The dining area of a restaurant is where most guests will spend most of their time. As a restaurant owner, it’s up to you to ensure that you have a nice space for them. The guests should be able to enjoy their meal comfortably.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the furnishing options available for restaurants. Instead of allowing this to overtake you, take the time to decide specific points for the restaurant furniture. This allows you to narrow down the options before you even start looking at what’s available.
1. Seating Options
You want your guests to sit comfortably, but you must balance this with the need to keep the chairs clean. Your menu and the guests you plan on catering to will have a role in what décor options are best for you.
For example, if you’re opening a family-friendly barbeque restaurant, having upholstered chairs might not be a good idea unless you choose leather, pleather, or vinyl. A cloth upholstery would be impossible to keep clean if sauce drips on it. You can find restaurant chairs with wood, metal, or resin frames. They also come in various styles, including modern, traditional, and rustic.
Some restaurants will have bar seating, so you’ll have to think about bar stools. You may also opt to include booths in the dining area. It’s possible to find bar stools, booths, and chairs that blend in well with each other.
2. Table Options
The tables that you choose are one of the main focal points of the dining room. You can find these crafted into one solid unit. Some restaurants try to create a unique look by mixing bases with tops. This also makes it easier to replace damaged tables because you can grab an extra top or base but won’t have to purchase the entire unit.
You have to think about the table height when you’re ordering. Some businesses choose to have standard height tables mixed in with higher bar height tables. Even if you want the majority of the tables to be bar height, you still need to have some standard height tables to remain in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act since people in a wheelchair can’t utilize bar height tables.
3. Special Considerations
Some restaurants have indoor and outdoor seating options. It’s often possible to have the same furnishings in both spaces, but you’ll have to ensure that you’re finding ones that can withstand the climate in your area. It’s possible to treat the indoor and outdoor dining areas as independent areas. This would mean that you could choose different options for each space. You’d still need to find ways to tie it all together with the theme of your restaurant.
Once you decide on what furnishings you’ll have for your restaurant, you must be sure that you order enough. It’s a good idea to have a few extra chairs and maybe an extra table if you have storage space for it. Remember, you may need chairs for the waiting area and other customer-facing spaces in the restaurant.