With Senior Living communities across the country still actively fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand your furnishings budget may be tight right now. But we also understand the demands on your senior housing community haven’t decreased, and you may need to fill some gaps in your senior furnishings to better serve your residents. Our senior furniture experts have compiled tips and tricks on how to stretch your budget and practice social distancing in your community.

1. Refresh Outdoor Furniture for Seniors

The great outdoors is an ideal way for residents to get a change of scenery. Consider refreshing and adding to your Senior Living outdoor furniture collection to help residents enjoy the fresh air. One way to create an outdoor oasis for residents – while maintaining social distancing guidelines – is by incorporating outdoor rocking and accent chairs. Single chairs, like this budget-friendly option, will help you facilitate social distancing guidelines better than a sofa. 

When it comes to choosing the best outdoor furniture materials, teak is an excellent choice. Teak is naturally resistant to moisture, rotting and splintering, making it a supremely durable, maintenance-free option. Because teak will last for years and years, it’s a great investment for a Senior Living community. Plus, our teak chairs ship quickly, meaning you’ll get residents outdoors in no time.

2. Create Relaxing Resident Rooms

Because residents are spending more time in their rooms to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re as relaxing as possible. Whether that’s adding photos of family members or an extra-comfortable occasional chair, there are always ways to elevate the resident room. 

If you’re in need of new casegoods and the budget is tight, consider a collection that features cost-conscious thermolaminate, like the Maxwell Thomas® Williamsburg Collection. This collection features durable thermolaminate casegoods that will stand up to the daily wear and tear in your community. Plus, this collection comes in a variety of finishes so you can create the look you want at the price point you need.

3. Update Your Look with Accessories

When you have a limited budget, one of the easiest ways to refresh your community is to update your artwork and accessories. Whether it’s interactive tactile artwork or updating a few images around your community, artwork is a small change that makes a big impact. You can even shop 6-piece, coordinated artwork collections to make it even easier. 

Effortlessly revive your existing sofas by adding a fun accent pillow. Pillows not only add a residential touch to the space, but they are also an easy and affordable way to infuse style into any room. 

If you have a gap in your seating for seniors, consider adding a unique accent chair in a vibrant fabric or pattern to help make a room pop. One new piece of furniture can instantly elevate your existing collections. 

4. Rethink Common Area Layouts

While we’re still in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider how you can adapt your common areas so they follow social distancing guidelines. When it’s safer for residents to enjoy common areas, it’ll be key to space out furniture and add in more Senior Living chairs instead of sofas and loveseats. 

Opt for furniture in vinyl or Crypton fabric so it can be cleaned easily and often without damaging the upholstery. If you’re curious how to properly clean your furniture, our product experts rounded up material-specific cleaning tips

When you’re looking for a budget-friendly addition to your common areas, consider the Maxwell Thomas® Vidalia Collection. This popular collection offers upscale appeal and senior-friendly features all at a budget-conscious price. Plus, this collection is offered in our quick-ship program, meaning when you select quick-ship fabrics and finishes, the furniture will ship within 15 business days.

With the right furniture for Senior Living facilities and a few simple tricks, it’s easy to refresh your community on a budget and elevate the everyday experience for residents. Reach out to our team if you have any questions on senior housing furniture, or find more COVID-19 tips and resources – we’re always here to help.