All You Need to Know About Commercial Furniture

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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When you open your own food business, there is much work that needs to be done. This includes interior design. The interior focuses on what your restaurant’s theme is and what you want your brand identity to be. These factors are determined when you buy your furniture, as that becomes a visual representation of what your business stands for. 

Choosing restaurant tables might seem like an easy and simple task, but there’s actually way more to it. It requires a lot of planning, budgeting, and research. You can always check out places like affordable seating for inspiration.

There are many types of restaurant tables available in the commercial furniture section in markets and you need to decide which ones are for you. 

Why Does Your Furniture Matter?

Creating an ambiance is very important when it comes to a restaurant. A restaurant is a place where people come to relax and enjoy a warm, delicious meal. However, some business owners make the mistake of only focusing on the food and service, and not on the interior you provide to your customers. By interior, we are referring to colors, shapes, and comfort. These come through mainly in your furniture, which is restaurant tables and chairs.  

There are a few factors that need to be considered while buying furniture for your restaurant. Whether you are setting up a new venture or you are changing the furniture of an already established one, you still need to do thorough research for the best results. You can get the best quality furniture at good rates if you have done it through preparation. 


Commercial furniture is durable and long-lasting, which is quite beneficial for you, however, depending on the material you choose, its durability might change. If you go for wooden furniture tables, then they will last longer and are also easier to repair. However, if you go for glass tops, then they will lose their look quickly and if they are damaged, the repairs will cost more. Similarly, there are many other types of material that are used to make restaurant tables. For example, buying thin layered wooden tables will give your restaurant a fancy ambiance. 

The Role of Color

The decor, mood, and theme of your restaurant will help you decide what furniture pieces are best for you. Moving on, colors are also in need of consideration when choosing your furniture. If you want to give a lively atmosphere, you can have colorful tables, but if you want to give a fancy and quiet atmosphere, then you can buy tables and chairs with wooden finishes. 

Table Aesthetics And Comfort

Coming to the styles available in the market, you can get almost anything you want. From traditional to modern styles, you can easily find furniture that meets your specific requirements. Aesthetics include the height of the table, its size, its shape, and any other additional features it has. Commercial restaurant tables usually come in the form of round, square, and rectangular tables. The way you can find out which one is best suited to your restaurant is according to the space you have, moreover, it also depends on the cuisine you are servicing. If your menu requires more plates and utensils, then you will need bigger tables. 

Let’s discuss the area you have. For smaller restaurants, square tables are more suitable as they take less floor space and can be placed aesthetically. Round tables are suitable as you can connect them with each other through the hinged edged drop leaf. Rectangular tables are best suited for large groups of people. 

Comfort is a really important factor in restaurants. People choose to m=come to a restaurant because they want to eat something delicious and relax, which is why it is so important that you give them the comfort they need. This also comes under the services you provide them. The tables should be of the correct heights, with enough space for people to relax. 

A common complaint that customers make is that the tables are not spacious enough. The chairs you provide also determine the comfort level you are giving to your customers. Music is also part of the comfort. If you are playing very loud music, people will not like it. 

Tips When Setting Up Restaurant Tables 

After you have bought the right furniture, there is still a lot left to do. You have to arrange the restaurant in the most comfortable and aesthetic way. Customers do not like it when their tables are too close to their peoples’ tables. 

You need to come up with an arrangement that leaves enough space between tables. This will also help you in the future during rush hours, as you will have space to provide good service. Some restaurants overlook this factor and end up ruining their services due to lack of space. In a restaurant, you need only one bad experience to lose a customer forever. 

Let’s discuss some ways in which you can set up enough tables and save floor space. First of all, a diagonal table setting helps in saving floor space. Second, wall spacing and deuce tables save a lot of space. There are some ratios that need to be kept in mind that will help you when you set up your furniture. 

  • 14 square feet per person for a spacious dining
  • 10 square feet per each person in restaurants
  • 24 inches between corners of diagonal tables, no aisle 
  • 30 inches between corners of diagonal tables, narrow aisle 

Rush Hours And The Role Your Seating Plays 

During rush hours, that is lunch and dinner, there is very little or no seating left and your customers keep lining up or they keep leaving. This can be prevented in two ways; you either keep separate seating for your waiting customers or you increase your seating area by changing the layout of the restaurant. You can take professional advice through consults for the best results. 

Therefore, by creating a suitable ambiance, you can satisfy your customers. Customer satisfaction is the only way a restaurant can run successfully. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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