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Discover the difference between domestic and commercial chairs
There is a world of difference between chairs which are manufactured for domestic use and those manufactured for the commercial market, where you require durability to withstand excessive use.
By: Commercial Contract Chairs Connect Furniture UK
Contract furniture is used more regularly and treated differently to furniture you would use in your home. Contract furniture is therefore manufactured utilising high quality materials and construction and specifically designed and tested to be used within commercial environments in order to endure the demands of daily use whilst still looking good and fulfilling its function. When it comes to chairs that are upholstered be it semi upholstered chairs or fully upholstered chairs the upholstery must also adhere to "Crib 5", a flame-retardant test required for furniture being used in public areas. Failure to adhere to this can at the very least result in hefty fines.
Wooden chairs – most are made from FSC-sourced beech, although other popular timber types include oak and ash. Available in both side chairs and armchairs in a variety of different designs some of which are stackable. Wooden chairs are often used in cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars as they provide adequate comfort and are easy to wipe down and keep clean. They are also quite popular to use in restaurants and other commercial environments along with semi upholstered and upholstered chairs to provide a mix of furniture.
Semi upholstered chairs – mainly wooden framed chairs most commonly made from FSC-sourced beech but again also available in oak and ash, with upholstered seat or back (or sometimes both leaving a gap between the seat of the chair and the back )
Fully upholstered chairs – Wooden frame chairs most commonly made from FSC-sourced beech but can be available with metal frames too. Seats and backs can be upholstered in a wide choice of faux leathers or fabrics and sometimes a mix of both. Can be available in a "family" offering a matching side chair, armchair and high stool.
Polypropylene / Plastic chairs – Generally come with a choice metal frame or wooden legs or as a complete polypropylene chair (ie the whole chair is made in a single mould).
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