Stimulating, atmospheric outdoor spaces…

  • POSTED ON: Tuesday 05, 2018

It’s that time of year again when the outdoors opens up… We see some great inspiration from London terraces, Rome rooftops, Parisian streets and the riverside in Cologne.

An outdoor terrace, eating or social space is an area that requires as much attention as the interior as it become increasingly popular to eat outdoors. Nestling into a corner with sheepskin rugs, scatter cushions and a Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail as the evening dusk settles is a great time for friendly chats, happy laughter and refreshing social gatherings!

To create that space that is stimulating we have a range of outdoor contract furniture that is colourful, in metal, plastic or timber. Add some seating in an Olive green tone with some Pastel pinks along with the Mill Collection tables, throw a rug over the seat, backdrop it with a plant scheme and climbers and there you have it a space to chill!


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  • POSTED ON: Tuesday 05, 2018


What do you do at UHS?

Create global strategies to implement and fulfil the brand vision… Creative Solutions Together! I follow trends, design and cultures.

What do you do outside of UHS?

Spend time with my wife and family, keeping active with the kids who love everything from Roller Blading, Climbing to Beach BBq’s. I love to travel the world, eat and cook good food and drink great red wine.. in the summer Gin!

What is your favourite food?

My favorite dish has to be a seafood pasta with clams, prawns, shrimp, mussels topped with loads of Parmesan! team this with a crisp white wine! Bellissimo!

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Get it right – right from the start
Buying the right furniture is the key to ensuring clean and well-maintained restaurant furniture. Essentially, there are two main things to look out for when purchasing furniture for your restaurant:

• Durability – furniture that is made from durable, high-quality materials will stand the test of time. You wouldn’t expect your customer to sit down at a wobbly table or feel unsafe in their chair. Just as you wouldn’t want them to sit down to a table that has been scrubbed within an inch of its life but still looks dark and grimy. It’s important to select restaurant furniture that will stay clean, comfortable and fit for purpose long after you have purchased it.

• Safety – customer safety is a top priority for any hospitality establishment. You want to ensure that the furniture you purchase is produced to the best quality whilst maintaining style and comfort. Riga tested furniture meets and exceeds the highest British standards in furniture to the hospitality industry.

Cleaning and maintaining your restaurant furniture

Now that you have invested in the right furniture for your restaurant, it is time to start thinking about cleaning and maintaining it so that it stays looking and performing at its best.

Your furniture cleaning regime will depend on both the material and the purpose of the furniture. We’ve highlighted some tips for a number of furniture categories below:

Outdoor restaurant furniture – outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements and requires a cleaner that protects materials against damp and mould. Since customer are eating at the tables, it is important to make sure that the surfaces are regularly cleaned with an anti-bacterial agent and chairs are cleaned with an anti-bacterial or multi-purpose cleaner to make sure that your customers’ clothing isn’t ruined by weather-related dust or debris.

Metal restaurant furniture – metal is one of the easiest materials to keep clean. You can’t go wrong with wiping down the metal surface with an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant using a soft cloth to minimise abrasion (over time, abrasion can cause paint to chip or scratch). Natural wear and tear in a busy environment is to be expected. As a result, we recommended regularly treating and re-painting damaged surfaces to prevent rust, particularly in outdoor environments.

Wooden restaurant furniture – food stains and grease marks can be tricky to get out of untreated wood. It is recommended to clean your wooden furniture with a wood-purpose cleaning agent and a soft cloth to prevent scratching. Damaged surfaces should be re-treated or painted to ensure a smooth, clean surface is achievable.

Restaurant table tops – it is vital to ensure that your table tops are not only clean but disinfected too. Table top hygiene is paramount – they are a place for food, after all! We recommend choosing a good anti-bacterial cleaner suitable for your particular surface material.

Restaurant chairs – upholstered chairs are the pinnacle of comfort. UHS Group provides a range of fabrics and leathers that are easy to clean and maintain – ideal for busy restaurants. We recommend using a good upholstery cleaner at regular intervals to retain the ‘new’ look and feel. Wood and metal surfaces can be cleaned using the suggestions above.

Indoor restaurant furniture – indoor furniture is prone to knocks, scrapes and spillages, which is why it is important to ensure that you select resilient furniture that stands up to a busy environment. Indoor furniture is easier to clean and maintain than outdoor furniture and requires less maintenance, although it is advisable to review the recommendations above for your specific furniture material.

Do you have any restaurant cleaning or maintenance recommendations that you can share? We would love to hear your suggestions on social media.

For more information, download our guide on maintaining your furniture here.

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[Paul Davies | CMO, Microsoft]

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Office furniture inspiration 

It’s time to get even more inspired and view our case studies! We’ve furnished a number of office spaces such as:

For more information on our products or a project you’re working on call 03301222400 or email [email protected].

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• Bacchus Bar, Birmingham, UK
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• Albert’s Schloss, Manchester, UK
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• Open Baladin, Rome, Italy
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If you need some advice on how to furnish your craft bar, get in touch with us or browse our product and case study pages for inspiration. Cheers!

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