What is OS&E and what is FF&E?

OS&E is short for Operating Supplies and Equipment.   FF&E stands for furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

OS&E  is the small equipment which is manufactured off site and most if it  does not require  any installation. Most of it is “off the shelf” and chosen from websites, catalogues and brochures.   In brief the term includes  chinaware, bed linen, silverware, uniforms, housekeeping equipment and engineering tools, all loose kitchen and laundry equipment, loose health club equipment,

OS&E  does  not include  consumable supplies such as food, drink or paper products, wall coverings, hard floor finishes, wall tiling, plumbing fixtures such as faucets, washbasins, baths or wcs, built-in millwork such as the reception desk, PABX systems and handsets, or computer cabling. It does not include FF&E.

Public  Areas

  • Guestrooms (includes linen, towels, hangers, kettle, bins etc )
  • Apartments (includes tableware, utensils, cleaning etc)
  • Meetings Conference and banquets (includes stackable furniture, AV etc. )
  • Food and beverage (includes tableware, utensils etc)
  • Buffet (includes display, mobile tables, chafers etc)
  • Front of house (includes -trolleys, bins, show polishers etc)
  • Public washrooms (includes- bins tissue box covers etc)
  • Room service (includes trolleys etc)
  • Spa (including massage tables, training equipment)


Back of House

  • Security and control
  • Offices
  • Training
  • First aid
  • Housekeeping (including trolleys, floor cleaners etc)
  • Back of house (including bins, trolleys shelving etc)
  • Kitchen (including utensils, trolleys, stewarding)
  • Engineering (including tools)
  • External areas (including flags etc)
  • Uniforms – Usually specified and purchased by hotel .

What is FF&E ?

FF&E is short for Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment. It includes the following:

  • Casegoods (bedroom headboard, side table, coffee table)
  • Loose furniture eg Chairs Tables
  • Decorative Lighting
  • Chandeliers
  • Mirrors
  • Artwork
  • Curtains
  • Blinds
  • Bed covers
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Beds
  • Signage
  • Plants

Not OS&E or FF&E

  • Kitchen, buffet and laundry heavy mainly fixed equipment
  • IT /systems/software
  • Consumable supplies such as food, drink or paper products.
  • Wall coverings.
  • Hard floor finishes.
  • Wall tiling.
  • Plumbing fixtures such as faucets, washbasins, baths or wcs.
  • Built-in millwork such as the reception desk.
  • PABX systems and handsets.
  • Computer cabling.
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