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When it comes to buying new restaurant furniture, don't forget to invest in the best front of house furniture to make the right first impression on your customers.

Talk about renovating a house and someone will eventually mention kerb appeal - making sure the property is warm and welcoming on first arrival.

Yet people often don't put the same focus on making front of house furniture welcoming for diners from the moment they walk through your door.

At Trent Furniture we believe that from your reception desk and waiting area, through to your bar furniture and dining furniture, is all part of the same positive experience for patrons.

On arrival

Give your guests a clear place to stand while they wait to be seated, especially if there's no maitre d there to serve them immediately.

This not only gives them confidence about whether to wait or try to find a table of their own, it also prevents 'lost' customers from wandering through your dining area.

Of course the COVID-19 outbreak has heightened the risks involved with errant customers, but it's good practice at any time to keep them in the right places on your premises.

You don't need a lot of room to do this. Small front of house furniture can do a lot with a small space, especially when combined with an easily visible 'Please wait to be seated' sign.

While waiting

If a table is not yet ready for a particular diner or group, they will need somewhere to wait, so some kind of seating area is essential.

Many restaurants are likely to have an area set out with bar furniture where diners can order pre-dinner drinks while their table is prepared. This can be a great way to generate drinks sales whilst keeping early guests happy as they wait to be seated.

Options for smaller restaurant spaces

With smaller restaurants, it can feel uncomfortable for seated guests to have waiting patrons stood near their tables, so providing even a small waiting area is a good move.

Poseur tables in a restaurant

Poseur tables

If you're working with limited floor space, you still have some fantastic options. Poseur tables are the tall tables you see in pubs and bars, and can be combined with elegant stools like our tall Napoli stool to give groups somewhere to perch for as long as required.

Adding comfort with sofas and armchairs

If you do have the floor space, consider adding sofas or armchairs to allow patrons to sit back and relax with a drink before their meal.

Chesterfield sofa

Our Chesterfield sofa

The Chesterfield sofa adds instant style to any seating area with its luxurious faux leather finish. We also have Chesterfield armchairs as well as two-seater and three-seater Chesterfield sofas, and our Berwick Buttoned Back Bench which is like a Chesterfield but without the arms at the ends.

This makes it more compact, for example to fit into an alcove or any space over 120cm wide and demonstrates how small front of house furniture can transform an unused corner into a comfy waiting area for guests on arrival.
 

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As the hospitality industry gets ready for a slightly different festive season than normal this year, it is more important than ever before to ensure that the table tops in your restaurant or pub are properly cleaned and maintained. While before it was the food that would get people talking about your establishment and keep them coming back for more, now it will be the level of hygiene and customer care, so it’s vital that your diners feel as comfortable as possible.

But how do you ensure your surfaces are completely clean without using harmful chemicals that could damage the table top’s protective layer and reduce the lifespan of your furniture? Below are some of our top tips for maintaining your table tops.

Know your material

Some materials are much more hardwearing than others, so different table tops will require different cleaning solutions. Ensuring you know what material your surfaces are made of and what cleaners work best for them specifically will not only guarantee a hygienic environment for your customers but will also prevent any damage or warping.

Veneer table tops – Veneer is a popular alternative to solid wood as it is durable and easy to clean with just a damp cloth and mild anti-bacterial detergent. Avoid using large quantities of liquid and harsh detergents as the moisture and chemicals can affect the protective lacquer.

Laminate table tops – Laminate is one of the most hardwearing table top materials, meaning it can withstand a bit more force when cleaning. While most stains and bacteria will be removed with a cloth and warm soapy water, the scratch-resistant surface of laminate means tougher marks can be scrubbed with a brush and detergent without causing damage. Our American Diner table tops are an ideal laminate solution for restaurants, providing both durability and style!

Solid wood table tops – Solid wood looks and feels expensive and luxurious, but it is slightly harder to maintain than cheaper alternatives. These table tops are highly susceptible to water damage, so using a barely damp cloth with mild soap is recommended. All-purpose cleaning sprays should be avoided as some of the ingredients may be too harsh for the surface.  

Stainless steel table tops – As they are often used for outdoor dining, stainless steel tables are easy and efficient to clean as they are highly water-resistant. Soap and water are therefore all that is needed to keep these table tops clean and hygienic, whether indoors or out.

For more information about our full range of table top materials and their benefits, take a look at our comprehensive table top guide.

Use a purpose-made cleaner

There are many highly effective detergents and cleaners on the market, and this will include ones created specifically for your table top material. Using one of these purpose-made cleaners means you can rest assured that your customers are safe AND your table tops are protected from damage.

Our relay spray has been formulated specifically for the relaying of tables during service and is suitable for wood, metal and plastic surfaces. Unlike standard cleaners, this spray doesn’t leave any sticky residue or chemical smell, but it does offer high-quality sanitisation.

Don’t forget your chairs

Unlike tables, chairs often don’t come into contact with food or sticky drinks, so it can be tempting to only clean them after the lunch rush and at the end of the day. While this wouldn’t have been a problem previously, now your customers will be expecting you to clean everything that has been touched by previous diners before they are seated.

If you have wooden or plastic-covered chairs, you will likely be able to use the same cleaner as you do for your tables, but if you have leather or fabric chairs it is important to invest in a fabric cleaner to ensure they are properly protected and cleaned.

As specialists in all things furniture, at Trent Furniture we can help you get the most out of your tables, chairs, stools and sofas, from choosing the right furniture for your needs to advising on how to maintain it for a long lifespan. With choices available for any style and budget, and contract furniture that meets required fire safety standards, we’re sure to have the solution for your needs. Browse our site or get in touch today.

What is the best furniture for your caravan or mobile home? Robert Price, Managing Director of Trent Furniture, shows the right way to furnish caravans and mobile homes, making the best use of space with comfortable and stylish caravan furniture.  

With many of us choosing to holiday closer to home this year, caravans and mobile homes have become increasingly popular. In fact, more than 2 million people take holidays in caravans and motorhomes every year with this figure only set to rise.

Whether you already have a caravan that you want to spruce up, or you’re looking to buy your dream motorhome, these furnishing tips will help you create a comfy home away from home.

Practical furniture is key

Let’s be realistic, the caravans and motorhomes you find in the UK tend to be on the smaller side. This makes for a delightfully cosy space to spend time with friends and family, but it is something to bear in mind when shopping for furniture. You will need to ensure that it not only fits within the space you have, but also does not make the space feel overcrowded or hard to navigate.

Keep it compact

One of the best ways to ensure your furniture isn’t too bulky for your space is to choose compact items. Where you might normally use a dining chair, a small compact stool that can be pushed under the table when not in use is the ideal replacement. Whilst you can still incorporate pieces like a coffee table in your living area, you may want to opt for a small round or square style instead of the traditional rectangular design.

Folding furniture is your friend

For furniture where full size is necessary, such as dining tables and seating to be used for longer periods, folding furniture is ideal. This can either be fixed in place, to be folded out when needed, or standalone so it can be packed away for journeys. Our Banqueting Folding Table is the perfect choice as the legs fold up completely, and the plywood top offers a lightweight but spacious surface. Pair it with a folding plastic chair and you have the perfect spot to dine, socialise and of course play board games if you get caught in that UK holiday drizzle!

Folding chair for caravansFolding table for caravans

Go lightweight

There are a couple of reasons for keeping your furniture lightweight in a caravan or motorhome. Firstly, you are likely to move it around more – whether it’s storing it when you hit the road, or just making space on a daily basis. Secondly, a caravan is a vehicle after all, so if you do intend to drive it around, having a lot of heavy pieces will only lead to higher fuel consumption.

Choosing compact or folding furniture will help reduce weight, but you can also pick materials which are a little lighter. Try to avoid heavy metal bases and instead opt for thinner legs and where possible a thinner tabletop. You may also find some wood effect pieces weigh less than their solid wood counterparts.

Wicker stacking chair for caravansChoose outdoor-friendly pieces

One of the wonderful things about caravan holidays is that you can spend so much time outdoors! If you have room, a set of stacking or folding chairs is great for sitting out and enjoying the sun (and of course a BBQ!) Our Monaco Natural Wicker Stacking Chair is made from lightweight aluminium and finished with a great looking wicker seat.

If you want more inspiration, check out our guide to outdoor furniture for your static caravan.

On Thursday 5th November, the UK entered another lockdown with restrictions in place to help protect us all against Covid-19.

Our production facility, customer service and sales teams remain fully operational and where possible our office team is working remotely.

We will be remaining open during this time to help support your business in any way we can – it’s business as usual on our end. We have huge stocks of contract furniture in a wide range of styles and finishes ready for delivery. You are welcome to contact us by phone or email or place an order online and we will be delivering as we normally would. Unfortunately, our showroom will be closed for the duration of the lockdown but we look forward to welcoming you back from the 2nd December so please call us to make an appointment.

We also understand that some customers may wish to place an order but delay delivery until a future date so please let us know if this the case and we will hold the stock until you are able to accept delivery.

Our Ongoing Safety Measures

  • We have huge stocks of furniture and are continuing to receive deliveries of products and materials in order to meet demand and maintain standard delivery time frames
  • Our production facility, customer service and sales teams remain fully operational and where possible our office team is working remotely.
  • There are zero confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst Trent Furniture employees
  • We have a dedicated management team who are monitoring the situation and reviewing procedures daily
  • Staff have been instructed not to attend work if they experience any symptoms and/or they have been in contact with any one who has the virus and to follow government guidance on self isolation
  • Within our warehouse and offices, we are adhering to government guidance and operating a 2-metre distance rule between all staff to keep our colleagues and customers safe
  • Hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and face masks are widely available throughout the business and at all work stations
  • Spaces and walkways are clearly taped out to maintain social distancing throughout the premises
  • A strict cleaning regime is in place with regular deep cleaning of communal areas and equipment

Why not take a seat this winter and play some traditional British pub games? As the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than taking a comfortable seat and playing a game with friends. British pub games are proudly embedded in history and we have listed our top four favourites to give you some inspiration.

Table-top pub games make for a sociable, lively atmosphere and it is important to provide the best comfortable seating for your guests to sit back and relax. As we relive some old-school British pub games, we have suggested some of our fantastic comfortable furniture that gives that extra bit of comfort and style.  

Backgammon

Tracing back to over 5,000 years ago, Backgammon is one of Britain’s oldest pub board games. The aim of the game is for players to move all of their fifteen checkers off the board whilst trying to block their opponent’s checkers. This historic game spans back to Ancient Egypt and is still popular today as a table-top game in pubs across Britain. 

Backgammon is one of Britain’s most famous board games, and one of our compact armchairs makes the perfect seat for this game. Our Portobello Autumn Tub Chair is a popular choice as a versatile and stylish addition to your pub seating. With its tartan-style fabric and strong hardwood frame, this chair is traditional and comfortable, making the perfect seat for this traditional pub game.

Marbles

Marbles is another one of Britain’s most traditional pub games, with evidence of its use in Roman Britain. To win, players can work individually or as teams to hit their marbles inside a circle. For centuries, Marbles has brought people together as a sociable, classic pub game.

With this in mind, you might need to accommodate several people around a table to play this classic game, and our comfortable chair selection might provide the perfect solution. Our Regent Chair in Brown Faux is available in dark or light finishes and has a solid hardwood frame, making an ideal comfortable option without taking up too much space. To add some variation and a pop of colour to your table, our Regent Chair is also available in our tartan Autumn.  

Three Men's Morris

Dating back to 1440 B.C, Three Mens’ Morris is an ancient game better known by pub-goers as ‘Noughts and Crosses’ or ‘Tic Tac Toe’. Using a grid of 9, the player who gets three of their counters in a row wins. Each player has three pieces and players can win using one of 3 horizontal lines, 3 vertical lines and 2 diagonal lines.

For this classic two-player game, a large traditional armchair makes the perfect seat. Our Madison Armchair is made of high-quality leather for comfort and style and is versatile as a one, two or three-seater.

Dominoes

The final popular traditional pub game on our list is Dominos. Originating from the 11th century, this game involves matching sets of rectangular dotted white tiles. It is a classic logic game which has been played as a table-top game across pubs in Britain for years. 

Perhaps your guests want to play dominos at a high table: in which case, our high-top bar stools provide the perfect seats. Our tall square back bar stools are available with the options of padding and upholstery to suit your colour scheme. Having different levels of tables and chairs on your premises provides a more interesting and eye-catching interior style, so why not encourage your guests to enjoy a game of dominoes whilst seated at their bar stool?

 

Trent Furniture are the experts in all thing’s pub furniture, from dining chairs and tables to sofas and outdoor furniture. With more than 60 years of experience in the industry, you can trust in us to provide high-quality, long-lasting and fire-retardant contract furniture for your pub, restaurant, café or bar. To find out more about our range of products, browse our site or get in touch on 0116 2989 335.

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