Hold Onto Your Seats, The New Sherman Collection Has Arrived!

Available now, the Sherman Collection is an exploration of form and color that expertly blurs the lines between industrial style and a new era of modern American design.

Color Cravings: Yellow Restaurant Chairs

Over the past few months we’ve been profiling restaurants that have made bold color choices when it comes to their restaurant chairs. Think the pink barstools at Recess or the red Hugh chairs at Hat Creek Burger. Today, we wanted to switch things up and talk about our favorite summer color, yellow!

Fascinating Restaurant Furniture And Designs From Around the World

One of the best parts of traveling is sampling new restaurants. Every city in every country has its own unique take on what a restaurant should provide - and we’re not just talking about food. We’ve hand-picked interesting restaurant furniture designs from the design-forward cities Melbourne, Stockholm, London, and Los Angeles. Let’s get inspired!

The Beginner's Guide: 8 Quick Tips for Planning Your Restaurant Furniture & Design

While the kitchen is a restaurant’s bread and butter, the dining room is the table setting. With the right plates and cutlery, bread and butter can be comforting and nourishing; with the wrong ones, it becomes a meager meal. When planning a new restaurant or redesigning an existing dining space, careful attention to the restaurant furniture and design from start to finish ensures that the front of the house reflects both the aesthetic concept and the functional needs of a business in motion.

Tips for Creating Beautiful & Functional Restaurant Furniture Layouts

There’s a strange phenomenon that occurs with restaurant layouts: when you’re eating somewhere with a great space, the furniture placement, decor, other patrons, and ambient noise of the kitchen all blend together into a comfortable environment where you can relax and enjoy a meal. But when it’s bad, you notice. With some careful attention to your restaurant furniture layout, it’s easy to avoid unpleasant situations for your customers. Here are some tips for creating a layout that works seamlessly:

4 Things to Consider Before Buying New Restaurant Furniture

Planning a new restaurant is a hectic process. With menus, staffing, inspections, suppliers, and more on your to-do list, it’s easy to lose track of everything that needs to be done. Even with all the logistics to work out, it’s critical to keep the design of the dining room in your mind - and your budget. The look of your space is one of the first impressions your restaurant makes on its customers, and combining good food with a great environment can turn the experience from satisfying to fantastic.

Need Furniture Fast? That’s No Problem With Quick Ship

Putting together a new space requires a lot of planning, and it’s easy to get behind. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. You can still get amazing modern restaurant furniture in some of our most popular styles, even if you run out of time to order.

Introducing the Latest in Restaurant Seating: The New Slim Sadie

If you’re hunting for a restaurant seating option that encapsulates durability and playfulness, Joey Ruiter’s latest design for our Sadie Collection is one you won’t want to miss. Our Sadie II takes everything you loved from the original Sadie (design, originality, mixed materials), and offers slimmer proportions. Sadie II’s new svelte silhouette perfectly meets the needs of a busy restaurant, while still offering the modern simplicity you crave.

This Spring, Bring Your Inside Style, Outside

It’s the time of year that all restaurant-goers (at least those in the Midwest) eagerly anticipate

The Case For Modern Restaurant Furniture

While traditional design will always hold a special place

3 Facts About Our Solid Wood Tables

At Grand Rapids Chair, we take great pride in making sure we exceed expectations

Which Table Is Right For you?

There are many decisions that accompany the redesign or opening of a restaurant.

4 Questions to Ask Your Restaurant Furniture Manufacturer

Furniture is the centerpiece of today’s restaurants.

Design or Durability? Why Not Choose Both?

Design or durability. Do you have to choose 

Meet Tilly: Our New, Modern Wood Seating Collection

Created by Austrian designer, Robert Stadler, 

Picking the Right Restaurant Furniture for Your Concept

When starting on a new restaurant design, there’s a seemingly endless list

How to Create a More Social Restaurant

When we’re talking about restaurants and being social, we used to envision spaces that welcome conversations with comfortable areas to gather and enjoy each other's company.

Hot and Ready: Bentwood Quick Ship Program + FAQ

The idea is simple, great designs, delivered faster! Few restaurant chairs have stood the test of time quite like the Bentwood No. 18 and No. 150, which is why we're so excited to introduce the Bentwood Quick Ship Program.

Rethinking Restaurant Furniture With the Harper Collection

Picture a fast-food restaurant chair. Odds are, you’re thinking of something durable and something unsophisticated. “Meticulously designed” is a description likely to be left out.

The Inspiration for Look Book Vol. 2

We recently sat down with the creative genius behind Look Book Vol. 1 and the new Look Book Vol. 2 (which you can download here), Lindsay Jones, to discuss what influenced her, what are the next big trends in restaurant design, and where she finds inspiration.

NeoCon 2016: A Celebration of People and Design

Ah, NeoCon. It seems like every year goes by in a blur. Between the new collections, familiar faces, fantastic parties, and beautiful design, it can be difficult to take everything in just three short days. So, in case you didn't make it to Suite 394 or NeoCon 2016, we created a quick recap to share our experience.

Looking to the Past for New Product Inspiration - Interview with John Kaloustian

In preparation for NeoCon, I got the chance to talk with industrial designer, John Kaloustian, about his latest seating collection for Grand Rapids Chair, called Reece.

Shades of Hugh: The New Wood Restaurant Chair

Make it mint. Play it safe with natural wood. Or go classic with black. Anyway you paint it or stain it, the Hugh Chair won’t disappoint.

Craving Color? How To Pull Off Pantone’s Color of the Year With Restaurant Furniture

For the first time ever, Pantone has awarded the title of “Color of the Year” to two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The blending of these two colors creates a perfect harmony by balancing the warmer hues of Rose Quartz with the cool, tranquility of Serenity.

Better Than LVL: Our 2 Best Table Alternatives

As some of you may have heard, we culled LVL tables. LVL, or laminated veneer lumber, is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives. While beautiful, the product did not perform to our standards.

Modern Restaurant Furniture, Meet This Designer

Industrial designer and West Michigan native Joey Ruiter teamed up with Grand Rapids Chair Company for the third consecutive year for a bold new take on modern restaurant furniture, the Leo Collection.

​5 Gorgeous Cafe Chairs

Ah, the cafe. A place to relax, sip espresso, and gaze out into the world through your tortoise shell sunglasses. Or, if you’re like me, furiously trying to connect to Wi-Fi while guarding the only outlet on that side of the cafe.

3 Essentials For Fast Casual Furniture

Fast casual restaurants have found a sweet spot in the market by making the dine-in experience fresh again. Millennials flock to restaurants with Instagram-worthy wall murals and swoon over graphic tiles, but creating a dining experience that is memorable, especially within the fast casual segment, takes more than that.

Modern Restaurant Furniture: Best Trends in Backless Barstools

Backless barstools have come a long way from the bolted down, vinyl top, retro barstools of yesteryear. The backless barstool is a now a go-to for modern restaurant furniture. They can be seen everywhere from organic juice bars to revamped burger chains.

Squeaky Clean: Commercial Restaurant Furniture Cleaning Guide

How does that saying go - spills happen? Not only is this saying correct for everyday domestic messes, but it's certainly true-to-life for restaurants, bars, and other commercial dining spaces.