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

Introducing the Quick Ship Program

Posted by Karyl Walker on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Time is not always on your side when it you order furniture for your facility. Long lead times and pressing needs can make it difficult to get furniture for small projects with short deadlines, and that’s even if the furniture you can order is up to your standards.

That’s why we started a special program to help speed up the process for facilities in need of quality furniture. Furniture Concept’s Tough & Ready Quick-Ship collection helps you get the furniture you need when you actually need it.

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Topics: Group Furniture Buying Advice

The Joys of Shipping: How Furniture Concepts Ships Your Furniture

Posted by Karyl Walker on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ordering new furniture for your facility is exciting. Unfortunately, it won’t magically appear at your front door right after you order it. However, we do provide multiple convenient delivery methods that will make sure that your new furniture order makes it safely to your facility.

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Topics: Group Furniture Buying Advice

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

Three Reasons Why Group Living Facilities Should Choose a Contract Furniture Distributor Over a Retail Outlet

Posted by Karyl Walker on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Group living facilities can’t get by with just any old furniture. Each facility has special needs for its furniture and local retailers may have trouble meeting those requirements. Contract furniture sellers can recommend the right furniture solutions for your facility. Here are three reasons why you should choose a contract furniture seller over a local retailer.

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6 Tips for the Greatest Heavy Use Furniture Ever

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 03:43 PM
Managers and executives in group living environments - from university housing to group homes - agree that the one of biggest challenges they have is buying furniture that is tougher than their clients.
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Topics: Contract Furniture, Group Furniture Buying Advice, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, heavy use 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

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

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

Take the Stress out of Furniture Buying for Group Living Facilities..

Posted by Karyl Walker on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 12:22 PM

We talk to hundreds of people every month that draw the proverbial “short straw” and are now tasked with buying furniture for their healthcare, education, hospitality or recreation facility despite having no real buying experience.

  • Many small to mid-sized facilities do not hire professional buyers.  Instead, they assign the task to a member of the administrative team who often feels completely overwhelmed by the prospect of selecting furniture and / or mattresses for their facility.  Buying furniture can be stressful not just because of the abundance of choices but also because the results of the buying decision will be prominently on display for all (including the boss) to see.

If you find yourself in the position of furniture buyer today or in the future, note some simple and practical advice from those who have been there before you: 
  • Select a Contract Furniture Seller.  While buying from your local furniture retailer can be tempting, few retailers are prepared to consider the needs of facilities whose furniture will receive high use, suffer many spills, and may even be subject to body fluid issues.  Contract furniture sellers on the other hand have experience with a variety of facility types and can recommend appropriate solutions for your facility. For a good comparison on contract vs. Retail go to: 
  • Buy Contract Vs. Retail: 15 Reasons Group Homes Should!
  • Specialized furniture and fabrics are often priced comparably to standard pieces and offer specific solutions for your staffs’, clients’, and customers’ needs.  The results will be more functional and lasting furnishings that you will be proud to have chosen.             
  • Know Your Budget.  Imagine selecting the perfect furnishings for your facility only to have your purchase request denied because the cost exceeds the furniture budget.  If you know your budget in advance you can shop with confidence and pick the right furniture for your needs and budget.  If you have selected a reputable contract furniture seller to work with, you should feel confident sharing your budget requirements in advance.  Doing so will help your design consultant guide you to the best furniture solutions given your needs while staying within your budget. 
  • Get Educated.  You may learn that furniture designed specifically for healthcare, education, hospitality, and recreation environments comes with some industry-specific terminology.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  The world-wide web is loaded with information on fabrics, foam, frame construction, and everything else you may need to know about your purchase.  It may be worthwhile to consult with trained buyers or facility managers at other local facilities.  A conversation with your local Fire Marshal may also be advisable as many facilities are expected to comply with local furniture and mattress flammability requirements.  Most importantly, a quality contract furniture seller should have an expert staff who can answer all of your questions.
Rest assured that buying furniture or mattressesfor your facility can be relatively painless if you consult with the right experts.  Most contract furniture sellers offer free advise and support and can often provide color boards or computer design services that will help you visualize your final purchase.
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Topics: Group Furniture Buying Advice

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