What is contract furniture

What actually is contract furniture?

As specialists in the field of contract furniture, especially the equipment for restaurants, hotels and senior residences, we are repeatedly confronted with a question that is strange for us: “What is contract furniture?” We cannot summarize the answer in one sentence, but we will try to approximate it once, given the occasion.

Intuitively, contract furniture is primarily attributed a pragmatic use. Many think of functional office furniture, the equipment of sober conference rooms or the best possible stackable chairs and discrete shelf modules. Little is further from reality, because the variety of markets in the field of contract furniture and contract furnishing is almost immeasurable. What all contract furniture has in common is that it is used in a business context and is more functional than, for example, a private living room or bedroom. Contract furnishing - this is usually furniture for commercial needs or use in public-law premises. We see four criteria that define the quality of contract furniture:

  • The conceptual-aesthetic quality: The furniture should define and match the corporate identity as best as possible.
  • Practicability: This includes the pragmatic dimensions such as modular use, as well as, for example, the ability to be placed in rows, the ability to be combined and stacked or the stability
  • Resilience: Commercial furniture is naturally subject to special requirements and higher, because often different loads. Processing quality and resistance to disinfectants are further examples.
  • Ergonomics: In the German-speaking world, it is often too briefly understood as the adaptation of furniture to human physiology. In this way, we also understand the optimal spatial and temporal coordination of furniture specifically with the forecast area of ​​application. The aim of the ergonomics of contract furniture is an optimal work result with the best possible user-friendly working conditions.

Contract furniture is used most frequently in the catering, hotel and office sectors. But some social facilities are also equipped with a large number of contract furniture. In the catering area you will find tables and matching chairs in particular. Since the guest inevitably comes into contact with this furniture during his stay, it is important to choose the right equipment.

Often the contract furniture in restaurants is rounded off with matching bar stools. This form of contract furniture can also be found in the hotel industry. However, these are often supplemented by armchairs and lounge furniture. These are often used for the waiting area in the reception.

The models, which are more practical and stackable, are mostly used in conference rooms and halls. They offer a good opportunity for enough people to find space. These models are usually easier to assemble and dismantle than others. Whether in the hospitality industry or in the office, it can usually be used to create a variety of seating forms.

But there is also a wide range of contract furniture for outdoor use. These usually have a strong weather resistance. In addition, they are usually light in weight. This is an advantage if the furniture is to be stowed indoors overnight or when it rains. These can often be found in beer gardens or restaurants with outdoor areas. As a rule, fixed upholstery is not used. Instead, separate seat cushions usually provide sufficient comfort.

If you want to get a further insight into the world of contract furniture, the interview with Andreas Marr may be of interest. He is a specialist in contract furniture and at the same time managing director of Objekt-m from Sonnefeld. In his short interview he goes back to the question of what contract furniture actually is.