3 Keys to Selecting Restaurant Table Bases and Tops

restaurant table basesThe furniture décor at your restaurant not only complements the restaurant theme but also reflects your own personality. It is important to decide what you want from the furniture you choose. Things like choosing tabletops and bases directly impacts your customer’s dining experience. You want your customers to have a positive reaction to your choices so they return often. An attractive, multi-purpose tabletop can complement any décor of your restaurant or bar, while the perfect table base provides the stability and durability your table requires. However, choosing the correct matching restaurant table bases and tabletops is a task easier said than done. It is important to be aware of some crucial things before making a purchase.

1. Construction Material

Restaurant tabletops are available in an array of size, color and finish options. The most commonly used restaurant or bar tabletops include butcher block, laminate, granite, resin, and stainless steel. While all of these materials haves certain benefits, you must decide what is most important; style, ease of maintenance, price or a combination of all three. Butcher block tabletops provide an all-natural look and work well with different styles of table bases. Laminate and resin tabletops offer a wide range of color options that complement any color or design scheme. Their easy maintenance and economical nature adds to their popularity among the restaurateurs. Metal tabletops made of materials like stainless steel or aluminum give a modern, contemporary look to the restaurant décor.

The most common restaurant table base is cast iron with wrought iron, aluminum, chrome, and stainless steel also available. Bases provide stable and durable support as long as they are the correct size for the table. For outdoor use, stainless steel bases are a good option because they are weather resistant.

2. A Combination of Durability, Style and Quality

Other issues can affect the choice of restaurant table tops. The durability of restaurant table tops may depend on construction material, whether the tables are used indoors or outdoors, and traffic patterns. The style of tabletops and bases you choose also depends on the theme you are trying to create.   If you want to give your establishment a traditional or an inherent “vintage” look and feel, you might be more interested in wooden table tops.

The restaurant table bases are also available in wide assortment of styles. From round base to cross base, and t-shaped bases to cantilevers with post legs, these table bases can support any table top. The quality of table bases depends on the stability they provide to the table top, which in turn depends on the base column thickness, top plate (also called a spider) and weight of the base. Contact a company that specializes in matching the table top size and weight with the appropriate base.

3. Properly Matched Table Tops and Bases

You cannot choose your restaurant table base without having in mind the size or style of table top you want to buy. The table base is responsible for the firmness and stability of the table. The erroneous selection of table base can result in wobbling, even tipping over, affecting customer’s safety and comfort. It is important to consider the size and weight of the table top before deciding on the type of table base.

It is always advisable to contact a commercial restaurant furniture expert to get the right advice on not only buying the right table bases for specific table tops, but for any questions regarding table tops and bases.