Before you can start planning and organizing your new bakery, you have to understand the different types of bakeries, the sort of customers they serve, and the interior design required by each. There are two main types of bakeries: retail and wholesale. Although these two types of bakeries may make similar products, they have different needs and customer bases.

Retail bakeries are the most common type of bakery, and they are the bakeries that sell baked goods directly to customers. Retail bakeries also tend to come in different forms, and many of them specialize in one type of baked good. They also need both front and back-of-house space.

The other main type of bakery is wholesale bakeries. Rather than selling their products directly to customers, wholesale bakeries market their baked goods to businesses like grocery stores, restaurants, delis, and cafes. Since wholesale bakeries have to meet the demands of commercial customers, they are typically larger than retail varieties.

In addition, because they don’t serve a typical clientele, wholesale bakeries don’t need to have a front-of-house or be located in a desirable, high – traffic area. But, they need to produce higher volumes of baked goods, so wholesale bakeries need a large space and lots of baking equipment, resulting in higher startup costs.

However, irrespective of the type of bakery you choose to open, note that the success of your business does not depend only on product quality, but also on the aesthetics of the room. Note that the first element in the eyes of customers is the counter which, in addition to being functional to allow you to work comfortably, is expected to be well maintained and beautiful to look at.

Have it in mind that the choice of materials for your bakery furniture goes hand in hand with the general aesthetics of the bakery: in a modern room you will not use wood and vice versa. Offering a bar service or even catering is a great way to increase the clientele in today’s hectic world.

The refrigerated display case for displaying desserts in a pastry bakery, will capture the attention of customers, highlight it and enhance it with a personal touch. Today’s trend is to use wooden baskets for bread compared to classic wicker baskets, as they are beautiful to look at, resistant and more consistent with more classic styles of furniture.

A new bakery needs a number of essentials to run effectively, efficiently, and economically. Some of these essentials might be obvious, but here’s a good checklist of the furniture you will need in any new bakery venture.

What are the Best Types of Furniture Needed In a Bakery?

  1. Work Tables

Work tables give you space to roll out dough, or to store items you need while baking. It is advisable you invest in quality, sturdy tables that can withstand heavy use. Consider your height, too. Tables that are too low or too high may cause back pain.

  1. Chairs

They are among the most commonly used furniture items in the Foodservice industry. Chairs in bakery perform a two-fold duty – they provide convenient seating for guests and also serve as decorative components. They come in a wide range of designs and materials. Some places even use stools instead of chairs for imparting a unique look.

  1. Display Case

You put a lot of time, energy and love into your finished products. Show them off. A display case allows customers to see what they are getting, and makes your products more appealing. A customer may come in for a cupcake and leave with a dozen croissants after seeing them on display. Don’t underestimate the power of sight.

  1. Forced Air Display Counter

The display counters with forced air refrigeration system only rely on the fans. The fans circulate the cold air throughout the cabinet so that the food products can be kept chilled. The display cabinets are used mostly for displaying the bakery products or the pre – packaged products. The forced air refrigeration system can dry the food products. The food products should not be left in the case too long. These display cabinets are known as Refrigerated Bakery Display Cases.

  1. Storage Racks and Shelving

Properly installed shelving can be an ideal solution for storing various appliances in your bakery, as well as perishable and non – perishable foods. Having an organized storage system will also help streamline your operation. Keep the most – used equipment within arm’s reach, and the stuff that is used less frequently on the top and bottom shelves. Mobile storage racks are also endlessly useful. They are usually sized to fit 20 standard sheet pans and can be used for storing and transporting food.

  1. Mixing Bowl/Spoon/Spatula

Every small bakery should have an adequate supply of mixing bowls, spatulas and spoons. The greatest challenge is figuring out how many to buy. The more the better in most cases, especially when you are slammed with orders. Otherwise, you’ll waste valuable time washing bowls when you could be baking and prepping.

  1. Dining Tables

Dining tables meant for use in bakeries are available in different sizes and shapes. The variants also differ in terms of price and constituent material. Their aesthetic appeal is generally accentuated with the help of accessories like tablecloths.

  1. Gravity Coil Display Counter

In this system, the refrigeration coils are at the top of the cabinet. It allows the cool air to lower over the food. These display cases are ideal for storing and displaying raw meat, sea food, bakery products and salads. These cabinets do not produce the drying effect on the food products. They are also less expensive as compared to the appliances with forced air appliances.

If people love your pastries as much as you love baking them, opening your own bakery may be a lucrative venture for you. Knowing where to start can be a challenge. Whether you plan to run a retail bakery or a big wholesale bakery, you are going to need the right bakery furniture to get started.

Joy Nwokoro