The layout of every space determines the aesthetic appeal and functionality of that space, it is true for restaurants. This is because a restaurant needs a layout that would capture the aesthetic interest of clients and make them want to stay without interfering with the functionality of the entire space.
Besides, furniture plays a huge role in outlining the layouts of a restaurant. Without furniture layout, the restaurant is bare and without any real form, which makes a restaurant what it is. Therefore, in creating the perfect furniture layout, one must consider the visual appeal and functionality of such a layout.
Here are some tips on how to create beautiful and functional restaurant furniture layouts.
- Design and style
The most important things in creating restaurant furniture layouts are the intended design and style of the restaurant. The design and style of a restaurant create the sort of atmosphere that would appeal to the patrons.
Do you want a design that gives off an airy welcoming feel in a minimalist or sophisticated European style way? Do you want a warm farmhouse restaurant design and style? Either way, the furniture layout determines how the look you are going for will turn out.
For instance, in creating a sophisticated look for the restaurant, the placement of commercial restaurant furniture in the right manner would accentuate the class you want the restaurant to exude.
Therefore, it is important to first decide on the design and style you want the restaurant to take before determining how to set the furniture layout in other to bring forth the desired style.
- Balance, Comfort, and Volume
One of the major principles of aesthetic design is balance. The furniture layout must create a balance within the restaurant space in such a way that nothing looks out of place. For instance, placing different colored furniture or different sized furniture that does not complement each other very well in such a manner that a cringe-worthy contrast is noticeable.
Also, the volume of furniture in the restaurant may affect not only the beauty but also the functionality of the restaurant space. Placing a large number of furniture in clusters may make it difficult to move around. Also the chunkier the furniture piece looks the more unappealing it becomes to the eyes.
A less spacious restaurant may want to opt for a minimalist furniture layout to accentuate the aesthetic appeal of the restaurant and of course, enhance the functionality.
Besides, the comfort of patrons is everything; therefore, it is necessary to consider a furniture layout that allows patrons to feel all the comfort they need to relax properly. The way unbalanced furniture layout may create a feeling of unease within a client is the same way an excessively placed furniture or clustered furniture would cause unease. Patrons do not want to feel an intrusion in their space by other patrons because of closely placed seats.
- Practical functionality
Commercial furniture manufacturers typically make furniture that can function practicably in the desired space. However, it is the furniture layout used by the intended space’s designer that would make visible the said functionality of the product.
The layout of restaurant furniture should create practical functionality of the restaurant. The staff of the restaurant needs to serve, clean, and move around the restaurant with ease. Having a piece of high-end restaurant furniture in an area meant to be the children-friendly zone of the restaurant may make things difficult to manage for the staff as regards maintenance and care.
In the same way, placing a table for two a foot away from a swing door that leads to the kitchen would most likely cause an accident when a server passes through the door.
It is not enough to simply create an eye-catchy furniture layout, it must also be functional, and the same way a functional layout should also have aesthetic appeal because they both work in bringing and keeping patrons in the restaurant.