How does comfortable contract furniture affect the dining experience?

Nowadays, all manner of commercial settings are available for potential customers to frequent, ranging from pubs and bars to cafes, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.

The offering within all these venues is somewhat different; however, creating a memorable dining experience (for all the right reasons) depends on a variety of factors, including food, ambiance, décor and comfortable contract furniture, such as a contract table and chairs. 

Read on to find out how contract furniture can make all the difference to your visitor’s dining experience… 

For the best dining experience, your contract furniture should: 

1. Be sturdy 

We’ve mentioned it time and time again in previous blogs, but that won’t deter from us from reiterating the following point: your furniture must be of contract/commercial quality, and be able to withstand the test of time in what is bound to be a busy environment.  

Furniture is an investment and therefore you should avoid buying non-commercial items. The price of contract furniture reflects its ability to handle wear and tear for years, with little maintenance and no need for replacement.  

For example, we’ve all experienced the annoying wobbly chair or table leg – and there’s nothing more frustrating when you’re dining than having your table to-ing and fro-ing.  

However, a good, sturdy contract table and set of chairs will be able to withstand all the weight and movement that goes on and around them, ensuring your diners remain comfortable and at ease for the duration of their visit! 

2. Be comfortable  

There are several different factors to consider here. 

Firstly, it’s vital to have a decent back support to ensure the posture of your diners isn’t compensated and customers are able to relax comfortably.  

Also, think about the fabric on your seating – is the chair upholstered, or is it plain wood, aluminium or plastic? Will your diners be able to sit through a three-course meal comfortably? If it’s upholstered, is it easy to clean without interrupting a customer’s comfort? 

Are your table and chairs of complementing heights or is your chair too low and your table too high, resulting in a very awkward eating pose and a very unpleasant experience for your diners?  

Make sure that there is plenty of room for your customers to sit comfortably with adequate room above their legs, so they aren’t squashed in nor having too far to reach for their meal! 

An indoor restaurant in yellows and browns with wooden furniture, including contract table and chairs sets.

3. Contribute to the layout of your venue 

The type of setting you’ve opted to visit, and the overall size of the venue will obviously have an impact on design and layout. If, for example, you’re a fine dining establishment, your layout will be somewhat different to that of a fast-food setting.  

For example, tables will be placed closer in the latter – If diners were as cramped in a formal setting, then this would negatively affect their overall dining experience and as a result, they would feel uncomfortable and less likely to frequent your venue again. 

Round tables encourage conversation, whereas square and rectangular tables are more “space-efficient.” Lots of venues have two-seater tables, which prevents leaving two empty seats at a four-person table and are perfect for sliding together to cater for larger parties. 

It’s important to utilise the space you have by purchasing the correct contract furniture to provide the most memorable experience and for all the right reasons. Layout really does form part of the diner’s experience and so shouldn’t be taken for granted. 

4. Reflect your venue’s aesthetic 

There’s a huge amount of furniture on offer, from side chairs, armchairs, tub chairs, sofas and bar stools to dining tables and poseur tables, to name but a few.  

The great news is that this means you can choose furniture that is not only comfortable and sturdy and works with your venue’s layout but reflects its theme or aesthetic – and even your menu!  

This is important for the dining experience, as it’ll get your diners in the right mental state for your restaurant, as well as feeling physically comfortable. 

Think about colours, fabrics and materials; for example, if you’re going for a cosy autumn pub approach, warm oranges, reds and browns on soft upholstery are a great shout, whilst a more summery venue will benefit from light coloured woods or plastics.

An indoor restaurant with wooden furniture, including contract table and chairs sets.

As you can see from the above, there’s a lot to think about in terms of creating a comfortable environment for your diners. 

If you get this right, you will ensure repeated custom and an increased stay from existing customers (within reason), so hopefully they will spend more money with you on additional courses and drinks! 

We have a range of comfortable contract furniture available here at Eclipse; whether you’re looking for a contract table and chairs, bar stools, armchairs, or something else entirely! Follow the link below to start your search for the ultimate furnishings for your venue now… 

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