Restaurant aesthetics should be both attractive and pragmatic. In fact, a well-designed restaurant will take both of these aspects into consideration. While many look at ‘the bigger picture’, every small detail contributes to the overall aesthetics of the restaurant. Tabletops are just one of the smaller details that need to be considered, as they’ll see a lot of ‘wear and tear’, and your customers will be looking right at them for the duration of their meal. Indeed, their meals will lay directly upon your tabletops, so they’re of utmost importance for consideration during your design planning! Choosing the right tables can improve aesthetics while serving a pragmatic purpose.
Restaurant tables come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, surfaces, and colors. Let’s break down some of the details to see what might work best for your restaurant.
Laminate tabletops tend to have the widest range of available colors, but metal and wood tabletops can also come in varied hues as well. For fine dining establishments, it’s always a safe choice to choose a neutral color if you’re opting for laminate tabletops to ensure that the coloring of the tables isn’t taking away from the meal or distracting patrons.
Reflective metal tabletops are great for a ‘diner’-type setting, and they tend to be fairly easy to wipe clean, but keep in mind that anyone taking pictures of your food to share with friends will find that there’s an annoying glare that can come from the reflective surface. Also, try to opt for a reflective surface with some sort of design, as it will show scratches much more easily than a non-reflective wood surface or patterned laminate surface.
Wood tabletops can add a sense of hominess or comfort to any restaurant. You can add tablecloths and placemats as well to keep the surfaces cleaner, but keep in mind that you’ll want to clean these tables often and ensure that no corrosive material hits the surface, as wood is a porous material. While the treatment that protects the surface will act as a barrier, the woodgrain can still be damaged more readily than metal or laminate.
Because wood tabletops can scratch easily and become damaged, you’ll want to protect them when possible with cloths and placemats but also keep in mind to refinish the surfaces every few years to keep them at peak appearance and smoothness.