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1.   Determine your goal or cause

Usually, a gala dinner event is held to raise money for a charity, reward employees or as a celebratory ceremony. If you are holding a gala to raise money, then determining the charity you are supporting and how much you are aiming to raise is a great starting point.

2.  Set a budget

With your cause and goals in mind setting a budget is the next step. You should also examine costs at this step, considering things like:

Venue rental
Gala furniture
Food and drinks
Equipment and decor
Entertainment and speaker fees
Staff
Promotion

3.  Choose a date

Setting the date of your event as early as possible is a sensible move as it allows you to begin making bookings for venues, staff and so on, with confidence. Having a date will also allow you to start promoting your event as soon as possible.

4.  Find a venue

This step may be intertwined with choosing a date for your event as you may want to find out when your ideal venues have availability first. When it comes to choosing a venue, you need to consider not only the more obvious factors like size and location, but also the smaller details. For example, can you serve alcohol at the venue and does it have the catering facilities required?

5.  Arrange sponsorships and speakers

Sponsorships are an important part of planning a gala. Reaching out to relevant and local businesses to sponsor your event can help you build seed money, obtain items or services needed for the event for free or at a reduced cost and begin spreading the word about the gala.

6.  Hire caterers, entertainers, and other staff

One of the most important parts of a gala dinner is of course the meal itself! Finding a reputable catering company is the first step but you should also consider if you will need to hire any additional staff for the event. You may also want to think about entertainment at this stage, for example a band or DJ.

7.   Promote and sell tickets for your gala

The goal of a charity gala is to sell tickets and raise money for your cause. This is where promoting your event and using marketing comes in. Try and use a range of marketing channels to reach potential guests, including:

An event website or landing page
Direct mail
Print ads in local publications
Flyers
Email
Social media

8.  Pick the perfect gala furniture and decor

Many venues will already have furniture available, otherwise you may want to invest in some gala furniture for the event. When it comes to selecting gala dinner tables, round banquet tables are a popular choice as they allow guests to chat and dine around a central point. Pair your tables with stacking chairs for a comfortable option which is both easy to move and store.

Trent Furniture offers a wide range of affordable, high quality event furniture. You can also contact us here if you have any questions about our gala furniture.

As we head into the autumn, you may be thinking it is a little early to be planning for Christmas at your pub. However, as most landlords know, early preparation is vital when it comes to December’s festive period. If your pub is planning to serve Christmas dinners, it is crucial to get your space ready and ensure you have ample good-quality Christmas furniture. Whether your pub contains a function room for private parties, a busy bar area, or a bustling outdoor space, your guests will expect comfort, style and functionality from your tables, chairs, and stools. As experts in quality contract furniture, we are here to help give landlords some helpful tips to getting your pub Christmas dinner ready this year.

Consider flexibility

In December, a big consideration for landlords is the increased volume of guests that are to be expected. Friends and family love to gather together at Christmas, meaning your pub will likely be working at full capacity. Whilst any pub owner would hope their guests book ahead of time, there’s a good chance you’ll experience many walk-in customers turning up and hoping to be seated. With this in mind, your furniture needs to be able to accommodate this.

Furniture that can easily be stacked, such as our Paris Outdoor Table is a great option for the busy festive season. Tables such as this can be kept safely in your pub’s storeroom ready to be brought out when needed, meaning you won’t have to turn any guests away. With your guests getting into the festive spirit, you may also want to be able to quickly and easily clear space in your pub for a dance floor. Tables that can be easily manoeuvred, such as our versatile Round Shaker Table, are therefore a worthwhile consideration.

Prioritise comfort

For guests, having a traditional Christmas dinner cooked for them takes a lot of stress out of the festive season. As a landlord, you want to ensure that your guests can simply sit back, relax, and take in the festive atmosphere. It is important to ensure that your pub furniture is both comfortable and stylish, to create a relaxed and cosy feel. Chairs such as our Abbruzzo Mink Chair are an excellent option, offering extra comfort while guests are eating thanks to its upholstered seat. Remember that you will also be serving guests who may want to simply pop in and sit down with a festive drink. With this in mind, our Chesterfield Two Seater Sofa offers a comforting, pleasant seat for guests to enjoy casual drinks with their friends and colleagues.

Practicality

While your pub is serving Christmas dinners this season, it is crucial to invest in practical furniture that is quick and easy for your staff to wipe clean. Our Rectangular Tudor Oak Table is the perfect choice with its traditional design and easy-wipe veneer or solid top. For a lighter wood option, our Black Pyramid table is another practical choice with a durable steel finish and laminate top.

Making use of outdoor space

In light of COVID-19, guests may still only be comfortable having dinner or drinks outside this Christmas. Ensure that your outdoor space has ample furniture that can be used if necessary; consider mixing a range of outdoor tables, stools and chairs in your space to mimic the same cosy feel outside your pub as well as inside. For guests who still wish to social distance, consider our range of social distancing furniture designed with this in mind. And for those chilly December nights, think about investing in some heaters and blankets to keep everyone cosy.

From barstools to sofas, coffee tables to banquet tables, we provide a wide range of high-quality pub furniture at Trent Furniture. For help finding the perfect furniture for your space, or to chat with one of our friendly team, get in touch on 01162989854 or email us at sales@trentfurniture.co.uk. 

The furniture you choose for your clubhouse is the key to creating a comfortable, versatile and welcoming hub that people will look forward to spending time in after playing sports, attending meetings or at social events in the evening. This expert guide will help you find the very best clubhouse furniture for your club's requirements.

So how do you get the furniture right? The first thing to do is consider what your clubhouse will be used for. Popular uses include:

  • Informal relaxation after enjoying club activities
  • The serving of food and drink to members
  • AGMs and other club meetings
  • Prize-giving and presentations
  • Club social events
  • Private hire for non-member events

As many clubhouses are used for all of the above purposes and more, timeless style and versatility are two of the most important considerations when choosing club furniture that will enable you to make the most of your space, whatever event you are hosting.

Comfortable club seating for every occasion

If, like most clubs, your furniture layout needs to be adjusted to accommodate different events and occasions, it needs to be lightweight, stackable and able to withstand the demands of being regularly moved around. Stackable chairs are the perfect space-saving solution for every conceivable need. Our Oxford Steel Stacking Chair, Balmoral Stacking Chair and Ascot Stacking Chair are just three of the highly popular, durable and cost-effective options for clubhouse seating we supply.  

What makes a good table for clubs?

From casual post-match drinks to formal dinners, your clubhouse tables need to cater for a large variety of occasions. From the Square Stacking Table, which is perfect for small groups to enjoy a drink, to the Banqueting Folding Table, which is available in sizes to seat up to 12 people, Trent Furniture has an option that will meet your requirements and store away neatly when you need more floor space. Or for even greater versatility, why not opt for an Alma Aluminium Table? Available in square and round options, this table is perfect for both indoor and outdoor events at your club.

How to choose the colour of your club furniture

When choosing upholstery for your clubhouse’s furniture, why not consider incorporating your club’s colours into your theme. Upholstered furniture often comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, meaning your décor can represent your organisation perfectly.

Clubhouse furniture

The best clubhouse furniture has both quality and durability

As everyone who has ever completed a risk assessment for holding an event in a clubhouse knows, fire and safety standards are of paramount importance when choosing furniture for members and the public to use. It’s essential to source quality furniture which is certified to British standards. It’s also important to ensure that all furniture is contract grade and built to withstand many years of use by people who may not treat it with quite the same respect as they do their own furniture.

Although great quality and attractive clubhouse furniture needn’t be expensive, it’s an important area to get right. This is particularly true if, like many clubs, you rely on private hire by individuals and other organisations for revenue. Not only will your premises be more popular if you can offer comfortable furniture in a variety of layouts, you will also be able to charge more than venues with less appealing furnishings!

To find out more about Trent Furniture’s wide selection of clubhouse furniture, please click below to get in touch today and one of our team will be very happy to help.

In this hotel furniture guide, we provide useful tips and advice for finding the most comfortable and luxurious furniture for your hotel lobby.

These days, the hotel lobby is far more than just a functional waiting space for people to use as they check in and out or wait for a taxi. As the first thing your guests see when they walk through your doors, it’s important that your hotel lobby sets the scene as a welcoming and comfortable hub where guests and visitors will actively want to spend time relaxing, working or socialising.

The best chairs for your hotel lobby

Whether it’s a weary traveller looking for a comfortable place to sit down after a long flight or a job candidate meeting a potential employer for a coffee, your lobby furniture will be used for a variety of purposes and as far as budgets and space allow, it’s important to reflect that.

A comfortable Manhattan sofa in brown faux leather for a hotel lobby

The good news is that mixing different styles of chairs works well aesthetically as well as practically, as long as the pieces you choose reflect your hotel’s overall interior theme. For example, a cosy and traditional British hotel lobby can make great use of classic furniture in warm hues such as the faux leather Manhattan Sofa (shown above) and Manhattan Armchair paired with the stylish and comfortable Portobello Tub Chair. As well as being an attractive option, available in chic Autumn or Cappuccino check fabrics, the Portobello Chair is a versatile choice as it can be paired with a low coffee table for guests to enjoy a drink, or with a dining-height table, when they need to get on with some work on their laptop.

Choosing tables for your lobby

As with chairs, a range of tables is ideal for your hotel lobby to accommodate different uses and different sizes of groups in comfort. The classic and functional style of Trent Furniture’s Shaker Table, which is available in a variety of finishes, sizes and rectangular, round and square shapes, is a perfect choice for creating a seamless theme in your lobby using a variety of different types and sizes of table.

Creating a space that works

No matter what design theme you go for, it’s important to remember that your lobby is a busy space that needs to cater for a constant stream of guests coming and going, many of whom will have luggage with them. With that in mind, while it’s important to provide ample seating, it’s also crucial not to overfill the room and to pay particular attention to leaving space free for people to move around in heavy footfall areas such as near the door or at reception.

Of course, constant use also means wear and tear so it’s important to choose hard-wearing contract grade furniture such as Trent Furniture’s durable and stylish range of hotel furniture which is built to last and keep your hotel lobby looking fresh and smart for years to come.

Luxury hotel lobby with comfortable furniture for guests

Finishing flourishes

As the centrepiece of your hotel, the furniture you choose for your lobby is key. Once it’s in place, it’s time to think about other useful touches such as complimentary water for guests to help themselves to, magazines and newspapers and of course good Wi-Fi and plenty of charging points so they can relax and enjoy the comfortable space you have created.

For more information on Trent Furniture’s fantastic range of durable, comfortable and chic hotel furniture, please click below to get in touch and find out more.

If you run a business in the hospitality industry, then you’re likely to have heard the terms "contract furniture" and "commercial furniture". In this blog we will look at why opting for contract furniture could be the best choice for your venue.

What is contract furniture?

Contract furniture can be defined as furniture intended for commercial use. It is designed and manufactured with durability and commercial safety standards in mind. This makes it perfect for use in settings like restaurants, cafes, bars and similar venues.

Why choose contract furniture?

To go into more detail on why it’s a smart move to opt for commercial quality furniture, it’s necessary to explore the top reasons for doing so.

Durability

Domestic furniture tends to see less use than pieces in a commercial setting. Just think about how many times a chair is sat on, cleaned, and moved in a pub vs your kitchen at home, for this reason, contract furniture tends to be built in a more robust way, with strengthened elements and hardwearing finishes and upholstery. This often includes:

  • Weatherproof coatings
  • Scratch resistant tops
  • High density foam
  • Hardwood frames
  • UV resistance
  • Lacquer coating

A great example of durable commercial furniture is our popular Washington Side Chair which is made from hardwearing beechwood and coated with a hardwearing lacquer. Tables with cast iron feet are also a top pick as they are incredibly sturdy and durable – the Olympic Pedestal Table is a great option. Finally, when it comes to outdoor pieces, opting for furniture like the Plaza Armchair is a good move since it is both UV and water-resistant so can stand up to the elements.

Value

Commercial furniture may seem like an investment at first, but the cost of replacing lower quality pieces over time soon adds up. When buying contract quality, you are investing in furniture that is designed to last and stand up to heavy use. Plus, you can often find savings when buying furniture packages or scooping up sales and offer prices when they come along.

Contract furniture standards and regulations

Furniture used in a commercial setting must meet certain legal standards and requirements. In the UK this is covered by regulations like British Standard BS 7176 and CRIB5 testing.

It’s important to ensure furniture purchased for commercial settings is compliant with these regulations. This is not only for the safety of customers and staff, but also from a business perspective. If your establishment is found to be using furniture that doesn’t adhere to these regulations, penalties could be enforced.

When purchasing commercial chairs from Trent Furniture you can be confident that they meet UK requirements. All of our products are made using fire retardant high-density foam and our upholstery fabrics are all CRIB5.

How to choose contract furniture for your venue

When it comes to choosing furniture for your venue you will want to opt for pieces that are fit for purpose but also look great. At Trent Furniture, many of our commercial furniture pieces can be customised with different finishes, so you can find something to fit perfectly with your existing decor.

You can contact the Trent Furniture team here and they will be happy to help with any queries you have, or begin browsing our contract furniture offers online now.

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