Upholstered Essentials Checklists and Tips for Your Industry

When it comes to the upholstered furniture pieces commonly found in the following industry settings, condition is key, as they make up some of the most visible and frequently used areas that define your space’s ambience and comfort. Whether your pieces are showing signs of damage and in need of an upholstery overhaul or you simply want to update an existing piece’s style, make sure your space is outfitted with the following upholstered essentials. Just remember to regularly inspect each item for visible signs of wear and tear (such as broken springs, limbs, fading, etc.)… and reupholster when necessary to maintain that good-as-new quality without re-furnishing!

Offices

Whether you need to furnish a sprawling corporate campus, a multi-floor building, a small startup headquarters, or a single office for personal use, you’ll want to keep every piece looking new, clean, modern, and on brand. Beyond aesthetics, make sure seating remains as comfortable as possible for yourself, your employees, and your clients and other visitors. Don’t be embarrassed by deteriorating conference room chairs or a common area sofa with a broken spring (ouch!).

Upholstered essentials checklist:

  • Desk chairs
  • Lobby seating
  • Customer seating
  • Hallway benches
  • Common areas
  • Partition panels for cubicles
  • Sofas and/or armchairs

Hotels and restaurants

If you work in the hospitality industry, your success is dependent on each guest’s satisfaction. The stakes are high to deliver consistent comfort and customer care, and this means you and your staff must maintain attention to detail — right down to the seams of that lobby furniture and the backs on those cafe chairs. No hotel guest wants to check into a tattered guest room during their otherwise relaxing vacation, and no restaurant customer wants to plan a date at a location whose dining room is distastefully outdated or in shambles. Keep a close eye on the condition of the upholstered pieces in these key areas.

Upholstered essentials checklist (Hotels):

  • Lobby seating
  • Outdoor furniture for patios, courtyards, pool area, etc.
  • Reception and concierge desk
  • Staff offices
  • Hotel bar and restaurant
  • Guest rooms and suites
  • Ballroom or event space
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Corridors

Upholstered essentials checklist (Restaurants):

  • Dining room seating
  • Booths and banquettes
  • Bar
  • Entrance
  • Waiting area
  • Restroom lounge

Educational and governmental institutions

Big things are happening inside our nation’s legislative buildings. Meanwhile, future leaders are molded in our school system from preschool through college. Yet even seemingly small details and accommodations (yes, this includes furnishings!) matter in the governmental and educational setting. Don’t overlook the upholstered elements in the following areas.

Upholstered essentials checklist (Governmental: municipal buildings, courthouses, elected official offices, boardrooms, etc.):

  • Lobby and waiting rooms
  • Communal seating areas
  • Conference rooms and meeting spaces

Upholstered essentials checklist (Educational: preschool, K-8, high schools, universities, technical schools):

  • Staff and faculty offices
  • Lobby and waiting rooms
  • Communal seating areas
  • Dining areas
  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries and study areas
  • Dorm common areas

Additional industries and areas to consider:

Senior living communities

Upholstered essentials checklist:

  • Lobby and parlor
  • Dining room
  • Common areas
  • Media room
  • Game and activity rooms
  • Physical therapy center
  • Gym
  • Salon
  • Furnished residences

Healthcare facilities

Furnishings in healthcare settings require medical-grade materials and/or treated surfaces (hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, flame retardant, odor and fluid resistant).

Upholstered essentials checklist:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical, dental, and veterinary practices
  • Clinics
  • Urgent care
  • Holistic health practices
  • Inpatient facilities

Fitness centers

Upholstered essentials checklist:

  • Locker rooms
  • Child care centers
  • Strength machines
  • Weight benches
  • Membership offices

Yachts

Yacht furniture upholstery varies based on whether the piece will be housed in the interior or exterior. Outdoor fabric must be colorfast and water-resistant, durable, and resistant to wrinkles, fading from the sun, and mold and mildew from moisture. Popular options include materials with a high UV rating (often polyester, blends containing polyester, acrylic, canvas, or PVC-based fabrics).

Upholstered essentials checklist:

  • Interior and exterior seating
  • Mattresses
  • Sundeck cushions
  • Covers