Furniture is a vital ingredient in the recipe determining the look and feel of your restaurant. Choosing appropriate styles and materials is essential in achieving the desired ambience and its effectiveness.
How many covers are aprropriate for the space?
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 being at the top end. Using small tables - and even arranging them at 45° angles - can increase the number of covers.
How much space is needed for dining chairs?
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.
What style is best?
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. We regulalry scan the market for the latest trends and put together a Furniture Style Guide every few months, highlighting the latest trends. To get your hands on one don't hesitate to get in touch.
What materials are available & what should we choose?
Most restaurant chairs that we sell are a combination of wood and upholstery, although alternative materials are 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.