The challenge for many restaurant owners is to offer a dining environment that is open, yet still include some elements of privacy. Using different types of room dividers can add to the elegance and experience of dining out. Restaurant room dividers can be solid and totally divide off a space, or they can be semi-private, offering only the illusion of privacy -- just defining one space from the next, yet still keeping an open floor plan.
Wine Rack Wall
Since many restaurants offer wine as part of the dining experience, incorporating a wine rack wall as a room divider can be a natural extension of the space. A wine-rack wall divider can be made in a box or other shapes. It can be constructed so diners can see through the divider or it can have a solid base and create a true privacy wall. Either way, a wine wall can serve as display space built into a divider.
Storage cabinets come in many shapes, styles and sizes. Using a storage cabinet can be an easy solution to creating a room divider in a restaurant. Since space can sometimes come at a premium, using a cabinet for creating different dining areas can make the divider wall do double duty. The cabinets can be decorative and fit in with the style of the dining room, or they can be purely utility-fashioned like a row of lockers. Let the restaurant style dictate the storage cabinet to be used.
One of the most versatile pieces of furniture at home or in a business is a folding screen. These mobile room dividers can be placed anywhere privacy is required or anywhere you want to define a separate space. Folding screens can be made out of almost any material. They can be constructed from solid wood, plastic, metal or glass, among other things. Ideas for a folding screen are only limited by your imagination.
Curtains or Drapery
Restaurant owners can use curtains or drapery material to define spaces or create a privacy room divider. This is a low-cost and easy option for any space. Simply mount a curtain rod to the ceiling and hang fabric anywhere a divider is needed. These dividers can be removed quickly or opened up to reveal adjacent spaces whenever necessary. Use solid materials for total privacy and sound absorption, or light and airy fabrics to create the illusion of division.