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August 18, 2023 | by: James

Furniture Finishes that Endure

Materials That Will Last in High Traffic Spaces

If you run a busy office with lots of employees and visitors coming and going, you know how quickly furniture can get worn down and scratched up. Choosing durable finishes that can withstand heavy daily use is key for offices that see a lot of traffic. Here are some of the best options to consider when shopping for high traffic office furniture:


Laminate is one of the most durable and affordable finishes for desks and storage units. It is made by fusing layers of melamine resin and kraft paper under high heat and pressure to create an extremely hard, scratch-resistant surface. Laminate stands up well to stains, moisture, abrasions, and impacts. You don't need to use a coaster on this stuff. It's easy to clean with a wipe down using a damp cloth or mild cleaner. Laminate comes in a wide range of wood grain and solid color options to suit any office décor.


Polypropylene is a popular plastic used for office chairs and other seating. It is extremely durable against scuffing, staining, and moisture. Polypropylene has a smooth, matte finish that is comfortable to sit on and can be easily cleaned. Polypropylene chairs feature molded construction which is seamless and therefore has no fabric or vinyl to tear. The solid plastic makes them ideal for heavy office use and is regularly used in education and healthcare environments.


Vinyl is a plastic-based finish commonly used on office chairs and tables. It is extremely durable, affordable, and easy to keep clean with a mild detergent. Vinyl provides good resistance to damage. It comes in seamless designs that leave no cracks for dirt or germs. New vinyl finishes mimic leather at a lower cost.

Bonded Leather

Bonded leather is a durable and affordable leather finish suitable for high traffic spaces. It is made by shredding leather scraps and bonding them onto a polyurethane backing to create a consistent leather look at a lower cost. Bonded leather withstands scuffing, scratches, and staining better than genuine leather. It can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. A polyurethane backing or vinyl surface can provide resilience so bonded leather furniture retains its shape with heavy use.

Prioritize durable finishes when evaluating furniture for high traffic offices. Quality laminate, polypropylene, bonded leather and vinyl will maintain appearance and prevent costly replacement. Protect your office investment with these heavy-duty finishes.

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