A quick remodel or renovation can make a huge difference to the overall appearance and perception of a café. What is the first impression you want to create for your customers when they walk through the door? This can be a challenging question to answer. It can also lay the foundation for the changes you want to make to the physical space.
Are you trying to serve a different customer base with the renovation? What are your main motivations for making changes? Staying up with modern trends, creating a fresh look or doing required upgrades can all take precedence at times.
One thing is for sure, though, money is always one of the biggest factors that will affect your café renovation, in particular, if you are on a tight budget. But, even if you have a limited budget, you can still make big changes by using smart café renovation ideas.
Renovations are required to drum up more interest in your café, to continue growth, keep sales going in and to continue have customers come in the door. Here are some smart café renovation ideas if you are on a tight budget.
Paint Can Go A Long Way
Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to change the look and feel of your café. You can change its appearance almost overnight with some paint. Colour selection is essential. It can have a psychological impact on guests. Make sure you choose colours that make sense for the space, theme, and atmosphere you want to create for your café.
Entice Patrons To Come In With A Great Entryway
First impressions matter. A dark and dreary front entryway can cause people to think twice before dropping into your café, which could negative affect business. Improving your front entry and creating a better first impression can be done on a budget. There are lots of ways you can do this:
- Paint the exterior
- Add a new front entry door
- Add additional lighting and signage
- Upgrade the front windows
- Clean up the exterior and add some landscaping
- Expand the size of the entrance
- Add something unique about the entryway to catch the eye of patrons
Better Space Utilization
How you use the space you have can have a big impact on the functionality of the café. Here are some questions to consider:
- Is the café a little too cluttered?
- Are you making best use of the space you have?
- Is there dead space you could better utilize?
- Could you improve the layout?
- Are there walls that could be removed to open things up?
- Would opening up the ceiling make the space feel bigger?
By moving some things around, removing unnecessary furniture and items, you could open up the space, get some more tables in and make it more inviting for your guests.
Improve The Lighting
Lighting can have a big impact on your café immediately. Whether the lights were too dim or you didn’t have enough lights in the right places, a darker atmosphere can be less inviting, that is unless, that is what you are trying to create. The type, size, and style of the lighting used should tie into the overall theme of the café. If you really want to get create you could add a skylight or add larger windows to create more natural light.
COVID-19 has made the utilization of outdoor space a necessity for all types of restaurants. If you have access to outside space, it is imperative you take advantage of it to provide your guests with seating. As it stands right now, almost any type of outdoor seating will do during the summer months as we continue to combat the coronavirus. If you are planning to create a permanent outdoor space, have to compliment the interior.
Start Planning Your Café Renovation Today
A café renovation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. It’s not about how much you have to budget for the project, it’s about how you use your money to improve your café. With Fuhrmann Construction, we can help you get the most out of your café renovation on a tight budget. We can help you create something unique that your customers will love. Call us today to explore your renovation project options.
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