As an industry leading supplier of commercial furniture, we are always looking for new opportunities to expand our product range and offer new, affordable contract furniture solutions to our customers. We already offer a huge variety of stocked furniture available for quick deliverye but we are looking to add a bespoke element to our product range. This is why we are delighted to have partnered with Supreme Upholstery, a manufacturer of high quality leather and fabric sofas, sofa beds, armchairs and footstools. They expertly hand craft all their suites from their Manchester based state of the art production studio and have more than 175 years of combined industry experience and knowledge in providing bespoke, handmade furniture.
In light of this new partnership, we are now able to supply our customers with a range of bespoke sofas armchairs, 2 seaters, 3 seaters, 4 seaters and sofa beds, upholstered in our customers choice of fabric, leather or faux leather . All our products are completely bespoke and we offer an alterations service, allowing for modifications of the upholstery, arms, feet and cushion fillings. Our friendly and professional sales team work closely with all of our customers in order to advise on the best suited products to match their requirements, offering great quality at a desirable price. When speaking to Rob, the director at Warner Contracts he said:
“This is a very exciting time because providing excellent customer service is at the heart of everything we do as a business, here at Warner Contracts. We are specialists in Cafe, Bar Restaurant and Pub Furniture and as we partner with Supreme Upholstery, this enhances our bespoke capabilities enabling us to provide a further service to our customers and supply hotel groups, student accommodation and restaurant chains with soft furnishings built exactly to the clients’ specification.”
As part of our new service to our clients, we have introduced an excellent new portfolio of over 300 fabrics and 50 leathers to choose from, in a variety of different colours and finishes meaning that we can fulfil all design requirements and requests. You can even design your suite to match your brand or existing colour schemes, as we can facilitate using customers’ own material. All of our products undergo commercial furniture strength and durability testing before being introduced into our product range and all of our settees come with a five year manufacturer’s guarantee. In fact, some of our leathers even feature a scratch and stretch resistant coating, perfect for venues that expect children, pets or heavy, repetitive use.
We operate a nationwide UK delivery service at a fraction of a cost of other companies. We contract our deliveries to a professional furniture handling company, to provide the best, flexible and timely delivery experience for our customers. For further information regarding our delivery options or to discuss delivery times and prices further, please get in touch with a member of our friendly sales team.
We highly encourage our customers to order free samples of our fabrics and leathers before placing an order with us, or we are more than happy to show you around our Trafford based factory showroom. Simply contact a member of our team on 0161 408 2390 | email@example.com to book your appointment with one of our sales agents today.
It’s that time of the year again and with Father’s Day almost upon us, it’s likely that you’re already well underway to planning for the floods of families that will visit, all looking for a great dining experience to treat dad with for that special day. If done right, it’s a great opportunity to maximise your profits but we understand that in the rush of preparing specialist food menus, ordering decorations and taking endless bookings for the day, your restaurant furniture can be the last thing on your mind. However, as the day draws ever closer you may come to realise that you simply don’t have the space or furniture to facilitate your expected footfall. Don’t panic, this is where we come in! At Warner Contract Furniture, we have an extensive range of stocked restaurant furniture, from stools to upholstered dining chairs, table tops and table bases to complete tables and everything in between, all which come in a variety of colours, styles and finishes. What’s more? As all of our contract furniture ranges are stocked goods, so have short lead times and express delivery options available.
As sunny intervals have been predicted for throughout the day, it is more likely than not that families will be taking advantage of the outdoor dining facilities and flocking out to visit beer gardens, so this could potentially be the first chance for your outdoor furniture to be used and put to the test. You could even take the opportunity to provide some outdoor entertainment, such as Dad V Children games like rounders or a quiz. Ensure your outdoor space is prepared for the extra dining opportunities by viewing our range of heavy duty, robust and affordable outdoor furniture here.
Maximising your space is absolutely essential for increasing your profits. Maximising space, simply means optimising the space and this doesn’t have to be a complicated or tiresome process, as the smallest changes are often those with the biggest impact. For starters, simply ensuring that your space is adaptable for those with special needs or mobility issues and reserving spaces for high chairs (and having lots of high chairs available!) is paramount to providing families with the no fuss service they will have come to expect. Looking to purchase extra high chairs for the big day, view the Bambino which is available from Warner Contracts. If your restaurant has a children’s play area, you could even go as far as reserving the surrounding dining area for families with young children, to give parents piece of mind whilst enjoying their family meal.
Don’t forget that as part of our service to you, we are able to offer delivery in time for Father’s Day on all orders that are placed by Monday 12/06/2017, meaning we can accommodate all those last minute furniture requests. Either purchase on our website or email a member of our friendly sales team for our best prices and bulk order discounts on our contract restaurant furniture.
There is a very diverse variety of hospitality and catering exhibitions all of which feature different selling points and have lots to offer and what’s more, they’re available throughout the UK enabling you to find one in your area. Regardless of your requirements you are sure to find what you are looking for, from brand-new releases of top-of-the-range kitchen and catering equipment to interior design inspiration, celebrity chef seminars to speciality food & drink products – there really is something for every business.
With so many to choose from, it can get confusing which to attend. We have compiled a list below of the top events throughout 2017 that are not to be missed:
Event: Commercial Kitchen
Location: NEC, Birmingham
Date: 6th and 7th June 2017
The commercial kitchen trade exhibition is the ideal opportunity to discover the latest product innovations to help improve your business for 2017 and beyond. Be sure to enjoy lots of exciting features including the Innovation Challenge Gallery and The CEDA Awards Gallery. Also featuring a free Keynote Seminar Programme with sessions by leading experts from every sector of the industry, this event really is unmissable.
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Event: The Food & Drink Trade Show
Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern Hills District
Date: 4th and 5th May 2017
The Food & Drink Trade Show showcases a unique mix of speciality food and drink products, sourced from a wide range of exhibitors. This includes small and regional, to those who trade throughout the UK and internationally. Find inspiration in the popular demonstration kitchen or visit the newcomer’s area for new, local produce from passionate producers. Take advantage of the free entry and don’t forget to find amazing industry specific deals in the show exclusive zone!
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Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern Hills District
Date: 15th and 16th May 2017
ScotHot is Scotland’s biggest food, drink, hospitality and tourism trade show. Over the two days, key buyers and decision makers from top hospitality and catering establishments network with a wide variety of suppliers from all areas of the hospitality, tourism and catering industries. There is also a ‘spotlight stage’ which is a multi-purpose arena with live demonstrations, presentations, talks and debates as successful hoteliers, restaurateurs and industry experts share their experience, give advice and offer practical tips.
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Event: Caffe Culture
Location: Olympia London
Date: 23rd and 24th May 2017
From coffee to cleaning, roasters to refrigeration and technology to training, the Caffè Culture Show presents a cross-section of the best companies from across the industry supply chain. At no other show can your company and products be placed in front of the targeted audience of potential buyers, around 5,000 visitors attend primarily to invest in products and services so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see so many prospective new customers under one roof.
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Event: The Restaurant Tech Live
Location: Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow
Date: 26th and 27th September 2017
Restaurant Tech Live is Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are forming the future of the restaurant business. The show provides a view into the dining of tomorrow and will offer restaurant owners the opportunity to find the latest products, services, systems, and advancements from across the globe. Here, all from under one roof, visitors will be able to see, test, and touch the technology that will transform the way they run their business, attract customers, and set themselves apart from the competition.
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Event: The Restaurant Show
Location: Olympia, London
Date: 02nd – 4th October 2017
The Restaurant Show is a unique trade event that caters to those owning, operating and working in restaurants, hotels, catering companies and leisure establishments across the UK. The aim of the event is to provide you with the tools, ideas and networking opportunities you need to build your restaurant or food-service business. Whether you are comparing products, sourcing new opportunities, looking for information, guidance or inspiration from top chefs, business leaders and experts, The Restaurant Show is the event you and your business cannot afford to miss.
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Event: Restaurant & Takeaway Business Live
Location: Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow
Date: 1st and 2nd November 2017
This event showcases products from the Business Services, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering industries and features a variety of table-top products to be enjoyed. It also hosts several technique and demonstration workshops where you can learn the latest food preparation techniques and discover fresh cuisine from around the world, in the live demonstration area. In additional to seeing and tasting the food, live demonstrations will help you understand the next trends and fashions in food retail. A networking zone, interactive workshops and seminars from the likes of Lord Bilimoria, Nick
Nairn and others also feature throughout the event.
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Location: AreaMK, Milton Keynes
Date: 24th and 25th May 2017
The MeatUp trade exhibition is now firmly established as an important commercial networking event in the industry calendar. The new look 2017 show will provide a top class forum where suppliers and buyers will get together face-to-face and do business. More than just an exhibition, MeatUp 2017 will also provide an attractive programme of important seminars over the two days, plus major craft competitions involving retail and processing skills.
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Event: Independent Hotel Show
Location: Olympia, London
Date: 17th and 18th October 2017
The Independent Hotel Show is the UK’s largest, most comprehensive and best established business event in support of the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector. The show is a firm fixture in the calendar of independent hoteliers and industry professionals alike, presenting a curated collection of over 300 innovative product and service providers together with expert insight from the Talks Programme and multiple networking opportunities.
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Event: Northern Restaurant and Bar
Location: Manchester Central Convention Complex
Date: 20th and 21st March 2018
The Northern Restaurant and Bar exhibition is the North’s largest hospitality trade show, where you will find the opportunity to network with thousands of hospitality professionals, find new suppliers and test new products. The event features a live chef theatre where competitions and seminars take place throughout the day from industry experts and a live drink theatre where you can taste specialist wines and gin, or if Craft Beer is your thing, be sure to head over to the Craft Beer Quarter, where you are invited to sample a wide selection of ales, IPAs, bitters and stouts from 12 artisan brewers from the North and across the UK. Whilst exploring ensure you visit the live debate stage and have your say alongside the key industry speakers or head over to the cocktail stage for your opportunity to win a 2 person trip to South Africa, with your very own cocktail creation! Visitors even benefit from lots of amazing post-event discounts by keeping their access pass – so be sure not to miss out.
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When choosing outdoor contract furniture it’s important to consider items which will not only stand the test of time in terms of durability, but also style. As one of the leading suppliers of commercial furniture for outdoor use Warner Contract Furniture are delighted to present a few examples of our constantly updated product lines, featuring classic, hardwearing designs with a stylish twist. Keep an eye on our website as our new furniture designs will be available to buy online shortly!
Lode Outdoor Side Chairs
Designed to be distinctive and durable these colourfully contemporary chairs are the perfect blend of simple style and practicality. Blow moulded and with a pleasingly smooth, rounded outline these are available in range of tones, including a vibrant orange, red, blue and green or a more uncomplicated solid white or black. Completely weatherproof, lightweight and easy to store these are an all year round seating option.
Vintage Cafe Outdoor Chairs
This elegant, stylish design reminds us of a traditional Paris pavement cafe: with its lightweight but very robust aluminium construction and continental good looks this is the perfect chair for restaurants and eateries who want the best of both worlds. Easily stackable and available in yellow, blue, red or green finishes this is the perfect outdoor contract furniture choice for a wide range of exterior design schemes.
Cabrera Complete Tables
Our Cabrera range of outdoor commercial tables is a superb blend of simplistic style and hardwearing practicality. With a sturdy, rust-resistant stainless steel frame topped with natural teak slating the Cabrera delivers long-lasting good looks and a no-nonsense versatility for a range of outdoor uses. To provide you with an adaptable table layout these tables are available in either square or rectangular options – allowing for use as a 2, 4 or 6 person seating arrangement.
Outdoor Rattan Easy Seating Sets
This superior quality outdoor commercial furniture set is comprised of a two-seater sofa, two armchairs and accompanying coffee table – all featuring a contemporary angular design and unpretentious two-tone black and white colour scheme. Providing a comfortable, relaxing space for guests to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or indulge in a coffee with friends this contract outdoor sofa set is equally at home in any bar or outdoor service area. Well upholstered and with a typically sturdy construction this is a contract seating option which can weather the heaviest customer traffic.
Outdoor Table Parasols & Base
With a generous two and a half metre diameter our outdoor parasols are the perfect way to keep your customers cool on a hot sunny day. Made of robust Nyatoh wood the split pole and canopy ribs are highly durable, with the material of the parasol itself constructed from high quality polyester which is both water and UV resistant. Despite their innate strength our parasols are very easy to put up or disassemble – allowing for quick deployment in your outside seating area and storage. Choose from green, black or a natural white option to match your existing decor, tables and chairs.
For extra stability we recommend using our matching parasol bases. Designed for use with parasols these heavy-duty, concrete filled commercial umbrella bases are available in a beautiful matt black finish to provide unobtrusive support.
As late spring begins to blend into early summer the signs of a return to outdoor dining are already starting to appear in hospitality businesses everywhere. For cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars the improving weather heralds the opening of pavement, patio, terrace and garden areas to customers looking to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
For many businesses this is the ideal time to make a change when it comes to replacing your tired old commercial outdoor furniture in favour of a fresh, new look. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of outstanding contract furniture we are delighted to present our ideas on what promise to be the top 9 design trends for outdoor commercial furniture in 2017.
1) Bring the Inside Outside
This year will see the continued rise of the design trend for a seamless transition from interior to exterior. Gone are the old notions of a distinct difference between indoor furniture and items which will see use outside. Plush seating and tables which wouldn’t look out of place in any dining room are making their way out into the fresh air. Where plain wooden benches once ruled, patios and gardens are now seeing the arrival of sofas and easy chairs, enabling customers to enjoy a meal or drink in the same comfort as those inside.
2) Beachside Bliss and Calm Coastal Colours
It’s not surprising perhaps that we instinctively associate summer and relaxed dining with being by the sea. Memories of long, relaxing beach holidays and that unique sense of serene contentment that comes with an ocean connection are maybe why the trend for coastal colours is seeing a comeback for 2017. Calming blues combined with nature inspired commercial furniture are ideal for generating a fresh, inviting outdoor dining or hospitality area. Wood, cork and natural fabrics help to provide a warming element which will encourage diners and drinkers to relax and unwind.
3) Expect the Unexpected!
For those businesses looking to bring a little more vibrancy and a sense of experimentation to your outdoor dining area 2017 is the ideal time to be bold with your choice of colours and commercial furniture accessories! Bright tones, exciting patterns and unexpected textures are all trending well in the top designer’s studios, with pillows and cushions being an especially good way to inject some much needed life and colour into an otherwise uninteresting seating arrangement. In terms of commercial outdoor furniture try extending this theme by choosing elaborate designs, paired with unusual materials, to create a lasting visual impact!
4) Go Retro…
Ah, retro…the old trend that is somehow always new. It could be argued that design, like fashion, is not a linear progression but actually a revolving wheel with retro placed squarely in the centre. Retro themes for outdoor contract furniture are an almost constantly popular choice with both hospitality businesses and customers alike – from the nostalgic feel of a 1920’s speakeasy bar to the fun kitsch of the 1970’s it’s no surprise that a design that harks back to yesteryear will always find a warm welcome with clientele. For 2017 some commercial outdoor furniture trends are moving firmly toward the natural, woven rattan and wicker inspired styles of the 1970’s.
5) …With a twist!
Going one step further with the whole return to retro woven trend is the introduction of bold new colours for rattan and wicker outdoor furniture. While remaining true to the retro styling and construction the cheeky injection of a dash of unexpected colour matches well with the ‘Expect the unexpected’ trend already outlined above. As such an exterior dining area arrangement can still reflect a retro feel but with a more contemporary twist. Mixing the occasional brightly coloured chair or table in with a host of darker, more traditional commercial outdoor furniture is a clever way to draw the eye.
6) Naturally Attractive
The urban-chic look so popular in 2016 is firmly out of favour in 2017, with outdoor contract furniture trends for hotels, pubs, cares and bars seeing a return to the ever-popular natural look. Stark, post-urbanisation concrete furniture is being hastily dumped in favour of the much more welcoming use of wood and other natural materials to provide a warm and friendly feel to exterior dining and drinking areas. Teak in particular is an excellent material for outdoor furniture, aging beautifully and acquiring an attractive weathered look over time.
7) Vintage Tables & Chairs
Carrying on from last year the use of vintage style tables and chairs continues to be a big design trend for outdoor commercial furniture in 2017. Distinct from the ‘retro’ trend this is more about classical elegance as demonstrated through the clever use of natural stone and simple metal finishes, including colourful ceramics and glass. One item in particular is seeing a huge upsurge in popularity for hospitality businesses: the mosaic table.
In line with 2017’s vintage outdoor furniture trend dainty tea garden tables and chairs are also seeing something of a renaissance.
8) Bohemian Hhapsody
Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that a decade which saw British mega group Queen’s seminal rock anthem is once more casting its influence over commercial furniture styles in 2017. Bohemian colours and styles are in favour in a range of hotels, restaurants and bars, with deep rich reds and oranges – accompanied by plush, opulent fabrics – reflecting the free artistic expression so evocative of the period. Earth tones and subtle golds are also on the rise. Outdoor wooden commercial furniture with a whimsical or handcrafted appearance is likewise strongly tipped to be a big thing this year.
9) Distressed Designs
While the stresses and strains of running a successful hospitality business might leave you looking a little careworn – take heart: 2017’s last design trend is toward outside commercial furniture which looks as attractively distressed as you do…
Washed out, worn wood finishes and a visible grain – accompanied by neutral pastel tones – are a great way to convey a feeling of timeworn, rustic charm to your exterior dining or drinking area.
With high intensity usage, hard knocks, constant spills, heat, steam and even attacks from natural elements, such as sunlight, it won’t take long for your beautiful contract furniture to start showing the signs of wear and tear. Once pristine areas can quickly begin to look tatty and unappealing, at best (and downright dirty at worst). Neither of which is likely to encourage customers or enhance their experience in your premises.
This problem is especially relevant for businesses working in the hospitality sectors: restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs – even hotels, theatres and cinemas – all see the kind of high customer traffic and occasional messy accident that can take their toll on even the most practical of furniture choices.
Whilst choosing hardwearing, sturdy contract furniture can help, knowing the best way to maintain your furnishings is a great idea in terms of keeping them looking great and getting the most out of your investment. Consequently, we’ve composed some ideas and suggestions on not only keeping your furniture in great condition, but also some handy cleaning hints, should disaster strike. Finally, we’ll also be looking at your options around repairs vs. replacement when your contract furnishings have finally reached the end of the road.
General Contract Furniture Maintenance Tips
Keep It Tight: Regular use can quickly loosen joints, fixings and screws on a variety of items – especially when it comes to tables, chairs and other seating arrangements. Constant movement and rearranging also subjects these to pulling and pushing stresses which can weaken their stability. Make it a point to check chairs and tables for signs of excessive movement and tighten any fixings that are starting to loosen. Wooden joints may need to be re-glued or even reinforced.
A Stitch In Time: Check furniture for tears or rips in their upholstery. Any damage should be dealt with immediately – before the problem has a chance to become worse. Caught in good time, smaller rents and torn seams can be easily mended by professional attention – sometimes even providing an almost invisible fix at a fraction of the later cost of replacing the entire item!
Keep Things Moving: Rotating contract furniture from high traffic areas to less used sections helps to spread the distribution of wear more equally amongst a larger number of items. Bringing these ‘reserves’ out to relieve the battered front lines of your contract furniture – as well as having a regular cycling of furnishings in your public areas – assists in keeping things looking better for longer. This also applies to items which may spend long periods in bright sunshine where the damaging UV rays will fade fabric, wood and leather.
Long-lasting Doesn’t Mean Dull: When choosing your contract furniture consider the amount of wear and tear it’s likely to be exposed to. Beautiful solid wood and colourful laminates are extremely hardwearing when it comes to tables. Metal table legs and chairs are also hardy enough to endure a high usage environment, whilst still looking good and requiring minimal maintenance. Faux leather and the real thing are also tough customers when it comes to luxurious seating that can withstand the test of time.
Commercial Furniture Cleaning Hints
Dirty or soiled items and a generally unclean area will send customers running for the hills, or at the very least, unlikely to return for a second visit. However, in any business environment where food and drink are being served there is the certainty that an accident is going to happen sooner or later. So, what’s the best way to keep your contract furniture looking spick and span?
Wooden surfaces should be cleaned regularly using a dry or slightly damp cloth and, occasionally, ordinary furniture polishes – especially those containing natural waxes. For larger spillages, cleaning with a cloth, some warm water and a mild detergent will quickly deal with most problems. Minor physical damage, such as a scratch, can normally be easily ‘buffed’ out, again using beeswax. Abrasive cleaners should never be used on varnished or lacquered wood surfaces.
Over time leather can dry and crack. Avoid this by applying a leather conditioner – this can be worked easily into the surface and polished to a high shine, thus accomplishing the dual roles of cleaning and caring for this expensive material at the same time. Leather should never be soaked in water – even if trying to remove a stain. Avoid detergents, solvents, ammonia, bleach and furniture polishes – all can cause irreparable damage. Instead use only cleaning products specifically designed for use on real leather.
An excellent, hardwearing material vinyl is both easy to clean and care for, needing only a moist cloth and some mild detergent to deal with the majority of dirt and grime. However, oils should be avoided as these tend to harden the vinyl causing cracks and brittleness over time.
Stains and spills on upholstery fabrics should be quickly blotted with paper towels or a dry cloth before washing with clean, warm water and a mild detergent. Ensure that the area is then dried thoroughly.
Repair or Replace?
There comes a time when even the most hardwearing and sturdy of contract furniture items must be replaced. Whilst repairs are a good idea for commercial furniture which has only sustained minor damage or still has plenty of life ahead of it, eventually replacements must be considered. In such instances it’s likely that the chairs, sofas, tables and other business furniture in your venue may be approaching the end of their life spans at approximately the same time, in which case replacing them with new items can actually be a very positive decision – allowing businesses to reinvent their interior decoration, layout and even theme. A fresh start, with beautiful new contract furniture, can serve to reinvigorate the entire direction of your commercial enterprise.
By choosing attractive, long-lasting contract furniture and caring for it as outlined above you can be assured of a lifetime’s faithful service.
Outdoor or ‘Al Fresco’ dining has long been a popular element of the hospitality industry. Restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs and bars are all businesses where customers are likely to enjoy eating and drinking in the fresh air – meaning that commercial outdoor furniture can be a key element of any venue’s furnishings.
However, with a vast selection available in a number of materials, businesses may struggle to understand which types of outdoor furniture are most suitable for their needs. To help you make the best choice we have outlined below the Pros and Cons of a number of outdoor furniture materials – enabling you to not only understand which type is more suitable for your business, but also make the best decision when it comes to getting great long term value from your investment in contract furniture.
The Main Materials & First Considerations
Firstly, let’s look at the primary materials that high quality outdoor furniture is most often constructed from. There are many differing types within each category but we will address these individually later on.
The main materials are metal, wood, rattan (or wicker) and plastic (in the form of polypropylene). Each of these has their own merits, as well as drawbacks, in terms of their use in commercial outdoor furniture. As a business, choosing the correct fit for your needs and trading environment involves weighing a number of factors beyond their physical properties.
For example, knowing your target market you probably already have a good idea of, not only the look and feel of your venue, but also the competition’s outdoor furnishings. In a highly competitive market place, such as the hospitality industry, your choice of metal, wood, rattan or plastic outdoor furniture may well be based on a desire to either differentiate yourself from the competition or tap into an existing customer base by choosing contract furniture that reflects the overall style of the businesses around you.
Metal Outdoor Furniture
A popular choice with many businesses for outdoor hospitality areas, metal contract furniture often comes in three types: Stainless steel, wrought iron and aluminium. Metal tables and chairs are ideal for resisting the onslaught of both wind and prolonged sunshine, making them highly suitable for outdoor use in certain conditions. In particular, both stainless steel and aluminium outdoor furniture are still light enough to be easily rearranged as required – making these a perfect choice for quick set-up and storage. Aluminium and steel will also stand up extremely well to rain and high levels of moisture. Wrought iron is the true heavyweight of outdoor furniture: robust and designed to stay exactly where it’s put!
The drawbacks of metal outdoor furniture tend to be fairly obvious: Firstly, wrought iron (or any form of untreated metal) is prone to rusting, making it highly unsuitable for seaside or coastal use. In addition, it’s very heavy nature makes moving tables and chairs difficult. Lightweight aluminium chairs, whilst able to deal with normal breezes, are likely to be scattered in gusty or windy conditions.
Wooden Outdoor Furniture
Available in a wide variety of types, wooden outdoor furniture is often constructed from hardwoods, such as teak, pine, cedar, oak, eucalyptus and redwood. A highly versatile and attractive choice, treated wooden tables and chairs stand up well to the worst that the British weather can usually throw at them. Needless to say, the choice of finishes, varnishes and paints enable them to fit in easily with a huge range of styles and decors – From the classically elegant to the most modern and chic of eateries.
Depending upon the style and type of wood chosen this type of outdoor furniture can vary in terms of being easy to rearrange, with heavier chairs and tables representing more of weighty problem.
The obvious cons of wooden outdoor furniture tend to revolve around the high maintenance often required to keep it looking in absolutely tip-top condition. Decay and rot through very wet conditions, as well as fading through the action of intense UV light, can present on ongoing cost.
Rattan Outdoor Furniture
Sometimes also referred to as wicker, rattan is a strong, flexible type of vine used to create this highly attractive, stylish and lightweight type of outdoor furniture. Extremely easy to rearrange and surprisingly resistant to fading in the face of bright sunshine Rattan is an ideal choice for warmer environments or summer use. The basket-like weave of Rattan chairs, with its natural suppleness, is also very comfortable – without the need (or additional cost) of cushions or padding.
However, being an organic material rattan can be vulnerable to both rot and mildew in wet conditions making it unsuitable for all year round use in areas that cannot be covered quickly in inclement weather. It’s very lightweight nature can also make rattan outdoor furniture a problem in windy conditions.
Polypropylene Plastic Outdoor Furniture
Robust and water resistant, Polypropylene, is highly versatile and sees popular use in many outdoor areas. Available in an almost dizzying choice of styles, colours and finishes polypropylene outdoor furniture is the ‘go to’ option for many businesses looking for tables and chairs which represent an excellent balance of durability, availability, choice and value for money.
Highly impact resistant, lightweight and completely unmoved in the face of the heaviest downpour, plastic chairs are also one of the easiest types of outdoor furniture to clean – while their robust nature means Polypropylene chairs and tables offer a long service life with little to no maintenance required.
Plastic outdoor furnishings do, however, suffer from somewhat of an image problem – often being seen as ‘cheap’ or more for use in airports and schools rather than high-end hospitality areas. However, this is gradually changing with superior, modern designs and innovative finishes showing that Polypropylene can compete with more expensive options. Plastics may also fade and crack over long periods if exposed to intense sunshine, so be sure to choose one with UV stabilising polymers.
Broadly speaking, to the layman, furniture is just furniture. There to be sat on, to eat things from or somewhere to rest a cup or glass. However, for businesses there is a world of difference between items which are manufactured for domestic use and those put to work in a commercial environment.
For cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and businesses of all sizes in the hospitality industry choosing the right contract furniture is a critical decision. Therefore, in order to help you make the right choice, we have put together a list of the primary differences between domestic and commercial furniture – what you need know and what factors to beware of.
High Usage Furniture Needs High Performance
Even the very best domestic furniture is not designed for the kind of constant use that chairs, sofas and tables, etc. are exposed to in a high traffic, commercial environment. In many instances domestic furniture is designed for occasional rather than the kind of continuous employment that can be expected in a business.
Commercial furniture on the other hand, is manufactured with durability in the face of regular use (& sometimes abuse) very much in mind. Utilising high quality materials and construction, contract furniture is designed to endure the demands of daily service, whilst still looking good and fulfilling its function.
As a consequence of this sturdy construction, commercial furnishings also last much longer than their domestic counterparts – retaining their attractive appearance and comfort long after an ordinary chair or sofa has gone to the great recycling centre in the sky. Needless to say, in terms of value for money this longevity also represents a great return on your initial investment.
However, this kind of robust performance doesn’t mean you have to settle for a drab, utilitarian look. Modern commercial furniture, with its almost limitless design possibilities and wide range of attractive materials, can give your business exactly the kind of exciting chic look you desire without having to compromise on resilience and stability.
Safety Testing for Commercial Furniture
Due to the fact that retail furniture for home use is expected to be only used occasionally the legal fire safety tests items must pass are of a lower standard than commercial furniture. Domestic fabrics and upholstery are bound by only BS EN 597-1: 2015 and BS EN 597-2: 2015, relating to their resistance to a smouldering cigarette and burning match respectively.
As commercial furniture is used in public areas the fabrics and upholstery used are tested to a higher fire retardant standard, namely CRIB5 – a much more stringent trial which tests the material’s resistance to a burning wooden crib.
Needless to say, the higher standards of fire safety demanded of commercial fabrics and upholstery provide a much greater level of reassurance to businesses – especially those such as restaurants and cafes where naked flames, in the form of candles, may be employed.
In addition, to the extra fire safety testing many items of commercial furniture are also extensively tested and certified under SATRA, the independent research and testing organisation and FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) schemes.
Domestic vs. Commercial Furniture: Continuity of Availability
A no less concerning factor for businesses is the continued availability of furniture stock lines. For example, what happens if you want you want to add matching furnishings to your restaurant, cafe or hotel some time after your initial purchase?
For domestic furniture this could prove an insurmountable obstacle. Retail outlets frequently change their stock, with new lines, products and variants quickly replacing existing items. Such is the nature of the domestic furniture retail business – Sales seem to be the norm with a constant turnover of new styles and options being demanded by the general public. However, for the business customer this presents a real problem. Very often, a particular range of domestic furniture is only available for a very limited time (and sometimes in limited amounts) – leading to a frustrating inability to obtain the same type of furniture as originally purchased at a later date.
However, commercial furniture suppliers tend to hold stock for much longer periods of time, ensuring that business customers will feel reasonably confident that they can get hold of additional matching items, such as chairs, tables and stools, as and when they may be required.
Short Delivery Times
In a related vein, commercial furniture is often available in bulk at much shorter notice than is normally the case with domestic retailers, who can take weeks to fulfil a single order – especially if they construct the furniture to order, as is common practice to avoid the additional warehousing costs required to store large amounts of stock – A critical factor that could spell disaster if your new establishment is opening in a few days.
Contract furniture suppliers on the other hand are often able to fulfil your business needs much quicker. Since the majority of Warner Contract Furniture’s range is UK stocked we are able to furnish entire businesses within just 3 or 4 days, as standard. In some cases this has been accomplished in as little as 18 hours!
Such impressive turnaround times can be a real asset in nearly all businesses, where lost time very much equates to lost revenue.
How Much Does Commercial Furniture Cost?
So having established that commercial furniture is not only more durable, better constructed and more rigorously tested for safety you’re likely to be expecting to pay lot more per unit than for ordinary, household furniture? Well, the good news is that you’ll find contract furniture prices are actually quite affordable for businesses- especially with Warner Contracts Ltd.
With a diverse product range which has been carefully selected by our expert commercial furniture specialists, an efficient order process, fast delivery and great customer service, you’ll find that we offer amazing value for money and some of the best price deals available in the UK.
What Are the Positives and Negatives of Wood Restaurant Tables?
Once you’ve taken a look at our restaurant furniture buying guide and have a general idea of the direction in which you’d like to head with your restaurant furniture aesthetic, it’s time to get serious with your decisions. One of the most common starting points when purchasing restaurant furniture is to focus first on the restaurant tables; your decision on which material will be used for your restaurant tables could inform your whole restaurant scheme, from other furniture pieces to wall colours, and even to menu design.
One of the most exciting parts of furnishing and designing the look of your cafe is creating a powerful new identity for your business that speaks to your target customers and makes them feel at home.