Coffee Shop Renovation: Proven Tips to Successfully Remodel Your Cafe

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  When planning cafe renovation, it is worth remembering that success is determined not only by the menu but also by the unique atmosphere created thanks to the interior design and service. In addition, an adequate project of the cafe should place particular emphasis on interior acoustics and lighting. Those are crucial elements in times of a strong position of chain cafes on the market when it is more and more difficult to surprise the customer with some extraordinary idea.

Cafe Design Trends

Cafes are usually arranged in a modern style, filled with simple forms, without unnecessary decorations. Many interiors are ascetic and warmed only by pastels and browns. They are more like bright Scandinavian-style interiors or loft-like spaces with raw brick or concrete walls. The most common ideas are places that combine a cafe with a bookstore, pastry shop, art gallery, workplace or a club for young children. The interior design, the atmosphere of the room and the appropriate arrangement have become as important as the quality of the coffee or the menu because it is the atmosphere that makes customers come back. Therefore, cafe owners pay more attention to the quality of materials used to refurbish the cafe. Before you start cafe remodeling, carefully consider the theme of the decor. Many architects recommend a retro or rustic style arrangement because such interiors are associated with peace and a homely atmosphere. Other designers promote modern and loft styles. If you have a vision of how to arrange the architecture of a cafe interior but would like to discuss it, contact our designers and contractors. For each project, we use our skills, innovative thinking, knowledge about materials and new technologies.

Cafe Furniture

The interior of the cafe and its arrangement are of strategic importance. The basis is cafe furniture, such as tables and chairs. Above all, they should be durable, made of quality materials. Chairs in a cafe need to be comfortable because customers visit the premises to relax and have a good time. So you cannot let them sit on uncomfortable chairs, armchairs or sofas. The best solution when it comes to the needs of cafe customers is custom-made furniture. Locate tables and chairs not too close to each other. Many customers have intimate conversations over coffee, so they would not like to be overheard by someone from the other table. However, the spaces between the tables should not be too large, because in this way you will lose the cosiness effect, so desired in such places.

Acoustic Design for Cafe Interiors

When arranging a cafe, you need to ensure a low noise level and create appropriate room acoustics. The noise level in premises such as cafes often exceeds 70 dB, which is not comfortable for people staying in the room. Excessive noise causes people to become tired and irritable. It’s also hard to talk when you can’t hear each other. The most effective way to achieve adequate room acoustics is to use suspended ceilings with mineral wool insulation because it has excellent sound absorption and reverberation reducing properties. Mineral wool does not reflect sounds but absorbs them, which increases the comfort of the conversation and improves speech intelligibility.  An additional element silencing the interior can be absorbers installed on the wall, also made of rock mineral wool. The installation of such sound-absorbing components can reduce the noise level in the room by approx. 7-10 dB.

The Importance Of Cafe Lighting

The lighting fixture is always individually adjusted to each interior and allows you to create the right atmosphere in the room, mark selected points or decorations. Four light zones are the key elements of lighting in every cafe. These include the zone of entry, choice, consumption and purchase. Each of them requires different lighting so the client can feel the difference and instinctively move around the premises. By using various types of fittings, you can obtain completely different visual effects, building the mood and atmosphere of the interior. Remember that the intensity of the light and its colour influence the presentation of the meals on the plate. There is no single rule that defines the approach to lighting design for hospitality. Each time the factors are different. Everything depends on the location, potential target audience, but most of all on the character you want to achieve.