Sometimes people don’t think about the little things that go into the hotel interior design industry. Things like elevator experience, to convenience of the hotel restaurant, and most commonly seating options. There are so many things to consider when choosing the decor that sometimes mistakes are made in the chair department. From too many, to not enough, hotels have to make sure that these mistakes are not made.
Not Enough Seats
Ever walked into a place with a group of people and only half of the group can sit down? In most cases, that is quite a design flaw. Of course, there are spaces that do not allow space for an abundant amount of seating options, but that is not the situation we are talking about here. This seems to be a big issue that happens in the lobby/reception area of the hotel. When checking in with a family or group, only one or two people usually actually needs to be at the check-in desk getting the room keys. The others can wander around and explore, but most of the time they want to sit near and wait. If there are not many seating options, guests are automatically inconvenienced. Be aware of this issue.
Not Enough Variety
Too many of the same height chairs can be a deterrent. Think about the fact that there are people of all heights. From children to pro basketball players, the difference in feet can be extreme. For example, if most to all of your chairs are bar height options, that’s not going to go well with the kiddos. In all actuality, the kids will be fine, but the parents will be constantly worried about them falling and won’t be able to enjoy their time as much. It’s more considerate to have all types of seating options, for those shorter and taller.
This can almost be the worst situation. There are multiple issues with this scenario. One problem is that an overcrowded area can eventually turn into a fire hazard. If the fire alarm goes off and the area is full of guests, getting everyone out in a safe and organized manner might be challenging. Another issue is being ADA-approved. The handicap population needs to have space to get in and out of the space and have the same guest experience as everyone else. If they are having to dodge chairs, it becomes time consuming and extremely inconvenient to say the least.
Style Over Comfort
This is a big deal. Some new designers and hotels can get caught up in the trends and forget that guests actually want to be comfortable when they sit down. Regardless of how “cool” the chair is, if it’s uncomfortable, then they won’t be sitting for too much longer. We have all been caught up in the whole, “Wow, that’s such a cool chair, take a picture of me in it.” zone, but most of the time those chairs don’t end up being a long term sitting situation. Just remember, style is important, but comfort is more important. Do your best to try and hit two birds with one stone, but if all else fails, choose comfort.