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When Rustic Meets Industrial: Interior Design Focused On Antiques

Nov 13, 2018

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When you think of interior design trends, a few stand out from the crowd: the rustic look offers the beauty of nature in a rugged yet sophisticated -- and often cozy -- environment; industrial decor is more about functionality and tends to be more modern, possessing a heavier look and feel; vintage design (considered one of the top 10 furniture trends of the 21st century) is all about the charm and mystique of days long past.

What To Expect When Ordering Custom Furniture For Your Restaurant

Oct 29, 2018

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Interior design is a skill, usually one that takes time and effort to perfect and fully understand. Knowing what upholstery fabrics go with what table finishes and the impact that nailheads for furniture, subtle though they may be, have on a piece's overall aesthetic is a complicated art. Fortunately, if you have the eye and the patience, your mind will be filled with ideas and ways to incorporate them into your restaurant.

3 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Dining Tables For Your Restaurant

Oct 23, 2018

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Establishing a restaurant is no easy feat; even after you've purchased the location and formed a tentative menu, you still need to decorate the place. Since restaurants are judged mainly on the quality of experience and quality of food, first impressions play heavily into creating a space that people will be happy to return to. This means that every design choice you make matters -- from the upholstery fabrics to the furniture nailheads, and everything in between. The interior design industry generates around $10 billion in annual revenue, so you will have the pick of the litter when it comes to one of your most important decisions: your dining rooms tables. Here are three tips to get you started.

Old Is New Again: Why So Many Of Us Prefer Vintage Design

Oct 02, 2018

upholstery fabric

 

Interior design is an ongoing communication between your business and your customers.


What does it say about your brand when a visitor spots tears in your lobby's chairs or outdated upholstery fabric? Nothing good, that's for sure. Quality furniture is an expected standard for any business, whether it's a small restaurant's dining area or a major corporation's lobby. Failing to meet this basic bar will tarnish your brand's image. Fortunately for you, the U.S. interior design industry has never stopped evolving. You have more than enough options to find the perfect company aesthetic, the perfect combination of high quality wood furniture and artful accessories.

When Fashion Meets Furniture: Furniture Startup Founded By Fashion Lovers

Sep 27, 2018

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Furniture and fashion are more like cousins than sisters, but two women are aiming to bridge the gap with their furniture startup, The Inside. Christine Lemieux and Britt Bunn have created an affordable and entirely customizable interior design company whose tagline is, quite fittingly, "fashion your home."

Thinking About Buying New Restaurant Furniture? Here Are 3 Things To Keep In Mind

Sep 19, 2018

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There are many reasons you may want to buy commercial furniture for your restaurant: the old pieces may be falling apart, you suddenly had a burst of inspiration, or you're not doing as well as you'd like and want to upgrade your interior. Whatever your motivations, upgrading to stylish, high quality furniture can be quite the endeavor, both mentally and financially. To ensure that you have thought everything through before making your purchase and making your change, consider these three aspects first.

Flea Market Finds: How To Combine Different Woods And Finishes At Home

Sep 06, 2018

table finishes

Everybody loves a good vintage piece of furniture; it has a history and a personality all its own. In fact, so many people love the look that vintage furniture has become one of the top 10 trends of the 21st Century, according to About.com. Finding the pieces are easy -- with so many antique stores and flea markets popping up across the country, you simply need to have a good eye for high-quality furniture. Making sure your pieces actually work with each other is another story altogether.

Going Rustic: Your Handy Guide To Different Wood Types For Your Table Tops

Sep 04, 2018

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You're picking out your final table selection for your restaurant, and you know that you want it to be made of wood for that perfect rustic feel, but which wood is going to be best for your business? Consult this handy guide to make sure your solid wood table tops fit your vision. 

3 Things To Focus On When Picking Out Furniture For Your Restaurant

Aug 31, 2018

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Every successful restaurant has three things in common: great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. The first two are dependent on people, but an aesthetic is created from the theme and style of the furniture you choose to use. It is also the first thing that people notice, and first impressions carry quite a lot of weight these days. Here are three aspects of furniture that will define your style and, if paired in the right way, will have people talking about your restaurant days after they've left.

Color Pros Are Already Anouncing 2019 Favorites, And They're Promising For Restaurants

Aug 28, 2018

modern restaurant furnitureIt's only the eighth month of 2018, but color industry giants are already buzzing about next year's hottest palettes and featured colors. Pantone and PPG Paints are especially huge in the interior design industry, of course; portions of the $10 billion spent annually on interior design most assuredly go towards updating new and old spaces with the most on-trend hues showcased on their websites. Good news for modern restaurant furniture and design? The first color picks for 2019 are looking moody, lush, and inspired by indulgent food colors.

What To Look For In A High Quality Furniture Producer

Aug 06, 2018

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As more and more people (millennials especially) are growing up and buying homes, they're looking for furnishings that provide more than just a place to sit or store personal belongings. They want items that define their personalities as well as their lifestyles -- furniture that is as durable and long-lasting as it is striking. If you're looking to hire someone to build high quality furniture, there are a few things you're going to want to pay attention to during your search.

From Shame To Chic: 3 Styles to Revitalize Your Hotel Lounge

Aug 02, 2018

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Creating the perfect lounge is one of the most crucial aspects of owning a hotel -- you want to reassure your guests that they've chosen a chic place to stay that exists firmly in the 21st century so they can spread the word around town! Get rid of those wobbly bar stools and worn upholstery fabrics and let your guests drink and lounge in style; choose from one of these three themes and watch the business roll in.

How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Ultimately Successful

Jul 17, 2018

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To have a successful restaurant, you need to do everything with safety in mind. From clean tables to proper employee training, safety is especially important in a restaurant setting. Want to know more? Keep reading for some important eatery safety tips.

How to Pick the Right Wood Finish for Your Restaurant Tables

Jul 16, 2018

When you open your restaurant, you can feel overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make. Between the technological, financial, and design specifications for your restaurant, choosing the right tables might be the last thing on your mind. But this is one of the most important aspects of running your restaurant. 

Not only does a good table create an ambiance in your restaurant, it needs to have the durability necessary to handle many different clients and the messes that they can create. So, how do you choose the right finish for your restaurant's many tables? Here are the three most common types of table finishes.

Top 3 Restaurant Trends to Start Getting Comfortable With This Year

Jul 13, 2018

Over the next few years, you can expect major changes in the world of restaurant furniture. So why not get ahead of the game and tackle these trends now? Here’s what you need to implement in your restaurant today.

4 Elements That Might Be Making Your Restaurant Design Outdated

Jul 13, 2018

furnitureEven if you love the old-school charm that your restaurant has built up over the years, that retro aesthetic may actually harm you in the long run. Unfortunately, as anyone who lived through the 1970s knows (or the 1990s, for that matter), not all looks are timeless.

And while the quality of your kitchen and bar staff matter immensely, a great restaurant is about much more than just the food. It’s all about the experience. If you don’t have an updated space, you may be losing customers. Here are four design elements that may add up to an outdated restaurant environment.

Top Restaurant Design Trends You Need to Know in 2018

Jul 09, 2018

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With all of the demands on a restaurateur's time, the design of your restaurant may not be your top priority. But for guests coming into your business to dine and enjoy cocktails, modern decor and trendy design can really impact their experience. And in this Instagram-obsessed social media age, the lighting, furniture, and overall aesthetic of your restaurant matters more than ever before.

‘Wood’ You Like to Buy a Table? Choosing the Best Tables for Your Restaurant

Jul 02, 2018

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Whether you’re looking to update your old restaurant furniture or just starting out, setting the right mood for your restaurant is key in attracting and keeping customers. When you’re looking for modern restaurant furniture that sets your business apart from the rest, consider these factors when choosing the best table for you.

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

Jun 07, 2018

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

It was such an exciting evening at the 50th Annual NJ Advertising Club ‘Jersey Awards’ hosted at the glamorous ‘Grove’ in Cedar Grove, NJ last night. Each year the NJ Ad Club celebrates artistic excellence and innovation in all formats of advertising. GAR Products had the distinctive honor to be nominated amongst the best and brightest creative minds of the Garden State for our work in collaboration with marketing solution agency, CI Group, of Whitehouse, NJ. GAR Products and CI Group took home not only one, but a total of FIVE awards for the evening, including a ‘Best In Category’ award:

CATEGORY OF COLLATERAL/ALL PRINTED MATERIAL

Indoor + Outdoor Sell Sheets

1st Place

 

BEST PACKAGE WITH HIGH-IMPACT PREMIUM ITEM

GAR Mini Chair Mailer

1st Place

 

BEST STATIONARY PACKAGE

GAR Branding Materials 

1st Place

 

CATEGORY OF TELEVISION-NON BROADCAST VIDEO

“Making Memories” GAR Brand Video

2nd Place 

 

BEST IN COLLATERAL AWARD

GAR Mini Chair Mailer

Congratulations to the NJ Advertising Club on its 50th Year and all the other winners of the evening. And a very special thanks to the CI Group for all the love they poured into our projects. Above: CI Group and Sam & GAR Products

When Rustic Meets Industrial: Interior Design Focused On Antiques

Nov 13, 2018

furniture

 

When you think of interior design trends, a few stand out from the crowd: the rustic look offers the beauty of nature in a rugged yet sophisticated -- and often cozy -- environment; industrial decor is more about functionality and tends to be more modern, possessing a heavier look and feel; vintage design (considered one of the top 10 furniture trends of the 21st century) is all about the charm and mystique of days long past.


When decorating their homes, most people pick one and stick with it since mixing and matching styles can easily look sloppy and disorganized. One very ambitious antique dealer combined all of them -- and successfully, too -- in a one-of-a-kind loft in Chicago.


Originally built in the 1890s, this live-work space has been carved out of a former coal factory, perhaps lending inspiration for the solid industrial furniture pieces like the steel fireplace and concrete fixtures.


Though the base design is minimalist and industrial, there is still warmth to the space. High quality furniture such as the leather-topped coffee table owner Stuart Grannen crafted from an old pommel horse lends a timeliness that is unique to this incredibly unique space, and there are a number of varying upholstery fabrics that lend texture and flare to the open rooms.


Grannen owns Architectural Artifacts, an 80,000 sq. ft. antiques warehouse in Ravenswood. This experience no doubt led to his artfully crafted decorating decisions, like keeping the factory's original clay tiles and raw concrete walls, yet adding exposed overhead timber beams. However, his bare-bones choices don't mean the house is cold or unlivable.


"My client took every step to keep as much of the industrial patina intact while adding modern conveniences such as radiant heating, a new roof, and new windows," said Grannen's properties agent Lucas Blahnik.


Grannen's bold yet knowledgeable and well-planned design choices are inspirational to those who may be bored with their current style. Understanding how pieces, textures, and patterns go together (or stand apart) is crucial to achieving such a look, and can help those designing all spaces -- whether they're residential or commercial. With dedication and the right know-how, you can have a home or restaurant as unique as Grannen's coal factory.

What To Expect When Ordering Custom Furniture For Your Restaurant

Oct 29, 2018

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Interior design is a skill, usually one that takes time and effort to perfect and fully understand. Knowing what upholstery fabrics go with what table finishes and the impact that nailheads for furniture, subtle though they may be, have on a piece's overall aesthetic is a complicated art. Fortunately, if you have the eye and the patience, your mind will be filled with ideas and ways to incorporate them into your restaurant.


Unfortunately, however, it can be exceedingly difficult to have a distinct expectation in your head and try to carry it over to commercial furniture manufacturers; oftentimes, it can be hard to communicate your exact desires -- you know what you want, but they may need a more detailed explanation or understanding of your vision and the space it's going to occupy. Here are a few things to keep in mind while purchasing custom high quality furniture from a commercial manufacturer.


Have Patience

It takes patience to understand your own desires, so patience matters twofold when dealing with the people that are going to be bringing them to life. Everything that you order, from commercial furniture fabrics to the type and stain of wood, is chosen by you. With literally limitless options at your fingertips, you need to be as clear and precise as possible -- working within the capabilities of the manufacturers themselves -- to ensure that the final product is worth the cost and the time it took to receive it.


Understanding Quality

Quality refers to the craftsmanship and materials that go into the creation of a piece; though consumers expect wood furniture to last 15 years longer than other types, this does not mean that the piece is indestructible. If you own a family restaurant filled with rambunctious children, custom furniture may not be the route you want to take as it will be lost on your customers as well as damaged by them. Even particularly mature and classy restaurants and bars see a lot of wear and tear, so you might want to allocate a certain section, like a lounge area or corner, to display your custom furniture. This way, the quality can still be enjoyed without risking harm.


Once you know the limitations and expectations surrounding commercial custom furniture production, the process will be a lot smoother. From commercial furniture fabrics to simple table tops, your restaurant -- and your peace of mind -- will be doing better than ever.

3 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Dining Tables For Your Restaurant

Oct 23, 2018

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Establishing a restaurant is no easy feat; even after you've purchased the location and formed a tentative menu, you still need to decorate the place. Since restaurants are judged mainly on the quality of experience and quality of food, first impressions play heavily into creating a space that people will be happy to return to. This means that every design choice you make matters -- from the upholstery fabrics to the furniture nailheads, and everything in between. The interior design industry generates around $10 billion in annual revenue, so you will have the pick of the litter when it comes to one of your most important decisions: your dining rooms tables. Here are three tips to get you started.

 

  • Consider your theme/style. While mismatched textures and decor styles can be charming if handled by a professional interior decorator, they risk making your restaurant look sloppy and disorganized if implemented without any knowledge of design. It is much easier to simply pick a theme and stick to it; the type of cuisine you're marketing can help point you in the right direction, and a few Internet searches (or professional consultations) can inform you to buy either solid wood table tops or industrial steel tables, as an example.

 

  • Think about the space you have to work in. Dining room tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and failing to consider the impact those aspects play can have disastrous effects in your restaurant: tables that are too big or oddly shaped will make the space feel tight and cramped, and guests will frequently be bumping into each other; tables that are too small will look silly in large spaces, and may also cause overcrowding -- if you have more tables to seat people at, you may end up overbooking and chewing off more than you can handle.

 

  • Pay attention to the legs. Solid wood table tops look great when you're looking at them from above, but your guests won't appreciate the beautiful finish if they're constantly banging their knees against trestle supports or tangling their legs with others seated at their table. Be sure to try your table out yourself before you go ordering two or three dozen.


With a little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of effort, your dining room tables will perfectly complement your new (or revamped!) restaurant.

Old Is New Again: Why So Many Of Us Prefer Vintage Design

Oct 02, 2018

upholstery fabric

 

Interior design is an ongoing communication between your business and your customers.


What does it say about your brand when a visitor spots tears in your lobby's chairs or outdated upholstery fabric? Nothing good, that's for sure. Quality furniture is an expected standard for any business, whether it's a small restaurant's dining area or a major corporation's lobby. Failing to meet this basic bar will tarnish your brand's image. Fortunately for you, the U.S. interior design industry has never stopped evolving. You have more than enough options to find the perfect company aesthetic, the perfect combination of high quality wood furniture and artful accessories.


In recent years, many people have gravitated toward more vintage interior design styles. In fact, About.com lists vintage furniture as one of the top ten design trends of the millennium. A recent survey by Furniture Today also found that 57% of American consumers report a preference for vintage pieces. Of course, "vintage" can mean many different things, from bars that recall the dapper days of the Roaring Twenties to the neon retro stylings of the 1980s. These design choices shouldn't be taken lightly.


But while trends come and go, some vintage design elements have remained a reliable constant. When looking for classic commercial furniture and upholstery fabric, here are some popular options to keep in mind:


Wood Furniture And Its Positive Impact


Wood furniture is both stylish and timeless. Whether you want to adopt a more modern approach or are attempting to recreate the mid-century era, wood table tops and high quality wooden chairs add a certain charm that can't be easily recreated with any other material. Just as importantly, wood furniture is incredibly practical. With the right finish, wood tabletops and chairs can last for decades. Plus, the warm tone of wood blends in perfectly with a variety of interior design styles and color themes.


The Industrial Aesthetic
Have you noticed that many of your favorite restaurants now feature exposed ductwork and pipes overhead? Architects didn't suddenly forget to install ceilings; rather, the industrial look has become one of the most popular schools of interior design in recent years. In addition to exposed ductwork, industrial design features lots of exposed brick, concrete, reclaimed wood, and metal surfaces. Retro-inspired furniture upholstery fabric also pairs well with the industrial look, which is especially common in modern offices and hip restaurants.


The Comfort of the Familiar
When designing the perfect commercial space, you can't forget about your most important asset: your customers. Customers respond to positive emotions, and the nostalgia associated with vintage-inspired spaces makes customers feel instantly at home. Whether it's the 1950s nostalgia of a milkshake diner or the super-hipster aesthetic of a 1920s-themed craft cocktail lounge, nostalgia puts customers instantly at ease. You can cultivate this feeling by using antique knick-knacks on the walls, hanging old paintings, and purchasing classic wooden chairs, tables, and mirrors. Your upholstery fabric can run the gamut from simple velvet to retro patterns to complete the look.


Why Invest In Your Company's Interior Design?


Whether you realize it or not, your company's interior design says a lot about your business. That's why so many businesses invest in quality commercial furniture. According to Furniture Today, furniture sales are projected to reach an astonishing $120 billion by 2020, driven in large part by the commercial furniture sector. On top of that, the interior design industry generates around $10 billion in revenue every year, and Americans are only getting hungrier for meaningful design.


Ultimately, you may decide that the vintage aesthetic isn't quite right for your business. But regardless of your specific tastes, your company's interior design does impact the way customers view your brand. You ignore this basic fact at your peril.

When Fashion Meets Furniture: Furniture Startup Founded By Fashion Lovers

Sep 27, 2018

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Furniture and fashion are more like cousins than sisters, but two women are aiming to bridge the gap with their furniture startup, The Inside. Christine Lemieux and Britt Bunn have created an affordable and entirely customizable interior design company whose tagline is, quite fittingly, "fashion your home."


Lemieux believes that millennials are the future and that they are treating their homes more like closets.


"In the past, there was this sense that you would decorate your home and be done. But to the modern consumer, the home is never finished: it's always a work in progress. We are constantly changing the way it looks, rearranging the furniture, bringing in new pieces, changing the colors of our walls."


The Inside gives consumers the freedom to do just that: their direct-to-consumer business strategy saves customers money without sacrificing individuality. All of the products are customizable and made on demand. Consumers no longer need to hunt around for specific upholstery fabrics to match a certain room -- they can pick the exact color or pattern they want, no hassle whatsoever. High quality furniture brands produce beautiful pieces but can be costly; with The Inside, every piece will be constructed and delivered within two to three weeks (they have factories in North Carolina, Illinois, and Pennsylvania). Since all the products are made to order, they have no wasted inventory or need for expensive storage facilities; this allows them to significantly reduce the price of each item, making them affordable to the average consumer.


"There's been this shift in the market, with brands like Target and Wayfair democratizing interior decorating," Lemieux says. "I'm all for it. We spend so much of our time in our homes, and it shouldn’t be a luxury to create spaces you really love living in."


Lemieux and Bunn couldn't have picked a better market; furniture sales are expected to reach $122 billion by the year 2020, potentially due to Millennials' propensity to change quality furniture like they change scarves. They may not sell commercial furniture, but their high quality furniture brand certainly has the potential to dominate the home market.

Thinking About Buying New Restaurant Furniture? Here Are 3 Things To Keep In Mind

Sep 19, 2018

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There are many reasons you may want to buy commercial furniture for your restaurant: the old pieces may be falling apart, you suddenly had a burst of inspiration, or you're not doing as well as you'd like and want to upgrade your interior. Whatever your motivations, upgrading to stylish, high quality furniture can be quite the endeavor, both mentally and financially. To ensure that you have thought everything through before making your purchase and making your change, consider these three aspects first.

  • Design plans: Consistency is the name of the game in the restaurant biz (in fact, it's one of the three key principles of interior design) -- if you run a Mexican restaurant and you swap out your bright, colorful furniture for drab or dreary new pieces, people are going to notice, and (unfortunately) they're not going to like it. It is vital that you keep a common theme, style, and color scheme throughout the entire space; this helps you build your brand, ensuring that first-time customers become repeat customers.

 

  • Customer comfort: You may have discovered some industrial chairs made out of sleek stainless steel that you adore, but that doesn't mean your customers -- who have to sit on them for a few hours -- will. The customer always comes first, and this includes their physical comfort. Luckily, there are ways to incorporate certain aspects of design that may be less-than-practical: for example, if you love the stainless steel look, add artwork throughout the space instead.

 

  • Durability/Upkeep: It's important to remember that whatever commercial furniture fabrics or table finishes you pick out are going to need to withstand being routinely cleaned. Additionally, it's wise to think in the long run: some pieces may be more expensive at the outset but will last significantly longer than cheaper options.


Remember that your restaurant is a representation of yourself. First impressions mean just about everything in today's business market, so you want to be absolutely sure you've made the best one possible. If you keep that in mind while you're looking to buy commercial furniture, you can't fail!

Flea Market Finds: How To Combine Different Woods And Finishes At Home

Sep 06, 2018

table finishesEverybody loves a good vintage piece of furniture; it has a history and a personality all its own. In fact, so many people love the look that vintage furniture has become one of the top 10 trends of the 21st Century, according to About.com. Finding the pieces are easy -- with so many antique stores and flea markets popping up across the country, you simply need to have a good eye for high-quality furniture. Making sure your pieces actually work with each other is another story altogether.


Here are a few tips to help you create the well-used, well-loved aesthetic that vintage wooden pieces are known for.


  • Complementary is better than close: Wood and table finishes vary immensely in color and intensity. If you can't find an exact match (which you most likely won't be able to since you're getting your goods from all different times and places), it is always better to choose finishes that complement each other; an almost-match says "I tried and failed", while complementing colors look planned and intentional. To do this, focus on the undertones of the wood: warm undertones appear yellow, red, and orange, cool undertones are more grayish, and neutral undertones appear beige. Beige can match both warm and cool wood finishes, so it is usually a safe option if you're unsure.

 

  • Keep a common element: They won't be matching in color, but there should be a common theme in the furniture pieces you've collected. Consider formality, period, style, or shape. Shape doesn't mean they all need to be identical, just that you should focus on whether they're curvy vs clean-lined, as an example.

 

  • Scatter close finishes: If you already have furniture that is close rather than complementary, you can trick the eye into thinking they're the same by spreading them out. Table finishes won't be seen as nearly-but-not-quite-the-same if they're spaced apart from one another, which is a handy tip if you've already gone on a purchasing spree.

 

  • Mix grain patterns and sizes: A piece's grain pattern, a.k.a. the shape and style of its rings as they flow through the wood, can set it apart as much as its color. Avoid the matchy-matchy issue by mixing all kinds of grains in a room, drawing the eye from one piece to another.


Wood and table finishes can make a house beautiful and really give it that rustic, homey feel. Make sure you're picking the right vintage pieces and your friends will be shocked at your newfound interior design skills! 

Going Rustic: Your Handy Guide To Different Wood Types For Your Table Tops

Sep 04, 2018

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You're picking out your final table selection for your restaurant, and you know that you want it to be made of wood for that perfect rustic feel, but which wood is going to be best for your business? Consult this handy guide to make sure your solid wood table tops fit your vision. 

 

Oak


The most widely used hardwood and the most popular to use for crafting American and English country designs, oak is strong, heavy, and has a light coloring. It has a prominent grain and coarse texture that come from the wood's natural rings and pores. These features make oak a very rustic choice, giving a table the feeling that it was just cut from the tree. Oak is very durable, able to withstand constant use, and is usually cut in a way so that it is resistant to warping. It does stain when it comes in contact with water, but is otherwise a great investment for your wood table tops.


Maple


Maple is the wood often used in bowling alleys because it is so hard and resistant to shocks. It is very light and has a fine texture and even grain because of its evenly sized pores. This more subtle grain and polished texture would suit your tables if you are looking for a sharp design that still has the natural element of wood. Maple has been used frequently in American colonial furniture and is a cost-friendly option for many. 


Mahogany


Mahogany is a tropical hardwood and its price and quality depend on where exactly it originates. In general, mahogany is very durable and has a reddish-brown color. It has a uniform pore structure with lightly defined rings. Because of its general uniformity and lack of ring structure, mahogany is often used as a carving wood in many different styles, from Victorian reproductions to contemporary furniture. If you want your restaurant tables to have a high-class finish, use mahogany.


Pine


A softwood that grows in most areas of the Northern hemisphere, pine has an even and close-grained texture. It is usually a soft white or pale yellow color that is very light-weight. While the grain is close and even, pine often has prominent knots that make it preferable for a decorative effect. Pine is typically used in country or provincial furniture. It is prone to nicks and scratches, but it is a reliable and low-cost option for your wood table tops. 


Walnut


Walnut ranges from light to dark chocolate brown in color and is a strong and durable wood without being overly heavy. It has a wavy grain towards the roots of the tree and often has large burls. Walnut was a very popular choice for cabinet-making, especially in the 18th century. Known for its strength, walnut is a great choice for quality furniture as it will last you for years to come. 


As quality and durability are the top two factors that consumers in the U.S. expect of their furniture, you need to make sure that your modern wooden tables impress your customers. You also need to ensure you will get your money's worth, and you can achieve both by knowing which wood is right for you before you buy. 

3 Things To Focus On When Picking Out Furniture For Your Restaurant

Aug 31, 2018

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Every successful restaurant has three things in common: great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. The first two are dependent on people, but an aesthetic is created from the theme and style of the furniture you choose to use. It is also the first thing that people notice, and first impressions carry quite a lot of weight these days. Here are three aspects of furniture that will define your style and, if paired in the right way, will have people talking about your restaurant days after they've left.


  • Fabric: A key piece of the puzzle, the fabric on your furniture sets the mood, as it were, for the entire theme. It will be what people come into contact with the most, so you'll want something as comfortable as it is durable. Beyond that, the options are basically limitless. Around 57% of Americans prefer vintage furniture, so maybe you'll want to look into re-purposing upholstery fabrics from old pieces. Are you going to choose something sleek and rustic, like leather, or go for a patterned piece? Color and design are just branches under the great big fabric tree, but their consistency is what changes a clash of style and color into a coherent aesthetic.

 

  • Material: Depending on the vibe you're going for, the base material of the furniture can be as important as the fabric that sits atop and within it. Wood comes in many varieties of stains, shades, and finishes: will you choose rich mahogany wood table tops, or go for the lighter oak table finishes? If your restaurant is industrial-themed, consider metal -- it's easy to clean and maintain, but may be uncomfortable for your customers.

 

  • Furniture nailheads: Furniture nailheads may not seem like they should warrant much attention, but they can provide excellent accents when utilized correctly. In fact, the ever-popular vintage style displays prominent brass and iron nailheads. It is a small detail that is worth investing in -- your customers may not necessarily notice them immediately, but they will contribute to the overall feel of your restaurant.


If you've already found a place and set a menu, the hard work is already done. Design can even be fun if you do it right, so heed these instructions and create a restaurant that will forever live in the memories of those that stop by for a bite to eat.

Color Pros Are Already Anouncing 2019 Favorites, And They're Promising For Restaurants

Aug 28, 2018

modern restaurant furnitureIt's only the eighth month of 2018, but color industry giants are already buzzing about next year's hottest palettes and featured colors. Pantone and PPG Paints are especially huge in the interior design industry, of course; portions of the $10 billion spent annually on interior design most assuredly go towards updating new and old spaces with the most on-trend hues showcased on their websites. Good news for modern restaurant furniture and design? The first color picks for 2019 are looking moody, lush, and inspired by indulgent food colors.


Although Pantone's iconic Color of the Year announcement isn't until December, PPG has already announced their 2019 Color of the Year. It's a dark, moody, kale-esque aqua called Night Watch. PPG rep Dee Schlotter says that the vibe of Night Watch recreates "the calming, invigorating euphoria" of nature. She recommends using the deep color as an alternative to the stark black and deep navy colors that have been trending this year. How to use Night Watch most effectively? As an accent wall color, quirky wood table finish, or lush upholstery fabric, and pair it with brass or gold accents.


So what's Pantone up to before December? They released their PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2019 collection, which consists of 72 colors curated into eight palettes that the Pantone color experts predict will be the trendiest of 2019. One of those palettes is "Cravings". It features sultry, warm hues and pops of cool almost-pastels that, according to Pantone's official release, were partially inspired by "fetish foods." The bright palette is grounded by warm base colors Cappuccino and Butterum. Overall, the playful and eye-catching colors are a dream for designers of chic café sets and modern restaurant furniture.


Even after the bold choice of Ultraviolet for Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year, it's looking like the popping palettes of 2019 are leading up to more daring design trends. Interior designers will surely have a lot of fun with the color mood of 2019 if PPG and Pantone have anything to say about it.

What To Look For In A High Quality Furniture Producer

Aug 06, 2018

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As more and more people (millennials especially) are growing up and buying homes, they're looking for furnishings that provide more than just a place to sit or store personal belongings. They want items that define their personalities as well as their lifestyles -- furniture that is as durable and long-lasting as it is striking. If you're looking to hire someone to build high quality furniture, there are a few things you're going to want to pay attention to during your search.

  • Dedication: As surprising as it may sound, this is a hard requirement to meet. Many people create a business because they simply need an income, yet high quality furniture is not an area you want to skimp on. Even if you're just purchasing something as straightforward as bar stools, you want a manufacturer who treats each piece as if they were going in their own home. Finding a furniture producer whose tricks of the trade have been passed down through several generations is usually a good sign -- this business is as much a part of their life as their family is, so they'll be more likely to imbue each work with a passion inherited from their parents or grandparents.

  • Craftsmanship: Passion is one thing, but your furniture makers are still going to need to possess a great amount of skill. Again, family businesses tend to be safe because skills are passed down through decades of experience, and the current owners most likely spent their entire lives surrounded by the high quality workmanship environment that was created by their elders. The ability to create something that is as strong as it is beautiful is no easy feat -- especially because most consumers expect wooden furniture to last them at least 15 years longer than other types. Find furniture manufacturers that can meet that expectation and still design something uniquely your own, and you'll be overwhelmingly satisfied with the result.

This piece is going to be in your home, your most personal of spaces -- your friends and family are going to see it when they come to visit. Take the time to research high quality furniture manufacturers to make sure you've found the right one, and you'll be happy with your furniture for decades to come.

From Shame To Chic: 3 Styles to Revitalize Your Hotel Lounge

Aug 02, 2018

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Creating the perfect lounge is one of the most crucial aspects of owning a hotel -- you want to reassure your guests that they've chosen a chic place to stay that exists firmly in the 21st century so they can spread the word around town! Get rid of those wobbly bar stools and worn upholstery fabrics and let your guests drink and lounge in style; choose from one of these three themes and watch the business roll in.

  1. Modern/Contemporary: One of the most popular styles in use, the modern look is all about minimalist furniture and clean, open spaces. Simplicity is key -- you don't want clutter, as easy as it can be to accumulate. The use of wood table finishes and floors are usually combined with neutral-colored furniture. Commercial furniture manufacturers are very familiar with this style and will be able to provide exactly what you need to furnish your elegant, sleek new hotel lounge.
  2. Funky/Bold: As surprising as it might sound, the 70's and 80's are back. Millennials are seeking different, more unique furniture to match their personalities, and that extends to the bars and lounges they frequent. Consider inserting some dazzling patterns, replete with bright purple or yellow colors, and conversation-starting pieces -- your lounge will be the talk of the town!
  3. Eclectic: Apparently, interior design must follow three key rules: unity, color, and focal point. However, the eclectic style doesn't seem to abide by any of those; combining multiple styles, textures, eras, and trends, the eclectic style can offer a little something for every single one of your guests, and will be sure to provide conversation for an entire evening. You can have a field day picking your favorite pieces from commercial furniture manufacturers since you'll have almost no restrictions in your choices, and will still end up with a truly unique setting for your guests to mingle.

These styles and themes are sure to revitalize and revamp your dull, outdated lounge. In addition to garnering new business and income for your hotel, designing and planning the decorations will be an exciting and fun endeavor. Make a lounge that you'd be happy to spend your time in and your guests will see and embrace it.

How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Ultimately Successful

Jul 17, 2018

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To have a successful restaurant, you need to do everything with safety in mind. From clean tables to proper employee training, safety is especially important in a restaurant setting. Want to know more? Keep reading for some important eatery safety tips.

Train Your Employees Properly

Each member of your staff needs to follow specific safety procedures. Your restraint is only as safe as your employees who went through your training processes. Teaching them how to handle all of the equipment, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to properly cook food for your customers to consume are all of the utmost importance. 

Create Safe Eating Environments

Along with the food being safe to eat, it’s important that what your customers are eating off of is also safe. The table tops must be treated with safe table finish. So if your customer were to drop a piece of pasta on the table and put it in their mouth, they wouldn’t get sick in the process. Along with table finishes, the chairs must not be broken, the furniture nailheads must stay in place, and the floors must be free of slipping hazards. Approximately 57% of American consumers report a preference for vintage pieces, according to a survey by Furniture Today. If you choose vintage pieces, make sure they're safe for people to be around by inspecting them before putting them out on your floor. 

Have Fire Safety Equipment Placed All Over Your Restaurant

With the excessive amounts of heat and fire, your kitchen staff will be using to cook meals, it’s important to be ready for any dangerous situation. To prepare yourself, place fire extinguishers throughout your business, not just in your kitchen. You should also install emergency lights and exit lights throughout the building and look for appliances that come with fire suppression systems. These appliances will switch off the fuel supply when activated and dispense substances that can help put out flames.

If you want to make your restaurant successful, it’s all about being safe. To do this, you need to train your employees, create a safe dining environment, and have fire safety equipment all around your restaurant. 

How to Pick the Right Wood Finish for Your Restaurant Tables

Jul 16, 2018

wood table finishWhen you open your restaurant, you can feel overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make. Between the technological, financial, and design specifications for your restaurant, choosing the right tables might be the last thing on your mind. But this is one of the most important aspects of running your restaurant. 

Not only does a good table create an ambiance in your restaurant, it needs to have the durability necessary to handle many different clients and the messes that they can create. So, how do you choose the right finish for your restaurant's many tables? Here are the three most common types of table finishes.

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A wood table finish for your commercial furniture is one of the best options for durability in a restaurant. As a restauranteur, you'll likely want to go for a polyurethane finish. While polyurethane finishes are often difficult to repair, they make up for it in water resistance and their scratch proof exterior designed to keep your wooden tables looking fresh and clean, no matter how old they might be. There are different types of wood table finish options to choose from however. Other types of finish include: 

  • Wax finish - This finish is perfect if you want your wood to be on display, not the finish. The transparent quality of the finish means that it requires regular maintenance due to its more delicate nature. 
  • Stain finish - This serves as a more decorative finish designed to highlight the natural aspects of the wood. You can choose from a variety of stain finishes including matte, gloss, and oil- or water-based finishes.

Varnishes

Your wood table tops might do even better with a varnish. Wood varnishes are oil-based and resistant to water, making them a good option for your restaurant's bar or table tops. However, this is a difficult product to work with and it's recommended the work get done by a professional to create a beautiful end product. Too many brushstrokes, or not waiting long enough for the oil to dry can lead to a cheaper looking final product. Many suppliers will thin the varnish before its application. This gives the table top a wonderful vintage feel, one of the top 10 trends in furniture today. 

Lacquer

Lacquers are one of the most durable types of wood table finish. They don't have the scratch-proof quality that polyurethane finishes do, but the versatility in sheen type and transparency make it a popular option for restaurants and other commercial furniture manufacturers. It's quick-drying, dries hard, and provides water resistance, making it perfect for use in your restaurant. It's easily repaired and sprayed onto your high quality furniture. 

When you're looking for a new wood table finish for your restaurant, consider these three options for your tables.

Top 3 Restaurant Trends to Start Getting Comfortable With This Year

Jul 13, 2018

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Over the next few years, you can expect major changes in the world of restaurant furniture. So why not get ahead of the game and tackle these trends now? Here’s what you need to implement in your restaurant today.

Increase in Patio Furniture

People love being able to sit outside with a glass of wine and enjoy their dinner. You can make that happen at your restaurant by stocking your patio full of comfortable, trendy outdoor furniture. The weather-resistant furniture should consist of a table, chairs and a parasol. Parasols can be moved around and removed from the center of the table completely if your patrons want to enjoy the sunshine. 

Eco-Friendly Furniture Is On the Rise

To bring more attraction to your restaurant, consider using eco-friendly pieces. More and more people are turning to a “green” lifestyle and are supporting businesses that follow that way of life. If your customers know that your commercial furniture is made right in the United States and can last a long time, they’re more likely to populate your seats instead of somewhere else. When they pay their bill, they'll feel happy knowing they are contributing to a place that cares about the world. 

Customizable Furniture Is Key

It's no secret we value good design. The interior design industry generates approximately $10 billion in revenue every year. Pieces that are customized to fit your restaurant's personality are extremely trendy. Creating pieces that fit your aesthetic, your customers, and your needs are key. For example, if you tend to serve a lot of older customers, choosing quality furniture that’s made with furniture upholstery fabric and is comfortable will make them enjoy sitting for hours. The furniture upholstery fabric will create a cushion so they aren’t hurting their backs. Plus, you can use furniture upholstery fabric in a color and pattern that matches your style.

To get more people through your door, keeping up with the trends is crucial. Get ahead of the game by using eco-friendly furniture, patio pieces, and customizing your seats and tables.

4 Elements That Might Be Making Your Restaurant Design Outdated

Jul 13, 2018

furnitureEven if you love the old-school charm that your restaurant has built up over the years, that retro aesthetic may actually harm you in the long run. Unfortunately, as anyone who lived through the 1970s knows (or the 1990s, for that matter), not all looks are timeless.

And while the quality of your kitchen and bar staff matter immensely, a great restaurant is about much more than just the food. It’s all about the experience. If you don’t have an updated space, you may be losing customers. Here are four design elements that may add up to an outdated restaurant environment.

Your China

Take some time to look at the bowls and plates you serve your food on. Is it outdated? If it is, it might be time to upgrade. Choosing a basic, elegant white is perfect if you’re a casual restaurant. However, if you own a place that’s a lot more high-end, you need to invest in something a bit more exciting. Many restaurants are experimenting with bolder color palettes and unusual plating options. If your establishment's overall aesthetic is bright and bold, don’t be afraid to choose bright colored plates.

Your Glassware


After inspecting your china and replacing it if necessary, look at your glassware. Your glassware needs to complement your china, your decor, and your menu. If your wine glasses, for example, are discolored, dingy, and cloudy, it’s definitely time to upgrade. A simple switch of your 10-year-old wine glasses to something a lot newer can make all the difference. Likewise, while stemless wine glasses and mason jars were en vogue several years ago, new trends have since come along. Don't be afraid to mix it up.

Your Furniture

Do you have upholstery fabric that looks like it just popped out of the 1970s? Do your wood table tops have glass rings covering their surface? Unless your restaurant is based on a certain era, keep your commercial furniture modernized. The majority of respondents to a Furniture Today survey said they prefer furniture that lasts between five to nine years. But if your furniture is more than 10 years old, then it might be time for some new pieces, fabrics, and finishes. Get rid of those rickety, broken barstools and replace them with comfortable chairs. Not only will they look better in your restaurant, but your guests will be much happier sitting on something sturdy.

Your Dried Flowers

A dead giveaway that your restaurant is outdated is a trace of dried flowers. If you have those in any of your rooms, throw them out immediately. Dried flowers tend to collect dust and are extremely hard to clean. If you really love the look of flowers in your space, consider using the real deal. Just make sure to change them out when they start to die. Many restaurant owners ultimately come to the conclusion that live plants are more trouble than they're worth. However, you can still incorporate small, fresh flowers into centerpieces and table candles for a touch of life in your eating space.

Whether it be your furniture, your flowers, or your china, there are so many things that can make your restaurant look outdated. Taking the time to update all of these elements can make a huge difference.

Top Restaurant Design Trends You Need to Know in 2018

Jul 09, 2018

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With all of the demands on a restaurateur's time, the design of your restaurant may not be your top priority. But for guests coming into your business to dine and enjoy cocktails, modern decor and trendy design can really impact their experience. And in this Instagram-obsessed social media age, the lighting, furniture, and overall aesthetic of your restaurant matters more than ever before.

So what restaurant design trends to you need to know to stay current in the cut-through restaurant industry? Keep reading to keep up with the year’s hottest restaurant design trends.

Say Goodbye to White Walls

This year, it’s all about strong colors and bold prints. Especially inside East Coast restaurants, bold color schemes like forest green and gold are popping up in a variety of establishments. Imagine the kind of colors you would see in someone’s home during the 1960’s. Those are the types of shades you should be incorporating into your restaurant this year.

In addition, wallpaper is making a major comeback in the interior design world. In the same way that bold prints are taking over the fashion world, eye-catching wallpapers are having a moment of their own. While these prints won't be appropriate for every space, they can be the perfect backdrop for lounges and more intimate areas of your restaurant.

Get Rid of Your Industrial Pieces

Take this year as an opportunity to get rid of your restaurant's industrial look. Yes, the era of exposed ducts and concrete everything is coming to a close. Replace your metal furniture with wooden and colorful pieces. Incorporate some solid wood table tops or wood table finishes rather than the marble we’ve all grown to love. We’re so used to using exposed brick and bare light bulbs, which can make a space appear very monotone. High quality, modern wood furniture can make a space feel warm and welcoming, just as long as your pair it with some color. Consumers expect wood furniture to last 15 years longer than other furniture. Because of this, you know the pieces will last you a long time.

Bring in the Plants

Different landscape elements are all the rage right now. In fact, there's a good chance you are within eyesight of a succulent right now. But there is actually so much more you can do to incorporate plants while standing out from every other restaurant on the scene. Consider devoting an entire wall to different living green pieces or get a little crazy and design your own indoor greenhouse. If your food is all-natural, you might even want to display a mini-garden where you will pick different herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the meals you make.

When your guests come through your restaurant doors, you can expect them to pay attention to a lot more than just the food and drink menu. Maintaining your restaurant's decor and aesthetic is extremely important. This year, get rid of your white walls, cut back on the industrial look, and bring in some plants.

Looking for modern restaurant furniture, commercial table tops, barstool chairs, and more? Contact GAR Products to review our most recent commercial furniture catalog.

‘Wood’ You Like to Buy a Table? Choosing the Best Tables for Your Restaurant

Jul 02, 2018

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Whether you’re looking to update your old restaurant furniture or just starting out, setting the right mood for your restaurant is key in attracting and keeping customers. When you’re looking for modern restaurant furniture that sets your business apart from the rest, consider these factors when choosing the best table for you.

Type of Material

You might want the post-modern feel of a metal table to entice customers; after all, the table is durable yet sophisticated. Or maybe you’d prefer the cozy ambiance of a wooden table? Modern restaurant furniture needs to be durable but quality -- as a consumer, this has been proven to be the most important part in the selection process. While each type of table material comes with its benefits and drawbacks, investing in a high quality furniture brand will ensure your tables look good from day one to 100. Try mixing up the upholstery fabric or choosing a wood table finish to blend different aspects of design to set your restaurant apart.

Size

Any good restaurateur knows that various table sizes are key in both getting customers in and out quickly. Buying the same sized tables will create a uniform look, but it might stop the flow of customers moving through your restaurant. Consider the demographics of the area in which your restaurant resides: is it mostly families, or corporate professionals looking to grab a quick bite? Variable sizing will offer more seating options to a wider variety of groups and individuals throughout the lulls and bustles during the day.

Cost

It might be tempting to skimp on the quality of your tables if you’re looking to spend less and get more. However, the benefits of commercial furniture cannot be emphasized enough: it will last longer and look better. While some cheaper furniture options might offer the appearance of durable restaurant furniture, make sure to buy your modern restaurant furniture from a reliable manufacturer. This is the only way to guarantee the longevity of your purchase and the safety of your guests.

While a granite countertop may cost more up front, they often don’t depreciate in value. A wooden table top may be more affordable but require more maintenance. The type of furniture and the volume of traffic your restaurant receives are important factors to include in the final cost you’re willing to pay.

Selecting the right table is one of the most important parts of setting that ambiance -- after all, the table is where old friends get together, new couples find love, and business relationships are established. Take these factors into account when you consider purchasing your new commercial furniture.

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

Jun 07, 2018

‘Making Memories’ Brand Video 2nd Place Winner