Thursday, 29 Apr 2021

How to choose the best sun lounger: aspects to bear in mind

In the hospitality sector, sun loungers are one of the most important elements when it comes to offering our customers an unforgettable experience. Synonymous with moments of maximum relaxation, comfort and switching off, you should choose them carefully. Otherwise, the memory of this idyllic moment can become overshadowed.

One of the key aspects is their location. We all know that sun loungers are no longer the exclusive territory of beach and pool areas. Hotel and resort gardens are also an ideal place to lie down and switch off. In addition, many bars have decided to incorporate sun loungers into their terraces for the customers’ enjoyment, also adding a distinguished and chic air to them.

Other fundamental features are the functionality and materials the sun loungers are made from as they will determine, to a large extent, how resistant and durable they are. On this point we should differentiate between the material of the structure and the seat.

Below we are going to examine all of these aspects more closely so you are a bit clearer about how to choose the best sun lounger for hospitality.

Location: sun loungers for the beach, pool, garden or terrace

Where are you going to situate your sun loungers? This is the first question you should ask yourself when you are going to buy sun loungers for your hotel or establishment.

Sea, swimming pool, garden...Each area has specific characteristics in terms of exposure to the sun, humidity or the use our customers make of them. It is therefore important to have this in mind when choosing the perfect sun lounger.

Humidity and long hours of sun are the main elements you should consider in relation to your pool sun lounger. Materials will play a fundamental role: opt for a rust-proof structure and upholstery that is water repellent and with a high resistance to sunlight. In addition, this fabric should be antibacterial to prevent the spread of bacteria due to humidity and continued use.

In the case of sun loungers for beach areas, we must add to the above an extra demand due to the exposure to salt residue. Plastic materials such as polypropylene are usually the most highly recommended given that they do not rust like metal furniture does.

Whether for a beach or pool area, choosing light colours such as white or beige is recommended given that they usually provide greater resistance to sunlight and will boost the lightness of the surroundings.

If you are looking for sun loungers for a landscaped area, you have a bit more freedom in terms of materials, although you should also consider aspects such as humidity, sun and wind. In terms of colours, if it is a tree-lined area, try dark tones: they will integrate better with the surroundings. On the other hand, in more open areas, light colours continue to be a great option.

Finally, the best sun loungers for bar terraces will be ones that combine comfort with a high stain resistance. These sun loungers or day beds will be available for your customers to use so they can enjoy their refreshments, so it is very easy for small accidents to happen where the fabric becomes stained. A waterproof and stain-resistant material will enable you to clean it easily and always look perfect.

Sun lounger Vila, Ezpeleta

Functionality at the service of your customers and employees

Regardless of the area you are going to place your sun loungers, what is clear is that they must meet the requirements of comfort and functionality.

For example, a reclinable sun lounger will provide greater comfort to your customers. For this, it needs to have a system which is easy to use and robust, given it will be exposed to an intensive use. The number of positions is also a factor to bear in mind. For example, our VILA sun lounger has a folding backrest with 5 positions. That way, it will adapt perfectly to the customer’s needs: from reading a book to having a siesta by the sea.

But, when buying hotel or bar terrace furniture, we cannot just think about our customers. Facilitating cleaning tasks, disinfection and tidying to the maximum is fundamental for optimising time and resources.

For this reason, we recommend you choose lightweight sun loungers that can be moved easily and are also stackable. That way you will have your sun lounger area tidied in no time and so they take up little space. It is also preferable for them to have wheels, further facilitating these tasks.

Finally, water-repellent, stain-resistant and antibacterial materials will enable you to have sun loungers that are always perfect, sanitised and safe for use by one customer after another. In addition, in the long run, you will save on costs in maintenance and replacement.

Sun lounger Vila, Ezpeleta

Structure of the sun lounger: most common materials

In terms of materials for the structure of the sun lounger, we should look for greater resistance, durability and light weight.

Wooden sun loungers are perfect if you are looking for a rustic and more organic touch in the decoration of your terrace, but they usually require more maintenance. To prevent the wood from deteriorating, they need to be specially treated to improve their durability. Bear in mind that, in addition, these sun loungers are heavy and less manageable: we recommend you look for ones with wheels.

Another popular material in the structure of sun loungers is aluminium. It is a very lightweight and robust material. However, it is essential that it is treated against rusting or it will deteriorate quickly when in contact with humidity.

Plastic sun loungers are affordable, lightweight and highly functional, with an extremely simple maintenance but they may not last as long. Within plastic materials, polypropylene stands out since, in addition to the above-mentioned advantages, it is also durable, robust and also recyclable.

We can also find sun loungers that combine materials. This is the case with our VILA sun lounger, where we have opted for a lacquered aluminium structure and polypropylene feet reinforced with glass fibre. This combination has given us the best results in terms of strength and functionality. So, we can offer our customers a clean and visually simple sun lounger, but surprisingly robust and easy to use.

Sun lounger Vila, Ezpeleta

Best materials for seats, cushions and sun lounger mats

When it comes to looking for the best material for the seats of our sun lounger, we will be guided mainly by its resistance to humidity and sunlight.

On the market we can find a wide range of fabrics used for this purpose: nylon, thin canvas, marine faux leather...We’ll focus on the fabrics that we have chosen at Ezpeleta for our range of sun loungers and cushions and their advantages.

Firstly, we can talk about Phifertex fabric. It makes our VILA sun lounger more comfortable and breathable, it stands out for being very easy to maintain, antibacterial and resistant to humidity.

Another fabric we use on our sun loungers is Dralon, a material which is especially suited to the outdoors thanks to its great durability and strength. You will find it on our IBIZA DAYBED.

For our sun lounger cushions we use two fabrics with different characteristics. On the one hand, the cushions from the AQUA range are made using open cell technical fabrics and special foams. That way, they drain the water and the cushion dries by itself quickly and in contact with the air. In other words, they are permeable.

In contrast, our NAUTIC cushions are waterproof. They are made with a fabric comprising PVC and a small amount of polyester that repels water and, in addition, is highly resistant to the sun. Furthermore, they prevent the growth of micro-organisms, preventing bad odours and premature ageing. You will also find it on our NANA DAYBED.

Do you need more help in finding the perfect sun lounger for your hotel or bar? We invite you to contact us. That way, your nearest Ezpeleta distributor will be able to advise you in a fully personalised way and with no obligation.

You may also be interested in