So, you’ve heard the term “commercial-grade furniture” and you think it sounds like something you might need because somebody in the house is always breaking something, but does the label really mean it’s better, or more durable?
If it’s legit, then that’s absolutely what it means. But, that’s not what this article is about – you can read more about what makes furniture commercial grade in this blog. Today, though, we’re going to discuss a few other things that might be helpful.
There are official organizations that determine what is and is not commercial grade, and if they have not weighed in on the product then the furniture in question may not pass muster.
This is important to note, because some companies will try to up-sell you on commercial quality, and some manufacturers will try to use the label with more liberty than they should.
Often you’ll notice that commercial-grade furniture comes with two separate warranties; one for commercial use, and one for residential use. This is actually a good sign, because the brand is demonstrating that it understands the difference.
Take POLYWOOD, for example – a reputable company that specializes in commercial-grade outdoor furniture. It offers a 1-year commercial-use warranty, but a 20-year residential-use warranty on its products.
Why? Because they know it’ll take your family 20 years to deliver as much punishment as, say, the boardwalk at Coney Island in just one season.
Commercial furniture isn’t indestructible, and the materials used to build it typically aren’t very exotic, but there’s a lot to be said for quality construction and an eye toward durability.
Stainless steel, reinforced joints and stain-resistant fabrics are common among these products, though what helps the most is a manufacturer that understands how tough things can get for a piece of furniture in the real world.
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