June 7, 2013|
Conference Quality Desks & Seating – From Stock
Introducing our new stock range of Conference style chairs and tables. We now offer Ibis chairs & armchairs and also FLIB Flip-Top Conference Desks – all in three stock finishes for overnight delivery.
April 17, 2013|
NEW! Round Single Pedestal Tables
We’ve been supplying round tables for projects nationwide for over 15 years, but up until now we’ve not had a decent collection online. Here we present four new pedestal bases with all the trimmings.
A good pedestal requires:
Kirkhouse now offer four such bases available with a range of top sizes finished in your preferred laminate (Formica Fundamentals range as standard).
February 4, 2013|
Premium Commercial Furniture Ranges
Our group is proud to represent Balzar Beskow of Sweden in the UK; our relationship spans four decades, in which time we have completed countless prestigious projects. Due to our ever expanding Kirkhouse commercial furniture range, we now present premium chair and table ranges dedicated to Balzar Beskow in their entirety.
Kirkhouse’s relationship with Casala has gone from strength to strength, since we met in Stockholm in 2004. We were first drawn to Casala for the world class quality of their steel frame stacking chair “Curvy”; a chair which finally surpassed the now arguably outdated 40/4 stacking chair. We now present much of the Casala range within exclusive Casala commercial furniture ranges.
Balzar Beskow of Sweden have been producing the finest timber frame furniture since the 1950′s. Designed in Sweden to the highest standards and manufactured in Sweden from Premium Grade Scandinavian timber, models such as S-312 have now sold in their Millions. In more recent years, Balzar Beskow has extended it’s design programme and produces new models each year. Balzar Beskow products represent the very peak of furniture design and manufacture.
Casala is a commercial furniture design house of some pedigree. Kirkhouse has a history of working with the “best” rather than necessarily the “original” furniture design. Casala have certainly taken inspiration from other designers: Casala’s 1970′s monoblock ‘S’ shaped Casalino chair could always withstand the pressures of Commercial use, where the original and much lauded design was too weak and subsequently pulled from production: Credit where credit is due; Casala may have been inspired by another design, however Casalino chair is arguably the superior.
We are very proud to present these new Premium Commercial Furniture ranges and look forward to expanding them as we work with these remarkable furniture design houses.
January 14, 2013|
NEW! CB-05 Standard and Padded Plastic Stacking Chair
Our first new product for 2013 is the CB-05 line of plastic stacking chair. Designed and built in the UK, CB-05 is a remarkably comfortable tub or bucket style stacking chair, built to last.
Reliable Tub Shell
Low cost padded chair
November 14, 2012|
Folding Dining Tables for Christmas
The winter party season is nearly upon us, so if you’re having friends and family round for dinner, you might like our quick ship folding table and chair options. Kirkhouse folding tables are rated for Severe Contract, usually supplied to Schools, Village Halls and Businesses – they are more than suitable for use in the home.
We have a wide range of folding tables available, with some excellent options from stock; please contact Kirkhouse with any queries, or to place your order.
October 25, 2012|
Community Centre Furniture Packages
We’ve recently introduced a number of Community Centre packages, which feature some of our most popular chair and table solutions. Of course we’re very happy to discuss your project requirements, including potential alternatives to those found in our package deals, please take a look.
October 21, 2012|
Heavy Mob – Tough Reception Furniture from Kirkhouse
Our commercial furniture factory produces a lot of Steel frame items; classroom chairs and tables, banquet chairs and also reception furniture. We mostly use 20mm section high tensile steel, which offers an excellent balance between strength and weight. However, over the years we’ve produced some real beasts; various 40mm and even 50mm Steel section chairs and tables that are all but indestructible. Now, these monsters are part of our standard range…
Featuring side chair, armchair and sofa options, we present “30″ series.
September 22, 2012|
Featured in The Observer Magazine – Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair
One Year since we introduced Lotus to the Kirkhouse range, our beautiful chair is being featured in The Observer Magazine supplement. Here we revisit our blog post from Sept 2011…
We’re very happy to introduce our latest product; the Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair. Designed and made in the UK, Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair is ideal for school, college and commercial use.
Lotus Chair is Easy to Clean with a wet soapy cloth Low level (Household) bleach can be used with no detriment to the polymer surface. Available as a four leg stacking chairs, with a cantilever frame or with trolley base for IT / office chair use.
Lotus is available in ten shell colours and two standard frame finishes. Please check out the Kirkhouse online furniture shop listing for Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair.
September 1, 2012|
CLEARANCE SALE – Titan T1 Children’s Chair
THIS PROMOTION HAS NOW ENDED
We currently have stock of over 300 T1 Titan Stacking Chairs, suitable for children age 3-4 years. Clearance is of Green chairs only. Carriage free of charge 50+ chairs.
August 30, 2012|
Heavy Duty Chairs & Lounge Chairs
Our production team have done a great job with our latest Heavy Duty furniture range. We’re talking maximum gauge steel (2mm) and robust upholstery for decades of heavy lounge use.
What makes a Heavy-Duty chair?
Our latest MZ range of Heavy-Duty chairs use between 1.5mm and 2mm thick steel at ø25mm and ø32mm – these frames are incredibly strong.
Kirkhouse specifies 12mm Plywood Boards (some suppliers use Chipboard and some use Cardboard), so our seat pads remain bolted to the frame. Our upholstery foams are high density and high elasticity, so they keep their shape for many years under heavy use.
Lastly, Kirkhouse customers have a vast range of fabrics to choose from – all rated for Severe Contract Use.
July 13, 2012|
New Low Cost Cloakroom Furniture
We’re very happy to introduce our latest commercial furniture range: Budget Cloakroom Benches. The range includes standard timber slat bench units and hook benches, available from stock.
Single Sided Budget Hook Bench
Double Sided Budget Hook Bench
Budget Cloakroom Bench
June 20, 2012|
Best School Chair?
Over 3 Million ADV Plastic Stacking Chairs have now been produced; making this chair a classic design. Incredible stacking potential, durability, colour range, padding and linking options combine to produce a remarkably adaptable commercial chair that’s always worked and always been supplied at a good price. We celebrate the ADV stacking chair and introduce six NEW plastic shell colours (that’s 15 in total).
New ADV Plastic Stacking Chair Colours
Upholstered Stacking Chairs
Adding upholstery to our ADV plastic stacking chairs, allows for a low cost aesthetically pleasing solution: Chair fabric may match or contrast with other colours being used within the space. Kirkhouse upholstery range is practically endless; most customers are happy to chose from three popular ranges, however our upholstery page includes over 50 ranges.
Linking Plastic Stacking Chairs
In summary, our ADV Plastic Stacking Chair range is available as a low cost quick ship item but is also available with some excellent options. Not to forget that ADV plastic chairs are guaranteed for 6 Years and will typically last 20+ years. In fact, we work with two charities who regularly collect our customers’ older ADV stacking chairs and distribute them to schools in Ghana.
June 11, 2012|
Casalino One Piece Plastic Stacking Chairs
Those familiar with commercial furniture and the better known furniture designers, may sense a hint of Verner Panton in our new Casalino chair. We certainly wouldn’t deny the visual connection, although we wouldn’t want you to think that our Casalino commercial stacking chairs lack heritage.
Casalino Commercial Seating since 1971
Casalino returned to production in 2007; Kirkhouse took a little longer in adopting the range (including upholstered plastic chairs and children’s stacking chairs), but it’s here now and we’re happily taking orders.
Casalino stacking chairs and armchairs
We wouldn’t argue an aesthetic – commercial furniture is beautiful if it serves it’s purpose well; sometimes this is made possible through new materials or production techniques but these are not essential. That said, the plastic material and exquisite poly moulding required to manufacture Casalino & Caslino armchair, make for a fantastic product – whilst the design allows for a well formed seat and most importantly stacking.
Casalino children’s stacking chairs
May 4, 2012|
Folding Tables for Jubilee Party
We’re already busy with furniture orders for the Queen’s Jubilee. At time of writing Kirkhouse can fulfil most made-to-order items for delivery by Monday 4th June, however if you’re late in getting your order to us, our Stock folding tables are readily available for quick delivery.
You still have time to order your commercial folding tables for your Jubilee Celebrations! What’s more, your tables are will be guaranteed for Five Years (they typically last 20+ years).
March 29, 2012|
Outdoor Cafe Furniture
If your cafe or restaurant is looking to capitalise on the fantastic weather outside, you should take a look at our commercial outdoor cafe furniture ranges. We’ve recently updated our bistro garden furniture seating and tables to include: Enviro outdoor cafe benches & tables, Fresco outdoor folding chairs and tables and Terrace outdoor restaurant furniture.
Enviro Commercial Cafe Furniture
Enviro originates in the U.S. and is made under licence in the UK by one of the UK’s premier furniture factories. As outdoor cafe furniture, the table and bench system is second to none: Enviro outdoor furniture features anodized Aluminium frame and Mahogany style synthetic timber.
Fresco Outdoor Cafe Table and Chair set
Cafe & Restaurant furniture of a particular style; Fresco is of a traditional design that suits the British climate – you can fold it away for the winter months. Combine round and square outdoor folding tables with Fresco outdoor folding chairs; perfect for serving ice cream and pop under the sun. Fresco folding chairs and tables are available in a range of exciting summer colours to brighten your outdoor cafe area. Fresco is one of our new outdoor furniture sets.
Terrace Cafe Furniture
Terrace outdoor folding chairs are similar to Fresco, however they have Acacia wood seat and back slats. Accompanying outdoor folding tables are also in the Terrace range, including square and rectangular options. Our Terrace patio furniture looks fantastic and is easy to store.
Whichever system you choose, you can can be certain of a durable outdoor furniture range; as with all Kirkhouse commercial furniture, our outdoor cafe furniture should pay for itself very quickly. Please contact Kirkhouse with any queries, or to place your order.
March 7, 2012|
Choose the best leather for upholstery
If you’re looking for new leather furniture, or reupholstery in leather, we have an excellent range of Hide leather – choose the right leather for your project:
Types of Upholstery Leather
Leather is a 100% natural product. Each hide is truly unique and individual bearing the distinctive marks and characteristics of its natural origin which will vary from hide to hide. These are its beauty and give leather its authenticity, luxurious good looks, style, comfort and will develop a patina over time.
February 8, 2012|
Get arf my chairs! Anti-Theft Seating.
In 2002, Kirkhouse supplied 300 Monarch Conference Chairs to Baden Powell House (Scout HQ) in London. We were rightly proud of the installation. In 2007, a further order was placed for 40 more of the same chairs – the reason, theft! Over a period of four years, forty of our chairs had been stolen! This has in fact become more common; we occasionally hear from various customers, with reports of stolen chairs (and tables).
The product is in the final stages of development, please let us know if you’re interested.
January 31, 2012|
Furniture Update: eco friendly faux leather
We are please to announce the launch of our new eco friendly materials PU (Polyurethane) Faux Leather ranges Torro and Torro Plus.
eco friendly furniture
eco friendly leather chairs
Naturally soft and flexible, polyurethane does not require the solvents used in softening PVC and leather, allowing us to create more environmentally friendly chairs. Furthermore, it is fair to say that fewer animals are harmed in the production of our PU sustainable textiles.
Torro and Torro Plus are a fantastic development in eco friendly furniture design. Used in conjunction with our most sustainable chairs we now offer truly environmentally friendly, contract interior design furniture. Please ask for further details, Torro and Torro Plus can be applied to almost all Kirkhouse commercial seating.
January 19, 2012|
Jolly Back Chair
Jolly Back has been designed by Lorna Taylor, a chartered paediatric therapist. For over three years Lorna developed the “Adolescent Back Pain Prevention Enhancement” program which she delivered to schools as part of the “Healthy Backs – School Education Initiative”. Through this work, Lorna gained first hand experience of the discomfort experienced by nearly all education staff. Today, we welcome Lorna’s Jolly Back Classroom Chair to our commercial furniture range.
Easing Back Pain in the Classroom
Furthermore, Children’s spinal health can be adversely effected through poor posture, increasing the risk of musculo-skeletal disorders.
Jolly Back helps children and staff learn and achieve healthier, safer postures – bringing immediate and long term benefits.
Jolly Back Classroom Chair offers:
Jolly Back provides innovative, affordable and effective solutions which:
Musculo-skeletal Disorders include problems such as back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries.
Jolly Back Chair Size Guide
January 17, 2012|
Make Kirkhouse Your Education Furniture Supplier
Since 1998, Kirkhouse has been a growing force in the UK Education Furniture market. When we were founded (1992) the internet was unknown to UK Schools; following our 1800 seat installation at Westminster Cathedral, Kirkhouse targeted it’s marketing at Churches and Church Halls. Print advertising in The Church Times and Church Building Magazine was the name of the game, where we repeatedly stumbled across the same competitors week after week. We take a look at how we’ve affected the Education Furniture Market.
School Furniture Supply UK Growth
Price Comparison: School Furniture Chairs & Tables UK
Commercial Furniture UK Expertise
We’re proud of our success in supplying school furniture, and we’re looking forward to continued growth in the education market. Why not start your Kirkhouse relationship now, give us a call with your commercial furniture requirements – we’re here to help!
January 6, 2012|
Commercial Furniture – Fabric Fire Retardancy
As commercial furniture suppliers, we’re frequently quizzed regarding the suitability of certain upholstery fabrics. Which fabrics are suitable for Schools, which for Village Halls? With the help of Bradbury Fabrics, we’ve compiled a list based on the recommendations of BS7176: 1991.
Please contact Kirkhouse for further details. Don’t forget to take a look at our full range of upholstery products.
Kirkhouse specialise in the supply of contract / commercial furniture. For our full range of products, take a look at www.kirkhouse.co.uk
December 9, 2011|
Interview with designer Tim Alpen – on model S-393
We first encountered commercial stacking chair model S-393 at the 2009 Stockholm Furniture Fair. Our colleagues at Balzar Beskow were very keen to show off one of their latest designs.
Kirkhouse: How did S-393 stacking chair come about?
Tim Alpen: Personal reasons; I wanted to experiment with X-rail [section under and supporting the seat] design. Balzar Beskow had used X-rails on a few models already.
Kirkhouse: What do you gain with X-rails?
Tim Alpen: They’re cheaper and easier to work with than box section structures – they have fewer joints. Also, there is some argument for X-frames creating a quieter chair; box section frames will reverberate sound like an audio speaker.
Kirkhouse: I see, so the straight rear legs would otherwise have been curved if you hadn’t had freedom over the backrest shape?
Tim Alpen: That’s correct, and the straight leg section means that we’re not cutting a curved shape out of the timber and throwing away half of the material.
Kirkhouse: Were you looking to meet a certain market?
Tim Alpen: Not especially; S-393 has been very popular with Universities, Schools, Pre-Schools and Hospitals. It’s a lightweight stackable chair – it’s good anywhere!
Kirkhouse: I’ve a feeling I’ve seen that backrest somewhere before? Did you take inspiration from anyone in particular?
Tim Alpen: Ha, you may recognise it from an Alavar Aalto Chair. It could be said to have inspired me.
Kirkhouse: Ok, thanks Tim – we’d love to speak to you again sometime – we’d particularly like to know more about KS395.
Tim Alpen: That would be good, thank you.
We checked out some Alavar Alto designs and found model 66 may have inspired Tim. Tim Alpen’s model S-393 can be seen in our wooden stacking chair range. You can also visit Tim’s own website… http://timalpen.se/
December 7, 2011|
NEW – Upholstery range is now online!
Kirkhouse commercial furniture ranges use upholstery fabric tested for Severe Contract Use. The most commonly cited test for upholstery fabrics, is the rub test: Fabrics are rubbed in a lissajous pattern until two or more fibres are broken, at which point the test ends. Severe Contract Fabrics achieve 40,000 rubs; most Kirkhouse fabrics achieve 100,000 rubs and many achieve over 500,000 rubs (categorised as 24/7 fabrics suitable for Airport Lounges and similar). Severe Contract upholstery fabrics are ideal for commercial and domestic furniture.
Over 35 upholstery fabric ranges.
We offer Tweed, Vinyl, Polyester knitted or woven and an impressive range of Second Nature fabrics.
On the roll or by the metre.
Please note, all fabrics can be applied to Kirkhouse Commercial Seats seen on our commercial furniture website www.kirkhouse.co.uk
November 30, 2011|
Pre-School & Nursery Soft Play Equipment and Furniture
Kirkhouse Softplay equipment has proven an incredibly popular addition to our Children’s furniture option. We continue to update and extend the range; recent additions include our foam animal and transport seats / cushions. Here we introduce our most popular children’s softplay items, sold to schools and children’s nurseries nationwide.
Bella Bunny, Felix Fox and Olly Owl.
An excellent selection of colourful ‘sit on’ play animals carefully sized so that the heads are huggable, and the 200mm seat heights and 200mm seat widths accommodate little legs. The range includes designs with extra long seats to sit two children and back supports to further enhance the sence of fun with security and safety… turn them on their side to make snug little seats too! Wipe clean, phthalate free fire retardant PVC covers soft, CFC free, fire retardant foam. To EN71 and BS 7176 Contract Furnishing (Low Hazard) cigarette and match. Applique designs one side.
Currently available at under £60.00. Designed in conjunction with schools and manufactured in the UK.
Bugs on a Rug & On The Farm
High quality heavy duty tufted pile carpet, soft textured tufted pile for comfort and long lasting. Recommended for classrooms and soft reading/play areas.
10 in 1 fun activity house
Our most popular children’s softplay item, 10 in 1 fun activity house offers easy assembly with strong Velcro strips and disassembles to flat pack for easy storage. It is brightly coloured with soft touch and wipe clean vinyls.
Made to exacting quality standards and finished in a soft touch durable vinyl, meeting all relevant safety standards.
October 29, 2011|
Gopak Folding Tables – Product Guide
Our old friends at Gopak have been manufacturing lightweight folding tables since 1947. Today, Gopak folding tables are among the most popular in the UK. The UK being densely populated, schools, community centres and village halls usually have limited storage space. UK commercial furniture often needs to be adaptable, to best utilise the available space. Lightweight folding tables are now an essential part of countless UK organisations, and Gopak folding tables lead the way. We take a look at the most popular Gopak ranges and detail their various benefits.
Gopak Economy folding tables
Why are Gopak Economy folding tables cheaper?
Gopak Economy folding tables are structurally as strong as more expensive Contour folding tables.
Gopak Contour folding tables
Contour folding tables offer the widest range of lightweight options, however they’re so lightweight that some customers prefer to use the Contour Plus series.
Contour Plus folding tables are available in the same sizes and colours as Contour (although not in children’s heights). Again it is important to stress that Contour Plus is not designed to be stronger than Contour or Economy – the modification relates to the tables stability in certain usage.
Contour Plus features an internal steel structure within the Aluminium leg. This increases the tables weight and reduces friction when a table is accidentally knocked. For these reasons, Contour Plus folding tables are better suited to dining use, where accidental knocks might spill a drink on the lighter tables (Economy & Contour).
Premier folding tables offer significant benefits beyond Economy, Contour and Contour Plus. Again – these tables are not designed to be stronger than any other the other ranges, however Premier does offer a polyurethane edge (in place of the Aluminium extrusion). The Polyurethane edge presents a flat profile, allowing Premier tables to be abutted, particularly for meeting room use. Premier’s polyurethane edge is also impervious to water. Premier folding tables are available in the full range of sizes, including children’s heights. Furthermore, Premier uses the same frame structure as Contour Plus, using Dual-Composite (Steel & Aluminium) leg.
Gopak Folding Tables overview
We’re yet to discuss the benefits of Gopak Vantage & Universal folding tables, which tend to suit a niche market. Whichever Gopak Folding Table you choose, you can be sure of a high quality, long lasting product. It is most important to know that even the cheaper Economy folding table is a superb example of commercial furniture design, engineering and manufacture. Kirkhouse sales team is on hand to discuss the various benefits. Dimensions and folding table specification are also available from our online commercial furniture shop.
October 21, 2011|
Mmmm… donuts commercial seat and table set
Donut adjust your screen, you’re looking at the Donut seat and table set from Kirkhouse commercial furniture suppliers. We’re very happy to introduce this novel, fun and practical mobile cafe / fastfood seating unit. Donuts can be used on your outdoor patio, on the grass or within your venue if it’s raining. Donuts is incredibly tough, and being inflatable it is a fantastic space saver when in storage. Donuts commercial seat and table set is available in a range of colours – we can also add your organisations logo or image to the giant Donut ring. Donuts is a fun cafe or dining experience built to commercial furniture standards.
What is Donuts?
How to use Donuts
Part of the Kirkhouse commercial furniture range
October 19, 2011|
Promote your project with Kirkhouse Professional Photography
Many Kirkhouse furniture customers represent medium to large community centre, village hall & church hall refurbishments and new builds. These schemes take considerable time, money and effort to complete. Kirkhouse can be involved from the earliest stages, offering commercial furniture advice throughout the development. It is common for our commercial folding chairs and tables to be delivered to site before completion (folding chairs & tables tend not to get in the way) whilst our stacking chairs, tables and office furniture (including office storage) are usually delivered once the paint has dried and the carpets are fitted. As we’re the last contractors on site, we know when to call the photographer. We work with BIPP registered, contracted photographers nationwide to create a fantastic professional impression of your projects completion. Kirkhouse commercial furniture customers can use their photography to promote their newly finished project
Quality photography for marketing
The perfect thank you
Kirkhouse Professional Photography package suitably completes most projects. If you’ve already bought your commercial furniture through Kirkhouse, if you are expecting delivery soon or if you are yet to order your furniture, our photography service is suitable and ideal for every installation throughout the UK.
Kirkhouse are commercial furniture suppliers of chairs, tables, office furniture, storage and children’s chairs, table and softplay to organisation through the UK and abroad. Kirkhouse Professional Photography is available to all Kirkhouse customers; price may vary according to site location and specific requirements.
October 17, 2011|
Commercial Furniture – Wooden Folding Chairs
We’re very happy to introduce two new wooden folding chair systems: Menelaus and Hermione folding chairs & Neddy chair trolley’s. Of compression moulded layer-glued birch ply, both Menelaus and Hermione wooden folding chairs are of exceptional quality (Menelaus awarded “Excellent Swedish Design” by Svensk Form) and are true contract chairs. We take a look at the design and manufacture of these fantastic wooden folding chairs.
Menelaus Wooden Folding Chair
Menelaus is something unusual; a comfortable folding chair that functions well – both folded and unfolded. Menelaus only measures 27 mm when folded, that makes 100 chairs in 2.7 m! Menelaus is perfect for short stay seating and with its strong design profile it is as beautiful in use as when not in use. Menelaus can be stored by either hanging on a wall, placed in a trolley or in a floor rack. Menelaus has a reversible seat. Menelaus is available with a wall hook and a trolley for 26 chairs.
Hermione Wooden Folding Chair
Hermione is a folding chair/stool with frame in steel and back and seat in birch. Hermione is perfect for short stay seating and with its strong design profile it is as beautiful in use as when not in use. Hermione can be stored by either hanging on a wall, placed in a trolley or in a floor rack. Hermione is available with wall hook and a trolley for 24 chairs. In 1987 Hermione was awarded with Forsnasprisnet, Excellent Swedish Design and Forum Narmiljos Mobelpris.
Commercial Wooden Folding Chairs are available from Kirkhouse online furniture shop.
October 14, 2011|
Office Furniture – Chairs, Desks & Storage
We’ve recently updated our commercial range of office furniture. Our office desks, office chairs and office storage solutions are mostly available from stock for quick delivery. New to our office desk range is Essentials, Regent and Deskline series, offering comprehensive solutions for your office space. Kirkhouse Office Chair range now includes low cost (or cheap) models from 31.36GBP to executive task chairs at 1000+ GBP. Kirkhouse office storage is also available as individual pieces or to compliment our desks. All available from our online commercial furniture shop.
We’ve revitalised our commercial office desk range to incorporate three new ranges: Essentials, Regent and Deskline.
Office chairs / task chairs
Our recently updated office chair range includes swivel chairs for IT in School or business use. Swivel chairs typically include adjustable height gas lifts for individual user comfort. Our low cost IT task chairs start from around 31GBP and are guaranteed from 1 to 5 years.
Upholstered commercial office chairs now include the excellent XL series with adjustable seat, back and armrests. This mid-price office chair is tested to 25 stone. A further addition to our office chair range is the 24 series of executive task chairs with concealed seat adjustment and full upholstery.
Kirkhouse office storage can be found within our full storage range, including cupboards, pedestals and tambour units to compliment your Kirkhouse office desks. Much of our office storage range (Essentials, Regent & Deskline) is available in three finishes and is guaranteed for five years. Our storage range also incorporates large tray stores, art stores and media trolleys ideal for business or school use.
Kirkhouse commercial furniture office desks, chairs and storage is available through our online commercial furniture shop.
October 10, 2011|
Wooden School Chairs
We’re very happy to introduce our new range of wooden school chairs – ideal for the classroom. Of all wood seat and back, our PY School classroom seating will stack for ease of storage and delivery, achieves EN1729 (recommended for school furniture) and compliments Kirkhouse school table ranges. Kirkhouse PY School chairs, take a look at this excellent new school furniture range.
Shaped Plywood Seat & Back
All wooden seat and back boards are incredibly robust and easy to maintain. Our shaped plywood boards offer good ergonomic comfort for standard teaching periods; the important factor being that students are supported to the shape of the body – flat seats and backrests are unsuitable. Our PY School Chair frames will serve for decades, so it makes sense to avoid upholstered seat and backrests which will wear far quicker.
Strong school chair frame
Our 1.5mm (16Gg) tubular steel frame thickness is fantastically strong. The frame design will allow for a stack of ten PY classroom chairs – we stack them much higher in the factory, however we have mechanical assistance and high ceilings!
Chair frames are finished in Epoxy Powder Coat (EPC) which is suitable for indoor use and will resist everyday knocks, bumps and scuffs.
PY School Classroom Chair: EN1729
Kirkhouse PY classroom chairs achieve EN1729 strength & stability. This is a European standard which considers the chairs suitability for commercial use, including ergonomic requirements regarding seat and backrest dimensions. EN1729 is widely recommended and supersedes previous British ergonomic standards.
PY Wooden school chairs are available from our online commercial furniture shop.
October 6, 2011|
Commercial Furniture – Cafe Chairs
Around 1859 a steam bent timber frame chair, consisting of no more than six sections and a few screws, was developed in Austria by Michael Thonet. Thonet chairs (model No. 14) were sold in their millions worldwide. One of the first items of flat-pack furniture, Thonet cafe chairs were relatively low cost to produce and could also be shipped at low cost. With our expertise in Commercial Furniture, it’s only right we know and love the Thonet No. 14 cafe chair – we can also supply it to our commercial furniture customers, however today this remarkable cafe chair costs over 500GBP each. We’re very happy to introduce our new range of Cafe chairs, made in a similar style to the original Thonet cafe chair.
14 cafe side chair
Made of bentwood, our 14 cafe side chair will stack and withstand the various knocks and scrapes expected of quality commercial furniture. This particular stacking cafe chair may even look better with a few knocks and scuffs on the frame, but you’ll need to hit it quite hard.
Swanson commercial dining chairs
Our Swanson series of contract chairs use the same bentwood base as 14 cafe side chair, however it’s shaped and styled backrest may be more attractive for dining rather than cafe use. Swanson series of commercial seating is also available as a high stool / bar stool.
American wooden diner chairs
The 50′s was arguably the heyday of American furniture design, with beautiful domestic furniture and functional commercial furniture setting new standards. Much of the Kirkhouse Steel Stacking chair range is inspired by 1950′s American diner furniture, and now we’re very happy to include American influenced wooden diner chairs. Houston, Dallas and Oregon wooden frame cafe chairs use large section timber with sturdy rails for those who like to dine. Of larger proportions than our bentwood cafe chairs, our American range offers great comfort and a certain style that suits all kinds of cafe, restaurant or diner.
Italian wooden cafe furniture
Lastly Reuben cafe chair is of clear Italian origin, with it’s exquisite and minimal frame. The seat and backrest offer maximum support, whilst all wood construction and precision design improve cleaning. Reuben cafe chair also stacks and will withstand the various knocks and bumps of cafe furniture life.
Our new collection of all wood stacking cafe chairs are suitable for commercial use in your cafe, diner or restaurant. Please take a look at the range in our online commercial furniture shop.
October 5, 2011|
Postura+ One Piece Plastic Stacking Chair
The old Kirkhouse Postura school chair was our first one-piece plastic chair. Postura soon developed into Postura+, achieving EN1729 and including a Ten Year Guarantee. We’ve seen Postura+ plastic chairs put under real stress in schools around the world (take a look at Kirkhouse Furniture facebook page for evidence). Few chairs compare to Postura+ classroom stacking chairs, we take a look at possibly the best school classroom chair ever developed.
Postura+ Classroom Chair: Design
Postura+ stacking chairs are of anti-static plastic, improving school classroom cleaning. Ventilation is achieved through improved backrest design – no sweaty backs in the classroom, and superior comfort. Dual seating positions in the seat promotes better circulation and improves student concentration. Postura+ classroom chair is of gas injected plastic, improving strength & stability whilst reducing weight. Lastly, Postura+ is available in recycled plastic and manufactured in the UK: Considering it’s 10 year guarantee, Postura+ Classroom Stacking Chair is very kind to the environment.
Postura+ Classroom Furniture: Ergonomics
Kirkhouse Postura+ school chair achieves some fantastic ergonomic and user benefits:
Research in the classroom indicates that children who are more comfortable have improved concentration levels. Comfortable seating over a prolonged period requires that the user be able to move unrestricted: Postura+ plastic stacking chair is designed to meet these important school classroom comfort requirements.
Recycled and Recyclable Plastic School Chair
Available in recycled plastic, Postura+ Classroom Chairs are environmentally friendly in manufacture. Whichever colour you choose, Postura+ chairs are also 100% recyclable. Postura+ includes a 10 Year Guarantee, however the chairs will usually last far longer; in many years time, after your school chooses to pass its Postura+ chairs on to another organisation (many of our school customers pass their second-hand furniture on to local Village Halls & Community Centres) and that organisation replaces them after a further 20 years use – Postura+ may be recycled in full! In brief, Postura+ stacking chairs last a lifetime, and at the end of that life they can be recycled. What could be better?
Postura+ Classroom Plastic Stacking Chair is available for sale through Kirkhouse online commercial furniture shop.
September 28, 2011|
NEW – Lynx linking & stacking Conference chairs
Lynx stacking chair has been designed for conference and use in halls (including school halls, county halls etc). European guidelines regarding linking, require that rows of six chairs or more be linked. Almost all Kirkhouse chairs are available with various links as optional extras. We offer integral and detachable links, however our new Lynx conference chairs include a unique linking system that is sturdy and easy to use. We take a look at Lynx stacking chairs and consider the various models available from our online furniture shop.
How Lynx conference chairs link
The Lynx chair linking system relies on a unique modification to the chairs leg structure. Our video demonstrates how 80 Lynx conference or meeting room chairs can be set out within three minutes.
Lynx Conference chairs without padding
Our commercial furniture UK sales team will confirm that the best commercial seating is available with upholstery (or padding) as an option. Comfort is found through the shape of a chairs seat and back, rather than the thickness of an upholstered seat pad. Where upholstered seat pads are used, it is often to offer some warmth to the user, reflect a brand image or attempt to present the appearance of comfort. In practical terms, an upholstered padding effectively reduces the life-span of a commercial chair, often by up to two thirds. Lynx is available from our online commercial furniture shop, with various seat shapes – all with upholstered padding as an option.
Great Chair for Conference
Lynx is an incredibly comfortable chair, whichever seat shape is chosen; your conference attendees will be impressed. Conference seating must also be easy to store and link – for which there is no better chair than Lynx. Lynx stacking conference chair requires no additional linking device and no fiddly keyhole linking attachments – the chair links easily through the frame design. Lynx is also incredible robust – schools, halls and conference venues can stack, set out and link Lynx conference chairs for decades – Lynx chrome frame will withstand knocks and scrapes.
Where suitable, we are happy to arrange for our UK commercial furniture representatives to visit your site and discuss the various Lynx conference chair designs.
September 21, 2011|
Bespoke School Table Laminates
As School furniture suppliers, we’re very happy to introduce our commercial furniture – Bespoke Table Laminate service. We can reproduce almost any image in our table surface laminates, including school and business logo’s. Design your very own school table laminate surface with Kirkhouse. Table top surfaces suitable for commercial use from our online furniture shop.
Branded Classroom tables
Many schools are looking to establish their brand and ethos in more imaginative ways. We can easily replicate most school logo’s or mottos. We can produce subject specific laminates for individual classrooms, or a uniform table top design for use throughout the school. Branded furniture may encourage respect and reinforces a sense of pride in schools.
Corporate Branded tables
We can brand full length boardroom tables or individual office desks. Vertical panels such as reception screens and desk modesty panels can be made unique with photographic images or artwork. Whether subtle or bold, branded corporate furniture reinforces the brands power.
Business branded laminates are ideal for take-aways and restaurants and may easily be applied to Kirkhouse Fastfood tables.
Instructive Bespoke Laminates
Our bespoke surface laminate service allows for reproduction of maps, plans, recipes or any kind of instruction. Where space is limited, a reception desk or modesty panel might include signage, instruction or simply welcome clientele.
Kirkhouse have expertise in the supply of school furniture. We are always developing new commercial furniture ranges suitable for School, College and University.
September 19, 2011|
NEW – Carma Lounge Chair Series
We’re very happy to introduce Carma commercial lounge chairs, designed and made in the Netherlands and available in a number of styles. We take a brief look at Carma lounge chair in it’s four frame styles. Carma non-stacking chairs are ideal for school or commercial lounge, reception and waiting areas – we hope you like Carma now available from Kirkhouse online commercial furniture shop.
Steel Frame Lounge Chair: Carma I
Carma I is of 11mm diameter steel rod (as stacking chair model Curvy) which is powder coated and lacquered as standard, chrome chair frames are optional. Carma I skid base frame, provides essential strength to the rods thin section. Skid bases also allow the chair to be moved with ease.
Steel Frame Lounge Chair: Carma II
Carma II Cantilever frame lounge chair frame is of 22mm diameter and is available in a range of colours or chrome finish. Cantilever chair frames provide comfort and style for commercial waiting rooms, receptions and lounges.
Steel Frame Lounge Chair: Carma III
Of standard four leg design, Carma III frame is of 16mm diameter steel, available in a range of colours and lacquered for durability. Chrome plated frames are available at little extra cost.
Wooden Lounge Chair: Carma IV
Of solid Beech frame, Carma IV wooden lounge chair makes available the comfort and style of the Carma flexible chair shell, to a wider number of reception areas, waiting rooms and commercial lounges.
Carma flexible chair shell conceals the seated user in style. Carma lounge chair uses low wings to define the users space without separating them from the lounge environment. Carma flexible chair shell is available with perforations.
Kirkhouse Carma series of non-stacking lounge furniture is available for sale from our UK online commercial furniture shop. Carma series is complimented by a range of soon to be unveiled tables. Please contact Kirkhouse with any queries.
September 14, 2011|
NEW – Riva Folding Chair
New to the UK furniture market – we introduce Riva, the commercial folding chair that’s ideal for conference, school hall and meeting room use. Lightweight and featuring an impressive mesh backrest for improved comfort over a prolonged sitting, Riva adds a new dimension to our excellent range of folding chairs. We compare Riva to our most popular folding chairs and welcome it to the family.
A new folding chair concept.
Riva frame is of Aluminium and subsequently the chair weighs under 7kg. The aluminium frame is anodised, so it’s largely scratch resistant and looks very smart. Riva uses a plastic seat, with upholstered pads being developed at time of writing. It is perhaps the only commercially available folding chair available with a mesh backrest: This saves weight whilst offering great comfort throughout use.
Lightweight folding chairs are clearly desirable – organisations such as conference centres and meeting rooms regularly need to clear large spaces quickly and with ease. Riva achieves these requirements in some style. Being lightweight, the chairs stability is remarkable – especially in combination with an excellent choice of linking solutions (including analogue and digital seat numbering systems).
Folding chairs – what is Riva’s lineage?
Commercial folding chairs can traced back to limited timber models, however folding chair systems did not fully take off until the introduction of suitable steel frame construction. Our own Virco folding chair range has been widely copied – if you’re looking for a Virco style of folding chair then pay particular attention to the stretcher rails. Even stronger folding chairs with comprehensive storage systems are available in our numbered folding chair series, e.g. 3400 FSNF B Folding Chair. Both Virco and 3400 series folding chairs include impressive ten year frame guarantees.
Riva is the first Aluminium framed folding chair in the Kirkhouse commercial furniture range. Riva is also the first folding chair to use mesh in place of fabric upholstery. Riva barely conforms to any of the traditional expectations of a commercial folding chair – it is unique and we’re very glad to offer Riva from our online commercial furniture shop.
Where to buy commercial folding chairs.
The UK folding chair market is literally littered with poorly constructed chairs; there are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when sourcing a folding chair, so please contact Kirkhouse with your enquiry.
NEW U-Frame Folding Tables
Following the popularity of our Ezee series of commercial folding tables (Ezee Square, Ezee Round and Ezee Oblong), we present the U-Frame folding table. Available with a wide range of table tops and finishes. We consider the advantages of some of our folding tables.
Our latest commercial folding table series includes a very stable steel frame, which allows for maximum leg room in use. U-Frame tables are available with a number of table top finishes:
Ezee fold is the predecessor to Kirkhouse U-Frame folding tables. Ezee fold is available in the same table top finishes as U-Frame (see above) tables, however the folding frame is heavy duty. Ezee fold folding tables may have the strongest frames on the market, weighing between 20-30kg Ezee fold tables are also very stable and perfect for dining / banquet use.
Gopak Folding Tables
Gopak folding tables remain our most popular series. Made from lightweight Aluminium, Gopak folding tables are incredibly strong. The basic folding table design is incredibly popular, with almost every school in the UK having some form of Gopak folding tables.
We often recommend the cheapest model (Economy Folding Table), however customer often require the extra table sizes available in Contour series folding tables. It’s not surprising that our Gopak folding tables are so popular, as users who are regularly folding and moving tables prefer a low weight option.
Whether you are looking for semi-permanent banquet tables, or lightweight folding tables that spend as much time in storage as they do in use – we have the solution!
Please take a look at our commercial folding table range on our online furniture sales shop.
September 12, 2011|
Vesta – Our New Low Cost Stacking Chair
In terms of stacking potential, the best steel frame stacking chairs have skid bases – a development that harks back to the fantastic PEL stacking chairs of the 1930′s. Kirkhouse’ Vesta upholstered stacking chair is incredibly lightweight and comfortable. We look at our new Vesta upholstered stacking chair, explain the history of skid base chairs and the various advantages of our Vesta skid base stacking chair.
History of the skid base stacking chair.
The original 1930′s commercial skid base stacking chair from PEL used very heavy 14 gauge (2mm) steel; the tooling available in the 1930′s did not allow for anything better. PEL’s design must be considered one of the most successful stacking chairs of all time, thousands of PEL stacking chairs are still in use today and good models are currently worth over £50 each.
In 1951, David Rowland (1924-2010) developed the 40/4 skid base stacking chair. 40/4 is still in manufacture today, although ergonomically it is now outdated – with an adult seat height some 30mm below current European recommendations. Rowland’s skid base stacking chair frame is of steel rod; coupled with his exquisite seat and back pan (in ply or plastic), allows the chair to be no more than 11mm thick at any point. The thin profile of 40/4 allows it to stack 40 chairs high; without it’s skid base, the thin rod would bend under the least weight. Model 40/4 was a phenomenal success, being manufactured in the USA and Denmark (for the European market). Perhaps naturally, the design was copied by many manufacturers, however few made any real impression on commercial furniture sales until the introduction of ‘Curvy’.
Curvy skid base stacking chair looks very similar to 40/4, however the design is not a simple copy: Curvy is a marked improvement on 40/4. Curvy stacking is available with ply or plastic seating pans, on a steel rod skid base frame. Curvy stacks 45 chairs high and is cheaper to manufacture than 40/4: The various versions of Curvy stacking chair use only one footprint design – where 40/4 relies on numerous chair frame variations. Curvy stacking chair is available with padded seat and / or padded backrest in any of colour from the Kirkhouse upholstery range. Curvy has proven very popular, however it is too expensive for some customers. We’ve been looking to develop a low cost alternative utilising the benefits of a skid base frame, and now we have Vesta.
New – Vesta Stacking Chair.
The real advantage of a skid base frame is the improved chair strength (ignore the office suppliers claiming skis protect the carpet!) and the subsequent capacity to use narrow rod (as with 40/4 and Curvy) or large section, thin steel (Vesta). Kirkhouse Vesta chair will stack ten chair high, which is quite suitable for many commercial furniture customers. Vesta’s thin steel chair frame is much lighter than steel rod alternatives: Kirkhouse Vesta upholstered stacking chair weighs just 5.6kg.
Vesta upholstered stacking chair is low cost, comfortable and stacks well. Vesta chair frame is chrome plated for a lifetime of stacking.
Vesta is a low cost alternative to the incredible Curvy series – with the advantage of being low weight. It’s the ideal choice for many Churches and local Conference rooms.
September 8, 2011|
Featured in The Observer Magazine – Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair
We’re very happy to introduce our latest product; the Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair. Designed and made in the UK, Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair is ideal for school, college and commercial use.
Lotus Chair is Easy to Clean with a wet soapy cloth Low level (Household) bleach can be used with no detriment to the polymer surface. Available as a four leg stacking chairs, with a cantilever frame or with trolley base for IT / office chair use.
Lotus is available in ten shell colours and two standard frame finishes. Please check out the Kirkhouse online furniture shop listing for Lotus Plastic Stacking Chair.
September 4, 2011|
Church chairs for Christmas
As commercial furniture suppliers, Kirkhouse has supplied over 750 churches throughout the UK – we have over thirty years experience in church seating and have developed a number of our own chairs for the Church market (including Malvern stacking chair and Dual pew stacking chair). Here we consider the logical church chair order process we have established, and detail how churches can achieve the best results against time and budget constraints.
Evaluate your Church Chair delivery schedule.
Quality made to order church chairs are generally between 2-6 weeks in manufacture. During busy periods (Christmas and Easter in particular) church customers might work to a six week delivery schedule. We suggest church customers contact Kirkhouse to check the current delivery schedule of their preferred church chairs. It is most important that Church customers order as soon as they are happy with their decision: If a Church knows what is required eight weeks before delivery can be made, then the Church should place its order and ask for delivery in eight weeks – we don’t want to let Churches down and advanced production schedules for our Church seating factories helps all our church furniture customers.
Choosing the best Kirkhouse Chair for your Church.
We regularly supply Churches throughout the UK, broadly speaking, UK churches may be split into three categories:
Upholstery is often an important aspect in Church seating. Churches considering upholstered chairs need not worry about the colours available – Kirkhouse have a vast range of upholstery options – we can offer expert advice whichever chair you are considering. We suggest customers not become to entangled in upholstery colour – choose your church chair first; the upholstery is the easy bit!
Ordering your Church chairs.
Whatever stage you are at in the sourcing of Church chairs, it is important that you contact the Kirkhouse UK furniture sales office. We have vast experience in the supply of church chairs and we can offer a great deal of assistance. Samples finishes are available on request, to ensure your new chairs will suit your Church.
We can usually promise delivery of your church seating before Christmas, well into November. Where chairs are needed quickly, we have the expertise to ensure the best decision is made for your Church’s unique requirements.
Churches looking to buy church chairs, should contact the Kirkhouse sales office for further assistance. Our online furniture shop includes our comprehensive range of Church furniture, including Church chairs.
September 2, 2011|
School Furniture – Quick Ship Products September 2011
Many UK Schools Autumn term starts this Monday 5th September. As usual, our UK school furniture sales office is busy processing orders for the quickest delivery possible. Our own UK furniture factory in Tredegar is working to capacity, producing thousands of Primary and Secondary School chairs and tables – we’re now quoting delivery of new orders in October. Thankfully we have stock items ready to dispatch much more quickly – we highlight the school furniture items that are flying off the shelves in September 2011.
Quick Ship School Chairs from Stock
Our Titan Childrens chairs are proving most popular, with stocks of over 10,000 ready to ship within 7 days. Titan Plastic Chair is available in five colours and six EN1729 seat heights. Our warehouse is currently dispatching hundreds of these stock school chairs – and we’re unlikely to run out!
Also proving popular is the original Postura+ school stacking chair, which is available in many colours from stock. We’re likely to have stock of your preferred school chair seat height and colour, however stocks are limited and moving fast.
Our own school chairs model PC1-J children’s stacking chair is currently on a 2-3 week lead time, please contact the Kirkhouse school furniture sales office for details.
Quick Ship School Tables from Stock
School folding tables perform best at this time of year, being easy to dispatch by carrier we can achieve delivery of your folding school tables within 7 days – where production allows.
Our Contour classroom tables are made to order, however production is very efficient at present quick deliveries are being achieved nationwide.
Our new Enviro classroom tables are also made to order, however manufacture is most efficient and delivery within 10 days is currently standard. Enviro tables may well be the next standard in classroom furniture – due to quick ship requirements we are certainly producing more than anticipated.
Standard school furniture
Kirkhouse specialise in the manufacture of classroom tables and chairs: This August / September we are exceptionally busy producing furniture for hundreds of schools nationwide. Our factory is working to capacity, however as we progress through this seasonally busy period, quicker delivery times will return. In the meantime, please contact our furniture sales office with any quick ship requirements – we’re glad that we can still help supply thousands of school tables and chairs from stock.
August 9, 2011|
Commercial Library Furniture
In March 2009, we received a furniture inquiry from Heddon on the Wall Library; at the time, Libraries were being closed across the UK. Heddon on the Wall Parish Council took control of their local library and established plans to convert it into a multi-use community facility. We were proud to be invited to contribute our furniture expertise throughout the project, until final delivery of our commercial library furniture in March 2010. Furniture Blogger reflects on the furniture installation project.
Library Design and Planning.
As suppliers of commercial furniture, we love being involved in New Builds and Refurbishments from as early a stage as possible: We encourage our furniture customers to consider certain building aspects, primarily furniture storage areas. New Builds and Refurbishments often lack good Furniture storage; naturally an architect will have many aspects to consider; where the chairs and tables will be stored can seem to be the last consideration. Whatever the clients position, we can supply furniture to suit, the question is of adapting the furniture to the building: Can we use stacking chairs, or must we use folding chairs? Might folding tables of this length, be more appropriate than stacking tables of that length? What does the client really want their commercial furniture supplier to offer, and what can the client afford?
We’re always keen to have a commercial furniture budget from the outset: Heddon on the Wall Library required a full kit out, including reception chairs, IT chairs and desks, office furniture (Seating, Storage and Desks) and a Bespoke Library Desk. The initial design and planning of the new library included a significant budget for furniture. As commercial furniture suppliers, we’re familiar with our budget being cut the closer we get to installation date. Buildings are very expensive, and our clients often find money being drained away into areas that could not be foreseen. With this in mind, Kirkhouse offer various furniture proposals on the basis of cost, with fall back plans to be used if furniture budgets are reduced. We are expert in the supply of commercial furniture that is guaranteed for use between 5 and twenty five years and at a range of costs: We are able to offer various seating including cheap stacking plastic chairs, practical stacking banquet chairs and wooden stacking chairs. Kirkhouse tables and desks for school and office use, are also available across a broad price range from boardroom tables made to order, to cheap folding tables from stock. Throughout their furniture selection process, Heddon on the Wall library considered various commercial furniture solutions from Kirkhouse.
Library Building Work begins.
Heddon on the Wall Library found one unforeseen cost in the form of a tree in a local Church. Significant delays were incurred as various bodies decided upon who was responsible for the tree and how it might be felled. Such delays and additional costs are generally pulled out of the commercial furniture budget: We cannot argue with this, as we don’t see how we can install furniture into an incomplete building – this is the nature of commercial furniture supply.
As the building work commenced, we contacted a Bespoke Furniture manufacturer in Bristol: Usually found installing bespoke Kitchens into various homes and businesses in the Bristol area, It Woodwork were keen to apply their expertise to our Library desk. Together we created various 3D drawings and plans for the client. The brief included a requirement for wheel chair access, IT practicalities such as wire storage and computer peripherals. Our library desk design in conjunction with It Woodwork was to be the bulk of the furniture project work throughout. Bespoke furniture design and manufacture requires time and expertise – whilst It Woodwork began constructing the library desk, we developed our various commercial furniture plans and presented amendments and revisions by cost.
Commercial Furniture Suppliers – Experts in low cost, efficient furniture delivery.
The winter of 2010 was particularly harsh: Roads were closed and large goods vehicles in particular were restricted by Snow and Wind. Much of the commercial furniture supplied to Heddon on the Wall Library, was delivered in smaller vehicles and even these struggled to reach their destination as the road to the Library was steep and Icy. Nevertheless, Kirkhouse successfully delivered operator chairs, Cantilever office desks and lounge chairs & coffee tables for a breakout area. Later deliveries were to include high quality lightweight folding tables from our Gopak Premier folding table range. We must take particular care of our storage units: Office storage units were installed by our specialist furniture delivery team.
Last to be delivered was the It Woodwork bespoke library desk, including a tough laminated surface and library branding detail.
Expert library furniture suppliers.
Heddon on the Wall Library is a project we are particularly proud of, due to the extent that our expertise was utilised. We have also furnished school libraries throughout the UK, with multi-use School furniture such as stacking plastic chairs and school desks. Kirkhouse chair and table ranges are adaptable to many kinds of application; folding chairs and tables being used to great extent in such projects, as support furniture.
We are keen to hear from customers at any stage of a project; we take great enjoyment in offering commercial furniture advice from the earliest stages. We can offer assistance in the planning of chair & table usage, the practicalities of certain chair fabrics, padding and upholstery details (if padded chairs are required). We offer expertise in the practical application of chair linking devices for commercial stacking chairs and folding chairs. Kirkhouse also have expertise in the practicalities of various commercial folding table ranges, including Gopak, Polyfold and Virco folding tables.
Please contact Kirkhouse with any UK commercial or school furniture (including school tables & chairs and school lockers & storage) requirements. We offer free advice and quotations through our online furniture sales website.
August 5, 2011|
Kirkhouse – Complete School Furniture Suppliers
Throughout the UK, old county catalogue school furniture suppliers such as ypo and espo continue with a method proven since 1974. These behemoths of the school furniture industry deserve a lot of credit, having served the education market for so long.
Almost 15 years since Kirkhouse launched it’s first furniture sales website (20 years since we sold our first chair), we look at how our commercial furniture ranges have adapted to the modern needs of the School furniture market, and how we differ from our old friends in Yorkshire.
Purchasing Schemes: The last bastion of the Catalogue shop.
Every year since 1974, huge consortium catalogues (such as the ypo catalogue and espo catalogue) have been distributed to Schools throughout the UK. These catalogues have included all kinds of school supplies, from Glue and Ballpoint pens to Energy Procurement. Where else would you find such a comprehensive range of School supplies? We honestly do not know!
A comical scene in many a school, can be found when the school budget needs to be spent: Often teachers can be found leafing through the big old catalogues (such as ypo and espo) searching for something to buy with their remaining pennies.
Many old consortium catalogues (such as yorkshire and espo purchasing) offer almost everything for School from one source: Almost every UK School knows and has used a buying consortium catalogue.
For over ten years now, catalogue shops in general have largely lost their impetus as the internet can offer so much more. How do some catalogue shops (such as ypo and espo) survive?
Catalogue shops may continue to thrive, where time constraints restrict those purchasers who are under pressure to deliver more than just classroom chairs and tables. Here at Kirkhouse, we love our classroom furniture ranges (we really do), however we understand that our children’s education is more important: If there is a choice between a child achieving a GCSE or £1000 being saved on classroom tables and chairs, we’d choose the GCSE every time. Hence teachers use convenient, tried and tested procurement methods such as those found through ypo and espo.
Where schools have the time to procure supplies from different sources, savings can be made. This is certainly true of the school furniture industry.
Online furniture sales: Experts in UK school furniture supply.
At Kirkhouse, our classroom furniture design, manufacture and delivery is performed to a professional standard; we can discuss the intricacies of our furniture products and recommend suitable solutions to individual requirements. We are experts in our field, operating through our comprehensive furniture sales website.
Unlike the old county school suppliers (e.g. ypo and espo), Kirkhouse no longer publish a full catalogue. Some of the consotium school suppliers (such as ypo and espo) have websites of their own, offering good service for registered users; however these county suppliers may rely on their various catalogues (such as the ypo catalogue and espo catalogue) as a well trodden route into most schools.
In 2011, outside of the old consortium suppliers such as ypo and espo, the commercial school furniture market (classroom chairs and tables, classroom storage, IT furniture, office chairs and office desks) relies on teachers and procurers finding suitable furniture items on the internet, through well established commercial furniture experts. Many successful school furniture suppliers (including Kirkhouse) have never been in a position whereby schools have been required by law to purchase from us. This cannot be said of the county consortium groups (e.g. ypo and espo) which benefited from a legal preference from 1988 until The Local Government Act of 2000. Such laws are now long outdated, however many county suppliers such as ypo and espo may continue to benefit from these old procurement requirments.
Many county suppliers such as espo, ypo and other traditional catalogue suppliers, are ideal for schools seeking access to a very broad product range, however they are no longer the sole solution. Whether considering county suppliers from Devon and Cornwall to Northumberland and Yorkshire – purchasing school furniture should be easy and low in cost. It’s good news that Schools looking for commercial standard classroom chairs and tables, can now visit our UK furniture sales website. We’re also on the phone for free school furniture advice and quotations!
A brief guide to our UK school furniture ranges.
Kirkhouse offer a wide range of Children’s chairs and tables for Nursery and Primary schools. Children’s wooden chairs, plastic chairs and IT chairs can be seen in our Childrens chair range. Children’s tables, including children’s folding tables and stacking tables can be seen in our Children’s table range.
Classroom Chairs and tables for Secondary Schools are also available from our online UK furniture shop. You can view our most popular plastic stacking chairs, our cheap stacking chairs and our top of the range EN1729 plastic stacking chairs. Our classroom desks can be found in standard sizes or made to order.
Kirkhouse school folding chair and table range includes the full Gopak folding table collection and most recently Sico folding units. Gopak folding tables can be found in most Schools, offering incredible strength, fantastic durability and being light weight. You can view our range of Gopak folding tables (including Gopak Economy, Gopak Contour and Gopak Premier) and choose from a wide range of folding table sizes and colours.
Do you know your acronyms?
Don’t confuse your acronyms, what do YPO and ESPO stand for?
espo is an acronym for: Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, East Siberia – Pacific Ocean, European Sea Ports Organization and Enterprise Solutions Program Office.
ypo is an acronym for: Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Young Presidents Organization, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Professional Officer and Young People Organization.
August 1, 2011|
New Term Rush – School Furniture for Sale from Stock
Every year the largest UK school furniture manufacturers are presented with large orders for school tables and chairs. Kirkhouse keep up with the rush!
Our own factory manufactures for many school furniture suppliers in the UK and abroad. We produce thousands of stacking plastic chairs for schools and hundreds of school desks and stacking tables. Our most popular stock items are the PC1 stacking plastic chair in Black and our school stacking desks in 1200 x 600mm table top size. We aim to keep full stock of both items in key colours. Chair and Table stock is held throughout the year, however we’re at our quietest after Christmas: At this time we set about planning for the year ahead; improving furniture sales standards, furniture dispatch and delivery methods and most enjoyable of all – finalising and introducing our new school furniture ranges.
Secondary School – quick delivery at peak times.
We don’t want to disappoint customers at any time. Our aim is to deliver quality school chairs and tables as quickly as possible in excellent condition, and if we cannot achieve this through our excellent furniture delivery systems, then we will advise this before a furniture order is placed. Some school furniture suppliers struggle to achieve customer satisfaction during the new term rush – and frankly it’s not surprising. In keeping stock of key products, we reach the widest number of school customers. Customers looking for school furniture in particular colours and sizes may do well to order in June where possible. Our school furniture sales office is able to advise excellent delivery standards on all items at this time. Whether your school requires the latest EN1729 classroom stacking chair, cheap school stacking chairs, or extra-long stacking tables in sky blue-pink, we can achieve quick delivery without difficulty in any month besides August / September.
Nursery and Primary School quick delivery.
Our stock of childrens chairs and tables is also widely affected by the New Term school furniture rush. Kirkhouse PC1 Childrens stacking chair is usually available from stock, and our Postura Plus childrens chair is also very popular and available from stock throughout the year. Children’s tables are usually longer in manufacture and not as easy to store as children’s chairs – as such customers requiring children’s tables should order as early as possible for August / September delivery. Kirkhouse Childrens Soft Play is usually available from stock also – you can see the range in our online furniture shop.
Non-School furniture deliveries.
It may seem as though Kirkhouse only supply School furniture, however we are also a leading commercial furniture supplier to the NHS, MOD, local council (including Community Centre and Village Hall) and Charities. These furniture customers do not have new term requirements, however they are effected by the New Term school furniture rush. Community Centres and Village Hall’s are most likely to require specific fabric colours and consequently should add a few weeks on to our standard delivery times. Customers requiring banquet chairs, upholstered plastic chairs or upholstered office chairs in particular should be prepared for delays in September. The Kirkhouse online furniture shop will guide you through our excellent range of commercial furniture, however you may need to contact our furniture sales office if you have an early delivery deadline.
Commercial furniture – quick delivery tip.
Whatever your requirements, if you’re struggling to meet your furniture delivery deadline, you might consider commercial folding chairs and tables. Kirkhouse offer a comprehensive range of folding tables and chairs: Due to their compact nature, folding chairs and tables are very easy to stock at low cost.
Our most popular stock folding table is the Gopak Contour C/AB2: The Gopak folding table range is very popular with Schools, from Primary School through Secondary and College; our Gopak folding tables may be found in most schools throughout the UK. Gopak folding tables are incredible strong, lightweight and available in a range of sizes and colours.
The most popular stock folding chair available from Kirkhouse, is the 2200 series commercial folding chair. This folding chair is lightweight, strong and available in three colours. 2200 series (often incorrectly known as Samsonite folding chairs) fold down flat for very compact storage. Whatever your furniture requirements, please contact our furniture sales office for friendly free advice.
July 25, 2011|
The Original Plastic Classroom Stacking Chair
In celebration of a furniture design classic, we look at the demands placed on commercial furniture and one furniture designer who transformed the UK school classroom.
As commercial furniture suppliers, we are very big fans of Polypropylene / Plastic Stacking Chairs. Most, if not all of us, have sat in at least one plastic chair. Our School classrooms are filled with them, our Community Centre’s have them in store for large events, Village Halls can keep them for decades. Stacking plastic chairs are incredibly cheap and last longer than many people want them; plastic stacking chairs can be passed from school to village hall to scout group and remain in regular heavy use while alternatives barely last five years.
School classroom furniture in particular, needs to be strong, easy to clean and cheap. Our stacking chairs are available as nursery chairs, primary school chairs in fact the shells and frames are so easily modified that we have children’s chairs for all ages. Kirkhouse stacking plastic chairs typically have a classroom lifespan of thirty years; in many cases over 10,000 students could potentially use our plastic classroom chairs in this time. Plastic stacking chairs are ergonomically comfortable and strong; when stacking plastic chairs, most users simply drop the chairs on top of one another – there is no need to delicately place them. Our stacking plastic chairs take a lot of abuse.
Kirkhouse also specialise in school tables and classroom stacking tables.
Robin Day’s Polyside Plastic Stacking Chair.
Our customers often ask for strong, cheap stacking chairs (comfort is also a question – but all of our chairs are comfortable) and no chair meet these requirements like the Plastic chair; for that we must thank Robin Day. It’s been said that the factory producing the original Polyside chair, made more money in suing the manufacturers of various copies. Regardless, the Polyside sold in it’s millions from 1963 onwards and is consequently one of the best known furniture designs of the last century.
Polyside had it’s problems however; the original steel frames were of such ingenious design, that they could be hand welded in their thousands at minimal cost: Unfortunately, the Steel was often of insufficient quality, and some frames were known to break. Furthermore, Polypropylene is hard and does not retain heat particularly well – many users will prefer an upholstered seat. It is common for customers to choose upholstered chairs for their perceived comfort, however seat padding often makes little difference over a long sitting. We usually advise that chairs of any type and cost will be comfortable for a sitting of two hours – longer than this and users need to take a break. Popular upholstered stacking chairs certainly have their place, as do fully adjustable office chairs.
Redesigns and modified copies of the Polyside stacking plastic chair, were sometimes better than the original; following the introduction of new British standards in the 1980′s, the number of Plastic shell manufacturers rapidly increased. Kirkhouse is regularly contacted by Church Halls and Village Halls looking to add to their old plastic chair stock, only to discover that their 30 year old shells are no longer in production.
We’re very glad to announce that the Polyside itself is having a makeover: The plastic shell remains one of the best, however the strengthened M5 frame introduced in the 1980′s is being phased out. Modern steel tube is being brought to the original frame formers, allowing the classic frame shape to be brought back into the classroom. The Polyside stacking chair is widely recognised as a furniture design classic, for those looking to buy furniture, in particular classic school furniture, Kirkhouse now offer the original Polyside classroom chair for sale from our UK furniture shop.
Robin Day was involved in the design and manufacture of many furniture products including chairs and tables. Unfortunately no folding chair or folding table designs were put into production, however Robin Day may be credited with one of the first adjustable office chairs which we may feature in the future.
July 14, 2011|
Folding Chairs Vs Stacking Chairs
When looking for furniture suppliers, many UK Community Centres , Village Halls and Schools are attracted to Folding Chairs and tables for their space saving attributes; but is this a correct assumption?
Our most popular Virco folding chair range is available for sale with a range of standard folding chair trolleys. The most popular will store 48 Virco folding chairs.
Folding Chair Trolley dimensions:
Approximate floor dimensions for sixty stacking chairs:
Before you buy commercial furniture, it’s often useful to discuss your choices with your wholesale online furniture shop.
July 1, 2011|
Plastic Chairs – The New Class
Kirkhouse commercial plastic stacking chairs (or bucket chairs) are now available for sale from our furniture store in two different standards: Generation 1 & 2. It’s useful for online furniture shops to know the differences, in order to help UK consumers looking to buy furniture.
First Generation plastic stacking chairs
School plastic stacking chairs have been manufactured by an astounding number of factories (many of which are now closed), and countless plastic chair designs have been produced – all with the adult seat height at 430mm.
Plastic (more accurately Polypropylene) has proven to be a fantastic chair material, creating lightweight, cheap stackable chairs. Widely considered to be furniture for schools, Discount furniture suppliers may offer First Generation cheap plastic chairs at under 10.00GBP each. Kirkhouse have plastic chairs for sale at under 8.00GBP each, from UK chair manufacturers. The largest production cost of commercial stackable plastic chairs is the initial setup. Consequently, with many first generation plastic bucket chairs being around 50 years old, the cost of manufacture is very low, and the sales price is also low. The cheapest stacking chair available at time of writing is the Kirkhouse PC1.
First Genration plastic chairs are also available for sale as childrens chairs from Kirkhouse online furniture shop .
Second Generation plastic stacking chairs
Fewer UK factories are now manufacturing plastic chairs suitable for School / Community Centre / Village Hall use. The development costs of second generation plastic chairs, are high. New designs and new tooling are incredibly expensive, and factories need to recoup these costs. As such, second generation plastic chairs for schools are far more expensive than first generation plastic chairs. Arguably the finest 2nd generation plastic chair, is the P7, however special consideration should be given to the Postura and many schools favour the SE model.
Second Genration plastic chairs are also available for sale as childrens chairs.
Kirkhouse online commercial furniture shop includes the Chatterbox and Bikini plastic stackable armchair.
June 15, 2011|
Contract Grade Furniture for African Schools
Kirkhouse and Optimus Education Foundation (registered charity 1122212) have teamed up.
Optimus take supplies for school – specifically school furniture to Schools in Africa. Plastic chairs in particular last for decades, so taking your second hand plastic bucket chairs abroad will make a huge difference.
Poly or Plastic stacking chairs are ideal for shipping to overseas schools. UK school furniture shops and furniture suppliers sell thousands of plastic chairs every year, and every year Kirkhouse are asked to collect old plastic school chairs and school desks which can be put to good use elsewhere. If you’re clearing your office chairs and desks and are wondering what to do with all your furniture, then we may have the perfect solution.
Optimus aim to collect your chairs and furniture free of charge, with further dontations for fuel being greatly appreciated. Please contact Kirkhouse with any queries; you can see further details on our furniture recycling page.
June 10, 2011|
8th Grade School of Design
Having attended a number of furniture exhibitions, it is fair to say that 8th Grade students of The School at Columbia University, have produced some of the most inspiring, logical and consequently beautiful furniture ranges at this years International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.
New classroom table and chair designs offer a practical solution for multi-use within one classroom. Classroom furniture should be subtly inspiring but most importantly tough and practical. Included in the classroom furniture range, are a classroom desk, classroom chair and school locker systems.
June 6, 2011|
New Upholstery Ranges
Regular upholstery customers will be glad to know that our range is now three times as extensive. Our old upholstery ranges are still available, however we’re almost ready to introduce over fifty new ranges in addition.
Please bear with us whilst we resolve a few technical issues – we will be displaying many thousands of unique colours and finishes!
May 26, 2011|
EN-1729 Recommended seat & table heights
EN-1729 was introduced in 2006, in order to establish important standards in furniture.
The recommendations are important and useful: Ergonomics became well established during and immediately after WWII, where pilots in particular, were required to operate in confined spaces for long periods of time. British standards that were established in the 1940′s, had never been updated until the introduction of EN-1729.
It is worth noting that these sizes are recommendations only – there is no legal requirement.
Furthermore, to achieve EN-1729, manufacturers are required to meet many more standards – particularly as to the space between seat and backrest. We tend to find however, that most customers just want know they’re buying the right size.
Welcome to our new website, please call with any questions
Our latest website has been online for a few hours now, offering immediate pricing and broad specification choices on a wide range of products.
We’ve more functions to introduce, but we thought it was about time to offer you some new features now.
We hope this new site helps you even more than the last!
May 25, 2011|
New website – email issues
Regular customers may be experiencing difficulty with sending email. Please check that you are sending to:
we have been using a temporary address for a few months, but everything is back to normal now.