Designing an Office Cafeteria? Here’s What to Do!

Office cafeterias are a hub for your workplace – a space to unwind, reenergize, talk to colleagues, and even hold informal meetings. Although it’s an often-overlooked space, according to research by Steelcase, 91% of employees feel that they need a space to recharge at work. Gone are the days of plastic trays shuttling along a silver rail while workers shovel scoops of reinvented mash potatoes onto your plate. In the modern office, eating at the company cafeteria is an experience no different than going to a fun, modern restaurant. Bringing modern office design ideas into your cafeteria space is a perfect marriage of form, fun, and functionality.

  • Welcoming Decor:

Everyone should feel welcome and at home as soon as they walk into your cafeteria, helping them relax and unwind. Use natural lighting, art, and color to create a vibrant yet relaxing ambiance. Opening it up to the outdoors adds that much-needed dose of vitamin D as well as a cafè vibe.

  • Create Gathering Spaces:

Eating at a long bare lunch table is also yesterday’s news. Modern cafeteria’s create grouped spaces that make it both easy to eat but also easy to interact in a cozy informal way. Depending on the size of the cafeteria, designs will balance the need for simultaneous seating with area’s that can double as gathering or meeting area’s for small groups. Introduce a “cool” factor to these areas through design and seating options. You can enhance your productivity, as well as feeding your teams.

  • Access to Tech:

If your business encourages employees to work flexible hours and pick their own surroundings, then your cafeteria can support this. Pop-up power allows employees to charge devices and run laptops from this space, and Wi-Fi keeps everyone in touch. This means you can hold meetings here in casual, coffee shop-type surroundings – everyone’s favorite kind of mobile working hotspot.

  • Don’t Forget about the Food:

The current generation of workers are more health conscious than any generation before. Any worthwhile cafeteria has to have a wide variety of fresh fruits, healthy snacks, salads and sandwiches as well as coffee, tea, and juices to help your employees keep their blood sugar levels stable and encourage wellness in the workplace. Don’t forget about gluten free options as well as more and more americans choose this lifestyle. Don’t underestimate how gourmet level food options and an inviting space conspire to make your company the place to be for your teams.

  • Comfortable but Hygienic:

Cafeteria furniture should be comfortable, but easy to clean and maintain. BE furniture represents many manufactures that achieve this perfect balance between high traffic modern furniture that is durable, beautiful, and easy to maintain. Because this is a food space, it’s important that it’s kept very clean, that food is prepared according to strict health standards, and that tables and chairs are cleaned regularly.

Need Help Designing the perfect Office Restaurant/Cafe’ Space?

 At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business that balances, design, functionality, and the culture of the company that you are trying to create. Whether you are looking to remodel your current cafeteria completely or replace your office furniture with contemporary office furniture, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about our design services for in-office restaurants, contemporary office interiors and reception areas, which include corporate office furniture, movable walls, glass partition wall units, desks furniture, and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/