Who Else Wants Metal Bedroom Furniture?

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 08:33 AM

Metal beds, metal dressers and chests have hit the contract furniture industry with a bang!

With a focus on cleanliness and durability, metal furniture has gained a place of prominence for facilities that focus on health care or housing.

So what makes contract metal furniture such a winner? 

  • To begin with, the heavy duty metal bed and heavy duty metal cabinet construction combines strong steel with fashion-forward colors and finishes.
  • The powder-coated painted finishes with laminate tops and accents easily blend into any floor plan.  Warm, earthy finishes mimic wood furniture and can made to look like any wood species. Bolder, saturated colors can blend into spirit colors or just add some dazzle to an otherwise bland color palette.

So how do you know if metal furniture is the right choice for your furniture project? 

  • To begin with, look at your consumer’s needs and lifestyles.  If you have transient consumers or students who will use your facility heavily for limited amounts of time, metal may be a great choice. Metal furniture can be easily cleaned and can be treated with pesticides that will not penetrate the furniture surface. For those concerned with pests like bed bugs, metal can be a great choice because the non-porous material offers limited places for pests to hide.
  • If you deal with consumers who tend to use their living environment without a lot of regard the furniture then metal might be a good consideration for you too. Metal furniture can withstand a lot of heavy use.  Contract metal furniture uses heavy-gauge steel that does not dent or get damaged under typical use. The baked-on painted finish resists dings and scratches but can be spot repaired if needed. With the addition of laminate tops to case pieces, metal furniture is practically indestructible for any contract use!

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When weighing the pros and cons of metal versus wood furniture for your next furniture project, always work with a reputable contract furniture provider contract furniture provider that understand the needs of your consumers and your facility. Not all metal furniture is created equally so ask for specifications and warranty details so that you truly understand what you are buying.
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Topics: Bed bug prevention plan, durable furniture, Contract Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Metal Furniture, Contract Bedroom Furniture

What Everybody Ought to Know About Bed Bug Resistant Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 08:42 AM

Bed bugs have become a hot topic in healthcare and group living environments – and for good reason.

Bed bugs are difficult to detect and are easily carried in by unsuspecting humans who may harbor the pests in clothes, luggage or personal items. Once they’ve set up shop in your facility, getting rid of them is full of challenges.

Pesticides have been found to be largely useless. A variety of non-chemical methods have been tested and found to be effective but no bed bug management eradication plan is quick or easy. Once in your facility, bed bugs hide in obscure place including flooring, base boards, and electrical outlets – anywhere there is a tight hiding space.
Furniture is an obvious concern since beds and seating offer a hospitable environment for bed bugs.

No “type” of furniture is immune to the risks of bed bugs.

Facility managers may weigh the advantages of metal versus wood versus metal but at the end of the day no furniture or fixture type can prevent bed bugs. Their small size and stealthy behavior makes them tricky foes. 


So what can you do when purchasing new furniture to help minimize the risk of encouraging bed bugs?  

Here is a little insight on the strengths of a few popular types of furniture:

  1. WOOD. The term “wood” furniture encompasses a variety of constructions including solid wood, veneers, composites, and laminates. In general, the smoother the surface the more resistant it is to bed bugs. Wood is not an attractant to bed bugs; rather the porous nature of unfinished or roughly finished areas can offer bed bug hiding places. The more smooth and scratch resistant the furniture finish on all areas of the furniture, the more inherently bed bug resistant a piece is. A well-lacquered piece of solid wood furniture can work well in a bed bug management plan.
  2. METAL. Metal beds and case pieces have become a popular option for facilities with a high risk of bed bugs like transient housing. Metal, like finished wood, resists bed bugs due to its smooth finish but still has joints, bends and weld points that can offer bed bugs safe harbor. An advantage of metal is that it resists chemical damage and can be “washed” clean after bed bug treatments.
  3. MOLDED PLASTIC. Thermoplastic injection molded furniture is a single piece construction.  Molded plastic offers a smooth surface that resists bed bugs. There are fewer joints then wood or metal furniture but there is still surface area on the underside of the furniture that can be a nesting area for bed bugs. Again, plastic can be “washed” after chemical treatments.

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Although the construction material matters, it is by no means the end of the road for bed bugs.

  • Bed bug infestations involve entire rooms and bed bugs can live happily in small spaces beyond furniture. All furniture has some sort of bend, or crevice, or joint, or surface that meets the floor and wall. 

Prevention and monitoring will always be the most important part of any bed bug management plan. When in doubt, count on the expertise from your commercial furniture vendor who can help guide you to the right furniture choices that will help you manage bed bugs at your facility.

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Topics: Bed bug prevention plan, Metal Furniture, Wood Furniture

The Camp and Dorm Mattress Buyer’s Survival Guide – Part III of III

Posted by Karyl Walker on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

In Part three of our three part blog series we will be exploring the extra stuff contract mattress suppliers offer on their mattresses. 


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Topics: Mattress information for Group Living, Bed bug prevention plan, Bariatric, Adolescent Treatment Centers, Contract Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Furniture For Incontinence

4 Proven Strategies for Bed Bug Free Facilities

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

While there is no single solution for bed bug control, there are some tried and true facts that are important to consider when preparing for the possibility of bed bugs.

First and foremost is the acknowledgement that no facility is invulnerable to bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not related to any degree of cleanliness or lifestyle. Anyone, anywhere can end up with beg bugs. The tiny bugs feed on human blood but are not limited to beds. The term “bed” bug is related to the bug’s tendency to be found on sleep surfaces since humans are easy prey when resting. But, bed bugs are happy to take up residence in any tight space that gives them access to humans including electric outlets, floor boards, base boards and furniture.

For caregivers and administrators of Healthcare and Group Living environments, the threat of bed bugs can be overwhelming. After all, they can come from anywhere – patients, staff, visitors, delivery agents, etc. While there will likely never be a silver bullet for dealing with the treatment  of bed bugs.

Here are 4 proven strategies for keeping your facility bed bug free:

  1. Be educated and have a proactive plan. It is important to understand how to identify signs of bedbugs. A small population is exponentially easier (and cheaper) to manage than a  full-blown infestation.   Make sure caregivers and staff understand the signs of bedbugs, including blood and fecal matter that tends to show up on mattress welting and other tight, dark spaces near where humans rest. Bites on humans are another sign of bed bugs, but not all humans react to bed bug venom, so a lack of bites does not mean you are bedbug free. Local boards of health and  Cooperative  Extension  Service offices can help you to determine your specific risk and signs of bed bugs.
  2. Regularly inspect mattress. Bed bugs nest on and pass along mattress surfaces to get to humans, so regular mattress inspection is a key strategy for bed bug management.  Bed bugs prefer tight, dark spaces and tend to gather under the bedding in mattress welting and mattress seams. Welting is the small tube-shaped edge on most innerspring mattresses. Bed bugs drop feces and blood as they congregate. Mattress encasements are one of the most fundamental and useful tools in managing bed bugs. The solid white mattress encasements are made from a special fabric woven too tightly to allow bugs to crawl through between humans and the mattress surface. Also, a specially made zipper has teeth that are too small to let bugs pass. The encasement essentially traps existing bugs, the special features prevent new bugs from getting to the mattress to nest and the stark white finish facilitates visual inspection of the mattress for any signs of bed bugs.
  3. Inspect crevices in furniture and fixtures. While Google is overrun with recommendations for the most bedbug resistant furniture the truth is that nothing is bed bug proof. Plastic, metal and wood furniture all have natural crevices, seams and places where components attach. Harder surfaces can withstand more frequent cleaning and treatment with substances but no type of furniture is immune to infestation. Minimizing spaces, seams and joints limits spaces for bed bug nesting. Making a piece of furniture bed bug proof (if that were possible) would not prevent bed bugs but would only drive them into floor boards, outlets and the like. Minimizing nesting spaces close to humans may only serve to make identification of an infestation more difficult.
  4. Use passive monitors as a proactive measure.Interceptors are an inexpensive and effective tool that helps monitor the possibility of bed bugs in any space. Placing interceptors under bed and other furniture legs serves to catch bed bugs as they crawl to their feeding source. The specially treated walls of the interceptors do not allow moving bugs to crawl back out as they move from their nest to their food.
The positive identification of bed bugs in any facility can be a chilling experience. It is important to educate staff and diligently inspect for any signs of bed bug infestations. It is easy to react and expect to be able to find a service that will eradicate any bugs but the reality is that there is no proven method of elimination and re-infestation can be highly likely.

Don’t fall victim to fear-driven advice that includes disposing of existing furniture. No surface is immune to bed bugs. When in doubt, always consult an expert that can give you the right advice.

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Topics: Bed bug prevention plan, Group Furniture Buying Advice

Bed Bug Solutions

Posted by Janet Voigt on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

Detecting Bed Bugs Early On Can Make All The Difference.

The news headlines have said it all – bed bugs that were once thought eradicated are experiencing a resurgence through out the world. The fact is that bedbugs are indiscriminant and will infest any area occupied by humans from the poshest palace to the most humble housing.  Dealing with an infestation is hard.  There’s no way to sugar-coat it.  But, monitoring for bed bugs is easy and inexpensive and detecting bed bugs early on can make all the difference.                                

Bed bug monitoring includes devices that will expose a bed bug population while it is still small: 

  • The most basic bed bug solution is a mattress encasement. Bed bugs feed on humans and there is no place humans are more prone than in their place of sleep. Mattress encasements are different from department or furniture store mattress covers in that they are lab tested to prevent bed bugs from nesting in seams and zippers. Additionally, the material is constructed of a stretch knit woven with micro-stitches that prevent bed bugs from traveling through the material and nesting in the mattress itself. These white, smooth encasements allow for quick and easy visual inspections of sleep surfaces enabling staff and consumers to see the beginning stages of bed bug populations.
  • Another inexpensive and useful tool is an INTERCEPTOR. Interceptors are specially designed white plastic discs that are placed under furniture legs. The interceptors specially designed interior well attracts bed bugs en route from nest to feeding. Bed bugs are trapped in the interior well because the surface prevents them from crawling back out.  Trapped bed bugs indicate the size of the overall nesting population.
  • If your facility detects bed bugs with monitoring devices it is always necessary to consult with health and pest control experts to develop a BED BUG MANAGEMENT PLAN. Be leery of radical plans that include harsh chemicals or disposing of existing furniture and fixtures. Educate yourself and your staff on how to monitor for and manage bed bug sightings. Eradicating bed bugs from a facility will take time.                                                                
  • Many well-tested, non-chemical solutions exist. Heat, cold and diatomaceous earth are elimination solutions that have been proven in both laboratory and real world environments.                                                                                                                                                         

Dealing with bed bugs is undoubtedly stressful but early detection can help minimize the bug populations and their effects.

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Topics: Mattress information for Group Living, Bed bug prevention plan

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