The type of seating you have in your restaurant plays a key roll in the overall design of your establishment and will dictate how well your dining room will function. Therefore, there are a few significant aspects you need to contemplate when it comes to selecting restaurant furniture and equipment to make sure that what you choose will best serve your business, your staff – and most importantly – your customers.
Think about three questions before you even begin to consider booths, chairs, tables & stools as part of your seating setup.
How large is your restaurant?
The size of the space you have to work with will help you determine what style of furniture, the size of the furniture and how many pieces would be best suited to your dining room area to comfortably accommodate your patrons. Your goal is to maximize the number of seats and tables you can put in your restaurant while maintaining a safe, comfortable and functional space for both your staff and customers.
What is the theme/design of your restaurant?
If you own a family restaurant, diner, steak house, or other casual type restaurant, a mixture of booths with chairs and tables provide a friendly and warm atmosphere. On the other hand, if you operate a fine dining restaurant, classy chairs and tables may be more suitable to provide the elegant and refined environment you are aiming to achieve.
How big of a budget do you have to work with?
Restaurant equipment and supplies are not cheap and when you add up the number of furniture items you will require to fill your dining room, the cost quickly adds up. Therefore, find out the exact minimum amount of furniture you require and determine how much it will cost for the items you would ideally like to have in your establishment. Once you know this, you can then determine if you will need to consider cheaper furniture or if you can add additional pieces. That said, keep in mind if you intend to purchase used furniture, make sure it is in good working condition.
Other essential tips to remember when it comes to purchasing restaurant supplies, equipment and furniture:
Ensure that what you buy is of a high quality, will be long lasting and comes with a warranty.
Furniture needs to be durable because it will go through plenty of wear and tear.
What’s more, it also needs to be easy to clean so it remains fresh and maintains its appeal.