Many restaurateurs think selecting window treatments for restaurants is simply a design decision. But did you know that the window treatments you select directly affect your profitability? When the summer sun floods your restaurant and makes your air conditioner work overtime the result is higher utility bills month after month. That’s why thinking of window treatments as functional and not just aesthetic is the best way to select the window treatments that are most appropriate for your restaurant.
When it comes to selecting window treatments it’s best to keep fire codes, safety, changing seasons, privacy, security and comfort in mind. The last thing you need is to pay a fine or have your restaurant’s opening delayed over illegal window treatments. Most fire departments and local ordinances require fire retardant fabrics and window treatments in commercial environments. The same is true for linings, thread and even the mounting hardware.
If you plan to open a family restaurant, safety is essential. It’s best to choose window treatments that are cordless. Parents of young children will certainly appreciate it and feel better about choosing to eat at your restaurant over the competition. If you do choose window treatments with cords, make sure they are tensioned down. Believe it or not, it’s not just toddlers who like to play with mini blind cords. Teenagers do it too, sometimes dismantling mini blinds entirely. Blinds aren’t always the best choice for restaurants, especially ones that serve fried foods as dust collects easily on them and oils in the air attract more dust and grime.