While restaurant guests may not think about the tables they are sitting at, a number of factors should be taken into consideration when deciding about the right table to buy. Things such as style, ease of cleaning, durability and aesthetics. From the aesthetic design of how the tables fit into the overall atmosphere of your restaurant to the functional use of the table itself, whichever table you choose adds to your customers’ experience.
As you’re exploring tables for your restaurant, don’t forget to weigh the pros and cons of different materials available. Some such as metal tables are highly durable and easy to clean and have a modern or trendy appeal. Others such as solid wood require a bit more maintenance but they will impress your guests with their natural beauty. If you’re in the market for a happy medium, try synthetic materials such as resin, laminate or plastic teak.These tables are durable and easy to clean and have the appearance of real wood.
Solid wood dining tables are known for their strength and durability. These tables are mainly for indoor use, but some woods such as teak are suitable for outdoors. A quality table made from hardwood can serve you well for many years if well taken care of, handling spills, scratches, and scrapes for decades before it would need to be replaced. A solid wood dining table is a smart investment. The natural texture and feel of wood is appealing to customers and gives the establishment a more prestigious look.
Laminate restaurant tables are made of thin synthetic materials designed to mimic the look of real wood. This material is more resistant to stains and scratches than wood. It is also lighter than solid wood and is easy to clean. Laminate is mainly for indoor use but some types may be suitable for outdoors.
Resin table tops are lightweight and are resistant to scratches, stains and heat. They are easy to clean and maintain making them ideal for high traffic venues. Resin is also waterproof and can be used outdoors. While it comes in a synthetic wood finish, it doesn’t have quite the same feel as natural wood.
Plastic teak is a synthetic material made to look and feel like real teak and is much easier to maintain. It is waterproof, stain resistant and resistant to UV fading. It also does not get very hot in the sun, making it perfect for outdoor use.
Our steel / aluminum tables are waterproof, rust proof and stain resistant. Their sleek looks and durability makes this affordable table great for indoor or outdoor use. These tables are very popular with industrial style themes.
A well balanced mix of table styles and sizes will minimize your guests' waiting time for seating. If you are serving a fast food or pizzeria type of menu you will need less dining space per person at the table versus a three-course dinner menu. Tables for a coffee house are smaller than tables for a family dining restaurant. The floor space available in your restaurant will also need to be taken into consideration when selecting your tables. Outside dining areas will require weather-resistant furniture.
Rectangular tables are great for banquet style seating or if you are looking to host large parties. These heavier tables should have two T-shaped/2 prong bases or industrial table legs.
Square tables are the perfect shape if you want to maximize the seating space for your dining area. These tables can seat 4 guests and can be combined to create longer tables if needed. They have a classic look and allow you to arrange your seating so that guests are equally spaced.
Although round table tops may not be the most space-efficient option, they facilitate conversation between patrons. They allow for shifting seating options and often include features such as hinged edged or a leaf which create lengthier surface areas. Just note that a round base offers more stability and support to a round table top than a square table base.
Below are the most popular styles of tables and table tops for restaurants:
Traditional Style Restaurant Tables
Traditional style tables have a refined look that adds style and sophistication to any venue, whether it’s a fine dining establishment, a family restaurant or a cafe. This style usually brings out the natural beauty of wood.
Modern Style Restaurant Tables
These restaurant tables feature trendy designs that often use a mixture of materials such as metal and wood to create a contemporary look and feel.
Rustic Style Restaurant Tables
These restaurant tables have a bucolic appearance that applies to country style restaurants, cafes and other casual eateries. They tend to come unstained or with a natural looking wood finish.
Industrial style tables have a pure and minimalist look and feel. This look conveys a factory or warehouse utilitarian appearance that is popular with venues like cafes and bistros that want a modern look. This style usually includes metal and distressed or reclaimed wood.
Butcher block is made from straight cuts of solid wood glued together into thick slabs that provide a particularly sturdy surface. These table tops are extremely durable and last for years. They fit in best with modern, rustic and traditional interior design.
These beautiful, sturdy and timeless communal tables are popular in the hospitality industry.Communal table tops usually come in long rectangular shapes with metal legends or double table bases.