Ten keys to furnish a shop

Whether we are opening a new premises (bar, restaurant, terrace…) or we want to give a new life to our establishment, when choosing furniture for premises we must take into account many variables, a job that is the responsibility of the decorator or interior designer. On our website you can see some interesting examples. Whether or not we count on the services of a professional furniture for premises, we will have to contemplate the following factors:

Indoor/Outdoor: It is not the same thing, although it may seem obvious. There are different types of leather, leatherette or textures. The price may vary, but it is worth acquiring furniture with more durable or resistant materials, outdoor furniture prepared to withstand ultraviolet rays and water, and thus can serve us from one summer or winter to another.

Type of soil. Parquet, terrazzo, marble, rustic… If furniture is going to be moved around the space, it is better if it is not going to be damaged or will not damage the floor. It will set the tone for the finish of the furniture, as well as other variants such as weight. And it is worth thinking about the noise they may make when crawling.

3. Space. Depending on the space we have and the capacity we expect, as well as the space we have to store them, there will fit some furniture for premises or others, and there are those that are integrated into themselves without having to resort to the typical folding chairs. For chill out terraces, for example, the Duna lounger can be mounted on itself and takes up less space, as well as being original and able to fulfill other functions.

Fiaka brand loungers for Duna premises

Ten keys to furnish a shop

4. Type of audience. Depending on the public served in the premises, and in accordance with the general decoration and the spirit of the premises, the furniture will have to be more or less upright, with or without backrest, more relaxing or ‘fast’ ….. Like us, many manufacturers make custom furniture.

5. Colors. In connection with the previous point, furniture should be chosen in a color palette that blends in with the rest of the room. Here also influences the psychology of color (red is vitality and aggressiveness, orange is youthful and cheerful, yellow is warm, green is relaxing, etc.) and on the internet you will find applications to combine colors in harmony, although they are intended for graphic design can be useful. However, a good professional interior designer or decorator will be inspired first by his instinct when choosing colors; we are more in favor of humanity and good taste than mathematics. In our experience, although we have a wide range of colors in the furniture catalog, it is better to have any other color available at the interior designer’s request.

6. Uniformity vs. heterogeneity. These are two different impressions. A store can have all the furniture exactly the same to transmit uniformity, professionalism, experience, exclusivity? But we also find attractive the possibility of mixing different types of furniture with different colors to convey casualness, closeness, humanity, personalization (for example, mixing cubic poufs with BKF chairs, square tables with round ones, giant poufs with Cala loungers, modern furniture with antique or vintage furniture…). Each case is different.

7. Round or square finish. If you are dealing with small spaces or tight mobility, it is better to go for furniture with a round finish on its edges. Why? Ask a waiter how many corners he has hurt his side or legs with…. However, if there is space and the furniture can be kept tidy, square furniture gives a sense of space, security and utility.

8. Heights. It does not seem advisable to have a drink on a low chair with a low coffee table, or to have tea on stools with high tables. Rather, the other way around ;).

Stools and high tables
Stools and high tables by Fiaka.es

9. Racking. What will be the movement of the premises? Is it furniture for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or a little bit of everything? By thinking about how many services can be served, how they move around the premises, whether there will be a lot of customers at peak times, you can calculate the average life that the furniture will have. If there will be a lot of movement, it is better to invest in more resistant and better finished materials, such as iron; in the case of poufs, the type of pouf padding to choose will vary.

10. The environment. You have to go outside the premises and look around. Is it a restaurant area? Urban or traditional? What colors predominate in the area? What type of furnishings do other premises in the vicinity have? And once you have figured all this out, you have to decide whether to integrate the furniture into the overall harmony or to stand out in a groundbreaking way.