If you’re being honest, you may admit that you don’t know the difference between furniture that’s used in commercial spaces and the furniture found in your own home. To that we say, you’re not alone.
It’s not crazy to assume that the sofa found in the lobby of a hotel, for example, is a sofa designed for a residential purpose in mind. As your office furniture friends, we think you’ll forgive us when we say it’s an incorrect contract quality assumption.
Have you ever stopped to think about just how many people sit on that sofa every day, how many parents scold their children for running back and forth on the sofa’s seat? That sofa, as beautiful as it is, was designed to be durable — extremely durable. The fabric used on that lobby sofa was held up to a pretty high standard. It was put through what the furniture industry calls a “rub test.” And the tables located in the hotel bar or restaurant weren’t just designed to be pretty, they were designed to be danced on!
Disclaimer: For many reasons, we do not recommend dancing on public use tables. The intent of this blog is to be informative and entertaining not persuasive.
Okay, back to business. You know how we said those hotel restaurant tables were designed to be danced on? We weren’t kidding. They’re contract furniture tables, which are typically tested to withstand 250 – 300 pounds of pressure while residential tables from popular mass distributors can hold as little as 45 pounds. That should tell you something about its intended use.
Oh, and you remember that fabric we mentioned earlier. It’s put through the ringer, too. It’s measured by one or two tests. The Wyzenbeek and the Martindale are the most commonly used contract-grade tests to predict durability. These rub tests do exactly that, they rub and rub and rub a fabric to experiment with the fabric and see how long it takes for the fabric to break down — if it will break down. This is meant to replicate all of those crazy situations we mentioned — sitting, jumping, running, spilling and any other tasks a commercial fabric must live up to.
Now, going out into the world, look around you. When you’re in a waiting room at your doctor’s office, you’ll notice the lobby furniture. When you’re shopping for a new car, look around the dealership. While you’re sitting at your desk, one of many in the attorney’s office, do you like what you see? Does it make you want to come to work? Does your office furniture make your employees and guests feel welcomed? Is it comfortable? Is it pleasing to the eye? These are just a few of the questions Furnitureland Contract can help you address.
To find contract-grade furniture that’s durable enough for your workplace, contract our Furnitureland Contract Specialists today!