Balancing Design Aesthetics With Cost-Effectiveness for Custom Hotel Furniture Manufacturing

August 23, 2023

In any hotel construction or remodel, there is an inherent tension between luxury, aesthetics, design, and the allocated resources. As a hotel furniture manufacturer, BSF strives to deliver the best of both worlds: a stunning and well-built design that meets budget requirements. 

Profitability is the investment goal, but creating a compelling hospitality experience is essential to success. Hospitality furnishings are core to these efforts since seating and casegoods contribute to both the hotel’s visual appeal and the guest’s comfort. Luxury guests, in particular, demand elegance and quality.

Here are several considerations in balancing design aesthetics with cost-effectiveness.

1. Effective Communication Throughout the Process

There are ways to deliver appealing, high-end hospitality furnishings and casegoods without compromising quality or durability. Quality assurance and engineering are essential, even if some materials are swapped to make the final design more cost-effective.

That’s why it is crucial to have clear and ongoing communication between the designer, client, engineers, and production team. We report at least weekly to every client with an active project and often more frequently. If anything can be done more cost-effectively, or if a change in material can help avoid unnecessary delays, everyone is informed so the best decision can be made quickly.

2. Wood Veneers

Since wood veneers are made of genuine hardwood, they deliver real wood’s distinctive and exotic look while significantly reducing the cost. Wood veneer also supports sustainability in two ways. It requires less wood to be harvested and permits the use of wood materials that might typically go to waste.

Building some shapes using hardwood can be difficult and costly. In contrast, medium-density fiberboard panels can be easily shaped and are less susceptible to changes in humidity and less prone to split. For many hotel casegoods, wood veneers with a water-resistant finish are the most durable and cost-effective option.

Wood veneers can be finished in a variety of shades and levels of gloss, just like solid wood. 

3. Incorporating Metals

Metals enhance hotel furniture with a modern touch, interest, or subtle beauty. It can be used in the structure of a piece or as an accent for visual appeal. 

Stainless steel is a resilient alloy that does not rust or pit and can be finished to create various effects. One way stainless steel can reduce a project’s cost is as a chrome replacement. The multilayered process that creates chrome is costly. ​With the right finish, stainless steel can deliver the same effect at a reduced cost.

In addition to stainless steel, luxury hotel furniture often features iron, brass, or aluminum. Seating and other furnishings made of metal are stable and long-lasting. Brass is used for its decorative features. Iron is a sustainable material that is unsurpassed in strength and durability. Aluminum is plentiful and can be an affordable way to add stability to a design.

4. Prioritizing Available Materials

Between the designer’s conception and the start of production, some materials may need to be swapped for more readily available options. The goal is to preserve the design while making production more cost and time-effective.

A practical approach to this process is identifying high-priority expenses and allocating resources according to priority. For example, if a specific type of marble only available from one quarry in the world is essential to match the casegoods to other components of the hotel interior, that would be a high-priority expense, and production can be organized around it.

At the same time, there are often areas that can yield cost savings or increase efficiency. In those cases, our account managers or engineers present the options to the client.

Prioritizing helps leverage the furniture manufacturing budget to deliver the best quality product on time.

5. Choosing a Hotel Furnishing Manufacturer Capable of Production Scale

When it comes to choosing a hotel furniture manufacturer, there are five crucial things to consider.

  1. Production scale. Can they meet your demand?
  2. Experience. Do they have the experience to execute any design?
  3. Quality Control. Is their QC rigorous and proven?
  4. Delivery. Do they have a history of on-time delivery?
  5. Price. Do they have the expertise, equipment, and efficiencies of scale to build high-quality hospitality furniture for a great price?

A manufacturer capable of production scale has the staff and infrastructure to collaborate with your team and deliver the project on time and within budget.

At BSF, we not only have the capacity of production at any scale, but our experienced, innovative team also works diligently to meet your brand requirements and deadlines. Connect with our dedicated rep for your area and find out what we can do for your brand today.