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The furniture you choose for your restaurant needs to tick a lot of boxes. As well as looking good and providing a comfortable experience for your guests, it also needs to be built to last and be easy to clean and maintain. Here is our guide to selecting the right materials for your furniture.

Practical furniture material solutions

In any restaurant setting, mess and spillages are inevitable. Not only that, your furniture is going to be in near-constant use, so making sure it’s easy to clean is essential. Finding a balance between practicality and comfort is key. If you are furnishing a high-end establishment, you may want to opt for upholstered chairs that are more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. However, if you are furnishing a local fast food restaurant, plastic chairs will be more practical, as they will be used more regularly and by plenty of children, who are prone to making a mess. The Chrome Pyramid American Diner Table is perfect for those wanting an easy-to-clean and durable solution.  

Creating a style statement

The way your furniture looks is also a big consideration and depends on your restaurant’s theme. For a fast food establishment, furniture with a pop of colour looks great and is especially popular with younger customers. Upholstered chairs create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in pub and restaurant settings. Trent Furniture’s come in a huge range of colours and materials, so you are sure to find something to fit your restaurant’s personality. The Abbruzzo Faux Leather Chair is a great option for a dining chair as it’s very stylish but also practical; the faux leather makes it both hardwearing and easy to clean. Or for a more rustic feel, you could opt for all wooden furniture.

Room for manoeuvre

You should also think about how your restaurant functions. Do you keep all of your tables and chairs in one layout or do you cater for different events? For example, if you host parties or events where the furniture needs to be repositioned regularly, you may want to choose more lightweight furniture, to allow for your staff to easily move tables and chairs. The Ascot Stacking Chair is a great option that can be moved around and stored and it comes in a great range of frame colours and upholstery options.

Potential materials

Here are a few of the materials to consider for your restaurant:


Wooden furniture is a great option for furnishing a restaurant. It’s strong and durable, meaning you don’t have to worry about replacing your tables and chairs after a few years, making it great value for money. Our Rectangular Wellington Table is perfect for pub and restaurant dining; made from solid wood, it comes in a range of sizes and hardwearing Dark Oak, Light Oak and Walnut finishes.

Wooden furniture is also incredibly versatile which makes it easy for you to customise it to fit with your restaurant and the food you serve. You can either leave it as polished wood, or you can upholster it.

Here at Trent Furniture, we offer an upholstery service, so you can not only upholster your new furniture but also your existing furniture. This way you can give your worn chairs a new lease of life, and with a choice of hundreds of contract grade fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something to fit your needs.


Metal furniture is also a very popular option for restaurants. It’s more durable than many other materials and is particularly resilient to the everyday wear and tear that comes with a restaurant setting. Metal is also very easy to clean, so it is practically childproof. You can also use this type of furniture outdoors, so if your restaurant has outside seating, this is something to consider. Depending on the furniture you select, metal can also be lightweight and easy to move around. Take a look at the Munich Retro Chair, a stylish, modern design crafted using tubular steel and suede.


Plastic furniture is again very durable and hardwearing. Not only that, it’s lightweight and very easy to move and clean. Plastic is also cheaper than many other materials, so it’s a budget-friendly option too. This type of furniture is most popular in fast food restaurants and settings with lots of children such as soft play centres.

Check out the restaurant furniture we offer here at Trent Furniture or get in touch to discuss your furniture needs with one of our experts.  

A good wooden chair has just the right balance of comfort and style, but that balance depends on what the chair needs to be used for. So, how do you choose the perfect chair for your hospitality setting? Read on to find out about the top things you need to consider.

History of the wooden chair

Chairs have been a significant part of history for thousands of years, often symbolising status, for example, thrones and office chairs. For designers and architects, it’s often seen as a rite of passage to design a chair, where aesthetics and comfort are carefully combined. People often connect with objects and forming an attachment to a chair is more common than you might think. A good example of this is your favourite chair at home; it’s likely that you and each of your family members have a go-to seat which feels like your own space and offers a sense of comfort and relaxation.

Wooden chair comfort

The comfort of your wooden chairs should be a top priority when choosing new furniture for your hospitality setting. It’s especially important in a pub or restaurant that your guests feel comfortable enough to fully relax. Not only does this encourage people to come back, but also it means they are likely to spend longer unwinding while buying food and drinks.

Wooden chair durability

The strength and durability of a wooden chair come from both the wood is it created from and how it is built. The harder the hardwood, the more robust the chair will be, but softer hardwoods are typically more comfortable and allow for more details such as carvings. At Trent Furniture we only use contract grade materials, so you know you are getting top quality products that are durable enough for the demands of hospitality. Our Straight Leg Mates Chair is the perfect chair for pubs and restaurants and is sure to withstand heavy use.

Upholstering a wooden chair

Upholstering your wooden chairs can completely transform the way they look and how they feel. You can add comfort by including a cushioned seat, and you can select different fabrics to suit the needs and personality of your space. Here at Trent Furniture, we offer an upholstery service, so you can not only upholster your new furniture but also refresh your tired furniture and give it a new lease of life at a fraction of the cost of replacing it with new furniture. With hundreds of contract grade fabrics to choose from, ranging from flatweave to faux leather, you’re sure to find something just right for you. Take a look at our Washington Side Chair and Squareback Side Chair for some great quality chairs which can be upholstered to suit the style of your space.

The different finishes of a wooden chair

The finish of your wooden furniture can also make a huge difference to the look and feel of your space. At Trent furniture, you can choose from ‘Walnut’, ‘Light Oak’ or ‘Dark Oak’ on most of our wooden chairs. These finishes all come with robust lacquering which makes them suitable for the demands of the hospitality environment. So, if you would rather opt for chairs with solid hardwood seats, rather than upholstered, you can be sure that they will last, and you will have the added bonus of easy cleaning.

The Boston Side Chair comes in a range of finishes, and is made of a high-quality European beechwood, coated in a hardwearing lacquer, making it perfect for commercial use. The Straight Leg Captains Chair not only comes in a range of different finishes, but can also be upholstered.

With our huge range of wooden furniture, you are sure to find what you are searching for. If you have any questions about furniture for your hospitality setting or want some help to find the right pieces for your space, get in touch and our team will be happy to help.

The choice of furniture used in your commercial establishment can either make or break the overall look of the space, as well as impacting on the customer’s experience. Whether you’re after a bustling bistro feel or an elegant Parisian bar, we at Trent Furniture have just the selection for you.

But what about when your stacking chairs are sagging more and more with every sit-down? Or when your mid-century vinyl barstools are looking rather worse for wear? Trent Furniture can help there too! Read on to discover the benefits of re-upholstering your commercial furniture, and how our team of experts can help.


A sustainability win

Arguably the most pressing argument for re-upholstering rather than throwing away old furniture is the significant impact it has on our planet. Landfill sites are a huge contributor to rising pollution levels – the rubbish buried in them not only decomposes at a notoriously slow rate, but further releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Incinerators pose a similar problem of emitting noxious gases, and in turn contributing massively to global warming. Ensuring that furniture of a high quality isn’t needlessly sent to landfill is more important now than ever, and by using our re-upholstering services, you can feel safe in the knowledge that by making the eco-friendly choice you are doing your part to help waste reduction.


Maintaining your firm favourites

Got a particularly sentimental piece you’d like to keep hold of? Or a unique find that would be impossible to replace? There’s no need to say goodbye to them – as long as their frames are structurally sound enough, re-upholstering will be an option. If the frame of a piece has significant damage, then strengthening these areas will of course incur an extra cost, but sometimes it’s worth it for those special products! Similarly, if your pieces just need a refresh after years of use, your chairs can be refitted with high-quality foam to avoid the dreading sinking when sitting. Any problem points can also be reinforced, for example extra back support can be taken into consideration when re-upholstering if this is something your customers would benefit from. If you’re happy with the current style of your furniture but they are showing signs of wear such as staining and fading, we can identify the fabric that is closest to the original, or you can get in touch to discuss using your own supplied fabric.


New look, same quality piece

If your establishment is in need of a new look, then there’s no need to replace perfectly sound chairs that simply have an outdated feel. Re-upholstering the pieces you already own gives you total design control over the new style – it can be as easy as changing to a brighter colour for a bold revamp, or as complex as choosing a whole new fabric type. 


Investing in quality furniture

Something we often hear is that paying to have your furniture re-upholstered can seem like an expensive route – why not just buy a replacement? Our answer is that if your furniture can be bought and replaced very cheaply, then it will cost more to re-upholster it, there’s no denying. However, with buying cheap furniture comes the inevitable aftermath of poorly made pieces not lasting very long. If your furniture is sturdy and of a high quality, then we believe it’s always worthwhile to enquire into professional re-upholstering. As we’ve already mentioned, the furniture industry and its consumers need to do all they can to help save pieces from going to landfill; giving your tired pieces a new lease of life is an amazing way to do so!


Whether you’re after a full furniture makeover or a refresh of some worn upholstery, Trent Furniture are here for you. Get in touch with our team of experts to find out more about what we can do for you, and start bringing your vision to life today!

When it comes to private dining, the dining experience is just as important as the food itself. So, it’s critical to choose the right furniture to create a special atmosphere diners can savour over several hours, setting it apart from more casual eating environments.

Creating a stylish environment

A luxury dining experience begins from the moment you walk into the dining room, so it needs to make a great first impression. Private diners in your restaurant who are celebrating a special occasion expect to walk into a well-lit space with modern tables and chairs, set up with great quality cutlery and napkins. Trent’s Abbruzzo Carbon chair is a great option for a modern luxury dining chair for diners to enjoy their special lunch or dinner in comfort.

The décor you select for your private dining room will also have a big impact. Generally speaking, it’s better to make an impact while avoiding clutter which could lead to the space feeling cramped. It’s also important to remember that your guests may wish to decorate the space with balloons and banners for their celebration. You could have some photos on the walls, make use of flowers and plants and maybe use some candles on the table for some soft lighting. Playing music will also help create a luxury ambiance, but you need to be careful that it is not too loud and doesn’t make it difficult for guests to talk to each other. A nice touch is to ask your diners what sort of music they would like to listen to in advance.

Which size or shape of table should I choose?

Whether you are a restaurant or a hotel with private dining rooms, you need to consider the amount of space you have and how many people will be using it. For larger parties, circular dining tables will seat more people than rectangular tables and create a more inclusive environment that encourages conversation. But if your private dining room is going to accommodate a range of different group sizes, you may prefer to opt for square or rectangular tables which can be positioned together to create the right size table for each event. Take a look at some of the dining tables we offer here at Trent Furniture.

Catering for comfort

With visitors staying for a few hours per meal, you need to ensure that their chairs are comfortable and don’t leave them needing to get up to stretch and readjust. You should also think about how many chairs you put around each table. Whilst round tables may seat more people, you need to be careful to not make them overcrowded; each guest should have plenty of room to eat, as well as enough space to leave the table without fuss or struggle. Making sure your luxury dining experience is as comfortable as possible will also encourage guests to stay for longer, and with restaurants making most of their money through alcoholic beverages and desserts, this is great. Check out our range of dining chairs to discover the perfect seating for you.

With our huge range of top-quality dining furniture, you are sure to find what you are looking for to complete your private dining experience. But if you have any questions, our team of experts is always on hand for any enquiries, either by phone on  0116 2988 341 or by email at

No one likes waiting, whether it's for an important meeting, a medical appointment or a big interview. But by selecting the right furniture, you can make your waiting environment as pleasant as possible.

Waiting room chairs


If your waiting room is used often, you need to think about how quickly the furniture you choose for it will wear out and how easy it is to clean. For example, in a hospital setting, there is a constant flow of people going in and out, and cleanliness is key, so plastic furniture is ideal as it is wipeable and will not stain. You can rest assured that here at Trent Furniture, we pride ourselves on supplying top-quality furniture.


If you’ve ever had to endure sitting in an uncomfortable chair waiting for an appointment, you’ll know how much it can affect your mood. The last thing you want is to have to deal with grumpy people, and whilst this isn’t always avoidable, you can do your best to ensure their comfort. If you are looking for office waiting room furniture, you could consider some small sofa chairs or some cushioned chairs. Our faux leather sofas are ideal, as they are comfortable, but they are also stain and scuff resistant, meaning they will last for years to come.


Whilst comfort and practicality are hugely important when choosing the chairs for your waiting room, style should also be a consideration, particularly in an office or salon setting, where potential clients will form their first impressions of your business from your waiting room. By injecting a bit of colour you can completely turn the room around. You can do this by purchasing furniture with bright accents or by selecting neutral furniture and accessorising with colourful pictures, curtains or adding some indoor plants for a fresh look.


If you are looking to furnish a small space, plastic or wooden chairs are likely to be your best option. Whilst sofas may be more comfortable, they may not be the most suitable, as they will typically only seat 1-2 people, but take up quite a lot of space. Another thing to consider is who is using the room. For most waiting areas, a standard chair size is appropriate, but will be any children using this space? For example, if you are looking to furnish your GP surgery waiting room, you could potentially create a child-friendly section of the room, with smaller chairs and some toys and books to keep them occupied.

Waiting room tables

The tables used in waiting rooms are typically very small as they will usually only be used for drinks and newspapers or magazines. Again, these tables must be easy to clean as they are likely to receive a fair amount of wear and tear. If hot drinks are something you offer to those waiting, consider purchasing coasters to reduce damage to your tables, especially if you opt for a wooden finish.

With our range of top-quality waiting room furniture, you are sure to find what you are looking for to spruce up your waiting area. But if you have any questions, our team of experts is always on hand for any enquiries, either by phone on 0116 2986 866 or by email at

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