When the weather starts to warm up, it’s a good idea to invest in your outdoor space and move your business outside for some fresh air. That said, alfresco dining involves more than tossing some tables and chairs on your deck and calling it a day. Good outdoor seating comes as a result of effective care and planning, just like your indoor decor.
The ideal way to attract diners to your outdoor seating is to make it comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. There are a few things to consider during the planning process that could elevate your space to its full potential.
1. Make Shade Available for Sunny Afternoons
Strategically placing the dining setup so customers have the option of sun or shade is perfect for catering to all preferences. Some people choose to sit outside because they like the sun, while others would rather not have to deal with the rays. The best solution is to be prepared for everyone’s preferences, especially if you’re primarily open during the daytime.
2. Offer Heating Solutions for Colder Nights
If you plan to start using your outdoor seating in early spring or keep it into the fall, having some form of outdoor heating to keep your diners warm is an extra comfort to add to their experience.
There are plenty of to choose from, and you can find one that would work best with your restaurant’s look and space. People often love the cozy feeling of keeping toasty even when it’s a bit cold out, and having consistent heating can cater to that.
3. Go the Extra Mile With Your Furniture
While it might be easy to find cheap outdoor furniture, investing in comfortable chairs and sturdy tables will . Make sure the items are high-quality, clean and supportive, and maintain them properly.
Customers would much rather sit on a comfy, cushioned chair than wobble around on a creaky old metal one.
4. Make It Lush and Green
Plants and foliage are the perfect natural decoration for any outdoor space. They have the power to uplift moods, make a space look effortlessly beautiful and nearly maintain themselves — save for a little watering.
5. Utilize Decorative Lighting
String lights, mason jar lights, candles and firepits illuminate the space and function as a decorative addition to your outdoor dining area.
6. Find the Right Music
Maybe it has a more calm and rustic feel, or it’s a bit dimmer with a little more ambiance. Find the perfect balance of music and volume to satisfy your customers.
Dining in the Great Outdoors
Devoting attention to the needs of your outdoor seating space could mean the difference between customers sticking around for the summer or running off somewhere else.
There are many decor and structure planning options, and with the right amount of care, intention and imagination, your outdoor seating space has the potential to attract buzz all season.
Oscar Collins is the managing editor at Modded. He writes about cars, fitness, the outdoors and more. Follow @TModded on Twitter for more articles from the Modded team.