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Commercial Furniture - Why Pay More?

Commercial furniture is known for its high durability and ability to resist against wear and tear from constant usage for lengthy periods of time. Because of its longevity, superior construction, and professional appearance, owners of commercial spaces do - and should - have strong preferences for commercial grade furniture.

1. Quality

Quality in furniture is an important business aspect to commercial environments with high foot traffic. Functionality, durability and style define the quality of furniture. For instance, various hardwoods are used for the wood seating components, assembled with Mortise & Tenon jointing which guarantee lasting strength and durability. High density foam padding, premium vinyl and stain resistant fabrics are offered in a variety of colors for the padded seating.

In comparison, furniture for residential use doesn’t need to withstand elevated levels of daily use and abuse as they are used to serve mainly one family and occasional visitors. While the furniture is made to last, it’s not as strong, durable and easy to maintain when compared to commercial furniture.

2. Design

Furniture designed for commercial spaces are often crafted with heavy use in mind. Because commercial furniture is meant to last at least for 10 years, the furniture designs have smaller variations. They are typically more neutral in design as they need to be fluid enough to adapt to different interior design trends. Customization options are available for most commercial furniture though allowing you to choose color options and upholstery.

In Contrast, designs on residential furniture are extremely varied and aim to be stylish, follow the most current trends or be as classy as the homeowner wants them to be. They can be highly ornamental or stark and modern. There are countless designs to fit each and every individual taste.

3. Durability

Though commercial and residential furniture items may look similar, durability stands in between them. However, commercial furniture must be built to meet durability standards for the rigorous demands in the food service and hospitality industry. Items made from metal are finished in a protective powder coat that stands against rusting, flaking, and scratches. Fabric or other materials used as upholstery for the restaurant seating should be fire retardant and stain resistant.

Residential furniture doesn’t necessarily have to adhere to any specific coding or regulations and are mainly bought for their visual appeal. This is not to say all residential furniture is flimsy or unsafe, but it certainly be outlasted by its commercial grade counterpart.


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