• The size of your restaurant. Compact booths may be a better option for a smaller restaurant rather that large tables and chairs. Remember, you want to maximize the amount of tables and chairs in the restaurant without sacraficing a clean flow of foot traffic between the kitchen and dining room. Before you buy any furniture, make sure you know exactly how much space you have to devote to restaurant seating. This will help you select the right size seats and tables.
• The design of your restaurant. While compact booths might fit well in a family-friendly diner or other casual eatery, chairs covered with an elegant fabric seat would be a better choice for a fine dining restaurant.
• Your budget. Prices for tables and chairs (or booths, stools and other restaurant seating) quickly add up, consuming a good portion of your initial start up budget. You may love a certain style of chair, but ask yourself if you really need it, or if a cheaper version will suffice. Used restaurant seating is another area where you can save money when opening a new restaurant. When looking a used restaurant chairs, check the joints to make sure they aren’t loose.
What to Look for When Buying Restaurant Seating
When purchasing chairs, look for easy to clean designs. Avoid styles with lots of designs and crevices. They will be harder to wipe down and keep free of crumbs and other debris. If you are purchasing chairs or restaurant booths with fabric seats, be sure to have the fabric treated with a stain resister. And plan to budget in at a professional cleaning at least once, preferably twice a year.
If you are planning on buying a couch or other comfy chairs for your waiting area, make sure they are durable and covered in a easy to clean material, like leather. Your waiting area furniture should reflect your restaurant theme, just as your dining room or bar furniture. Consider that when choosing styles, fabric and size.
What to Skip When Buying Restaurant Chairs and Booths
Avoid buying non-commercial restaurant furniture. The main reason restaurant seating is so expensive, is that it is designed up to hold up to the wear and tear of everyday use by customers. Just like restaurant dinnerware, restaurant seating is durable and made to last many years. If you purchase your restaurant seating new, make sure you keep the warranty.