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What to Look for When Buying Durable Restaurant Outdoor Furniture

A Guide for Indie Restaurant Owners, Managers, and Restaurant Chains

Over the past couple of years, you have seen firsthand how important it is to have some outdoor restaurant seating for your guests. The biggest hurdle is knowing what to buy but also where to buy commercial outdoor furniture that is long-lasting yet stylish.

With so many restaurants discovering the extra “real estate” that outdoor dining provides, there has been a surge in demand for new seating configurations in a variety of climates and design plans.

Outdoor Tables and Chairs for Restaurants—What to Look For

The first thing you’ll want to look for is tables and benches that are substantial enough to withstand the elements, wear and tear of multiple users, and of course, frequent food and drink spills.

Weather elements don’t always mean winter weather; it can also mean bright sunlight and multiple days of 90-degree heat.  The sun can do as much damage to inadequate furniture as a snowstorm. So, what are some things you should consider when choosing your furniture?

Let’s take you on the buying journey for commercial outdoor restaurant furniture by discussing:

  • Materials and Weather
  • Comfort
  • Design
  • Shade
  • Tough Materials for Tough Weather

At Kay Park, the first thing we consider when manufacturing our commercial outdoor furniture for any end user is the materials. Will this metal table withstand a hail storm? Will that cement bench be able to endure months of heat and sun? Does a fiberglass table make sense?

Once we discover where your business is located, we can help you choose the right materials for your climate. It may not always be what you think, which is why we always advise you to speak to an expert first.

Comfort is Key for your Guests

The next thing we want to ensure is that your guests are comfortable. If they are outside eating lunch, it could be a quick 30-minute lunch or an hours-long visit. What you don’t need to worry about is whether your guests will be comfortable.

That’s when choosing the right materials and the right style together become so important. We sit on every bench and picnic table to measure its comfort level. We like to call it the “Goldilocks Test.” We know your guests will be comfortable if it feels just right.

Design Specifications

Understanding the layout of your outdoor space is also important. For example, if you have a water feature, planters, or even a firepit area, that’s something to think about when deciding what type of tables and chairs.

Are you a casual restaurant or looking for a more upscale vibe? We have something to fit every style and can help guide you in the right direction.

Another thing to remember is a place for guests to sit such as a comfy bench while they wait for their outdoor dining experience.

Gimme Some Shade

While enjoying the outdoors, even in a cooler climate, your guests will often want—and need—shade. In a recent blog, we spoke in detail about several types of shade solutions that are both permanent and semi-permanent.

Depending on what type of outdoor seating options you choose will also depend on which type of shade options will work with the furniture styles. If you’re looking for commercial-grade umbrellas, we’ve got you covered.

As a business with family members ranging from toddlers to grandparents, we offer products for outdoor dining experiences that can include a shade solution.  We know we’re not the only ones seeking a table with an umbrella, or two.

Need Help?

Contact one of our Team of Experts at Kay Park so we can answer any questions you may have regarding functionality, design, furniture materials, and shade solutions.  Don’t forget about the obvious, but often forgotten, the proper trash and ash receptacles.

We’re here to help you create an even more inviting space for your guests. Bon appetit.


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