It can be very tempting to see what
your customers are like before you decide if you want to invest in new
restaurant furnishings, but this is one time when you want to place the horse
before the cart. Investing in the look you want is a way to predict your
future. Create a target in appearance and bring along the customer base you
desire as a result.
Upgrading Your Restaurant Dining Furniture
Look around your dining room. Does it
look inviting, clean and suited to your cuisine? While it may have started out
well, time takes its toll on everything. The furniture you had when you first
opened will wear out over the years, and to remain competitive and welcoming,
you need to update periodically.
There are several considerations
before you put down your money; style, cost and quality. Let’s look at each separately.
What Style Suits You?
Restaurant furniture comes in a
nearly endless number of styles. For example, restaurant furniture booths are
ideal for family style eating. You might put a café table and chairs outside.
Fine dining furniture would be perfect in a high-end eatery. Take some time to
decide if you want to change your current look or just replace your present
furniture with nearly identical pieces.
The Price of Good Restaurant
As is always the case, you get what
you pay for when it comes to restaurant furniture. If you think you will find
remarkable bargains at some low-rate establishment, I’m here to tell you that you won’t. Unless you don’t plan to be around for long,
consider this purchase an investment. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will spend a
fortune, but view any offer that is way out of line as suspicious.
Get several quotes from reputable
suppliers in your region and then compare them closely. This is one time when
reputation is as important as price. Will the company be able to ship in a
timely manner? Will they help in set up? Can you count on them to help you out
if you need an extra piece or need repairs?
Only Restaurant Quality Items Will Do
Many new restaurateurs are tempted by
the lower prices available on residential furniture. There is a reason for
that; residential pieces aren’t built to the same standards as restaurant furniture.
Restaurant furniture puts up with a lot more abuse than what household
furniture encounters. It is meant to be cleaned regularly, get moved about and
be used constantly. If savings are of critical importance, consider lightly
used restaurant furniture as an option.
Your best source of information on
all things furniture will be your local restaurant furniture supplier. Your
supplier will be able to make applicable suggestions on what kinds of furniture
are popular, what lasts and what can fit within your budget, and that’s the best of all worlds in one