Whether you are looking to build a new canteen for your employees or refurbish an old one, there are a few things that you will need to take into consideration. The canteen is where your employees will go to have lunch but also to relax, regroup and socialise. The place needs to be comfortable while fitting into your budget. It can be daunting choosing the right furniture – and that is why we have put together some helpful points to help make your choice easier.
Comfort and ergonomics
As we already mentioned, your employees will use this space for more than just eating their meal. The place needs to be comfortable enough to allow them to do just that. Well-rested employees are more productive, better motivated and enjoy enhanced wellbeing.
A key thing to consider is the ergonomics of the furniture you buy. No one wants to sit on rigid chairs. Getting canteen furniture that is comfortable will be beneficial in the long run for your employees and your company.
There are a lot of options where the chairs and tables are connected to each other making them static furniture. You can also install static booths in your canteen. Static furniture can help keep the canteen organised without overwhelming the space.
On the other hand, having chairs and tables that can move means your employees can configure them in a way that will be more comfortable to them. It will also give you an easier set up for the space and they can be packed away if you need to use the room in any other way.
Since the furniture will be enduring heavy use each day, it must be durable and easy to clean. Keeping a hygienic environment where people eat is very important to minimise any risk of cross-contamination that may bring on infections. Since tables and chairs may need to be wiped between uses, having easy-clean surfaces is a sound choice.
For this reason, canteen furniture is typically metal or plastic. You can go with wood as well but it may require more maintenance.
You can choose different colours for your furniture to help you create a pleasant atmosphere.