What happens when you put a bunch of teenagers in a space to live together for several months? Well, they have a great time, of course! But in university dorms coast to coast, furnishings are paying the price for students’ youthful exuberance.
In many cases, the damage goes beyond typical wear and tear. Over the years, we have seen it all: charred doors that had been set ablaze, head boards that doubled as targets for ax throwing practice. And the reality is that an ineffective FF&E management system will leave a university unable to determine the life and valuation of furniture assets after such damage.
We understand that it’s simply not practical, or affordable, to keep buying all new furniture every time a piece is damaged. Sometimes it can be a huge challenge restoring pieces that have been subject to long term abuse, but at The Refinishing Touch we always find a way to return those expensive FF&E pieces to like new condition.
Every summer, The Refinishing Touch heads to campuses across the country repairing and reinventing furniture that has been at the mercy of students all year long. Past clients include Georgetown, Xavier University, University of San Diego, Colorado State and many more.
University owned property in the student housing setting rarely last the length of time originally intended, or was promised by the manufacturer. It leaves those tasked with managing student housing to find new ways to ensure furniture lasts as long as was budgeted for when originally purchased.
There’s another challenge to consider here too– one affecting universities in ways campus executives may not realize. Worn and tattered furniture may hinder the university’s ability to register the best students when they’re turned off by less than standard living conditions. Do you think mom and dad will send junior to a school with dorm rooms that look like the front lines of a warzone?
It doesn’t have to be that way, and the solution needn’t be difficult. With the help of The Refinishing Touch’s master artisans, refinishing and/or reupholstering furniture can yield a campus big savings when compared to buying new furniture. You can save as much as 80%, in many instances.
The Refinishing Touch comes with a large team, tackling one building at a time to get the job done quickly, in a way that’s environmentally friendly. We’re able to do all the work in the actual dorm room because our finishes and products are waterborne and low-VOC. Additionally, by repurposing existing units, the university keeps furniture out of landfills—making our process sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Whether pieces need to be reconfigured or reinvented, The Refinishing Touch has myriad solutions. Rather than blow up a housing budget on new furniture, you can spend a fraction the cost to create pieces that look factory fresh by refinishing and/or reupholstering what already exists.
The Refinishing Touch is here to help you keep student housing in tiptop condition. Let us help you save money, so more can be spent where it most matters; educating our next generation of leaders.
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