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Do You Make These Mistakes When Buying Restaurant Furniture?

Aug 7, 2008
Buying furniture for your restaurant is serious business, but it can also be a lot of fun just as long as you know what you should be doing. Do you make these mistakes when buying restaurant furniture?

1. Not Setting The Budget - A very common mistake is to not set a budget before starting to shop for restaurant furniture. Then what happens is the furniture is chosen, the bill is totalled, and you discover you are no where near what you've got to spend. Then you have to start shopping again within your budget and it's no where near what you can afford. Believe me you are not going to like anything because you've already visualized your restaurant with the expensive choices that were out of your budget. There is furniture for every budget. Take the interesting yet very affordable chair by Jan Sabro - the BV Boing V830 which is a very basic stacking chair or you might choose a sophisticated more expensive design by Markku Pakkanen available with a leather, vinyl, or fabric which can give you three price ranges on the same chair.

2. Not Examining Why People Are Coming To Your Restaurant - Now I know what you're thinking - well that's obvious. But really it isn't. Sure you'll be serving drinks, food, and mood, and hopefully your friendly atmosphere will build return customers. But what's unique about your establishment? Do you cater to the sports crowd? Are you looking for the younger trendier crowd or older traditional crowd? Is your main meal lunch or dinner? It's important to know who your market is so that you create the right ambiance and you do that by buying the right furniture. For example, a trendy client might love the Nis Laurenz steel rod chair with its very modernistic lines where as a Lloyd Loom armchair might be more appropriate for an older traditional market.

3. Not Determining What Your Available Seating Space Will Be - If you don't know your available seating space you may find yourself purchasing restaurant furniture that is too big or too bulky or even purchasing too many pieces or not enough. For example, if you're a pressed for space you might not want something like the Lloyd Loom two seat lounge with it's beautiful lines but somewhat bulky build.

4. Not Determining the Decor - It's important that you do your interior designing first. Do your wall decor, your door decor, color, patterns, etc. You don't want conflicting colors, materials, or even patterns so know your decor. So for example ATN Waves are a very neat plastic folding chair designed by Jens Ring Burshe and they would be great extra seating in a fun upbeat environment, however they would be a total flop in a classic decor.

5. Which Is It Fast Or Slow - This might not sound like anything that would matter but it does. If you're serving people almost always on the run you don't want furniture that could pose a tripping hazard. Then again if you are serving at a slower, more traditional pace larger furnishings may not create any type of problem.

So do you make these mistakes when buying restaurant furniture? Well if you did you won't do it again now that you are aware of them.
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