Flatpack Or Bespoke Furniture? A Guide From The Experts

There’s a lot to be said for flat-pack furniture these days. It’s affordable, quick to assemble, and you can have it in the boot of your car within 20 minutes of picking it up in the furniture store. But… is it the right choice for a business? 

According to a recent study by Rated People, home improvements (including fitted storage solutions) are more popular than ever, with three in four homeowners (74%) intending to start projects in 2020. And, while many businesses are still closed or partially-open due to coronavirus, the craze has carried over from the home to the workplace.

As experts in commercial and contract furniture with over 10 years of experience working with businesses both big and small, we’ve put together a brief guide to help you figure out what works best for your business – whether it’s flat-pack or custom-made bespoke furniture.

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What is Contract Furniture?

Its what we specialise in here at JB Commercial, but we are often asked ‘What is Contract Furniture?’  By definition it is any type of furniture designed and manufactured to meet established industry standards for use in a commercial environment.

Legal Requirements

It is a legal requirement that all upholstered furniture conforms to CRIB5 Fire & Safety regulations (BS5852 Source 5) and a certificate can be asked to be produced when requested by a Fire Officer. As commercial furniture is used in public areas the fabrics and upholstery used are tested to a higher fire-retardant standard, CRIB5 – a stringent trial which tests the material’s resistance to fire.

The higher standards of fire safety demanded of commercial fabrics and upholstery provide a much greater level of reassurance to businesses. All items that contain foam or fabric or a combination are CRIB 5 certified at JB Commercial unless otherwise stated.

Durability & Longevity

Commercial furniture is thoroughly tested by companies such as FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) to ensure suitability for use in commercial environments where it will be subjected to regular use. Although it is more expensive than domestic furniture, it will last significantly longer than cheaper furniture intended for light use. In the long term commercial furniture offers better value for money and a greater return on investment.

Commercial furniture also needs to be able to look as new as possible for as long as possible, so is constructed from hard wearing materials that provide the durability and quality needed for busy commercial environments.

Health & Safety

Safety is of paramount importance in commercial environments for the protection of customers in public areas. The expense of an injury caused as a consequence of a broken or unstable furniture could result in expensive costs or payouts, and damage to the reputation of the business. Contract furniture is designed to withstand the demands made of it by busy commercial environments, and with regular maintenance and care will last for many years. We provide practical advice about maintenance and solutions for preventing or removing damage on our blog and with the sale of contract furniture, making it easier for you to keep contract furniture in top condition.

The choice and variety in modern commercial furniture, with its almost limitless design possibilities and wide range of attractive materials provides venues with exactly the kind of stylish interiors desired without having to compromise on resilience and stability.

We have been supplying range of design-lead, high quality contract furniture for over 15 years, consistently, adding innovative, stylish and functional contract furniture to our website.

We have worked with airports, theatres, museums, offices, care homes, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and businesses of all sizes in the hospitality industry supplying quality contract furniture for all manner of venues.  Why not chat to us about your contract furniture requirements?

JB Commercial Furniture Top Tips for Maintaining Frequently Used Bar & Restaurant Furniture

Commercial Furniture is designed to withstand the many stresses and strains placed upon it in busy venues.  Excessive use and inadequate maintenance can lead to furniture becoming grubby, tatty and unsafe with bar, pub and restaurant furniture particularly vulnerable.  However, there are few tips to ensure your contract furniture stays looking at its best.

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Tips for Maintaining Teak Outdoor Furniture

Teak Outdoor Furniture is a popular choice of wooden outdoor furniture in both domestic gardens and commercial venues. This is down to the fact that teak furniture is a great investment and if looked after correctly, doesn’t require much maintenance.  Here are a few tips for maintaining outdoor teak furniture.

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Tips for Maintaining Upholstered Contract Furniture

For style, comfort and luxury, upholstered furniture in commercial settings is great to provide an ambience and real allure to your venue.  Yet dirty, marked or shabby furniture can be a real put off for customers. And in a busy environment where food is served, the state of the furniture can have a negative impression on the cleanliness of the venue.

Our upholstered furniture will last many years if it is properly cared for. The quality fabric used on our furniture is designed for busy and constant use of commercial venues. So, what is the best way to keep upholstered furniture looking spick and span? Here are a few of our tips:

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