Commercial buildings are very different from homes or other residential structures and have different design
needs. It has often been said that the key to a successful business is location, location, location. We get it; location is important. But even with the greatest location in the world, a business can easily fail if its interior is not just as well thought out. Interior design is the art of balancing functional needs and aesthetic preferences inside of a structure. After all, the purpose of a building is really defined by its interior, not its exterior. A commercial building is one used for some sort of business purpose, such as a store, office, warehouse, or a restaurant. Just as there are many types of buildings, there are different types of interior design. Houses utilize one kind of design, while commercial structures have very different needs. We want these needs to be successful, but a successful structure does require a bit more than just location.
First of all, office furniture is contract furniture – but contract furniture is a much broader term. A loose definition might be: Furniture not intended for residential use. A specific definition is: Commercial furniture manufactured to meet established industry standards. It is subject to stringent testing and a certification processes. It is then sold exclusively by territorial dealerships. An example might be furniture supplied to the government, schools, hospitals or companies. A perception might be that it’s not stylish. And there are many work spaces, hotels and hospitals that prove otherwise. Good for the home? You bet. Is it contract? Maybe
The difference between contract furniture and retail furniture can be confusing. There are many things that both can do. In deciding to buy either retail or contract furniture, you will not sacrifice style, selection or comfort. Some of the perks of contract furniture include the wholesale pricing, the hard use warranties and custom options. Another plus is the expertise of certified furniture dealers. If you buy a file cabinet for your desk, will it match and fit into place? If it comes from a contract furniture dealer, yes.