There’s a certain degree of nostalgia associated with booths from old diners and tables from old soda shops. They just give the aura of ‘good old days.’ If you dare to be different, you can bring those good old days back and incorporate them into your home décor by using restaurant furniture in your home.
Think how much fun it would be to have breakfast at a diner every morning. It can happen if you put a booth in your breakfast nook or dining area. Every lunch or dinner would be like a blue plate special! Or, treat your kids and their friends to banana splits and milk shakes at tables reminiscent of an old soda shop.
So you’re willing – but how do you go about finding such treasures? You could pay someone to custom design them for you. But where’s the fun in that? You could use an on line search in your quest by using key words like “used restaurant furniture” or “restaurant furniture.” Both key words will turn up a number of results.
But the fun way to find used restaurant furniture starts with scouring the classifieds of your local newspapers. Some actually carry a category called “Restaurant Equipment” or “Used Restaurant Equipment.” If not, search general merchandise and furniture for sale columns. Then, start looking for auctions. Your area newspapers will probably have a particular day of the week on which they run auction ads. Ask to find out when your paper runs its most of its auction ads. Look for restaurants going out of business, then read the list of items to be auctioned in the ad. If you see a piece of furniture that sounds promising, go check it out. If it is what you are looking for – or can easily become the perfect piece of furniture with minor modifications – start bidding. The auction process is fun and don’t be surprised if you get caught up in it. It’s always good to go into an auction with a budget of how much you will allow yourself to spend. Check out the items closely first before placing a big. Otherwise, you might pay too much for a furniture item that looked good from a distance but upon closer inspection you find cracks and other damage.
If you decide to go with a restaurant look with your furniture, you have many decorating options available to you. You could concentrate on a theme room with décor focusing on the theme, like breakfast, Coca-Cola or other brand names. Decorations ideas to accentuate your restaurant furniture might include old magazine ads for the theme product, old menus from restaurants, or labels from your favorite cans and boxes of food. You might even create a wall border using labels from canned foods!
Whether you incorporate one piece of restaurant furniture into your home or create your entire kitchen and dining area around a room full of it, you and your guests will always enjoy the novelty. After all, who doesn’t like going out to eat?