Restaurant furniture is a vital ingredient in the recipe determining the style of your restaurant. Choosing appropriate styles and materials will improve its ambiance and effectiveness. Please browse our ranges.
To calculate how many covers will fit in a restaurant, The Metric Handbook suggests each diner requires an area between 1 and 2 square metres (and a minimum width of 580mm). A crowded restaurant using small square tables might be at the bottom of this range, with 'fine-dining' restaurants with widely spaced tables at the top end. Using small tables - and even arranging them at 45° angles - can increase the number of covers.
A restaurant chair in use extends around 450mm from a table and another 450mm between the backs of chairs should avoid customers being bumped by serving staff. Take care that the back legs of chairs do not extend beyond the back of the chair.
The current trend in restaurant design , spearheaded by a small group of leading London design practices, is for lots of colour, lots of different designs and a touch of retro. All a big change from previous uniformity. See our Project Portfolio for inspiration. If you want your chairs to make an impact, opt for high backs; if not, or if your ceiling are low, go for backs that are not much higher than the tables. Consider some armchairs, although check that the arms of the chairs fit comfortably under your table tops.
Most restaurant chairs that we sell are a combination of wood and upholstery, although plastic is becoming increasingly popular. Fully upholstered chairs will tend to muffle echoes, particularly important if your restaurant has wooden floors (Glides on the bottom of wooden legs should also be specified to cut down noise, as appropriate).
Obviously comfort is an important consideration, but we find that restaurants that choose chairs with hard seats do not regret their decision.
Upholstered chairs can be reinforced, removing the need for stretchers between the legs.