A simple refurbishment can make all the difference to a restaurant, pub or café and doesn’t have to cost the earth. After all businesses that continue investing in their venues, generally are the businesses that reap the rewards and survive the test of time. But if the budget is limited, what can help to achieve an affordable refurbishment.
After many years of helping venues of all sizes complete their refurbishments, we’ve compiled some of our experience on getting the most from your budget. Here are some of our top tips on getting the most from Contract Furniture.
Comfortable Seating. Whether you have a small cafe, bistro, bar or restaurant, the seating is important to create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Budget chairs do not have to be uncomfortable chairs so we’ve refined our value ranges to include a great choice of chairs that are ideal for businesses on a budget.
Make the most of outdoor space. Turning all areas of your premises into revenue earning areas will help to boost revenues. So don’t neglect an areas that have potential. A small courtyard or grassy area can be developed at little cost with bright inviting outdoor tables and chairs. Our range includes many table and chair options that are suited for both indoor and outdoor use, giving you the most flexibility from your furniture.
Beware of style over Substance. While you may have great ideas and designs on how to change your venue, don’t get carried away with the look and forget about what you need to be profitable. Maximising seating is directly linked to maximising sales, so ensuring your restaurant has sufficient seating and enough space for staff to operate is crucial to the success of the refurb.
Work with what you have. Restaurant furniture can be customised to suit any existing décor and colour schemes that cannot cheaply be changed. If not everything needs to be replaced look to complement what you have with new furniture that will suit pieces in the venue. A wide range of fabrics is available for Upholstered furniture. JB Commercial will send out fabric samples free of charge.
Curb Appeal. Inviting entrances will help draw customers in so its always good to invest a substantial part of the budget to getting this right. Attractive menu boards, clean windows, bright signage and stylish outdoor furniture and accessories such as flower pots all attract customers.
Replace Stained & Dirty Furniture. Research shows that many restaurant goers will not return if during their first visit the tables, seats or surroundings were dirty. And while they not actually be dirty, perception is everything, so give top priority to any tables or soft seating that is stained and if it cannot be cleaned, replace it. Choose easy to maintain furniture such as Laminate table tops, that are extremely durable, scratch and heat resistant.
Commercial Furniture – the only choice. No matter how small the budget, do not be tempted to buy cheap furniture that is not designed for commercial use. This won’t save any money in the long term. Contract furniture is made to meet the demands of a commercial environment, and complies with Crib 5 regulations. Although you will pay more for commercial furniture, it will last a lot longer than standard domestic use furniture.