They say that coffee and tea are partly responsible for the enlightenment and for the number of incredible scientific and artistic developments associated with this era. Before this period poor sanitation mean it was unsafe for us to drink anything other than beer (due to the disinfectant properties of alcohol) and this meant that most of us spent our time in the middle ages drunk. Then came the cafés and the café culture that followed and many of us stopped drinking beer and started drinking coffee instead. Instead of being drunk all the time we were enjoying stimulants that made our brains work faster and better and we were doing so in an environment filled with lots of other people doing the same thing who all wanted to discuss art, science, politics and literature. The rest is history.
Today the coffee shop culture is coming back to some degree, largely thanks to the liberating nature of technology like laptops and tablets which allow us to work wherever we please and break out of the office. The importance of the coffee shop is once again at an all-time high – though whether or not this leads to a second enlightenment remains to be seen.
Either way, if you run a coffee shop then it’s important to make the most of this boom and to think about how to design your space accordingly in a manner that is conducive to work, while at the same time being stimulating and comfortable for those who want to chat and progress society. Here are some tips to help you design the ultimate coffee shop layout with your designers.
Light is something that you should give as much priority as possible when you create your coffee shop layout and this means natural light that comes through big clean windows – not dim light that forces people to squint. Light is good for productivity, and at the same time it makes people feel less claustrophobic and hemmed in – which is important when people are working for long periods of time. Do make sure though there people aren’t going to be forced to contend with glare on their monitors.
Another favourite hobby for some people in coffee shops is to people watch – something I used to love doing on my lunch breaks when I worked for a magazine in Leeds. Make sure you have a least one set of seas then that provide this by facing out onto the street where everyone will be walking past.
While a lot of people will come to your coffee shop to work these days, other people will be there just to socialize or to do other things. This means you need to cater to all these different activities, so try to divide your coffee shop into appropriate sections. For instance you could have one group of comfortable chairs with a coffee table in the middle that position your visitors to be able to chat and relax, and another table in the middle with power sockets for people to work with their laptops. Likewise discuss with your shopfitters the idea of having stations for people who want to sit and stay, as well as for those who want to just perch while they drink their cappuccino.
If you want your visitors to be able to work then they need to have the right facilities to use their hardware which means you need to have power sockets for them to plug their devices into, and which means you need to be able to offer wifi. This doesn’t come largely into your design, but make sure there are spaces that provide access to a good work surface, comfy seat and a socket all at once (and several of them at that so that people aren’t forced to queue).
Lauren Ryder is one of the leading tech blogger in the blogosphere today. She writes informative blogs related to the latest techs, gadgets and software’s.
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