E within a building contract and a business accounts system. When we are explaining what FF&E is to a new client, we suggest imagining that you can take the building, turn it upside down and give it a little shake… everything that falls out is classed as FF&E. Put another way, everything within the building that is fixed, i.e. the walls, ceilings, doors, windows etc is not FF&E. So, in summary, an FF&E budget covers all the items that go into an interiors project that are not part of the structure of the building. If architecture is the bones of a project, then FF&E is the flesh that makes up the body. FF&E refers to the products that Interior Designers specify to furnish and equip the interiors including sofas, chairs, tables, beds, headboards, decorative lights, curtains, spa furniture & equipment, office desks, accessories, etc along with items such as specialist joinery, bedroom case goods, public area shopfit and not forgetting lighting, appliances, audio-visual & IT kit.