Serving great coffee and tasty dishes is essential if you want to build a loyal client base for your café but today’s consumers demand more than just good food and drink. If you want to ensure that your establishment becomes a fashionable place to be seen in, you need to think about the interior décor too. In this short guide, I have listed all the individual factors that I think need to be taken into account when designing a new look for a local eatery.
• Local trends
The rest of the country may be enthralled by restaurants and cafés that feature minimalist interior designs but if your establishment is located in a market town, in a rural part of the country, the locals may prefer something more traditional. You need to think about your target audience and although visitors from out of town may provide you with some of your income, it is the local residents who you will need to attract if you wish to stay in business for the long haul.
When working on trendy interior designs, it is easy to get carried away with the excitement of it all and forget that the furnishings in your café need to be comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. If you take a look at the type of furniture featured on www.cfukltd.com and other websites run by companies that specialise in the supply of furnishings to the hospitality industry, you will get a better idea of what type of tables and chairs you might be able to use in your café.
Huge, ornate benches might look good in an online store but if they make it difficult for your staff and customers to move around the eating area, it is best to give them a miss. On the other hand, if you can work them into your interior design without causing any such issues, then by all means go for it. The main thing to bear in mind is that nothing about your décor or furnishings should detract from the primary business, which is ensuring that your customers enjoy efficient service and are comfortable in their surroundings. As long as you can meet these conditions, the world is your oyster, at least as far as interior design is concerned!
Possibly nearer the top of most café proprietors’ lists than I have placed it, cost is of course a very important factor when refurbishing your establishment. The cost of building a new restaurant or café will naturally be much higher so if you are starting from scratch, you will have a lot more to think about. Assuming that you are only remodelling an existing space, the most expensive items in your budget will probably be labour, furniture and any catering equipment that you are planning to replace.
If you are managing a going concern that is your primary source of income, you will want to complete the renovation process as swiftly as possible. When asking for quotes from local interior design specialists, be sure to evaluate the time they state as well as the prices. Choosing the cheapest option could be a false economy if it means that you will have to close your business for many weeks.
There are plenty of factors to consider before you hire a team of decorators and start buying new furniture for your café so be smart and take your time. Whilst it is understandable that you may be impatient to get started, you are far likelier to get the desired results if you take a methodical approach to your refurbishment project.
Sonia writes for Contract Furniture UK, a company with more than 20 years of experience in providing for the contract furniture needs of hotels, night clubs, public houses, and other businesses in the leisure industry. Find out more on their website, www.cfukltd.com.