Pictured: Engravings or laser cuts can be used to elevate the status of a piece, while rounded legs can protect them in the long run.
Guestroom casegoods are built to last for years, and in order to do that, they need to withstand frequent interactions with guests and hotel employees. Designers know this and they design around a product’s strengths to make sure it can remain in the guestroom for the long haul.
To accomplish this, designers must strike a balance between the look of a piece and the elements necessary to sustain a long lifespan.
For example, while modern, straight lines are a current trend, designers know those angles have the potential for snagging luggage and vacuums, so they work around them.
Jeff Day, director at TLS by Design, a custom designer and manufacturer of furniture and casegoods, said he sees increasing interest in rounded or curved profiles for elements of casegoods that meet the guestroom floor. These soft edges reduce snagging and potential accidents.
Style is not sacrificed for utility, however, and some sleek concepts still make their way onto these designs.
“Hotels still like clean lines, so the tops of our tables have a square-ness to them, while the legs are still rounded,” Day said.
According to Day, hotels also are now more interested in multi-purpose casegoods that consolidate space while having multiple functions. L-shaped work-stations have been growing in popularity, often outfitted with metal legs on rollers, with one end of the station collapsing inside the other.
Hotels also are shifting toward the use of cocktail ottomans in suites as opposed to tables, since guests are inclined to place their feet on them regardless of their design. “With an ottoman, [guests] can sit on it or eat off it, and it is more versatile,” Day said.
Because space is often limited, casegood designers have also experimented with traditional fixtures, such as dressers, by removing small details in a bid to make more room. Greg Duskey, project manager for fixture designer Contraxx Furniture, recently developed an armoire that is door-less and open on both sides. The piece is designed to work in a small, urban environment.
If a hotel is looking to make a bold design choice, Duskey also suggests under-bed drawer storage.
“It is cost-efficient,” Duskey said. “The limited space of a room can be used in unexpected ways to achieve a result that gives a piece a cool, chic feeling.”