4 Strategic Ways to Increase your Cafe’s Seating Capacity
Bringing more people into your cafe is a good thing, but it comes with its own unique set of challenges. One of these challenges is how to manage all these extra customers, and where to seat them all. When it comes to getting the most out of your space, it can be difficult to know what works and what doesn’t. Luckily, we know a trick or two to help you out and get your cafe full to bursting, and keep the customers returning for that stunning outdoor experience.
Maximise your outdoor space
So many cafe and restaurant owners don’t make use of their outdoor areas, and these are some of the best spaces to seat people in. On a warm sunny day, there’s nowhere better to sit than an outdoor table at your favourite cafe, and with some fully customizable cafe blinds, there’s no problem if the weather becomes suddenly less sunny and warm.
Communal tables are all the rage
Communal tables are sweeping the cafe world at the moment, and the reason behind that is that they’re great for finding a little more seating room in otherwise crowded cafes. Taking away the necessary privacy room of separate tables adds plenty of space where before there was none, and provides spaces for larger groups of people to meet up without putting a strain on your seating.
Shift your set-up
When a long-standing set-up isn’t allowing for the kind of seating you need, what can really help is a bit of rearranging. Getting smaller tables to fit in corners is a great way to free up central space for larger tables, and moving or getting rid of large couches can really add lots of space for more seating. You’d be surprised at just how much space is hiding in plain sight in most cafes.
Counter the competition
Finally, adding countertops and benches is a great way to utilise otherwise wasted wall space. Along a wall, you might be able to sit an extra five to ten people, which is space that would otherwise be used just as a wall. Taking this space, and making it a counter adds diversity to your seating height, and allows people more freedom of seating choice. Window seats also allow for people-watching in more crowded areas, which is a great way for your customers to pass the time.
Especially towards summer, more and more people find themselves at cafes throughout the day, and many want to sit outside and feel the sun. Our team of professionals can help you find the right all weather blinds to fully maximise your outdoor seating potential, so give us a call today.