If you are opening up a new restaurant or refurnishing your existing shop, you are going to be purchasing new restaurant furniture. There are several different types of stores you can purchase your new furniture from, each with it is good and bad points. The three I am going to discuss are online stores, restaurant supply distributors and furniture wholesalers.
Online furniture stores range from local furniture stores, furniture wholesalers and online only furniture stores. If you are shopping online, odds are the people you are going to see are the furniture companies that only are online as marketing online is much different than the traditional marketing that most furniture stores do. For example, the top results for “wholesale furniture” currently are an online only furniture store, a online marketer that actually has no store online or otherwise, and the third is a furniture store. What these three results have in common is not that they are the best choice for wholesale furniture for your restaurant but they are the best online marketers. You are going to get the best price on furniture from a direct importer or a furniture wholesaler rather than a store. A store typically has to buy from a manufacturer and then resell it at a mark up. My suggestion to you is to dig a little deeper in the listings until you find a result that looks like a true wholesaler. These are typically your highest price options.
You can also buy your restaurant furniture at a restaurant supply distributor. These are vendors that sell you the knives, food processors and stoves. What they have in passion for a fine working microwave they typically lack in style of choices of interior furniture. Since they are the parties that are most on top of who is opening a restaurant, by all means ask for a catalog but do not be disappointed when your selections look like they are from a 1950s diner. These are typically your medium price options with a lower style quality.
In my opinion, the best place to shop for restaurant furniture is from a furniture wholesaler. Not all furniture wholesalers will sell to you directly, instead they may protect their dealer base by directing you to a local store, but some will sell directly. Be prepared to pay sales tax as you are the end user of the furniture. The reason why you should consider furniture wholesalers is the cost advantage, up to 60% off or more than a typical furniture store. If that is not incentive enough, I do not know what is.