What do I need for a small restaurant fit out?

Opening a new restaurant can be an exciting and challenging experience. One of the most important aspects of setting up a successful restaurant is the fit-out. A well-designed space can make all the difference in creating a welcoming and efficient spot for your customers.

In a small restaurant or coffee shop, every inch matters. Using it smartly is a must, but here’s the real deal: making customers feel good.

Before you can even start to hit your clients in the stomach with your gastronomic delights, make sure your place is top-notch. Think about comfortable seats, good acoustics, the right lighting, a functional kitchen and getting the decoration right.

But hey, no need to start to sweat yet. We’ve got your back.

We’ve put together this guide with tips to assist you in choosing the perfect furniture for your restaurant. With these insights, you’ll be all set to establish your business for success.

Maximise Space: Restaurant Fit Out Essentials

Creating a floor plan is like planning a delicious dish – balance is key. In a restaurant with limited space, efficiency is critical. Elaborate a floor plan that maximizes seating without compromising comfort. Choose multi-functional furniture, such as foldable tables and stackable chairs.

Folding tables and stackable chairs are the restaurant owner’s best friend. They easily turn into extra dining spots when it’s busy and tidy up for storage when things calm down. And for outside dining these are the perfect choice, making packing up at the end of the night an easy job to get done.

Furthermore, take advantage of the attractive offers available for furnishing your space. At Chairforce, if you combine Diego or Ricardo table tops with Tomas folding bar or dining tables, you’ll score a 5% discount. These tabletops come in different sizes: 60cm or 70cm in diameter, and square options at 60cm, 70cm, or 80cm. They offer a wide range of choices to spruce up your place!

Here’s another clever trick to make the most of your restaurant’s interior design: harnessing vertical space. Including shelves and hanging plants not only adds visual charm but also maximizes storage and creates captivating visual interest.

Create a Welcoming Space: The Key Elements of a Small Restaurant Fit-Out

In a café or a restaurant, comfortable chairs are just as important as the style. Furniture should be not just visually appealing, but also cosy and functional.

Are you short on space? Look for stackable chairs that can be easily stored when not in use. Folding tables or smaller lightweight tables are also an ideal option.

When finalising the overall look for your venue, choose a palette colour that exudes warmth and comfort. Earthy tones, pastel hues, or even vibrant shades when applied thoughtfully can enhance the space. Use décor elements such as art, plants, or mirrors to add personality without overwhelming the space.

And guess what? Chairs and tables now come in a variety of colours! Choose beige or white chairs for that breezy, open atmosphere, or go for black or dark walnut to add a touch of formal elegance.

Check out our Chairforce chair range to see all the colourful chair options we have available.

Imagine walking into a restaurant with mismatched furniture or jarring decor. It can throw off the whole vibe. Furniture and decor significantly impact the restaurant’s overall atmosphere.

Your decor should tell a story, reflecting your restaurant’s theme and style. Whether it’s rustic, modern, or eclectic, the decor sets the stage for the experience. Think carefully curated artwork, lighting fixtures, or even table settings that harmonize with your restaurant’s personality.

Choose functional yet visually appealing furniture that complements the space. Opt for space-saving options like stackable chairs, foldable tables, and shelves.

 Soundproofing for Success: Acoustic Solutions for Your Restaurant Fit Out

Sound matters a lot for your customers. Noisy spots can make them uncomfortable while having a meal. Integrate sound-absorbing panels on walls or ceilings and invest in noise-reducing flooring materials. Strategic furniture placement using upholstery or soft materials can also absorb excess sound, ensuring a more pleasant dining environment.

Let There Be Light: Lighting Tips for a Cosy Restaurant Atmosphere

Choosing the right lighting sets the tone for your restaurant. Balance functionality whilst also creating a cosy ambience by combining overhead lighting and table lamps. Consider installing dimmer switches to allow for adjustable lighting, catering to different moods and occasions.

Equip Your Venue for Efficiency: Kitchen Essentials for a Successful Restaurant Fit-Out

The kitchen is the heart of any restaurant. Consider your cuisine type and available space when selecting kitchen equipment. Investing in high-quality, energy-efficient appliances not only improves efficiency but also reduces long-term costs.

A well-organized kitchen layout enhances productivity and workflow. Invest in high-quality flat benches and accessories. Stainless steel benches are not just efficient but also meet the industry standards. You can also choose folding benches.

Our sister company, Brayco, offers an extensive range of stainless steel furniture perfectly tailored for kitchens, regardless of size.


Starting a new restaurant and cafe means every little thing counts. Think about furniture, the outdoor space, how the sounds work, and even more. Each piece helps make a nice and useful place.

Getting furniture that can do lots of jobs saves space. Making a kitchen that works well is key. Plus, picking decorations that match the vibe of your place helps craft an awesome dining time.

Guess what? Here’s the kicker: Making your place look great isn’t just for the vibe. It’s the secret sauce that gets people talking about your restaurant!

Before you buy pop into a Chairforce branch. We’ve got all our table and bar bases, table tops, chairs, and stools on display. You can play around with them, mix and match until you find the perfect combo.

Our showrooms are designed for the hands-on experience to help you work out that final winning style.

Can’t get into a showroom? Browse the full range online – our website is designed to give you lots of images and information to help you make your decision.