Choosing the right seating arrangement is an important step in getting the most out of your available space and restaurant equipment. While a seating design may seem like an innocuous detail, it has a direct impact on everything from your employee efficiency to your overall profits. When you’re preparing a seating layout, consider these strategies before placing an order with your regional restaurant equipment supplier:
- Making a General Layout
Rather than continuously moving your restaurant tables into different patterns, first take measurements of the dining space and outline a floor plan, noting items such as the maximum safe occupancy and all exits. Depending on the size and scope of your restaurant, you may wish to have different types of seating in various locations; consider the placement of barstools, tables, and booths. When making a restaurant seating layout, be sure to leave adequate moving space for both employees and customers.
- Balancing Anchored and Floating Seating
One of the biggest hurdles that restaurants encounter is achieving a balance between anchored and floating seats. Anchored seats—that is, seats bordering a wall, partition, curtain, or other surface—are generally more popular than tables which “float” in the middle of the dining space. By contrast, floating tables are more accessible to handicapped and elderly persons, and have a statistically higher turnover rate than booths.
- Choosing the Right Equipment
The type of restaurant equipment you choose can play a huge part in the versatility of your arrangement. Round tables are better for facilitating conversations and maintaining simple seating arrangements. However, if you plan on accommodating larger groups, then rectangular restaurant tables can be combined to accommodate larger seating arrangements.
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