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

The Power of Furniture Designed for Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Janet Voigt on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

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Topics: molded plastic Furniture, Health Care Furniture, Adolescent Treatment Centers, anti-contraband furniture, Extreme-Use Furniture, Crate Style Furniture, Behavioral Healthcare Furniture, Outdoor Furniture

Ultimate Guide to Durable Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Janet Voigt on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @ 09:22 AM

Find Out How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces!

The right furniture can change even the most modest outdoor space from a plain green space to an outdoor therapy room, classroom or dining room.

Transforming outdoor spaces into an extension of indoor functions is not just a great way to make the most of all your facility’s space, it is also proven that being outdoors “reduces stress, improves health outcomes, supports pain management and promotes a sense of overall well-being among patients, visitors and staff.”  

So how do you make the most of your outdoor spaces?  Here is the ultimate guide to durable outdoor furniture:

  1. Use COLOR. Adirondack styles of furniture can be finished in a wide variety of colors.  Made of pressure treated solid pine from renewable resources, chairs and tables boast a limited lifetime warrantee against rot, insect infestation and water damage.  Adirondack styles are eco-friendly, charming and comfortable. Consumers will find it easy to enjoy long stretches of outdoor time nested in Adirondack-style seating.
  2. Make it PERSONAL or inspirational. Metal outdoor benches and seating can be easily customized with a logo or favorite inspirational quote or saying. These solid steel seating options with durable thermoplastic coatings are great tools to encourage consumers and guests to just sit down and take in the sights and sounds of nature. Benches can easily be surface or ground mounted along walking paths or sidewalks.  Fully weather-proof and corrosion-proof, metal options retain their color and form for decades with no maintenance.
  3. Be GREEN.  Recycled plastic plank seating has the look of natural wood but never needs staining or refinishing.  The planks are durable and weather-proof with wood detailing that mimics wood plank benches.  The natural coloring of the planks blends perfectly in any outdoor space to create a soft, natural look without ever needing maintenance.
  4. Make it DINING READY. Even if you have a short warm season, outdoor tables and chairs draw people outside to enjoy snacks and meals that lead to productive dialogue. There is something satisfying and rewarding about dining outside.  Even if your space is small, an appropriately sized table with seating will be used and appreciated. Options include metal with attached bench seating (including ADA Compliant configurations), wood with bench seating or chairs, or portable molded plastic and polyurethane tables with folding seats.
  5. Make it COZY. Organizing a small group therapy session or meeting in a vast outdoor space can be made easier with a well-planned furniture arrangement.  Think of it like an outdoor living room – orient pieces towards a focal point like a fireplace, flower garden, planter, etc. to create an area that encourages group dynamics and allows for easy conversation. Adirondack occasional tables and sofas and chairs with cushions are the best options for creating outdoor living rooms where consumers and staff feel safe, comfortable and at ease with their natural surroundings.

Remember that when furnishing an outdoor space, buying contract outdoor furniture is the best way to ensure you buy pieces that are constructed to commercial standards.  You will have peace of mind that your furniture will have the right construction standards, warranties and durability to last over time.

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Topics: Outdoor Furniture

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