There is more to choosing the right table for your restaurant than picking out a shape and material. Square and wooden? Round and metallic? Don’t forget that the finish of your table is just as important as the table itself! The finish can impact the overall ambiance of the restaurant, both positively and negatively.
Glass finish tabletops were popular for a while because they were easy to clean. Just grab a bottle of Windex and a rag and you’re good too go. Glass tabletops also protect the wood beneath from scratches and damage. But glass tabletops can get a dirty just as quickly as they get clean. Any waiter or patron who accidentally touches the glass is going to leave their fingerprints behind. You also run the risk of a glass tabletop breaking or getting extremely hot from the plates.
A natural wood finish is the most common finish choice for restaurant furniture, as it allows the beauty of that natural wood to show through. This means that the wood can easily work with any other décor, even if it changes. Wood finishes are also fairly easy to keep clean and maintain.
You can also choose a laminate for your tables, although this is typically used in more casual restaurants like diners and cafes. Those types of restaurants often incorporate booth style seating, which, when coupled with a laminated table, offers a much more informal and relaxed atmosphere.
You might think that throwing a tablecloth over your table is enough, because patrons won’t be able to see what’s underneath. But a good finish is going to protect you tables from damage and minimize the wear and tear over time. It’s a worthwhile investment to protect your furniture with an appropriate finish.