OPG Insight | Designing Restaurant Amenities
"Remember, patrons see your bathroom as a reflection of how you keep your kitchen. If it's clean, so is the kitchen."
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When it comes to designing a restaurant, the focus is usually on the food, ambience, and service. However, one area that is often overlooked is the design of the restaurant amenities, specifically guest bathrooms. These spaces can greatly impact the overall experience of customers and shouldn't be neglected.
One of the biggest challenges when designing hospitality amenities is making the most of the space. Most restaurants are limited for space so it's important to make the most of it. When designing guest toilets, consider using space-saving fixtures such as wall-mounted toilets and sinks. This will not only save space but also give the bathroom a more modern and sleek look. Additionally, consider using sliding doors instead of traditional swinging doors to save even more room.
Lighting in restaurant bathrooms should be bright enough for visitors to see themselves clearly in the mirror, but not too harsh. Consider using warm, soft lighting to create a welcoming and relaxing feeling. You could also incorporate dimmer switches to allow for adjustable lighting depending on the time of day.
When designing restaurant amenities, it's important to remember bathrooms should not only be functional, but also provide a sense of luxury and comfort for guests. Consider adding scented candles, hand lotion, and high-quality hand soap to elevate the experience for patrons. Additionally, make sure the bathrooms are always well-stocked with essentials such as toilet paper and hand towels.
Of major importance is to ensure that your restaurant amenities are accessible to all guests, including those with disabilities. This means having at least one accessible bathroom stall with grab bars and enough space for a wheelchair to maneuver. Additionally, make sure the bathroom is well-lit and has non-slip flooring for added safety.
Design and Styling
Your venue amenities should tie in with the overall theme and aesthetic of your restaurant. This can be achieved through small details such as using the same colour scheme, materials, and decor as the rest of the restaurant. This creates a cohesive and visually appealing space for guests to enjoy.
Maintenance and Cleanliness
No matter how well-designed your restaurant amenities are, they won't leave a good impression if they are not properly maintained and kept clean. Make sure you have a regular cleaning schedule in place and check the bathrooms throughout the day to ensure they are well-stocked and tidy. Additionally, consider using air fresheners or diffusers to keep the bathrooms smelling fresh and inviting.
By following these tips and tricks, you can create restaurant restrooms that will enhance the overall experience for your guests. Remember to prioritise the space, lighting, accessibility, and maintenance when designing these areas.
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