As anyone in the business knows, great food is only half the battle when it comes to creating a restaurant environment that customers will want to return to again and again. The other half? Ambiance. 

While many factors, such as furniture selection, choice of music, and lighting design, contribute to a restaurant’s overall ambiance, selecting the right restaurant window treatments is crucial in creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for diners. Not only do window treatments offer sun protection, but they also play a significant role in utilizing every seat efficiently– especially during peak hours. 

Below, we’ll explore some of the best window treatments for transforming a restaurant’s guest experience through light management, glare reduction, and of course, overall style. 

Roller/Solar Shades

One of the most effective window treatments for restaurants are Roller/Solar Shades. These shades offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Glare Reduction: They significantly reduce the glare from the sun that can be uncomfortable for guests, especially during the hours around sunrise and sunset.
  • Preserve the View: While blocking out the harshness of direct sunlight, Roller/Solar Shades preserve the outside view, adding to the space’s overall ambiance.
  • Ambient Light: As Roller/Solar Shades allow for ambient light to filter through them, they help maintain a pleasant atmosphere inside the restaurant.
  • Protect Interiors: As prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage interiors, Roller/Solar Shades help protect furnishings and decor.

We offer Roller/Solar Shades in both light-filtering and room-darkening varieties– both of which provide exceptional control over natural lighting, ensuring the perfect balance between ambiance and comfort in your restaurant. However, many prefer light-filtering shades’ ability to create a soft, natural atmosphere by gently diffusing daylight, while others prefer the more controlled lighting environment created by room-darkening shades.

Top-down/Bottom-Up Cellular Shades

Top Down EcoSmart Cellular Shades in Restaurant

Cellular Shades, known for their honeycomb-like construction that aids in insulation, offers both aesthetic appeal and functionality to any space. 

Top-down/Bottom-up Cellular Shades are a style of this type of shade that allows for the window treatment to be opened from the top, bottom, or both at the same time. This flexibility is great for restaurants, as it creates privacy at lower levels while still letting in natural light from above. Additionally, the shade’s cellular design offers excellent insulation, helping to keep energy costs down in the long run.

Motorized Shades

While motorization can be added to most styles of shades, including both Roller/Solar Shades and Cellular Shades, the team at EcoSmart wanted to call out Motorized Shades as particularly beneficial for use in the restaurant setting. The reasons being:

  • Ease of Use: The ability to quickly and easily adjust shades with the touch of a button is invaluable in fast-paced environments– especially for windows that are difficult to reach by hand. 
  • Energy Efficiency: Motorized Shades can be programmed to adjust according to the time of day, aiding in energy efficiency. 
  • Aesthetic Appeal: They provide a sleek, modern look that elevates the overall style of a restaurant.

Placing an order for Commercial Shades with EcoSmart has never been easier. Simply create a commercial account, configure your shades, and place your order online. Or, reach out to our team of Shade Gurus with any questions.