Grand designs: Tips to improve your venue's interior

Sally Huband

19 October 2015

Getting the right furnishings in the right places can really help to pull in the punters. Sally Huband of Pub Stuff gives you her top tips to interior heaven


Make every penny spent on improving the interior of your venue relate to your business plan. If the majority of your projected income needs to come from dining, make sure your usage of space reflects that.

Consider modular furniture that allows for versatile use and can be scaled up and down as required. Mood boards are a great way to help you build a composite picture of your choices in furniture and furnishings.

People attract people. Use windows, glass doors or outside seating areas to create a comfortable and, importantly, visible environment. Populate it with great furniture and these areas will be most likely to fill up first and will act as bait to draw in more customers.

People attract people. Use windows, glass doors or outside seating areas to create a comfortable and, importantly, visible environment. Populate it with great furniture and these areas will be most likely to fill up first and will act as bait to draw in more customers.

Furniture decisions aren’t just confined to fireside wing chair v comfy sofa – consider which wood types and colours suit your venue, too. Padded or plain wood seating? Fabrics or leathers? What would your customer want?

Carefully plan out your floor space when you are starting out or refurbishing so that you are working as effectively as you can. Use a plan to try out different combinations of furniture and get a good idea of which styles of chairs, stools, tables and sofas will work best. Pub Stuff offers a free Pro Planner design service to map out floor space and work out the best way to zone it according to usage requirements.

Once you’ve finished your refurb, don’t forget to add a 3D virtual tour of the inside of your venue to your website. Customers love it when choosing where to book.

New or recycled furniture? Sustainability could be a very important factor for you and your customers.

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