7 tips for choosing furniture for your restaurant

D Published April 26, 2017 16:32 Interior designs / Decoration advice

So many things have to be taken into account when opening a new restaurant: choosing the right location, the menu, the recipes, the team, advertising, and more. Choosing the tables and chairs to host your customers may seem like an afterthought. Yet, it is of crucial importance!

Choosing the right tables and chairs for a restaurant is no easy task! All sorts of parameters have to be taken into account: the price, of course, as well as the design, practical considerations, space constraints. Here are 7 pro tips to help you select the right furniture for your establishment.

1. Choose furniture that matches your menu

Remember, your restaurant tells a story! You are bringing customers into your world for a meal. Make sure that your decor contributes to creating the atmosphere and the emotions that you want to evoke.

A relaxed and cosy atmosphere? Minimalistic and trendy? Whatever style you choose for your establishment, make sure that the furniture matches your intention.

2. Focus on functionality and comfort

Although design should be taken into account, it should never take precedence over functionality and comfort. Keep this in mind. You will regularly have to move your chairs and tables to suit your customers' needs.

In addition, and particularly if your establishment encourages long meals, the seating comfort of your chairs will make all the difference for your customers.

3. Make life easier for yourself

Consider how your restaurant will live in the long term. Will you need to store the chairs in a small space? It might be worth considering buying foldable chairs.

If you opt for upholstered chairs, choose easy-to-clean upholstery.

4. Choose different configurations

If you have enough space, creating several different areas in your room can be a good idea for hosting various groups and types of customers.

A "lounge" area or a bar can seat those looking to take a drink or customers waiting for a table to free up. Various sizes of tables can help to seat couples and larger groups.

5. Opt for durability

Not all tables and chairs are suitable for professional use. Although it may be tempting to turn to cheap solutions, your furniture may need to be replaced sooner than you might hope.

Opt for solid, long-lasting furniture designed for professional use.

6. Carefully organise your space

Draw up a floor plan to best organise your room's layout. Plan traffic flows at critical points: between the kitchen and the room, at the restaurant's entrance, between the tables, at the bar, etc. Make it easier for your staff and customers to move around.

7. The small detail that makes all the difference: pads

Nothing is more annoying than the feet of a chair dragging across the floor. Attach pads to the feet of your chairs in order to avoid friction and scratches on your floor.

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