When shopping for restaurant furniture, new business owners will find many choices available at their local restaurant furniture supply shop. Metal, wood, plastic-what is the best option for their new restaurant? Many new owners opt for plastic furnishings to outfit their eating places. There are pros and cons to such a choice.

In an environment that demands cleanliness, restaurant furniture tables that are made of plastic can be easy to clean and disinfect without marring the surfaces. In contrast, wood restaurant furniture that does not have a strong protective coating can quickly dull from the use of disinfecting agents. Metal tabletops can suffer the same fate.

Restaurant furniture chairs that are molded from plastic are not only easier to keep clean but are usually lightweight. This makes it easier on the backs of restaurant staff that has to shift the chairs around for cleaning or to accommodate large parties. Wood and metal chairs, on the other hand, can be heavy. Moving them can result in back strains, and sometimes that can happen to customers as well as staff. 
When a new owner sets out to buy restaurant furniture, he or she may find the color choices available in plastic to be almost limitless. Colors in plastic can be vibrant or subdued, allowing restaurateurs to customize the furniture to the desired mood of their establishments.

Plastic furniture for restaurants can be less expensive to make, which makes it more economical for a new business to purchase. That affects the bottom line, which every new businessman or woman can appreciate. Wood furniture is usually more expensive, although that can depend upon the type of wood used in manufacturing the pieces.

When the food is tasty, a restaurant's furniture choices may not drive away customers, but it certainly can. Many diners prefer not to eat at a place where the restaurant seating furniture is plastic because they feel that such furniture has a cheap look to it. That can give customers the impression that the food at that establishment will taste cheap as well. Plastic furniture, if not manufactured to high standards, can wear out more quickly than wood or plastic furniture. That can result in more frequent replacement costs to the restaurant owners.

And the brighter colors that plastic furniture offers can come off garish if mismatched to the environment. So, as with any other purchase for their new establishments, restaurant owners must weigh the pros and cons of various types of furniture based on their own needs.