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What furniture do you use?

  • 1.  What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    Hi everyone! I'm curious what interior furniture do you use or recommend. For our new store we're looking to stay away from the plastic/fiberglass look and go more for a modern/industrial/durable yet sleek furniture. Any recommendations?? Pictures are great too!

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    Dave Menz
    Queen City Laundry Chain
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • 2.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    .   You may not like the fiberglass and molded furniture made my Solomatic and others but they are commercial grade and they carry a liability policy on their products.
         Look at the little tag attached to most folding chairs and see that  it says "not for commercial use."  If you use non-commercial furniture, the liability of an injury may be yours alone.
         I often see molded plastic chairs and Rubbermaid style (non-fire resistant) being used in Laundromats.  Risky. You may have seen those plastic chairs break when a little too much weight is applied or heard of the fires fueled by the petroleum in those rubbery trash cans.
         You're not decorating your patio; you're opening s business and asking the public in.  They trust you're going to provide them a safe and legal environment.
         I remember one very attractive folding table that collapsed when a customer hopped up to sit on it. Unfortunately, a little girls small hand was smashed by the falling table top. Very serious injury to the child and stressful times and guilt to the Laundromat owner. Just one example of many I've seen and heard when an owner elects to use non-commercial furniture.
         Good luck in your search but consider checking for commercial certified products before a purchase.



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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
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  • 3.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    Hi Larry,

         Thanks for commenting but I think I may have been unclear. I'm not seeking residential furniture but quite the opposite. I have 4 stores full of Solomatic furniture and frankly I'm not impressed. It may have a commercial sticker but it looks cheap, is overpriced and doesn't perform much better than it looks. In my opinion, a retail laundromat is a fairly low use commercial environment for furniture and as an end user, I'm not happy with it's durability at all.

         It seems like our industry just accepts whatever few companies choose to focus on us as our only options.  I think it's mostly because distributors push their products. Even if their products were of high quality,  they look cheap. I have nothing against solomatic but I'm looking for true commercial quality furniture for our new store.  Furniture used is restaurants, jails, libraries, airports, coffee shops, etc. I'm looking for true commercial quality furniture that is also aesthetically pleasing. I'm not interested in residential chairs or the like at all. I know I've seen comments and pictures from others that are using this type of thing in their stores. Unfortunately finding those comments can be challenging given the format of our forum. 


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    Dave Menz
    Queen City Laundry Chain
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • 4.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    Arconas for bench seating.

    Blu Dot for counter stools.





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    Richard Heighington
    Potential Divestor
    B.C. Canada
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  • 5.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    Edited by Paulie B 27 days ago
    Nice attractive & sturdy equipment.

    Here's an idea....what are they using in schools, airports, outdoor parks, & fast food places like McDonalds?

    Many times there are company stamps on the backs of commercial furniture.
    You see something you like? Take a peek behind or even under the furniture and more often than not the name of the company will be there. A simple google search should locate the sources once you have the names of the companies.
    A cell phone camera comes in handy to snap a shot of a nameplate under a table for instance.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 6.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    I agree Paulie! I do that all the time!!

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    Dave Menz
    Queen City Laundry Chain
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • 7.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 26 days ago
    We love our Pepco Tables and stools.  Pepco mainly makes science tables for schools but also make some very sturdy, durable, attractive and functional folding tables.  They also make stools to match the tables.  Everything is commercial grade prices are very reasonable.   Pepco is located in Moberly, Missouri you can easily find them on the internet.  Dave Patton and team are great to work with!
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    Pepco, (Moberly Missouri) folding tables and stools


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    Patrick & Kathy Minikus
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Omaha Classic Coin Laundry
    Crescent IA
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  • 8.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Talk about liability!  New Solomatic chairs are garbage.  One bump by a cart and it leaves a nice sharp fiberglass chip that can cut slice anyones hand.  Had to break out the dremel and smooth out the edges on some 3 year old chairs the other day.  I'm thinking airport loungers are the way to go.

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    Chris Mallam
    Norfolk VA
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  • 9.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 25 days ago
    I am also disappointed in my Solomatic furniture, chips everywhere.  I replaced some of it and still the same issue.  I was told that it's due to laundry carts bumping into the furniture, yet this furniture is made for laundromats!!  I am looking to replace it all.  I saw at the last Clean Show a brand called Highmark, looks much more durable than what I currently have.

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    Gail Vladimir
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Bakers Centre Laundry
    Levittown PA
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  • 10.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 25 days ago
    I am very unhappy with my Solomatic furniture, chips everywhere, I have replaced some of it but am looking to replace it all.

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    Gail Vladimir
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Bakers Centre Laundry
    Levittown PA
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  • 11.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 27 days ago
    I'm on your side.  I got rid of all the plasticy primary color chairs from the early 1980s (that are still being sold in the same styles, yuck) and went with solid benches, some surplus restaurant chairs that can be moved around and stools from Amazon. Also a couple of small round tables.

    Our customers don't really spend a ton of time sitting around so it's worked out pretty well.  The restaurant chairs migrate around, which is fine, they've taken some abuse, and I toss the ones that get ripped or damaged, but they were cheap from a restaurant liquidation place.   They were kind of an interim solution that we kept.

    Customers don't want to sit on those molded fiberglass chairs that are welded together.  Maybe if it's a mom and her kid, but two separate customers want two seperate seating areas, loose chairs offer this.  If they want to hunch over and stare at their phone, the stools tucked underneath the folding tables work perfectly for this.

    My solution almost certainly isn't the right solution for others on here, I am just speaking up to tell you that yes, the standard tile colors and furniture available from our dealers makes even new laundromats look like pools from the 1980s.  Our store doesn't use tile, we don't use primary colors and lean more toward a wood look than an indoor YMCA.

    And...customers don't really care.  They want working machines in a bright, clean environment, the bar is really set pretty low.

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    Luigi
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  • 12.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 26 days ago
    Try High Mark Manufactoring. I use their folding tables. You can put any laminate on them you want to get your desired look. I was like you I didn't like Solomatic. They specialize in laundries so you can get shelves on the tables as well. Not cheap but much better in my opinion. They have seating options too that better. I didn't utilization choose them for seating.

    I have used local restaurant supply houses to find chairs and booths that had been taken out of closed restaurants.  Got them so cheap that I painted them and put my material on them again to get a look I wanted at a reasonable price. I admit a lot more work but was worth it to me. I endeded up buying tables for sitting at a online reaturant supply.

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    Mark Hickey
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Spin City Millington
    Memphis TN
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  • 13.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 26 days ago
    google "airport seating". I purchased some metal mesh rail seats. very durable …...

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    Robert & Aileen Carrell
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Spin City Laundry
    University Pl WA
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  • 14.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 26 days ago
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    Not sure if it uploaded but we also have a cushioned matching loveseat and three black stools by a counter.

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    Suzy Kee
    Store Owner/ Employee
    We've Got Your Sock Laundromat Inc
    Poughkeepsie NY
    www.wevegotyoursocklaundromat.com
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  • 15.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 25 days ago
    I didn't want to dedicate a big budget to my seating.  I ordered about 20 chairs from stackchairs4less at $17 each.  Compare that to the beam seating for $100-$200 per seat and it starts to look extremely appealing.  Get a few extra chairs and don't worry when the cushions get torn up.

    https://www.stackchairs4less.com/FD-BHF-2.html?dwvar_FD-BHF-2_configColor=Black%20Vinyl%2FBlack%20Frame&cgid=all-stack-chairs#srule=PriceLowtoHigh&sz=24&start=4

    Since I have an unattended mat and knew people would steal these, I drilled holes in them to bolt them together for rows of 2-6 chairs throughout the store.

    I also had a large space that I wanted tables with seating.  So I ordered two cluster tables from Amazon for about $700 each.  Definitely more money than my budget stack chairs, but so far it is holding up well.

    https://www.amazon.com/OFM-1003-BLK-GRYNB-OFM-Cluster-Table/dp/B003KAY3I2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1545578647&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=ofm+cluster&psc=1

    I completely agree that the brands that cater to laundromats for furniture are not many and overpriced.






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    Shawn Ray
    Store Owner
    Janesville, WI
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  • 16.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 23 days ago


    There are two laundromats in towns about 30 miles away. The laundromats are in strip malls next to Subway restaurants. The seating in these laundromats are the same exact seats in the Subway restaurants. Another laundromat about 40 miles away has those cheap flimsy plastic lawn chairs that you can buy at Wally World pretty cheap. These chairs would melt on a warm day.

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    ROY JACOBS
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Rolla MO
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  • 17.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 22 days ago
    It's been a while since I posted.  Been busy doing a remodel.

    Has anyone tried cabling the chairs or stools to the floor or folding tables?  If so, how did it work out.  I have cable tethered my trash cans and have not lost one in over 2 years.


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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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  • 18.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 22 days ago
    A few years ago I was trying to find some suitable replacements for the cast iron and wood benches at a friend's Laundromat.
    Preferably comfortable too.

    While 'thinking, and Craigslisting' we found a "unique" idea.
    A Movie Theatre was replacing all it's seating.

    The chairs still had good upholstery, bolted to the floor, and flipped up when not in use.
    They bolt together as individual units, and so fill whatever space you have.

    The flip-up feature helps 'clean' the chairs onto the floor, and they are easy to sweep/mop around.
    The cloth/vinyl covering cleans easily with a brush, vacuum, and upholstery cleaner when needed.
    The are comfortable enough to sit in for up to a couple hours, but not enough to sleep in.

    One word of caution; sitting in them, and placing your arm around a girl, will make your arm fall asleep in minutes!

    (you guys know Exactly what I mean. From Experience!)

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    DAVID CHAMLEE
    Service Technician since 1986
    and sometimes Laundromat Owner
    CCR
    Santa Barbara, CA
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  • 19.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 21 days ago
    https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/outdoor-grounds-maintenance/Benches-Picnic-Tables/Benches-Steel/72in-metal-mesh-bench-with-back-rest-blue

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    Robert Maes
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Express Laundry Texas #1
    Houston TX
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  • 20.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 19 days ago
    I bought these benches a couple of years ago for one of my stores and they are comfortable and still look great.  They are also heavy so they tend not to get moved around.

    http://www.belson.com/Mesh-Style-Comfort-Edge-Park-Benches-with-Steel-Frame

    I plan to replace all of the Solomatic chairs and picnic tables in the next couple of years in all of my stores.  They are dated looking, don't hold up well and the replacement seats don't match at all.

    Solomatic folding tables in fiberglass still look great after many years so I'll stick with those.

    I found High Mark to be very expensive.

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    James DeLeo
    NY / NJ
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  • 21.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 19 days ago
    Home Décor Plus,Mfg. has furniture made of recycled plastic the is very durable with color options.

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    Barbara Abrams
    Store Owner/ Employee
    CleanWave
    Concord NC
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  • 22.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 7 days ago
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    Linh Nguyen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Mobile AL
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  • 23.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 7 days ago
    That looks fantastic and very nice design!  Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jay LEE
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Weehawken NJ
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  • 24.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 7 days ago
    Really nice.  Love the tile floor too.

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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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  • 25.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks, Jay & John.

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    Linh Nguyen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Mobile AL
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  • 26.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Great looking furniture Linh!

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 27.  RE: What furniture do you use?

    Posted 5 days ago
    Thanks, Paulie.

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    Linh Nguyen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Mobile AL
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