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

8 Pieces of Furniture That Camp Staff Can’t Live Without

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

Summer Camp and Retreat Centers have the difficult job of being the ultimate in flexible use spaces.

Transforming group rooms from a meeting space, into an ...activity space, into a worship space, and then into a communal dining space needs to happen quickly to keep customers, campers and staff happy and comfortable. The task is not a small one and having the right furniture that is durable, easy to store and easy to move is essential.
 
Having had the privilege of having talked to hundreds of  camp and retreat center directors and staff, we have compiled a list of the  8 pieces of furniture that camp staff can't live without!

 

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Topics: durable furniture, Camp & Retreat Furniture, camp buying advise

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

Why Crate Furniture is Still King

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

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Topics: molded plastic Furniture, Tough Stuff, durable furniture, anti-contraband furniture, Crate Style Furniture, Furniture For Incontinence, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Metal Furniture, Contract Furniture & Fabric: Making it Last, Camp & Retreat Furniture

See How Easily You Can Transform Your Camp with Furniture!

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 01:19 PM

In recent months, members of our Furniture Concepts team have had the privilege of attending some of the premier national and regional summer camp conferences.  

Conferences like the CCCA National Conference and the ACA National and Regional Conferences gather the leadership of many of the country’s most successful camp and conference centers.  Administrators we have spoken to have been teeming with optimism and have been sharing their excitement for the year-round opportunities many camp and conference center are experiencing. 

Many camp and conference centers have been expanding their capabilities to include adult programs, worship programs and family programs that allow them to be open 10 – 12 months a year.  Traditionally, camps were a place where parents dropped their kids for a week or two over summer, now those same parents are becoming customers of these same camps. 

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Topics: Camp Mattresses, Crate Style Furniture, Camp & Retreat Furniture

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