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

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.

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Topics: Bunkbeds, durable furniture, Metal Furniture

The Best Kind of Storage Beds for Your Facility

Posted by Janet Voigt on Sun, Dec 22, 2013 @ 08:49 PM

One of the greatest challenges of furnishing a group home or dormitory is offering enough personal storage space.

Your residents will have a better transition to group living if they feel that their personal belongings are secure and that they have their own space that does not have to be shared with other residents. When space is at a premium,storage bedsare practical solutions that offer space-saving designs.

 

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Topics: durable furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Contract Bedroom Furniture, Storage beds

Contract furniture Buying Check-List

Posted by Janet Voigt on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

Reasons to Buy Contract Vs. Retail Furniture.

When I asked customers about selecting contract-grade furniture, they are often 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.
 
Furniture and fixtures for health care and healing environments must not only be comfortable, and attractive, but 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?
  • Contract-grade furniture is designed and built by specialized manufacturers whose construction methods and materials produce a higher-quality piece of furniture that stands up to heavy use. Additionally, fabrics for contract environments are tested to standards that are not applicable in residential design.
  • Fabric finishes are far more durable than a traditional Scotch-Guard surface treatment and many fabric finishes can handle urine and body fluids without penetrating vulnerable foam and frame components of seating pieces.
  • Contract furniture designs can easily adapt dimensions of seating pieces to accommodate bariatric and limited mobility needs. Reinforced and metal frames can allow up to 800 lb. per seating surface.  Shorter seat depths and higher arm heights on sofas, loveseats and chairs enables mobility by making the physics of taking a person from a seated position to a standing position an easier transition.
  • Many health care facilities are subject to inspection and accreditation standards so making sure that all design elements including furniture and fixtures comply is essential.
  • Patient and staff safety is always a primary concern. Understanding the specific needs of the patient population, staff and visitors is crucial since design needs may include things like managing self-harm risk, preventing assemblies that can be used as weapons, eliminating sharp edges, minimizing tripping or falling risks and optimizing independence are topics that many designers have not had to take into consideration on non-contract projects.
Inexpensive look-alikes cannot possibly have frames and components built to last in a commercial or heavy-use environment.
Always engage a reputable contract furniture dealerwho can help you understand the needs of contract health care and group living facilities so that you and your design project will shine!

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, durable furniture, Contract Furniture

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

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

9 Pieces of Furniture That Group Home Staff Can’t Live Without.

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 01:10 PM
  • The benefits of using the right furniture for a group home or group living facility are many.
  • From comfort of the consumer to ease of use for staff to creating the feeling of home that reassures consumers’ families - the right furniture makes a difference. 

When selecting furniture for group homes and other heavy use environments, how do you know what is “right” for your facility?

Having had the privilege of having talked to hundreds of group home staff and administrators, we have compiled a list of THE 9 PIECES OF FURNITURE that GROUP HOMES STAFF CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

  1. Wood Framed Sofa, Loveseat and Lounge Chairs. Frequently called Crate-Style or Tough Stuff furniture, seating pieces with exposed wood frames and replaceable cushions offers durability that stands up to heavy use. Even for consumers with behavioral outbursts this style of furniture maintains its rugged, durable functionality.
  2. Replaceable Cushions. Again, Crate-Style or Tough Stuff Furniture (see above) has easily replaceable cushions that can be changed out due to wear or to keep up with fashion trends. Replacing cushions is an inexpensive way to keep frequently used seating pieces fresh and looking good.
  3. Wood Dressers and Night Stands with Routed Pulls. Furniture hardware can dress up furniture but can add hazard and frustration. For consumers with limited fine motor skills, routed pulls offer easier opening of drawers and doors. Additionally, routed pulls eliminate many of the self-harm hazards that external hardware may present.
  4. Fluid-Proof Mattresses. Nylon or soft, pliable vinyl mattress covers offer great protection from spilled drinks. Even occasional incontinence can be effectively managed with fluid-resistant or fluid-proof mattresses.
  5. One Piece Molded Chairs. One-piece molded chairs are lightweight but highly durably for consumers of any size or shape. Rated for static weight up to 1200 lb., one-piece molded chairs can take the most extreme use without chipping or breaking. For more difficult consumers options to bolt to the floor or weight with sand offer a high degree of security and safety.
  6. Adjustable Height Tables. Adjustable height tables offer the most inclusive surfaces for activities or dining. The ability to adjust the height makes these tables the right solution for consumers in wheelchairs or who require the aid of other mobility devices that are not easily accommodated by traditional tables. A table that adjusts from 28” – 34” will offer the most flexibility for group homes or group living facilities.
  7. Motion Seating. Motion offers comfort to consumers with developmental disabilities. Rocking or gliding is calming and reassures anxious individuals. Selecting a contract-grade motion chair is important since retail-grade rockers, gliders and recliners are not designed for the type of constant and repetitive use typical in group living environments.
  8. Outdoor Tables. Fresh air and sunshine are great enhancements to all consumers so why not make the most of the space outside? Outdoor wood or plastic coated metal tables and benches are great for dining or activities. ADA Compliant tables have benched and benchless sides to allow people of any mobility to enjoy some time in nature.
  9. Storage and Bookcase Beds. Often consumers who are full-time residents need more storage space then a typical group home bedroom allows. Storage beds make efficient use of available space by adding storage drawers and bookcase shelving to beds. Shelves allow consumers and staff easy access to favorite books and personal items. Under bed storage is a perfect solution for seasonal clothes and other non-daily necessities.
When planning new furniture for your group living facility always choose a furniture provider who understands the needs of your consumers and has offering that will be durable and appropriate.
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Topics: durable furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, group living furniture

The Contract Furniture Trendsetter

Posted by Janet Voigt on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

In the world of ho-hum furniture for health care and facility furniture, things are heating up.

The baby boomers are hitting the health care market en masse for both acute and extended care services. As the country's largest consumer-base, the fifty-plus crowd are not just consumers of health care services, they are also decision-makers for respite care for their aging parents. While cost is a primary driver of choices of health care facilities of all types, aesthetics plays a huge role in the decision process.

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Topics: Health Care Furniture, Interior Design Advice of Group Living Facilities, durable furniture, Contract Furniture

DURABLE FURNITURE

Posted by Janet Voigt on Fri, Aug 09, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

The term “DURABLE” stems from an economic concept of a good that has utility over an extended period of time.

DURABILITY IS AN ASSURANCE THAT A PURCHASE WILL LAST. 

 

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Topics: durable furniture, Contract 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

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