Published On: Tue, Dec 23rd, 2014

Tips for Choosing Restaurant Furniture

There are so many decisions to be made when opening a new restaurant. Chefs, wait staff and support professionals have to be hired. Menus must be developed, and promotional materials must be developed. It can all be overwhelming.

One of the most important aspects of launching your business is choosing restaurant furniture. Decorating your establishment sets the mood, provides comfort and can truly represent your restaurant’s brand. While choosing restaurant furniture is a critical step in the process of launching your business, it can also be one of the most fun aspects. Here are some tips for choosing the right furnishings for your new restaurant.

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Make a Plan
The first thing you need to do is to plan your design layout and style. Deciding on where furnishing should be placed, how many customers you want to seat and the arrangement of the walk space is the first step to knowing approximately how much furniture you will need. You’ll also need to decide on the kind of furniture. Will tables and chairs be the best bet for your space and style or should booths be considered?

Stick With It
Speaking of style, the mood you set with the aesthetic of your furnishings is important. Reputable commercial furniture companies like Moda Seating offer a wide variety of furniture in various types and design. It’s fun to shop and to get some ideas of the kinds of furnishings and decor you want; however, it’s easy to get carried away. Decide on a theme or concept and stick with it. Decide if you want rustic, contemporary, vintage or some other type of decor, and choose your color scheme. Then be sure to make every effort to stay within those choices. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up with a hodgepodge of odds and ends you’ll never use and that don’t go together to complement your space.

Go for Quality
When choosing restaurant furniture, always keep quality in mind. While it may be tempting to go with the lowest prices in an attempt to stretch a dollar, don’t forget just how much use this furniture will be getting. People will be in and out of your restaurant, sitting on the furniture and spilling on it. Go for sturdy materials for the furniture’s foundation, and choose fabrics that will hold up to wear, as well as clean up with ease. You don’t want the table and chairs to be wobbly or unsteady. Keep customer comfort in mind also. Look for chairs that are cushioned and roomy.

Be sure there is room for all sizes of individuals to be seated with ease. You’ll save money over time in replacement costs by purchasing quality items now. In addition, your customers will be likely to return to a restaurant that is comfortable and inviting.
Keep these tips for choosing restaurant furniture in mind when you begin to plan and shop for your business’s decor. Proper planning will save you money, time and frustration in the long run and can have a strong impact on the success of your business.

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  1. nathan barber says:

    I agree that finding diversity in your supplier is important because you may never trully know if you are getting the best deal until you scout out people. Table and chairs in restaurants are often used heavily so you want to find durable indoor furnishings that are going to be able to host lots of guests. My favorite types of chairs for restaurants are Florence Vinyl Chairs out of Europe, they are top class vintage.

  2. Dee Francis says:

    I thought you made a very important point about how restaurant owners should look for quality furniture. That seems like a good way to keep a restaurant looking classy by having furniture that doesn’t look torn up and and worn down. Having furniture that will withstand wear and tear for a long time seems like a good way to make the amount paid for it stretch since it will save money on reupholstering it.

  3. Tom Cho says:

    Great article on selecting restaurant furniture! Additionally, a new restaurant owner should not limit his/her choice to just one supplier. Shopping around ensures that you get the best possible price. I would like to suggest a great company in New Jersey. Check out Seating Expert Inc. for the best prices on restaurant furniture.

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