Since not all hotels can have the budget of a Hilton or a Hyatt, some chains rely on using medium quality furniture to decorate their rooms. While the highest quality is preferred in most cases, if the property’s budget does not allow for the best of the best, you can still comfortably make due with medium quality hotel furniture and avoid low quality. This is a quick guide for spotting and purchasing medium quality hotel furniture.
There are a few construction characteristics that we look out for in medium quality hotel furniture. We try and find more mortise and tenon joints instead of mitered joints. Mortise and tenon tend to hold up better for heavy usage but require a lot of extra manual labor. Mitered joints are typically nailed or stapled together and can loosen over time. We will settle for rabbit joints on the drawers which will interweave the boards together. Rabbiting is a little more work than mitering but usually holds the drawers together for longer. We would also prefer to see dadoed shelves instead of metal rollers as dadoes typically do not wear out and have to be exact when cut or the shelves will not fit in. Finally, since hand nailing is expensive, for medium quality pieces we at least like to see the frames glued then stapled together over just stapled. So, check for glue on the joints.