Are you looking for new restaurant chairs? That’s awesome! We understand choosing new chairs can be a little daunting, especially when you don’t know what’s out there or where to start. For that reason, we’ve come up with a few things you should know about choosing the best chairs for your restaurant and we’ve got it all down here in this article. Keep reading to learn about the best restaurant chairs for you!
There are three major factors that affect the decision you’ll make about your new restaurant chairs: quality, style and layout. All of these are important to consider when you make your purchasing decisions and should be behind the choice that you make. So let’s start with quality.
“Picking restaurant chairs requires a tricky balance of style, comfort and quality. You have to think about how long your clients will sit on the chairs and how they will wear with continual use over many years. A little tip that some of my most experienced restauranteurs explain is to think of how the chair will feel for their patrons in 2-3 years time after continual use.”
– Jarrad Dartnall, National Sales Manager at Adage Furniture.
How does QUALITY affect your new restaurant chairs?
Restaurants see a lot of traffic in their time. The chairs are pushed, pulled, scraped, dropped, banged and kicked. Customers care little about the chairs they’re sitting on unless they’re damaged or looking a little worse for the wear. Then they notice.
Because of the high volume of traffic through your venue, you will want to choose chairs of high quality and durability. Having chairs of high quality will mean they will stay looking nicer for longer. It also means they have a longer lifespan and you won’t be needing to replace them quite so often.
When you choose your new restaurant chairs, watch that they are commercial grade. Only commercial grade furniture will last in the hospitality industry. We have proven this too many times when venue owners come to us with stories of broken and damaged chairs in their venues. Anything that is domestic grade will fall apart as it isn’t designed to perform in a high-traffic area.
Check for a warranty on your furniture. This is a good indication of the quality of the chair. How long the supplier is willing to guarantee their furniture for is a great test – you can be sure any furniture that isn’t backed up by a warranty isn’t great quality.
However, quality and durability doesn’t mean uncomfortable and ugly. You also want your new chairs to align with your vision and style.
How does STYLE affect your new restaurant chairs?
What is the look you are going for in your new venue? What is the style you want to portray? What is the story you want to tell?
If you know all the answers to these questions, you are well on your design journey and you’re ready to look at the chair options available. If you don’t know the answers, lets dig a little deeper.
Maybe you want something traditional and classic. Add some warm timber tables with upholstered chairs to match. Or maybe you want to try timber chairs instead of the upholstered look. What is the colour scheme you want in your venue? Do you want dark and moody, or bright and fun? If you’re looking for something a little more edgy and fun, perhaps you could look at polypropylene chairs for something different and out of the ordinary.
Deciding on your style is deciding on your chairs. If you want upholstered chairs throughout your venue, then you need only look at the upholstered options. The same rule applies to timber chairs or metal chairs. However, it is a good idea to keep an open mind as there are so many options available and you never know what might take your fancy!
Once you’ve decided on your style, the next thing you need to think about is your layout.
How does LAYOUT affect your new restaurant chairs?
Layout is so important when it comes to planning your restaurant space. Whether it’s a new space, or old, you should always plan the layout to ensure that you are using the space as best you can. Your chairs play a large role in this.
Depending on the style of chair you go for, you may not fit as many chairs into the area as you’d like. Some chairs take up more room than others and therefore you won’t fit as many into your restaurant. Planning your space allows you to create a floorplan and flow of how your restaurant will run. You might find that you’d like to switch up the chairs you’ve decided on if you don’t like the way they have to be placed around the room.
If you’re unsure about your new restaurant chairs or where to start with the designing of your venue, get in touch with us today. We would love to help you out!
About the Author
With close to a decade of industry-specific experience under his belt, Jarrad Dartnall is a seasoned professional in the field of hospitality furniture solutions. As the National Sales Manager for our company, Jarrad brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and expertise to the table (quite literally!).