Picking out furniture for your restaurant can be a huge chore if you don’t keep the criteria that matter the most at the top of your mind:
Once you know the layout of your restaurant’s dining area, you’ll know exactly how much room you have to play with. It’ll also give you an idea on what big pieces to order first.
For example, are you going to have a booth section? Do you need large tables for banquets? Then you can see whether any furniture needs to be custom-made, which will make the next part of style easier to manage.
Your restaurant theme will organically grow out of the design for an attractive dining area. The theme will then inform you right away on your ideal furniture style.
What’s the first impression you want customers to have as soon as they step through the restaurant door? What details will help you maintain that feeling throughout their meal?
Here’s another good question to ask yourself: how long on average do you want your customers to stay for a meal in your restaurant? The longer you want them to stay and spend on expensive menu choices, the more upholstered cushions you need to bring out.
Fast-food restaurants or canteens will lean more towards functional designs that encourage customers to finish their meals quickly and be on their way. Other restaurants whose customers will sit upwards of an hour for a meal will opt for inviting furniture customers can relax in.
Remember not to overlook quality either. The furniture you choose should be treated as an investment and as such, you want them to have a long time horizon. The best way to do that is to make sure the material is durable enough to withstand all the wear and tear during opening hours.
The restaurant industry is a messy business and you have to account for the efforts spent on upkeep. While you do your best to invest in the highest-quality material your renovation budget allows, you should also consider how easy it is to clean them. This means low maintenance for both daily cleanings and periodic deep cleanings.
Cheers to a good furniture hunting trip!