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Restaurant Patio Furniture Guide

The decisions that need to be made when opening a new restaurant, or adding a new patio to your existing restaurant, can seem overwhelming.  This restaurant patio furniture buying guide was created by a restaurant furniture supplier with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. We hope this guide will make your research easier.  We’ve included some of the most common considerations when researching outdoor patio furniture and valuable information on specific materials used in restaurant patio furniture.

Many of the considerations when buying outdoor patio furniture contribute to customers’ comfort.  Our restaurant patio furniture buying guide will explore these considerations and how to keep you and your customer comfortable during their dining experience. Comfort is a huge priority for customers, so keep in mind that you want to think of customers first, and what they will be comfortable with.

Size

Consider the size of your average dining group. If you have a small patio, or your business is usually frequented by couples, consider going with smaller tables. If you have a large patio, consider larger community tables to fit large groups. Always design the space to accommodate as many customers as possible. Consider whether you are able to leave your furniture outside, or if it will need to be brought in each night. That will help you choose the proper materials for the furniture. Finally, consider how much maintenance you have time to perform. Some materials require more maintenance than others.

Durability

There are a few specific considerations related to outdoor patio furniture. Weather resistance is one of those. Consider what the weather is like in your area; aluminum, teak, granite, and plastic are all great weather resistant choices available in a wide variety of options. If you are in a high-moisture area, you must consider corrosion resistant options, such as aluminum. Same goes if you are near the beach, salt air can be rough on furniture, and teak, plastic, and wicker are great options for standing up to salty air. Finally, consider options that are treated with UV resistance, or are naturally UV resistant. Another good option is adding an umbrella, to offer the furniture and your customers a break from the sun. Finally, find furniture that has fungal resistance. Metal, plastic, and teak are great choices, as they will not rot or mold, whereas other woods may have issues if they are specifically made for outdoor use.

Materials

There are multiple types of materials that outdoor furniture is made of, and most feature the attributes mentioned above. Some of the most popular options are:

  • Granite- Granite is a hard surface that is heat and bacteria resistant that is also easy to clean. It is a popular choice for outdoor dining, as it is a great return on investment.

  • Teak - Teak is a popular choice, as it resists water, decay, and won't shrink or swell in different conditions. It is a durable choice in most weather conditions. For those that want the look of real teak, without the maintenance, there are faux teak options available.

  • Aluminum - Aluminum is always a great choice for outdoor patio furniture, as it is lightweight, durable, and rust resistant. It is easily moved for storage, and alternative seating options. There are also many aluminum products available in tables, chairs, and bases, allowing you a cohesive patio set up.
  • Stainless Steel - Stainless steel is another great choice, except for the fact it is not rustproof, so it would not do well in moist, or salty areas. However, it is very durable, and an attractive design choice.
  • Resin/Plastic - Resin/plastic is UV resistant, durable, water resistant, and will withstand abuse from high-traffic areas. It also is very easy to clean, which makes it a popular choice.

Hardware

Finally, consider the hardware for your patio furniture. It always needs to be outdoor grade, that way the hardware can also survive the elements they’re exposed to. Some good options are zinc plated galvanized screws, stainless steel fasteners, or copper fasteners.

Now that you know what to look for when buying outdoor furniture for your business. Consider what your customers will like, as well as the weather conditions that your furniture will be introduced to. This will help you make the best and most cost-effective decision for your restaurant. If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call, and we will be happy to help you choose the best pieces for your patio.