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An Interior Designer’s Guide to Healthcare Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 01:00 PM
Interior Designer for Contract Furniture
Recently I was talking to an interior designer who took her first healthcare design job. This particular interior designer had a lot of residential experience but when I asked her about selecting contract-grade furniture, she was totally unaware that there was furniture designed for non-residential applications.
 
While the elements of good residential interior design might translate well into a commercial healthcare or group living environment, the furniture and fixtures do not.
 
Bland, sterile-looking healthcare facilities are a thing of the past. Aesthetics now encompass a broad range of healing elements including energetic color-schemes and nature-based hues that encourage comfort. But beyond the basics of color is a new world of functionality.
 
Furniture and fixtures for health care and healing environments must also prevent falls, encourage mobility, discreetly deal with incontinence and fluids, maintain sterile surfaces and support the latest patient-centered technologies.
 
So what exactly is contract-grade furniture? 
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Topics: Interior Design Advice of Group Living Facilities, Contract Furniture, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture

5 Ways to Spruce up Your Aging Lobby

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

Ever have one of those days when you walk through your facility on your way to your work day and something different catches your eye? 

It’s the day that it hits you that your lobby area is dated. 

What was once fresh and new is now drab and old. The saying “you never get a chance to make a first impression” might resonate through your head as you think about how many people are coming to your facility and getting the wrong first impression.  The furniture they see your lobby is attention-getting for all the wrong reasons.

So what can you do to update your aging lobby?

Here are 5 ways to spruce up your aging lobby:

  • Ganging Seating. Ganging seating that combines both traditional and bariatric size seating is a great way to make maximum use of available space. Seating pieces connect together with metal fasteners to fix your favorite seating configuration in place. Coordinating tables connect to the ganged chairs to add needed surfaces for drinks, paperwork and reading material. The ganging feature ensures that seats do not get moved around and keeps lobby areas compliant, clean and well-appointed.
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Topics: Lobby Furniture Furniture for Contract, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice

Five Useful Tips for Durable Summer Camp Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 @ 02:11 PM
The weather might not agree but the calendar says it is time to start planning for summer.  Summer camp administrators and leaders have been busy attending national and regional conferences like the American Camp Association and Christian Camping & Conference Association to learn how to maximize camp attendance and programming.

We have put together a few tips for facility operations and development that focus on furniture as a transformative part of camp operations.

Outdoor Furniture for Your camps.

1. Turn Outdoor Space into a Classroom, Theater, Worship or Eating Space.

Outdoor space is a hallmark of summer camps but is often underused or used as a dedicated nature-scape. There are simple ways to turn green space into multi-use space.
 
  • Thermoplastic coated metal furniture like benches and picnic tables are weather-proof ways to invite the classroom and meals outside.
  • Options like Molded Plastic Stacking Chairs are not all-year weather hardy but they can withstand summer sessions left outdoors and can convert any area into a theater, worship center or classroom. 
  • Solid wood Adirondack Furniture is still a classic for outdoor, heavy-duty seating that will stand the test of time.

Camp Piankatank Furnished by Furniture Concepts2. Summer Camp Bedroom Furniture is Designed to Save Space.

 
A unique feature of summer camps is that there is an expectation that the facilities will be organized to accommodate a maximum number of sleepers in as efficient a space as possible.
  • That is why bunk beds are such a natural fit for camps, conference and retreat centers – they sleep two people in essentially the same space as a single bed.
  • Both metal and solid wood bunk bed options are popular for camps who want durable, long-lasting sleep surfaces that are easy to maintain.
  • Frequently, ladder-end beds or integrated, vertical ladders are used to keep floor space free.
  • Storage for campers’ personal items is also very efficient with the use of items like underbed storage chests or tall, divided cabinets that allow campers to neatly store their stuff while not overwhelming sleeping rooms with bulky furniture.

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Topics: Tough Stuff, durable furniture, Metal Furniture, Outdoor Furniture, Camp & Retreat Furniture, Multiple-use Facility, Stacking & Folding Chairs & Tables, Summer Camp Furniture

CONFERENCE TABLES AND CHAIRS

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 08:17 AM

Without a doubt, meeting at a table makes a difference.  It levels the playing field and gives everyone the same view. 

After all, Sir Arthur’s knights sat a round table on purpose.  If you ever gather your co-workers or clients for a meeting you need a conference table and chairs that give you the space to set up your notebook (the paper or electronic kind), laptop, or tablet so that you have all the tools for full participation. 

So what makes for good conference tables and chairs? 

ergonomic chair
  1. FIRST, CONSIDER YOUR SPACE. A conference table should be substantial. Don’t be shy. Typically, a conference table is at least 36” wide but can go wider – up to 60” is not uncommon. The primary consideration must be the size of the room. While you want a conference table that can give participants adequate elbow room, you also want to make sure to not overcrowd the space. A good rule of thumb is to allow 42” – 48” of floor space around a conference table for adequate traffic flow and comfort.
  2. NEXT, THINK ABOUT STYLE. Furniture is an art form and conference tables are no exception. While high-end colors and patterns may be just what you are looking for, those on a more modest budgets also have a huge number of choices. 
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Topics: CONFERENCE TABLES AND CHAIRS, Office Furniture

How to Choose Awesome Metal Furniture!

Posted by Janet Voigt on Sat, Aug 05, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Metal furniture has become a popular choice for group and dormitory living.

 Contract Metal Furniture

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Topics: Bunkbeds, durable furniture, Metal Furniture

Outdoor Space Options for Summer Camps

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

It’s a shame to waste sunshine and blue skies. Fortunately, summer camps can take advantage of great weather by either creating great outdoor activity spaces or moving certain routines outside. Here are some indoor camp activities that could be moved outside when the weather is wonderful.

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Topics: Summer Camp Furniture

How Summer Camps Get Bed Bugs

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Bed bug infestations is a serious problem for a summer camp. Not only can it be expensive to shut down the camp and hire an exterminator, there a lot of hidden costs that can affect your camp in the future.

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Topics: Bunkbeds

Creative Storage Options for Camp Bunk Beds

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Deciding on the right floor plan for a summer camp can be very tricky. Summer camp professionals need to balance how many beds they can fit into a space while still leaving enough room for other summer camp furniture, such as storage options. However, beds can often win out, because campers are directly tied to income while cabinets can’t really help you pay the bills.

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Topics: Summer Camp Furniture

Tough Stuff for a Tough Crowd: Solid Wood Behavioral Health Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

When the average person buys furniture, they consider a few typical factors. How does the furniture look? Is it comfortable? Is it the right size? Each of these aspects will help buyers make a decision on which piece of furniture is best for them.

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Topics: Tough Stuff

How to Pick a Mattress for Group Living Facilities

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

A good bed frame is important, but it’s hard to sleep on without the right mattress. Buying a mattress can be tricky for anyone, but it’s even harder when you have to buy several of them for a group living facility.

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Topics: Group Furniture Buying Advice

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