|For an upholsterer, the restaurant
upholstery industry is a booming business to get into. Restaurants
come with several advantages for an upholsterer. First and
foremost is ubiquity. Restaurants - particularly in metropolitan
areas - have a great deal of turnaround. The high turnaround
of restaurants is not great news for the restauranteur, but
it is welcome news to the restaurant upholsterer. Another,
related, advantage to the upholsterer who decides to get into
the restaurant business is the power of community and word
of mouth. Referrals bring a great deal of business to the
successful restaurant upholsterer.
So, how do you become a success in the restaurant upholstery
field? Below are some of the biggest things you should consider
on your next restaurant upholstery project.
With fabric at the forefront of any upholsterer’s mind,
it makes sense that fabric choice would be top on the list
of things you must consider when working on a restaurant upholstery
project. When it comes to restaurants, your fabric has to
be achieving several different jobs at once. First, it has
to establish the right mood for the space. Restaurant upholstery
is hugely about design and the environment it helps to create.
Secondly, your fabric needs to be both durable and functional.
Restaurants necessitate a fabric that will stand up to the
level of traffic that the restaurant requires. Plus, since
food and drink are front and center at a restaurant, you don’t
want to use a fabric that stains easily. For this reason,
vinyl and Crypton are top choices for restaurant upholsterers.
Vinyl comes in a wide range of styles and is incredibly durable.
It can also have flame retardancy, which is a great quality
for a restaurant. However, extremely durable vinyl is typically
more expensive, because the level of ingredients required
are more expensive. Crypton is also considered a more expensive
option, but it has extremely durable qualities especially
when it comes to liquids.
Some restaurants with a larger budget that want to achieve
a more luxe look might also use faux materials such as faux
leather. Some restaurants will also mix materials to achieve
a highly stylized look.
Understand Your Client’s Needs
Knowing your client’s priorities when it comes to fabric
will help you to achieve what they need in the most streamlined
way possible. If durability is important over all else, you’ll
make different choices than if a luxe appearance is the most
important quality they’re after. Make sure to know your
client’s priorities so that you can best achieve the
look and functionality they’re looking for.
Networking Is Key
Know how to make good relationships with your clients so that
you can thrive on their recommendations. Taking care of your
client, providing excellent customer service and communication,
and seeing to it that their needs are met in a timely and
professional manner are all important aspects of creating
long-lasting relationships. You want your client to feel happy
enough with the work that you did that if an upholstery project
comes up in the future, you’re the first call he ors
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