Restaurant furniture must be easy to care for, sturdy enough to handle a lot of use and maintain a good appearance. The type of restaurant setting in which it will be used will dictate the overall style as well as construction materials. Just as with home furnishings, there are many exciting options including banquettes, booths, chairs, table shapes and heights. Restaurant chairs may be constructed from fine wood, chrome, steel or a combination. Coverings include easy to clean vinyl and tightly woven cloth.
Restaurant furniture enhances overall style and can flow to adjoining areas such as lounges and outdoor patios. Floor coverings, curtains, tablecloths and wall colors should be taken into consideration when ordering fabric-covered pieces. Small, round, bistro tables with wrought iron chairs create an intimate setting, while family style restaurants often use a combination of dining booths and banquet or square tables to ensure adequate seating. Tall tables and backed bar stools are increasingly popular in restaurant/lounge settings.
Developing an overall seating plan and style prior to shopping for restaurant furniture will help business owners determine the best value for their money. Owners who plan to upgrade or replace a few tables or chairs at a time may benefit from sales or by choosing from lines that are considered open stock.