If you run a hospitality venue, be it café, bare or restaurant, and have an outdoor seating that you can use, there’s a good chance that you want to make the most of it. After all, there’s nothing better than being able to sit outside and sip on cool drinks and chat with a friend in the summer! Although some venue owners might be tempted to simply throw together any old furniture they have and arrange them outside, councils are actually quite strict when determining the kinds of furniture you’re permitted to use. To make the whole process a little bit clearer, in this article we take a look at a few ways you should go about choosing your outdoor dining furniture.
Outdoor dining furniture basics
Before you rush in and buy the first piece of commercial furniture online that you find, have a look through what guidelines your local council maintains to get a better sense of what you should be looking for specifically. If you want to get up to speed quickly, councils will typically require similar things – think things like tables, chairs, umbrellas and screens that can be removed very easily and stored away when the venue is closed (because leaving big, heavy furniture secured outside permanently will not do anyone any favours). With this in mind, you should be looking to find chairs and tables that can neatly stack for optimum storage, with the added benefit that these kinds of pieces of furniture can be very quickly moved in the case of bad weather. Umbrellas are also an option to incorporate in the event of bad weather, but these are much more a personal choice. Your choice in furniture will also need to be kind to the pavement, as dining furniture that damages the area outside your venue will likely not be looked upon kindly by the council, and it will also make your venue look a bit scrappier.
More things to keep in mind
There are, of course, a few other things you should keep in mind before you purchase your outdoor dining furniture. One of the key common sense things to keep in mind is the need to allow passers-by easy access through your outdoor dining space, which usually entails leaving enough room for two pedestrians to walk side by side (they should never have to awkwardly dance around your furniture to get through). There are also some instances where a council will require a small fence or perimeter to be put around the space to ensure that the space is a bit more privatised. Although getting on top of these guidelines is important from a legality point of view, there are a few other personal touches you should keep in mind to ensure that your outdoor furniture doesn’t look unappealing. First, you should make an effort to match your outdoor furniture with the interior décor of your venue – it’s sometimes easier said than done, though, so even just using similar colour combinations can give a clearer indication that the inside and outside are part of the same place.
Ready to choose your outdoor furniture?
Choosing the right outdoor furniture is not always the easiest process, as this article may have indicated. There are also a few other things to think about, such as choosing furniture that won’t fade, so if you’re a bit confused as to where to start, it’s never a bad idea to go around and see what everyone else is doing. This way, you can see what works and what doesn’t, and apply these ideas to your own venue!