Choosing Cafeteria Chairs

When you’re in charge of furnishing large cafeterias you’ll have to make some tough decisions when it comes to seating. Food courts in malls, hospitals and large corporate headquarters need durable and comfortable commercial chairs that will give employees and visitors the furnishings necessary to enjoy their lunch break. When you’re deciding on chairs for a cafeteria setting keep a few things in mind that will make the selection process run smoother and save you money.

Even a detail as subtle as the seating in a food court can have an impact on how the building is viewed. Furnishings that are mix and match or simply out of place make a business or organization seems sloppy and haphazard and this is not the image anyone wants to reflect. When looking for chairs to furnish cafeterias and food courts keep in mind the audience you cater to and what furniture is appropriate for this demographic.

If the cafeteria is in a hospital you will want seating that is casual and comfortable since doctors and nurses don’t have much time to relax. When eating on the go you want a chair that is convenient and appropriate and this can usually be accomplished with metal and plastic frames. Also, people who are visiting a loved one in the hospital may be staying for a few hours and will need a place to unwind and eat. Your cafeteria should have upholstered chairs that are lightweight, easy to shift around and durable enough to withstand constant use.

Another thing to keep in mind when catering to a large group of people is to know how often the furniture will be used. Is this a food court that is open 24/7 or is it in a building that operates on a 9-5 schedule? Knowing how busy the cafeteria is will help determine the strength of the chairs you need which will affect the materials you choose. Though hardwood is durable and looks great, the surface can dent and scratch easily when handled often and this is a good reason to consider using metal, chrome or aluminum.

Lastly, give thought to the overall décor of the building the food court is in. You may be in a mall that has many retail shops each with its own theme and it’s hard to match your style with so many different designs. Or you may be in a large hospital that has an existing décor that you can be more in step with. Take note of your surroundings and find cafeteria chairs and tables that will work best in the environment given.