Proving the Wood Crate Furniture Skeptics Wrong

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

When it comes to selecting furniture for group living, treatment centers, or hospitality nothing comes close to the durability of classic wood-framed furniture or what is sometimes called “wood crate style” furniture

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Topics: Pine Furniture, durable furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Crate Style Furniture, Barn Door Furniture, Wood Furniture

The Power of a Good Bunk Bed

Posted by Janet Voigt on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 09:33 AM
As new college students are getting ready to move into their dorms and campers are getting ready for their summer fun, demand for furniture for dorms & quarters and summer camps is at its seasonal high.

Housing and camp directors are in the heat of last minute preparation for the expected masses.  As heads are counted, the most common panic-evoking realization is that there are never enough beds!  So when it’s time to order bunk beds in a hurry, where do you turn?

Searching the internet, it is easy to see that there are a vast number of sellers who offer wood bunk beds. 


BUT, WHAT MAKES A GOOD WOOD BUNK BED?
  -Many of the wood bunk beds in the market today are made overseas and imported for sale in the US.  At first glance many bunk beds have a similar look and advertise similar features.  In reality, there are many differences between from bunk to bunk starting with the wood itself. 
  • Many less expensive bunk beds are mass produced by one manufacturer and distributed by many retailers like Wal-Mart and Target. 
  • Often, no matter where you purchase your bunk beds they are made by the same source and just packaged under private labeling.
  • These “commodity” bunk beds are made with a softer wood that is typically not dried to the highest moisture standards. 
  • The more moisture in the wood the less durable the wood will be over time.  Kiln drying is the process used to make cut wood ready for manufacturing. Wood that is properly dried will have a lower moisture content and will have less chance of splitting over time.

 
Additionally, many inexpensive, imported bunk beds are made with low profile lumber

  • Instead of using more durable lumber to create 4” posts (2x4 construction), import bed posts are made of 2” posts (1x2 construction) which create a far less beefy bed. 
  • For example, most wood bunk beds that are sold and distributed from overseas weigh in at a slight 120 lb. versus a high quality durable bed designed for group living that weigh in at 180 lb.!!  The difference between those two weights is a great example of how two things can look similar but be entirely different. 
So when its time to order those last minute bunks within budget, it is essential to really understand what you are buying.
  • Durable, high quality bunk beds designed and manufactured for colleges and camps are available from contract furniture providers who specialize in high-use environments.
  • Don’t be fooled by claims of quality from mass produced, mass distributed beds primarily sourced from the same overseas manufacturer. 
  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) tracks injuries and complaints from products like wood bunk beds has recalled over 445,000 bunk beds due to consumer injury. 
  • In addition, CPSC has had complaints of harm or injury from many other bunk bed manufacturers. 
When durability and safety are a top priority make sure to work with a reputable company like Furniture Concepts based in Cleveland OH who has a 25 year track record of high-quality wood (and metal) bunk beds.  Better quality does not mean high cost so take time to understand what you are buying and always ask for references.

Created on 12/06/11 at 15:29:27   Furniture Concepts Metal Furniture Catalog.

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Topics: Bunkbeds, Tough Stuff, durable furniture, Crate Style Furniture, Barn Door Furniture, Contract Bedroom Furniture, Camp & Retreat Furniture

Crate style furniture that will make you go wow!

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Jan 03, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

Facility managers and housing directors have been making an old trend new again.

When looking for quality furniture that is durable and budget-friendly, many buyers have discovered that crate furniture has re-emerged as an industry must-have.

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Topics: Pine Furniture, Commercial Lounge Furniture, Tough Stuff, durable furniture, Crate Style Furniture, Barn Door Furniture

Back to Basics in Summer Camp Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 12:24 PM

School is winding down and summer camps are gearing up.

Camp directors are busy trai ning staff, developing programs and sprucing up cabins and outdoor spa ces. For those of us in the camp furniture industry, this is bunk bed season. O ver the years lots of styles of bunk beds have come and gone but the tried and true work horse for summer camps is the solid wood ladder end bunk bed. The classic ladder end bunk bed is dependable, sturdy and safe for campers of all ages.
 

A primary appeal of the Ladder End Bunkbed is that it:

  • Eliminates the need for separate ladders that take up valuable floor space and can become playthings with campers. Campers literally use the end of the bed to climb in and out of top bunks.
  • The ends are designed with the actual bed end itself acting as the ladder. 
  • Years of safety testing and engineering have resulted in a super simple ladder end design that gets campers up and down a bunk easily.
  • Ladder end bunk beds come in a variety of widths (including the space-saving 30” and more typical 39”) to fit cabins of all sizes.
  • If your camp or conference center hosts adults or families at any time of the year, the single-double or single-queen bunks are excellent solutions for sleeping both adults and kids. The ladder end design still gets a person to the top bunk but a larger, double or queen bed on the bottom offers the space “mature” campers wants.

 Although residential furniture stores offer wood bunks, contract standard bunk beds are tested to meet safety standards and will last over time. Domestically made, solid wood bunk beds from reputable furniture suppliers are always the best choice for the money – you know that you are getting a dependable bed, not a cheap import that might not stand the test of time.

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Topics: Tough Stuff, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Crate Style Furniture, Barn Door Furniture

Barn Door Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 01:37 PM

Many of you might recall Barn Door Furniture, a contract and residential furniture maker out of North Carolina which closed in 2007.  Barn Door produced a hearty line of rustic wood beds, bedroom furniture and seating pieces

So, is there any BARN DOOR Furniture left?

  • Furniture Concepts had been the exclusive contract supplier for Barn Door's contract division until Barn Door ceased production. 
  • Furniture Concepts understands the value highly durable, solid wood furniture is in many contract environments - from camps & conference centers to group homes & healthcare. 
  • Furniture Concepts dedicates themselves to filling the gap by creating a new line of "crate style" furniture.  

Created on 01/03/12 at 16:43:35
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Topics: Crate Style Furniture, Barn Door Furniture

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