Tools to Plan Your Restaurant
Knowing what equipment you will have is the first step toward successfully planning your restaurant layout. Entrepreneur.com’s Restaurant Center provides checklists for full-service restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich shops and a pizzeria that can help you to plan what you will require.
SmartDraw Software offers a free trial download of their product which you can use to create layouts for your business.
Billed as a visual processor, the application makes creating visuals as easy as creating written documents.
The software includes sample restaurant floor plans, menus, schedules, and flyers. The Symbol Library provides images for a variety of objects including furniture, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, and cabinets that can help you to visualize your restaurant.
The free Coffee Shop sample floorplan gives you a general idea of how you might lay out your restaurant. Tables, booths, and bar areas are clearly shown, while the kitchen area is not detailed, so a little imagination is required to create something more detailed.
The free full-service restaurant template from Entrepreneur.com shows how one might lay out their business with separate dining areas, a central receiving area for guests, and an extensive kitchen area for food preparation.
FloorPlanner.com is an online tool you can use to create to-scale floor plans. Although it is focused toward houses, there are options for kitchens and dining rooms that you can use to design your restaurant layout.
This sample Tap House floor plan shows a sample floor plan with ample space for customers and kitchen staff, while providing attractive touches that create an ambience that makes the design completely customized.
With a free interactive demo that allows you to click, drag and drop objects, as well as a free basic package that you can sign up for, Floor Planner is a great option for people who want to try their hand at designing a restaurant quickly and easily.