The question ‘Why is Hospitality Bedding Polyester’, comes up a lot in conversations with designers, and hotel owners specifically. It makes sense, if you can get sheets and bedding in cottons, linen’s and other materials for your house, why can’t you get them for your hotel. Well that may be going a step too far. Of course you can get any material you want for your hotel but the questions was why is normative that hospitality bedding is polyester.
Stains & messes happen. They are rather inevitable when you consider that each guest room is ideally used each and every single night and most often by alternating people, who are relaxing or just moving thru on business or some other type of travel. Guestrooms are a space in constant flux and with that comes spills, drops, greasy fingers and the like. All of these moments pose a threat to that white bedding and those drapes (I mean seriously do people even use the baton?)
Although a potential problem for your house cleaning staff, this is a factor you simply have to accept, expect and plan for in the hospitality industry.
Most hotel drapery isn’t handled often enough to merit cleaning on a regular basis such as bedding, which is obviously laundered nearly every day. It is quite possible to keep your drapery looking clean and fresh with simple light vacuuming and brushing. That being said there are certain situations that may cause the need for cleaning drapery and so its important to know what exactly you should do and what you should not do.
Have you ever been a guest in a hotel and cranked your AC down to the max? Well of course you have because isn’t that what everyone does in hotel rooms. Anyway, in doing so have you ever then experienced the subtle noises throughout the night of drapery blowing out into the room, tapping the glass and continuing like a broken record throughout the night? The sound is always just loud enough to be very disturbing to sleep but not quite obnoxious enough to merit getting up and turning down the AC. Regardless that movement of the drapery into the room is what the industry calls ‘billowing’ and it is a factor we try our best to solve.
There is an element of Hospitality and Healthcare Drapery that is rather essential but often times overlooked. That item is the drapery baton. It is used in every single manual traversing treatment and there are more options than you may think. Often times batons are not specifically specified by designers and drapery manufacturing project managers often times have to go back to the purchasing agent and on the designer to formalize exactly what is expected.
As roller shades are taking up and larger and larger portion of the window treatment pie, designers and hotel owners alike are dreaming of all the different ways to use roller shades. One of the newest ideas to really make its mark is digitally printed roller shades. The idea is simple, take a white base cloth and add color and/or a design to the window treatment via a digitally printed image on that roller shade. As you can imagine printed roller shades gives you nearly limited options. Your favorite artwork, a geometric pattern, or nature brought indoors all of it is possible and all of it is as easy as licensing the artwork and using it.
There are typically two times during the life cycle of a project where there is a flurry of communication between the Drapery Manufacturer’s Project Manager and the purchasing agent or owner representative. The first is during the measurement & digestion of measures process. This portion involves setting up the measurement trip and then checking accuracy and possibly adjusting how the specifications match the reality on site. The second flurry comes as production comes to a close and installation begins.
Paradigm Design Group is the brain child of Lisa & Carl Haude and has served the hospitality industry for 17 years. Paradigm believes that there is a narrative waiting to be told through each and every design they complete. Their careful and meticulous research of context, coupled with their enthusiasm for fresh and unique design make them an indispensable partner in any renovation or new project. Quiltcraft is currently working to make Paradigm’s design for Marriott Oakland a reality and we could not be more excited.
Most of the hotels you work on are not in Dallas, TX which is where Quiltcraft is located, or Marietta, GA where Marietta Drapery is located, or the greater Boston, MA area where Contract Décor International is located. The idea is, at some point the product in the factories of the drapery manufacturer must be shipped to a different location for installation. Of course, I’m talking about Freight here. It is a vital part of the overall puzzle and therefore something that all parties should have at least a basic understanding of.
So how does a drape and its hardware make it from the factory to your hotel? That’s the basic question and here is the basic explanation…