How to Take Advantage of Small Restaurant Spaces

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How to Take Advantage of Small Restaurant Spaces

When facing the challenges of incorporating all needs of a restaurant business within a limited space, chances may seem weak. Along with endless space planning, a project like this also requires the knowledge of the business to its core. A clear vision on how to organise a business of this type and what are the needs of each staff member to make the place run smoothly will help in making the right compromises.

A few key design elements will assist in creating a charming place where people will enjoy not only the food but also a beautiful ambiance.



Avoid furniture that looks too bulky and go with slim and elegant pieces to make the space breathable. And while following this lead, ensure that chairs are stable and comfortable.

With all the things that need to be done, it is easy to overlook the entrance. A restaurant entrance is a great opportunity to make a stunning first impression. The entrance is also a feature element that needs to be attractive enough to grab the attention of passers-by.

To allow your staff and customers to move around easily, make sure there’s always room for two people to stand shoulder to shoulder in walkways. This will give enough room for one person to move comfortably in one direction.



The kitchen is the heart and soul of a restaurant business. It needs to be highly functional and complied with many regulations, which leave a little room for compromises. To make the most of it, use the vertical space by adding shelves or hanging racks to empty walls. Organize the room into stations, so each kitchen staff member has a designated workspace.



The Importance of Lighting

Good lighting layout in a restaurant is half of the job done in creating the desired mood. Choose soft, warm lighting to create an inviting and intimate ambience. Illuminate every table to allow enough visibility for reading menus and for enjoying the creations on the plate visually. If the interior style permits use LED lighting to highlight certain features and create the depth in the space.

If you are lucky to have the tenancy with high ceilings, employ beautiful chandeliers or cluster pendant lights as focal points to create visual interest.

Another great way to create the illusion of spaciousness is to install mirrors and the metallic surfaces. Mirrors and other reflective finishes in combination with soft lighting will diminish the space limitations and create an inviting atmosphere with a touch of glam.