With government restrictions and COVID worries on everyone’s minds this year, people have been utilising the outdoors to spend time with their friends and family more than ever before.
If your pub, restaurant or café has an outside area, you might be wondering how you can maximise it to provide a safe and comfortable space for your customers to socialise during these difficult times.
The first thing to consider is where are they all going to sit? Banquette seating is a really versatile option that provides everything your customers need and want from an outdoor dining space.
Whether you’re working with a small patio or a large beer garden, here are some of the ways you can make the most out of it with banquette seating.Courtyard corners
A small, empty courtyard can be transformed into a cosy nook for outdoor socialising with a comfy corner banquette. Utilise hard-wearing and waterproof fabrics for practicality, but add soft cushions and throws for extra comfort.
Make sure you place some outdoor heaters, or even a fire pit in the middle to keep your customers warm, and incorporate some small tables to separate parties and give them somewhere to rest their drinks.
This style of banquette dining is perfect for warm drinks and light bites, so your customers can cosy up in a blanket and catch up over a coffee and a slice of cake.Breakfast bistro
Consider upgrading your restaurant garden into a Parisian style breakfast bar with a long, built-in bench facing individual tables and a selection of bistro chairs. Choose an elegant design for your banquette seating, and add some umbrellas or a canopy to keep customers dry during unpredictable weather.
The perfect place to serve up omelettes, croissants, orange juice and espressos. Your customers will love experiencing a little taste of Europe from the comfort of their favourite local.Window perch
If you’re really limited on space, or you want to incorporate some additional seating wherever possible, you could consider building a bench or banquette into the side of your building.
A little perch under a window makes a lovely place for one or two customers to enjoy a drink together, or to sit while they wait for their table. You could even integrate some secret cupboards under the bench as a place to store extra cushions and throws for when the temperature drops.
All the best restaurants know that the seating is just as important as the food and service it delivers. It’s not only key to the customer’s comfort, but it also sets the tone and atmosphere for the whole venue. If you’re expanding your seating to incorporate an outdoor area, it’s a good idea to make sure the overall look and feel works in harmony with your indoor space too.
At Craftwood, our dedicated project managers can guide you through the whole process of installing your new banquette seating. Take a look at our gallery for previous examples of our work, and get in touch to find out more about how we can help transform your outdoor seating.