This is an exciting time if you intend to start a new restaurant soon. While it’s simple to get bogged down in menus and suppliers, it’s vital to carefully consider the design of your dining area and the furniture in your restaurant to ensure your business succeeds.
While it can be easy to think of the layout as an afterthought, planning it well in advance and getting it right can significantly impact both the aesthetics and atmosphere of your restaurant and how the space is actually used. Below, we go over why this aspect of your business is crucial and what you should think about to get it right.
MAXIMIZING THE SPACE
The easiest way to ensure you can fit in the ideal number of tables and utilize even awkward areas, to their utmost capacity, without overcrowding, is to plan out the space before buying any furniture. Shopping will be more effective, and there will be less chance of spending money on things that will only be used if you know exactly where everything will be positioned in the floor plan.
Choose the restaurant tables, chairs, and other items you require that are relevant to your needs in terms of size and shape once your floor design is completed. We go into more detail below on how to choose restaurant furniture.
SMOOTHNESS OF CIRCULATION AND MOVEMENT
Enhancing the guest experience and ensuring that serving staff can readily access tables to enable fast food delivery and plate and cutlery removal are the two main goals of this aspect of developing your layout.
Having customers squeeze between tables to get to their seats or ask other diners to tuck their chairs in so they may pass to use the lavatory is a challenging idea from the visitor experience perspective. By considering these points, you can ensure that your visitors enjoy their time with you and have a good impression of your company.
On the second point, it is critical to ensure that there are obvious paths to make this possible because waitpersons must always be able to quickly and effectively deliver food and beverages to the tables.
The layout of your restaurant needs to be carefully thought out in order to maintain the highest standards of safety. In an emergency, there must be a clear (and well-signposted) path for people to use outside the facility. To ensure that your plan for the area complies with all legal and safety regulations, it is a good idea to seek professional guidance.
CHOOSING THE BEST FURNITURE
Keep the following in consideration while choosing the furniture for your establishment:
Get robust furniture likely to last for a long time because the last thing you want to do is repurchase new tables and chairs in a few months.
In addition to being sturdy, it is essential that the chairs are pleasant for your visitors to sit in for a while and that the tables, barstools, and chairs are all at the appropriate heights.
Moreover, it’s a good idea to make sure the chairs and tables you choose are simple to move about in case you need to rearrange furniture to make room for a huge party.
If your restaurant has an outdoor dining area, choose outdoor furniture that can resist the elements and is strong, waterproof, and weatherproof. If there aren’t any spots with natural shade, consider providing giant umbrellas.