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Hotel Furniture Thoughts: Mattresses

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What kind of mattress is best for hotels and motels? In this blog post we are going to discuss which is best, and if you can’t afford the best, then which is second and so forth.

Always avoid buying bed-frames and stick with box bedframes. The number one reason for using a box frame is because nearly everyone upon entering a hotel / guest room looks under the bed. If it’s a bed-frame, then there is actually a chance of something being underneath. If it’s just a box frame, then your guests at the very least don’t see anything dirty. But most likely, they will feel better about not seeing anything dirty.

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Another advantage of the box frame is the cleaning staff will not have to clean under the bed, and that is a huge time saver, plus I’m sure the cleaning staff will appreciate your choice. Make sure the bed frame does not protrude or stick out beyond the mattress. This could create a dangerous situation of people hurting their toes and feet.

If you can’t get a box frame, or you have already purchased your beds, then getting high quality dust ruffles for each bed is necessary. Though, you will still have to have your cleaning staff clean under the bed, with dust ruffles you will not have to worry as much about a mess under the bed.

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The next important thing about mattresses is the mattress. You want your guests to fall in love with the bed. If they can’t get any sleep, or even have trouble sleeping, then everything else has gone to waste.

If you can’t afford high quality mattresses new, then it is reasonable (and recommended) to buy used mattresses from hotel furniture surplus stores, or hotel liquidations. You can easily find mattresses that are a steal from four or five-star hotels. As the mattress and box spring work together to create better sleep you want to make sure you purchase both pieces, not doing so will void the warranty on the mattress.

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By following these two pieces of advice, then you are sure to have happy customers who leave wonderful reviews.

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Three Changes That Will Drastically Increase Your Room Rates

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Are you looking to make the most of this year’s peak season? Improve your bottom line by following the suggestions below to improve your room rates and guest satisfaction.

Evaluate Your Amenities

According to the U.S. Census, Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation. Your hotel’s amenities need to reflect this change and accommodate the needs of Millennials. This means better bandwidth for a strong internet connection, multiple power outlets in the common areas optimizing for socialization, and avoid a dated look in your furnishings.

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How do you accomplish these goals with a limited budget?

With more and more liquidators using the Internet to market their goods globally, it’s becoming easier and easier to find quality pre-owned technology and furniture inventory at dramatically reduced prices. It’s not unusual to save 60-80% versus new. When working with liquidators, always check their website for testimonials and years in business.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

It doesn’t matter how many great qualities your hotel may have if nobody knows about them. Use the power of social media to effectively market your hotel. Make sure you brand your hotel as the hotel that is all about their guests. Encourage guests to take pictures on your property and share them on your social media pages.

Optimize Your Lobby For Socialization

Ensure your guest experience is memorable by providing opportunities for socialization. Don’t force your guests to sit next to each other on a couch, use comfortable, upholstered chairs to avoid awkwardness. Make sure your seating options are also inviting.

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Cleanliness Is Key

Nothing destroys a hotel review like lack of cleanliness. Avoid negative feedback by hiring a well-trained, experienced pro as your Head of Housekeeping. Provide your housekeeping staff with a checklist of areas to clean including under the beds, on the headboards, and behind the showers.

By implementing these three changes, you can take your guest experience to another level. Be sure to print or bookmark this blog post for future reference. If you’ve implemented any changes that helped increase your room rates, please share them below.

How to Stretch Your Furniture Budget During the Off-Season

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The off-season is the ideal time for hotel owners to renovate their facilities and be up to par for the next high season. Please keep the following suggested tips in mind when deciding how to stretch your renovation budget.

Assess your online reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor and Google. Often, poor reviews from customers are due to outdated, uncomfortable, and/or worn-down furniture. Having the right furniture that fits your guests’ needs will play a major role in their satisfaction.

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How can you deliver the best possible furniture for your guests and keep expenditures within a tight budget? The answer is simple: quality, pre-owned furniture. Look for furniture pieces from 4 & 5-star hotels being sold by reputable hotel furniture liquidators with good references and strong shipping experience.

Keep in mind that hotel liquidators focus on selling their inventory before it reaches their warehouses to minimize storage costs, so the best room packages will often sell out quickly. Act with a sense of urgency in your decision making when you see a room package that is a good fit with your needs.

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You can also restore individual pieces in your hotel rooms that will have a large impact on your guests with only a minor expense. Furniture restoration can save you money and give new life to tired looking furniture. Restoration is also an eco-friendly option that will appeal to today’s hotel guests who are environmentally-conscious.

Furniture restoration companies can efficiently and cost effectively remove blemishes, scratches, chips and stains from case goods. Their efforts can revive and extend the life of your existing furniture, saving you cash that can then be used in other areas of your hotel.

To be as efficient as possible, look for hotel furniture liquidators that also offer furniture restoration services. That way the change out of some pieces of furniture and the restoration of other pieces can be done simultaneously to reduce the number of days your rooms are out of service.

Keeping House: Tips for Keeping Up Your Rental

When you run a rental property, you have to keep in mind that the guests’ experience is based on how well you prepare. From your protocol to your staff training to your accommodations, everything on your end works together to enhance the guest experience.

Here are a few rental property tips for keeping your rental property ready.

Have a Standard

The best hotels and rentals all have a set standard for the way they present each property. How the towels are hung, how the beds are made, the color schemes, etc.: every aspect of a space will come back to reflect your property/company. Keep it consistent throughout.

Train and Respect Your Staff

Plans for consistency amount to nothing if your staff isn’t ready to implement them. Be sure your cleaning and prep staff know the protocols, and respect their abilities and responsibilities. That could mean hiring more workers or working to optimize their schedules – just remember that happy (not overworked/burdened) employees are efficient employees.

Keep Up with Inspections

Even if you have to inspect each room yourself, it’s ultimately your responsibility to make sure each space in your rental meets your standards.

Stay Organized

Keeping a log of guest check-ins and check-outs that aligns with your prep and cleaning protocols will help keep your property running smoothly. You don’t want to keep new guests waiting as you get your past guests checked out and cleaned after.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): Hotel Phillips, New York New York, and wall–art.com

A Short Guide to Buying Vacation Rental Linens

Anyone who owns a vacation rental property with a high volume of rooms knows managing linens can be one of the trickiest aspects of the business. You’ve got to keep them stocked and keep them clean – expenses which can add up even if you’re not renting them from a supplier.

Here are a few basic tips for saving money on rental property linens.

Understand That Loss Will Happen

Unfortunately, losing linens over time beyond the normal wear and tear is inevitable. Employees and even guests can steal them, they can grow mildew, guests can stain them beyond repair, and they can even get tossed into the trash by accident. Have a contingency plan and expect the unexpected.

Switch the Thread Count

In adult-size beds, aim for 250-thread-count sheets, ideally the 65/35 poly blend. For twins, it’s typically ok to drop to 180-count since those tend to be used by kids, who aren’t likely to be concerned with thread count.

The Fewer Options, the Better

Stick to just king and queen sheets (just use queens for full-size beds), and don’t double them up on beds if you can help it. Same goes for pillow cases, too: stick with one size for every bed to simplify your inventory.

Consider Your Towels

Even more than sheets, guests notice the quality of their towels. If you’re going to splurge anywhere, this can be the most economical one with the highest impact on guest satisfaction. And don’t be afraid to cut down on how many you stock each room with – if a guest needs more, they can request more.

The exception to this is washcloths – feel free to keep those cheaper, since they’re virtually dispensable anyway.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): St. Lucia Linen Services Ltd., Horseshoe, and ENVIROMED

Using the Right Symmetry in Interior Spaces

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There are a lot of theories about how to design a room, and applying good taste to a unique concept isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Art and design are subjective, but the goal is to make the person inhabiting a space feel like a singular part of its decoration.

Historically, symmetry has always been an essential element of beauty – however, that doesn’t mean that for something to be beautiful there has to be an exact similarity between its halves. Even asymmetrical design requires an understanding of symmetry, and to successfully design a room you have to study the architectural structure of the setting.

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It’s true that making a room symmetrical can give it a sense of balance, but to some extent that can also make a space feel monotonous and simplistic, making it less interesting to the eye.

It can easily become boring after a whole to have perfect special symmetry, so consider how the use of colors and shapes can enrich the space and generate a more dynamic feel through contrast and complementation.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits: Element 5 Design

Using Wood When Designing Interior Spaces

People have been using wood in interior design for practically as long as there have been interiors to design. Fortunately, today, we know a bit more about the aesthetics, composition, and physical properties of wood than our ancestors.

It’s helpful to think of wood as a decorative element. Different kinds have their own unique “prints” and textures when applied to shelves, furniture, or other pieces.

Whichever kind you use, the way it’s used also makes a huge difference. Wood can help lend a lush, organic feel to a room, or the straight lines of its grains is a great way to give your space a modern touch.

Either way, wood helps any space feel warm, welcoming, and inviting. If you want to take it another step further, you can also contrast the material’s color and pattern with stylish patterns or stunning finishes. Wood is versatile and malleable, but it’s also solid and holds its own when presented in a room.

Though it might seem like this natural element that’s been around for centuries is the polar opposite of modernity, a touch of wood in an interior space gives it elegance and sophistication, suggesting a level of craftsmanship that went behind each and every piece.

Using wood when designing an interior should be a very intentional process, keeping specific contrasts and color combinations in mind to make the space look thoughtfully designed yet also simple.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits: Architecture & Interior Design

How to Improve Circulation in Interior Spaces

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The big question about any interior is how to manage, distribute, and work with space. Don’t let all the possibilities frustrate you, though – once you take some key factors into consideration, it can be really simple.

The rule of thumb for how far apart to space your furniture is 3 feet, but don’t take that as a hard-and-fast law that can’t be broken. The spatial needs for a family with 4 young, energetic children will be very different from an elderly couple, or for a 5000 square-foot home versus a shotgun apartment in Brooklyn.

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Always consider how much movement between pieces is necessary. You don’t want your sense of how space is supposed to work in a home to get somebody hurt.

For instance, households with children should banish prominent edges, and homes with older people who may have stiff joints will want to bring in higher furniture.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): zoetnet and Urbane Apartments

Tastefully Bringing Nature to Interiors

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People have always loved to bring elements of nature into their homes, from flowers to potted plants, but with the modern trend toward minimalism, it seems we’re seeing less and less living nature in our homes these days. However, there are still some great ways to keep these elements in even the most modern home designs.

First, realize what color “nature” tends to mean: green. Plants themselves are part of the color chart, so it’s important to consider how those shades fit into your interior color schemes. Even the shape and texture of flowers and plants have an effect on the overall trend of the room.

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For a sleek, modern look, we like to use plants that keep very straight, simple lines. Combined with the right vase or pot, this can add a note of freshness and elegance to a space, using that feeling of controlled wilderness to add a compellingly refined touch.

For more traditional spaces, we also like to use plants and flowers that come in more eccentric forms with more intricate color accents. If you do this, be careful to follow the same line of color throughout the rest of the space so it feels like a necessary fixture, not a distraction.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): Thomas D , Adriana Reyes Gonzalez , and Wicker Paradise

Using Optical Illusion to Open Up a Space

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When you’re dealing with decorating small rooms and spaces, it can be hard to pull off your vision while keeping within the physical constraints of the room. If it looks cluttered, everything feels off.

That’s when we reach into our bag of tricks to use optical illusions in interior design layouts. One of the most common ones is bringing in mirrors to make a space look bigger than it really is, but that requires the right pieces and expert positioning.

Replacing wood, metal, or other non-see-through tables with glass tables can be another great way to make a room seem to open up, too. If a dining area is particularly small, a glass table can go a long way toward increasing special appearances, especially when paired with armless chairs.

In the area of ​​the main room or family room, leaving a space of about 2 or 3 inches between the sofa and the carpet, this will open feeling; a very important trick is to use the is-height space, use the walls with shelves, pictures and mirrors without saturating, and uses fewer tables or chairs, this gives a sense of disorder and space will look more saturated.

Moving into the main/living room, where larger sitting areas tend to be common, we like to use sofas and chairs that leave a few inches of space between the seat and the floor, giving the impression of openness. Helping these rooms “breathe” a little by replacing dressers or cabinets with shelves that make use of the vertical space is also huge. It’s also helpful to declutter these by minimizing the number of chairs, pictures, tables, etc.

And lastly, we always like to use starkly contrasting colors along with neutral tones. We keep these schemes simple so that we don’t over-saturate the eye and mind with lots of color and texture going on.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)