You could easily spend days looking over all the different
types of restaurant furniture that is available. Different sizes, different
materials and all sorts of seating options can quickly overwhelm the shopper.
If you follow these five tips, you can skate through the process with relative calm
Your Needs: Before you even consider looking at furniture, figure out what
you need. Take a look at your square footage; decide what kind of spacing you
want, how traffic will flow and what additional pieces you need. If you want to
have several server stations scattered around a large floor, plan for that. If
you would like to have a combination of booths and individual tables, figure
out where to put them, and how large each should be.
Your Budget: This is always a good idea, and not just when you are
purchasing restaurant furniture. Figure out exactly how much you have to spend.
You may give yourself a range rather than a specific figure, but never exceed
your maximum limit. It is very easy to get carried away when you find something
that really sings to you, but if you go over budget here it will affect all
other areas of operations.
References: Chances are, there are several suppliers you can use to get
what you need. Some will be local enough so that you can visit their location
and see exactly what is available. Others will be online. Often, those online
will have better prices for the same equipment, because they can avoid overhead
associated with brick and mortar storefronts. The only way to know if a specific
place is worth considering is to check references. Either speak to other local
restaurateurs or get online and look for reviews.
It Down: While there is likely to be some difference in prices between one
company and another, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Ask about
bulk discounts if you are purchasing a lot of restaurant furniture. How long
will it take to get your shipment? How is it delivered? Who is responsible for
set up? What happens to the trash? All these details are important to you, and
they help you get a better idea of which deal is really the best for you in
Quality: It is easy to be tempted by furniture that is not meant for
restaurants, because it looks like it is less expensive up front. What you don’t
know is that any furniture not made specifically for use in restaurants is not
going to hold up to regular use. In the end, purchasing cheaply made
residential furnishings will cost you a lot more than investing in real