Specifying Furniture Guide

Specifying Furniture Guide
8th September, 2020

At a glance:

Guidance for those who specify contract and non-domestic furniture, to help with the creation of tender documents


This guide provides comprehensive information for specifiers of contract and non-domestic furniture for use in producing a tender document.

Many factors need to be considered when specifying furniture; from the suitability of the supplier to the performance of the product. These factors include the consideration of ergonomics, fire safety, frequency and length of product use, product whole-life cost, use of the product and sustainable manufacturing.

The guide will assist in a number of ways, including:

  • Giving persons new to the tendering process reliable guidance
  • Making the process of producing a tender document as simple as possible for seasoned specifiers and tenderers
  • Assisting in the evaluation process by providing up-to-date and current advice
  • Offering a consistent approach, simplifying the process for the complete supply chain and thereby reducing the amount of cost and questions generated
  • Reducing the cost of the tender process for all parties

Reducing the number of challenges on completion of the tender by ensuring consistency across specifiers and suppliers alike.

The guide is particularly useful for:

  • Central government departments
  • Local government departments
  • Architects
  • Interior designers
  • Purchasing and buying departments
  • Facilities managers
  • Occupational health advisors
  • Housing associations
  • Construction companies and builders

Specifications for furniture used in the following typical environments would benefit from reference to the guide:

  • Offices and the workplace
  • Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutes
  • Hospitality (e.g. hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs)
  • Waiting areas (e.g. hospital waiting rooms, public transport, doctors)
  • Living accommodation (e.g. care homes, student accommodation, barracks)
  • Housing association facilities
  • Outdoor contract areas (e.g. pub gardens and recreational areas)
  • Retail showrooms
  • Renting of furniture

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