What does your restaurant
look like? What do you serve? The type of atmosphere you desire, and your
cuisine can guide you when you purchase your restaurant furniture. Let’s look at some ideas.
Whether your goal is a
Japanese restaurant or Mexican bistro, the furniture must reflect the culture.
For example, if you are serving Japanese food, your dining room furniture
should include tatami mats, low tables, rice paper screens and so forth. A
Mexican restaurant will feature luminarias, tiled tables and rough wooden
stations. Getting the right look is critical to the ambiance.
Of course it takes more than
just purchasing the right pieces to make a dining space come together;
placement is important too. For example, use stations or screens to mask
bathroom and kitchen areas. Accessories and decorations should be culturally
suitable. It won’t take your guests long to
figure out how little you care if you don’t create
a uniform appearance.
While less common than other
eateries, these restaurants can draw their clientele simply by being unique.
Sports bars draw sports aficionados, sure, but you can personalize the
experience with a little creativity. For example, create a football theme with
appropriate banners and memorabilia on the walls. Paint a concrete floor to
look like the field. Use brown leather and lacing to mimic the look of a
football in your booths. You get the idea.
Not quite fast food, but a
bit classier, the casual trend is growing by leaps and bounds. You want to find
a good middle ground between formal elegance and the plastic bucket seats that
are so common at fast food joints. Good choices are rustic pieces or a homey
look. These put customers at ease, and encourage them to linger. Softer colors and
themed accents are a great way to increase the visual appeal of your dining
Finally, take into
consideration how you want people to experience your restaurant. Sound is one
of the hardest things to control, and the closer you put tables to one another,
the louder things seem to get. Finding the balance is hard, but you can reduce
sound by using your décor.
For example, tin ceilings are
common in Mexican restaurants, but they can be tempered by decorating walls
with serapes or colorful blankets. Darker rooms encourage lower voices. Calm
music will cause customers to talk more softly, while loud music can do the
opposite. Bright colors encourage appetite along with talking. There are many
ways to affect the experience a diner has.
If you have questions about
how to design your restaurant for maximum appeal, you can always speak to your
local restaurant suppliers. They have more than just equipment to sell you,
they have years of experience in a competitive industry to share.