You have put so much thought into your new business – your idea is fantastic and you can’t wait to begin. You’ve come up with an amazing, relevant name and have been working on social media marketing. You’ve got a couple of employees at the ready and your space is finally coming along. Now what? What about…furniture?
Furniture and a few other elements will complete your space. Whether you are opening a business office space, a restaurant, or a healthcare office, you must have appropriate furniture. Your customers, clients and patients will see your space when they first come in and ideally, they’ll feel good in it. You want to exude a warm welcome and comfort no matter your business. Furniture can help you do this. Also, if your customers want to stay, like in a restaurant, you want the right furniture to welcome them and keep them there. Lost of things to consider come along with this, including style, budget and design concept and additional elements. So don’t forget to think about the furniture!
Furniture for a restaurant
When planning furniture for your restaurant, consider the space and the climate of the restaurant. Different furniture is needed for different spaces and focuses, like a fun bar scene versus a traditional setting. And don’t forget patio furniture for restaurants. With your outdoor space heaters and fans, more and more restaurants are leaning to outdoor seating. Not only does a patio or deck provide more space for your customers, which means more business for you, but people like dining al fresco. With a trend towards moving indoor spaces outdoors, not all patio furniture needs to look like it was made to outside. So whether you are investing in bar stools, comfy leather chairs or iron furniture, consider your space, your vibe and your budget.
Furniture for an office or healthcare space
We primarily think of a couple of different types of offices – one being a business office for your staff and occasional client. Another is a space where patients frequently come, like a dental, medical, therapist or other healthcare office. You’ll have different furnishing needs depending on what kind of business you have, so let’s took at a couple of these:
- Business office – With an office space where you and your staff will be working, you want everyone to be comfortable and motivated. You also want your occasional client to be impressed and feel like she’s entered a professional environment. Comfort is key, as well as an area to be social, so have a great meeting space. Keep it clean and fresh; don’t clutter your space. Sleek lines and modern touches go a long way, even if your style is more traditional, just clean it up a bit. Also, lighting is important. As much natural light as youcan get is good, and if it’s sparse, invest in some good lighting.
- Offices with waiting rooms – When you are furnishing a waiting room in a healthcare environment think about your clients’ needs. You probably want some different niches where people may work while they are waiting or kids can play. Remember, some of these appointments may be very stressful, so providing a good waiting area can go a long way in helping your clients and patients. Have comfortable seating, a mix of chairs and couches, and some tables. Some groupings together are nice as well as some more isolated places if patients want to wait away from everyone else.
Whether you are furnishing your restaurant or your dental office, furniture is just one of the things to think about. Artwork is important; it goes a long way in setting a mood or vibe in your place. Lighting, both natural and enhanced, as we mentioned, is key. Colors are important and will have an impact on the environment you are creating. You want to find something to set you apart from your competition and keep your customers, clients and patients coming back. One thing can be your atmosphere, whether it’s your patio dining and fabulous furniture, or the warmth and relaxation of your waiting room.Design and atmosphere can go a long way. Think about it, create it and watch your business thrive.