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What space-efficient design ideas can you implement in a small coffee shop?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Nerva, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Nerva

    Nerva Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I know this is an IM forum, but as IMers, you've surely sat in different coffee shops and thought to yourselves "Damn, this place is quite small, but it looks pretty neat!".

    What neat space-efficient ideas can you recall?
     
  2. Nut-Nights

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    In India we got tea shops, you can say. Visited one in Amritsar named Sharma Tea Stall, they got amazing small shop, its clean with straight benches (Simple design but comfortable) with tons of options to eat with tea.

    You mean from design view?
     
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  3. Sophie

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    You can decide whether to fill up your cafe with decors, or go for simplistic design.

    Theme cafes can also be one of the ideas. I remember visiting a cafe that's "Alice in Wonderland" theme and it was pretty creative and clever. But in order to avoid copyright infringement, they only follow their abstract designs without showing any references to Alice in Wonderland. But the name "Alice" was displayed several times everywhere with that hallucinating art. Even the teacups and coffee mugs were that Alice in Wonderland designs. It was pretty squeezy I remember (just 4 square tables, and the counter table... about 15-18 chairs in total) but it went viral to the point that every food bloggers featured them and they're raking in money pretty well, especially when I find the food and drinks to be only 'okay okay'. And because they went viral, they jack up their prices by a couple of dollars and people still visited them. The surprising part was when I patronized them I realized they had been up for several years already, and their rental was pretty high and they have high operating expenses (about 5-6 staffs operating that small cafe).

    Then there are simplistic designs like hipster cafes with bicycles hanging here and there, and they used plumbing pipes to create that decor. There was even a small telephone booth for people to use the public telephone. The tables and chairs were like metal benches you find in public places. However, the food was pretty good there and they have many regulars.

    Just check out pinterest, instagram, or google for "Hipster cafe designs" and you will get an idea. Here's one:
    https://www.pinterest.com/tornord/hipster-cafés/

    But when it comes to F&B businesses, especially cafes, turnover rate is the money. If your customers are gonna be students hogging the table and studying for hours or people using laptops for hours and all they ordered is a cup of coffee, you're gonna be in the disadvantage. New customers can't patronize if all tables are full most of the time... unless if your cafe is a 'must try' that customers wouldn't mind queuing and waiting.
     
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  4. Writerly

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    I love seeing cleverly designed small spaces! We have a lot of really narrow buildings in my neighborhood, so all of the cafes are really cramped, but they're fairly long when you go inside. All of them also have very tall ceilings, so they usually split the space with a platform and set up some of their tablet on there. The view of the bottom space is usually great. I also love it when these tiny places have huge glass store fronts to let in the light and attract customers. And funky decor is a must here, really.
     
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  5. Substitute seat for barstools was a thing I noticed. Also organic forms in an effort to make a room feel more “rounded”, if that makes any sense.

    And the there’s the age old trick of using white and lights to make a space seem bigger then it really is. Or you could go the opposite way and make it more mysterious by darkening the place up: i.e.: http://www.matsushita-matsutora.com/matsutora/

    Don’t know if you had any succes yet in acquiring that aged Pinterest account: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/small-cafe-design/

    Really liking the wall-mounted designer tables you see.
     
  6. davids355

    davids355 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I’d say go for a cosy feel if it’s small - nice comfy chairs etc. Keep it nice and warm.

    Make it feel homely.
     
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