These days, more and more people are shunning big chain coffee shops in favour of smaller, independent ones. This is of course great news for the British high street and for local economies.
Often when people set up a café, they will buy or rent a smaller space initially, as the outgoings will be cheaper and it is therefore less of a business risk when starting out.
However, if business is going well, you might start to think about how you could expand. This is where space can become an issue—and a mezzanine could help. Or if even if you’re just opening up a café, you might still have considered a mezzanine floor to make the most out of your space. Our guide for independent café owners is here to help you decide if a mezzanine could be right for your business.
1. Think About How A Mezzanine Floor Could Add to Your Café
As you’ll no doubt know: it’s not just the food and drink that will keep people coming back to your café. Atmosphere is so important. People want to be somewhere they can relax—where it’s pleasant enough to sit a while with friends or a good book over a nice cup of coffee.
Take a look at your existing space and imagine a staircase leading up to a mezzanine floor where your customers can sit and overlook the hustle and bustle of the busy café. A mezzanine would create different zones in your café—the cosy area beneath the mezzanine, the airy and light top level—but your café will still be one open-plan space.
2. Consider the Advantages of Staying in Your Current Location vs. Moving
Many people begin considering a mezzanine floor because they are in need of extra room. It can be a great way to expand your space without the hassle and expense of moving.
What are the advantages of your current premises? Are you in a busy area with lots of footfall? Do you get lots of business because you’re the only good café in the area? Or perhaps you attract lots of customers because you fit in well with the local vibe?
Are these advantages you can really afford to lose?
If you’re already pretty happy with your business location, moving can be a big risk. Especially if you have a good rent agreement, for example. And you could also risk losing your regular customers by moving as well. Installing a mezzanine in your café is the perfect way to expand without risking a drop in revenue.
3. Look at Where a Mezzanine Would Go
Of course, a mezzanine floor needs to be able to fit in your café. This means that you’ll need sufficiently high ceilings. However, you’d be surprised how many spaces can have a mezzanine incorporated with clever design. Take a fresh look at your café and think about where a mezzanine would work well.
If you’re unsure, then consult the experts. Here at Mezz Floors UK we have years of experience in designing and fitting mezzanines for a variety of properties in different commercial environments across the UK. We will be happy to discuss your potential café mezzanine with you and advise you on the best route to take.
The professional team at Mezz Floors can use sophisticated CAD software to design a 3D model of how a mezzanine could look in your café. You will be able to take a look at the initial proposals and have input into the design so that you are happy with how the finished mezzanine floor will look.
To talk about how a mezzanine floor could work in your independent café and help your business flourish, then feel free to get in touch with our team on 01440 268 411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would like to get a quote for a mezzanine floor, then you can fill out our online quotation form.