Contract Furniture

Contract furniture is furniture used by businesses and in other places of work; it includes furniture in offices as well as public dining and entertainment-type venues, most typically restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes. Contract furniture is generally hard-wearing and reasonably easy to maintain.

The word ‘contract’ is used in other industries to mean ‘hire’ or ‘lease’; In the furniture industry it is interchangeable with the word ‘commercial’.

Contract furniture is supplied by companies such as The Contract Chair Co and is generally made to order; as a result it is available in a wider choice of designs and finishes than is available in the retail market. Downsides of being made to order included sometimes substantial minimum order quantities, lead times being 4 to 6  weeks and returning of products being difficult.

Contract furniture is subject to particular fire regulations that do not necessarily apply to furniture used in your home; our furniture comes with CMHR foam (ie foam that does not easily ignite or burn) and is usually specified with fabric that meets Crib 5 flammability test (a fairly stringent industry standard).

  • Restaurant fluted booth seating and leather upholstered chairs with marble tables in Old Compton Brasserie featuring glowing orb lights which hang from above
  • Burnt red velvet sofa in the bedroom of the aparthotel room2 southampton
  • Mid-century furniture in The Allegory restaurant featuring veneer tables and Morelia Armchairs in front of a glamourous 1950s lady spray paint artwork on wall.
  • Velvet poufs accompany Fenix table tops scattered around green velvet banquettes and barstools with metal frames.
  • Modern chairs and tables in The Listing restaurant featuring with a botanical infusion of hanging plants from the ceiling

Contract Dining Chairs

Contract Tables

relevant projects

  • John Lewis - Cheltenham

    John Lewis - Cheltenham

    As well as providing furniture for The Place to Eat Cafe our furniture can be found throughout the store in changing rooms, customer service & waiting areas. As more shops push towards offering the consumer a superior buying experience, adding value to compete with online purchasing, furniture in spaces of this kind will become more prevalent.

  • Flight Club - Manchester

    Flight Club - Manchester

    Flight Club is 3 parts English fairground, with carousel horses, bright bulb lights and vintage Victoriana everywhere, 2 parts traditional British boozer, home of the humble dartboard. The design is classic yet state-of-the-art, with an emphasis on the illuminated dartboards & creating a super social atmosphere. One thing is for sure: darts fly and fun abounds in this interior space.

  • Red Eagle - Isle of Wight

    Red Eagle - Isle of Wight

    Another great marine project designed by Trimline. This Isle of Wight ferry refurb needed to appeal to various types of customers, including large groups, families, and passengers with dogs and had to withstand heavy traffic as well as high seas.

  • Victoria Point - Manchester

    Victoria Point - Manchester

    Another clever student spec from Empiric who are great at creating shared spaces where residents come together. An on-site gym for working out, cinema to catch a film, and TV room for that all-important boxset binge.

  • The Velvet - Bratislava

    The Velvet - Bratislava

    The Velvet is a bohemian restaurant and bar in the heart of Bratislava with a decadent cocktail menu and interiors to match.

  • Sevenoaks School

    Sevenoaks School

    Sevenoaks School is a highly selective independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent. The furniture for their new, state of the art science and technology centre needed to be hard-wearing, colourful & contemporary. The Bobit range is perfect for education spaces and student accommodation.

relevant blog posts

  • Furniture Highlights: Contract Sofas

    Furniture Highlights: Contract Sofas

    We focus on our great selection of contract sofas including contract corner sofas, high back contract sofas and outdoor contract sofas.

  • Furniture Highlights: Contract Benches

    Furniture Highlights: Contract Benches

    From industrial metal benches, great for co-working offices to traditional picnic tables, this is our pick of contract benches including options for both indoor and outdoor spaces. 

  • The A-Z of Contract Furniture Terms

    The A-Z of Contract Furniture Terms

    Do you know your aris from your ogee and just what is a splat? Find out in our glossary of contract furniture terms. These terms are frequently used in the contract furniture industry. New terms often appear with new trends or innovative production methods and will be added to the list when we encounter them.

  • 17 Common Causes of Contract Furniture Damage

    17 Common Causes of Contract Furniture Damage

    Caring for and correctly maintaining your furniture could and should add years to its life. Looking after furniture also requires a positive approach; problems should be addressed immediately and furniture should be kept clean – a regular wipe tends to be better than an occasional scrub.

  • Children's Contract Furniture

    Children's Contract Furniture

    As eating out becomes a more regular occurrence for many families, beyond the occasional celebratory meal, the demand for contract furniture for children is increasing. Some establishments are boosting their family appeal by selecting a number of child height tables and chairs to give a kid-friendly focus.

  • Class 0 & Class 1 (2, 3 & 4) Fire Rating For Contract Furniture

    Class 0 & Class 1 (2, 3 & 4) Fire Rating For Contract Furniture

    Class 0 & Class 1 are fire ratings that we are occasionally asked for. This article explains the terms and how they apply to contract furniture.