I big part of what makes a hotel desirable is the furniture that is in it.
The hotel furniture gives the place a type of atmosphere, a feel and essentially gives it a name of what the hotel will be known for. Hotel furniture can vary from the traditional bed, lamp post, couch, desk and arm chair to unique designs and out of this world variations on the traditional themes.
The best way to look for furniture for a hotel is by doing an overall broad online search. This way you can get a clear idea of what the furniture world has to offer you as far as furniture goes. Of course, the biggest difference between shopping for furniture for your hotel and shopping for furniture for your home is that the hotel requires the same piece for many different rooms.
In other words, if there is a bed you like, you need ten or twenty of them; so all your general rooms offer the same type of design and follow a theme.
Many furniture stores will not have that many of a given piece. However, once you make a decision on what you want, they will put in extended orders and the number of beds, or sofas you requested will show up at your hotel door (on delivery later). So finding the furniture store that accommodates all the special needs of a hotel shopper is important.
Stores which have websites often give their customers a chance to write reviews on their shopping experience with the store. Here, you can get a good idea of whether this furniture store will give you both the items and the service that you think is fitting. Another great way to find a store that sells furniture for hotels is to ask around.
There are many forums and groups in which hotel owners get together to share bits and pieces of wisdom regarding customers, payments, emergencies and of course furniture. If you know of a hotel who's furniture looks exceptionally appealing to you, it is a great idea to simply ask where the owners got the furniture pieces.
This does not mean you will have the same interior design as them, but simply that you like the style of the furniture that is sold at a particular store.
Once you have decided on which place to buy your furniture, you have to choose the proper pieces for the rooms in your hotel and address price and transportation issues.
The prices for hotel furniture can exceed the budget of many hotel owners, especially ones that are just starting out. However, many stores are willing to negotiate and cut deals (especially for new hotel owners) if for example you agree to utilize their delivery systems.
Deliveries that are not affiliated with the furniture store are will usually charge more than the delivery system that work closely with the store. This is why, it is generally a pretty good idea to take whatever deal or sale the furniture store has to offer in exchange for paying a little extra to use their delivery trucks.
Delivery and placement of furniture can be another gruelling task. Many times the delivery workers will bring the furniture inside the building for you, but it becomes your task to carry the pieces into their proper rooms and place them in a convenient yet unique way.
However, many hotel owners find this task to be exciting and fun as well as labour intensive. Picking the pieces and then placing them in the right places are where the creativity of the hotel owner comes into the building.