10 Areas of FF&E You Should Focus On
By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | May 06, 2010
Some aspects of design and purchasing are easy to overlook but deserve your attention
Every hotelier is familiar with the "furniture, fixtures and equipment" process but not every hotelier approaches it the same way. Some people are more structured in handling FF&E while others are more casual.
Regardless of your approach, remember that FF&E is one of the largest categories of expenses, behind only the real estate your hotel sits on and the "bricks and mortar" used to build it. Unfortunately, when certain aspects of design and purchasing get overlooked, both your budget and your property suffer.
With appropriate apologies to David Letterman, here is my version of a "top 10" list - this one for making your hotel stand out from the crowd while making your dollars stretch further. So whatever you've done in the past, the next time you undertake FF&E - whether it's for a renovation or a new construction - use these tips to guide you.
1. Decide Your Budget & Your Style Preferences
Setting a budget and picking a style preference are somewhat like the chicken and the egg - which comes first? The answer is that you can't have one without the other - they're interdependent.