Renovating your restaurant is done for multiple reasons. Maybe you just bought an older place that needs refreshing up. Perhaps you’re already a restaurant owner who wants to change some design choices that haven’t aged well over the years. Whatever the reason, one of the essential parts of the whole process is picking out the right furniture! Sure, it all matters – the color of your walls and where all those chairs and tables go; but what matters is that you get the perfect ones!
You should cover some main factors before actually going out and spending your hard-earned money on the furniture. What kind of style are you looking for? Does the restaurant have a specific theme that needs to be followed? How many tables can you get before it all looks cramped? But these are all of the things that you go through while planning out the renovation. We’re focusing on just the furniture now and how to pick it!
So get your notebook out, and let’s cover all of the basics you need to consider.
You need to consider a couple of table styles for your restaurant. Please notice that we won’t mention tabletops or basses separately, even though they’re often sold that way. We’re just focusing on the design part of the whole process!
So, the first kind of table we want to mention is the classic cafe/restaurant-style table. They are the standard height and are usually designed as squares and circles. Not that they have to be, but elongated options are generally referred to as banquet tables, and there is a crucial difference. The standard restaurant table has a lot of benefits. First of all, people sit below the standing level, making your staff’s job a lot easier when they’re bringing drinks or food.
But other than this, they are usually designed to be great conversation tables. The seated people are all at the same distance, no one is shouting to get a word out, and they’re all in each other’s eye-sight.
They can be combined with your standard restaurant chairs or alongside booths, which share the same benefits.
Next up are picnic or banquet tables! Now, why are we using both terms, you ask? While there is a simple distinction between the two, they offer the same kind of experience. Many people are seated at the same table with no chairs at the top or bottom! Everybody’s still looking straight at each other, and it’s the perfect way to seat large groups of people. The simple difference I was mentioning is that picnic tables are usually found outside in the garden of your restaurant, while banquets are inside. There’s also the distinction of banquet tables having restaurant chairs on their side, while picnic tables have benches (though they CAN work with both).
So what’s the perfect combination here? It all depends, but we do have some advice for you to follow. Firstly, if you feel you have to have a banquet table, keep it separated from the rest of the tables. It may be counterintuitive, but larger groups of people need privacy as much as a private corner booth does. They also make a lot of noise, so you might want to spear the rest of your customers from the party.
A duo of tables with two, three, four, or five chairs works great, especially if you have a couple of corners placed on the corners next to walls. Just keep the boots away from the center of the room; we beg of you! They’re hard to move and just get in your staff and everybody else’s way.
The truth of the matter is that some of the best restaurants in the country vary drastically with what kind of furniture thay chose. Which tells us one thing, it’s about picking the right furniture for you!
Now that the tables are sorted out let’s get you some restaurant chairs! The basic rule of thumb for chairs is that they need to look good and be as comfortable as possible!
While there are many options of styles, you pretty much just need to take a look at the rest of your room and see what fits! Banquet chairs, leather chairs, curved back, armrests, or no armrest – there’s a lot to choose from, so make sure it goes with the style you’re aiming for.
Remember, certain colors go in and out of style, but natural materials are here to stay! Good high-quality wood or leather (or even well-crafted leather alternatives) is easy to manage, looks great no matter what theme or style you’re looking to convey, and feels amazing and comfortable all at the same time.