As we’ve mentioned previously, for large hotels, hotel chains, and even relatively smaller sized hotels, specialized purchase departments take care of procuring not just the furniture, fittings & equipment but also every other aspect of furnishings like bedding suppliers, lighting, sheets, crockery etc.
These departments are solely tasked with forging relationships with suppliers & manufacturers across the globe to ensure that the best furniture style comes from the best supplier from the globe. And the variations can be quite substantial.
For Instance, furniture in premium solid wood, industrial styles and metal require great craftsmanship and artisan skills, like making furniture using wrought iron are best done in India where the labour costs are cheap, English speaking skills are quite prevalent and risks are low.
For furniture in contemporary and modern styles that require high tech machinery, minimal human intervention, China leads the pack, the prices are quite lucrative but the risks are high and acceptance of English as a language is low.
A few countries including Vietnam, Indonesia like India make furniture in teakwood and also make furniture in cane or rattan weave & other hard or softwood quite well which is ideal for outdoor furniture use at hotels.
For hotels that are small or even medium-sized, that cannot afford purchasing departments there are specialized agencies that do this for them