Did you know the cost to redesign and renew the interior of an existing restaurant is around $275,000? The same survey also suggests that depending on the interior’s size, it could cost you between $125K and $550K. Restaurants like hotels need to look good. No matter their theme, guests will judge the restaurant on its condition.
We are putting service aside. How the restaurant looks are probably the most important feature. Therefore interior design and decoration is a continuously evolving process for restaurant owners.
In this property blog article, we have come up with some exciting ways to help you ace the interior design of your restaurant with ease. Let’s take a look.
Why is the Interior Design of your Restaurant Important?
Interior design plays a crucial role in creating a functioning restaurant space, as it not only creates a satisfying and memorable experience for customers but also increases the efficiency of your operations.
To improve the interior design of your restaurant, you need to assess the current situation and identify parts that need improvement. You may enlist the help of tools and consultants to craft a superior dining experience for your patrons.
Here are some ways to improve the interior design of your restaurant.
Check the floor plan
Look at your floor plan and see how you can improve it. A floor plan is the blueprint of your entire restaurant layout. You can overhaul it to incorporate new needs or create a new one.
Here is a guide by Lightspeed to help you craft a brand-new floor plan from scratch. You want to first focus on the floor plan because when it’s optimized for dining, your restaurant will seat more guests and make more profit.
Focus on accessibility
Your restaurant should be easy to navigate by staff and customers, allowing for the flow of people without infringing on other tables and guests.
The layout also needs to adhere to the rules and regulations of your local building association and what’s required of eateries, e.g., fire escapes, etc.
Plus, your restaurant needs a designated area for guests with mobility issues, but you know these requirements as you’ve been operating your restaurant for some time.
Wear and tear
High-traffic surfaces in your restaurant will show wear and tear first. You may wish to renovate these areas more often, including doors, windows, walls, and flooring. These surfaces are constantly used with people touching them and have the most wear and tear.
Schedule time in your calendar for the traditional painting of high-use surfaces. A fresh paint job will brighten and lift the ambiance of your restaurant. Consider painting high-use areas every three to six months. Keeping on top of this maintenance work will reduce the need to replace materials.
Door and window hinges and handles should be regularly assessed for their condition and, if in doubt, replaced. The same can be said for lighting too. Light switches and plates are cheap to return and will lift your restaurant. There is nothing worse than dirty, chipped light switches!
Repair or replace chattels
Check if the chairs, tables, and sofas are comfortable and in satisfactory condition. You’ll probably need to budget to replace chairs as they are pretty expensive and need to be comfortable, so guests are contented to stay, eat and drink!
The tables need to be sturdy and level. Who hasn’t been to a restaurant and had to attempt to fix a wobbly table? Invest in tablecloths – if they fit in with your design. By doing so, the table top can be plain as the white crisp table cloth is what guests see and experience.
Lighting and music
Both lighting and music help add to the ambiance you create in your eating space. Choose warm lighting that helps in taking pretty photographs of food. Use funky chandeliers and bulbs for a quirky aesthetic as well.
As for music, remember to keep it low in volume. Choose different tracks for different days to avoid getting monotone. Try to use universal music, but you can always use a genre that works with your design theme.
Making a good first impression gives customers confidence in your premises and business. Your restaurant should appear warm and welcoming right at the entrance. Aim to provide the customer with the charisma of an extraordinary dining experience.
Decorating the entrance with warm colors helps ease the customer into the experience they are about to have.
Choosing a theme
If you’re going all out on a new look picking up a theme will make it easier to match everything from visual to tactile experiences. Similarly, you could segment your restaurant to provide different themes, expecting this project to be more expensive and time-consuming. Plus, if it’s not done well, your restaurant may look like it doesn’t know what it wants to be. Is it a walk back in time or a step into the future?
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You can experiment with different aspects of the theme while staying coherent in design. For example, choose a theme that works with your food. If you’re serving fast-casual Italian food, choose a theme that works with it. Let your food dictate the theme of your restaurant.
Need Inspiration? Ask your customers.
Leave a space in the restaurant for customers to provide feedback and ideas on how you can improve their dining experience. You may put up a whiteboard with pens that invite patrons to let their imagination flow. You may get lucky with some diners in the creative industry providing input that’s too good to pass on.
To remain relevant with your customers, you must ensure your restaurant is in top condition. The interior design of a restaurant is a core contributor to its functionality, i.e., the number of tables, plus its ambiance and dining experience for your patrons.
While regularly sweeping changes may not be feasible, you can ensure it looks fresh, clean, and welcoming. Improve the look, feel, and efficiency of your restaurant space by collaborating on ideas with your customers, maybe running competitions for the winning design plan or improvement idea.
Let us know in the comments what you think are the best ways to improve the interior design of your restaurant.
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