Are you thinking about starting a dining room restaurant, one of the most popular layouts that people enjoy coming to on a regular basis? There is a definite design difference between one that is in a formal dining room setting, opposed to a traditional restaurant that we are so familiar with. There are many things to consider including regulations and capacity issues, the type of furniture that you use, and of course the layout of the restaurant itself. Here are a few tips on how to design your dining room restaurant so that it will attract patrons that will want to come back on a regular basis.

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Why Most People Start Dining Room Restaurants Today


Before the age of chain supermarkets, and restaurant chains that now can be found from coast-to-coast, people would often set up a restaurant to showcase food that they have been either cooking all of their lives or to bring someone in that is well-known. The type of food that is offered is often the main attraction, although the layout of your facility is also very important. If you are not able to provide enough accommodations for people when they come to eat, they could get frustrated waiting in lines, so you need to take the size of your building or structure into consideration prior to opening up business. Additionally, it’s not just the food, the kitchen, and the size of the facility that you should be concerned with. There are many other aspects to starting a business, specifically a restaurant, in regard to safety issues, having enough space for patrons, and also considering the type of furniture that you are going to put in. Let’s first look at these regulations, specifically capacity issues that you need to conform to your area just to make sure you are legal, and then move straightaway into the type of furniture that you should have and how much space a restaurant should provide for not only comfort but also for safety reasons.


Proper Regulations And Capacity Issues


Before you do anything, it is important that you find out as much information as possible about the specific building or structure that you are going to use. If you are going to have one large room, or if you are going to have multiple rooms, there are certain local code requirements that you must adhere to in regard to the number of customers that can be in each room. It is influenced simply by the size of the room itself and the amount of space that each customer must have in order to operate the business safely. Once you have this information, you will then want to consider the NAFEM chart to make sure that you are using the allotted amount per square feet that you can have depending upon the type of operation that you will be providing. Capacity issues reference the amount of space allowance per seat which can go from 9 to 20. It depends if you have a school lunchroom, or in the case of a formal restaurant, it is usually between 15 and 18 square feet per seat for each patron.


Furniture Styles And Shapes


There are several things that you need to consider in regard to the furniture that you will be using. If it is a commercial restaurant, and you plan to be there for quite some time, the quality should be exceptional for not only the tables and chairs but the booths that you will also install. The shape of the furniture can have an effect on how comfortable the customers will feel. Small round or square tables will work perfectly in large central areas, giving them plenty of space to feel comfortable and not crowded. The furniture style should allow optimal legroom for anchored booths and plenty of room for mobile operations with portable tables and chairs. Finally, the layout will ultimately be determined by how much space you have, and the type of furniture that you have purchased, allowing you to populate your open rooms, and also multiple rooms that you have at your facility, with all of your restaurant furniture.


Once you have taken into account all of these factors, and you are in compliance with local ordinances, you will be able to set up your restaurant and start your business. It’s very important to consider not only the legal aspects of creating a restaurant but making sure that you have plenty of room for your customers to feel comfortable, as well as provide enough space to conform with safety rules and regulations in your area.