Restaurant Planters: Source The Best Commercial Plant Pots

©Ethos Greek Restaurant / Jay Scotts

Vietnam CDM Helps You Supply Planters To Restaurants

Planters have been used in restaurants for centuries, and they are perhaps more important for restaurants than ever before. As restaurants continue to navigate a post-pandemic world, features like restaurant planters have become a hugely important way to attract customers and give them a memorable dining experience.

Fortunately, Vietnam CDM is on hand to make sure you manage the transition with our great array of products.

Planters in a restaurant
©Gale Sobe / Jay Scotts

In this article, we will look at why restaurants need planters, modern planter trends in restaurants, before looking at why planter material is important, and what steps restaurant owners take when considering a purchase. Let’s get started!

Why Do Restaurants Need Planters?

There are many compelling arguments to buy planters for restaurants, and Vietnam CDM can help you reap all these benefits! Let’s take a look at some:

Planters are a feature that draws in crowds especially to open patio areas. The National Restaurant Association’s 2021 Industry report showed that 56% of casual dining and 62% of fine dining businesses expanded outdoor space since the pandemic started to draw in more foot traffic.

Planters can provide a green and inviting space for customers to enjoy their food and drinks. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere in a restaurant can lead to higher sales and more returning customers.

This idea is supported by a study in 2015 that discovered products and services were deemed up to 25% more valuable when paired with elements of nature.

Whether used to make a big impression or as an understated accent, planters can be used in multiple ways to improve your space.

A few well-chosen planters can make transform a space. They can provide a splash of color and life to an otherwise dull or dreary space.

Planters can have a positive impact on the environment by helping to improve air quality, providing a green space for people to enjoy, and increasing biodiversity particularly outdoors in restaurant garden areas.

planters around a restaurant
Here, our planters are used to soften the hardscape and draw attention to the establishment. ©Jay Scotts
Lionfish Restaurant
Our colors match your brand ©Lionfish Restaurant / TruVines / Jay Scotts

Modern Restaurant Planter Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many restaurants to rethink the way they operate. One of the most significant changes has been the need to purchase planters and offer outdoor dining options. This is because indoor dining is often not advisable due to the risk of transmission and sometimes reduced opening hours and capacity, but also because diners are looking for a better restaurant experience.

Many restaurants have had to purchase planters and offer outdoor dining in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. With limited budgets after reduced footfalls and opening hours during the peak of lockdown, returning customers have higher expectations. Planters have provided an affordable way to improve the look of restaurants inside or outside as attractive street planters, for example. This has been a challenge for many restaurants, but it has also allowed them to get creative and offer unique dining experiences for their customers.

Planters are a great option because they can provide both privacy and decoration. Some have used planters to create intimate seating areas or provide a welcoming entrance, while others have used them to block off areas that are not in use or enhance the privacy of outdoor terraces.

restaurant planters
Eye-catching planters by Vietnam CDM // Ethos Greek Restaurant ©Jay Scotts

Here are some more trends related to specific types of planters, and how to incorporate them to improve restaurant space:

1. Wall and Railing Planters

railing planter
Railing planters decor the verticle space. ©Vietnam CDM

With less space for chairs and tables, many restaurants with limited space have opted for wall planters to save space without sacrificing style, giving diners an enhanced dining experience. When buying plant pots make sure you:

  • Place the planters at an appropriate height, we recommend around 1.5 metres above the ground
  • Select plants that are easy to care for and do not require too much water

Our Wall planters including our railing planters offer the space and stability to grow a host of hanging plants and add decor to the vertical space.

2. Floor Planters

Congress Tall Extra Large Planter
Extra tall planters look great in lobbies. ©The Plant Guy

Still a popular choice for restaurants, floor planters are great for providing privacy to the dining experience, and they are also easy to clean and disinfect.

Whether grouped together or as stand-alone features, floor-standing planters are eye-catching and have proven to increase foot traffic and pierced the value of an establishment.

Large planters such as the 69900 Extra tall planter are lightweight enough to allow easy maintenance and arrangement, yet provide the wow-factor that makes a restaurant memorable.

3. Round Planters

Our large planters are often used in seated patio areas. ©Fig Olive / Shannon Ohara

These commercial planters are perfect for restaurant counters, tables, or floor standing in alfresco areas due to their sleek appearance and presentation, and range of sizes.

Models like our Round Tapered Planter look stunning and can be used in interior dining areas, gardens, and on rooftops and patios too.

4. Square Planters

The Tonto Square planter
High quality planters ensure longevity and a lush life for your plants. ©Vietnam CDM

Square planters are one of the most versatile tools that restaurants can use to boost their foot traffic and the perceived value of their property and services.

Placing square planters in parallel leading to entranceways is a classic example of good commercial container decor that promises eye-catching results.

The most popular choice for many restaurants and cafes? Our Cube Planter.

5. Rectangular & Modular Planters

Rectangular Planters outdoor
Fiberglass resin planters sparkle in front of commercial properties. ©The Plant Guy

Rectangluar planters are always in fashion due to their functional USPs – perfect for creating new spaces like a secluded dining area, enhancing certain areas like walkways, or for covering unsightly areas like traffic views.

The new kid on the block, our collection of linear planters combine to create a seamless set of planters – great for creating walls and dividers!

6. Bowl Planters

Our bowl planters are elegant and trendy. ©Vietnam CDM

These planters are short and wide making them ideal for smaller spaces than need a touch of design.

Models such as our 69465 Focus Bowl Planter are designed for plants with short rooting systems which makes them great for growing fresh herbs in situ allowing easy access for cooks and adding pops of colour and vibrance to an alfresco area.

Vietnam CDM’s Most Popular Restaurant Planters

Let’s take a look at what steps and factors restaurant owners consider before purchasing a planter.

How Do Restaurant Owners Choose Planters?

As discussed above, the planter’s material is crucial. Restaurant owners generally choose materials that are durable and easy to clean, but also easy to move around and maintain. But this isn’t the only consideration they make.

When choosing the best planter for a restaurant, owners will generally:

Consider The Type Of Plants They Want To Grow – This is because larger or fast-growing plants will require sturdier material and bigger pots, but smaller lower maintenance plants that don’t require drainage like cacti can generally stay in smaller pots for longer.

Review Their Budget – As with any business, budget is key. Even if the restaurant has decided to buy a planter, restaurant owners are mandated by their budget to find a plant pot that lasts a long time and that will still look good in their restaurant. One of their biggest concerns is time spent on maintenance and it should be highlighted that fiberglass planters require minimal investment in upkeep.

Choose Planters That Match The Restaurant Space – It’s important to choose a planter that fits the design and ambiance of the restaurant.

Wholesalers that want to supply restaurants need to have a large catalogue of planters to satisfy demand as there are many areas of a restaurant that can be improved with planters – from outdoor patios to interior sections that need dividers.

Consider The Restaurant’s Size – The size of the restaurant also needs to be considered when choosing what planters to offer. Restaurants come in various sizes and having a wide variety of planters to offer is the best way to target this industry.

The Planter’s Purpose – Aside from their aesthetic appeal, there are a whole host of reasons why restaurants might opt for certain planters. Owners might opt for large floor standing planters to make a bold impression, or smaller wall planters with flowers to create a welcoming feel.

Having a range of sizes means you can supply the whole project.

The Style Of The Planter – A planter’s style can enhance or take away from a restaurant’s décor, so it is important to get it right. Owners will carefully weigh up their interior and exterior to decide whether a particular style complements their restaurant.

However, many restaurant owners are not experts in design. Partnering with a manufacturer like ourselves that has worked with restaurants before is ideal as they can offer their battle-tested products with confidence.

Location, Location, Location! – Finally, the location of the restaurant also needs to be taken into account when choosing a planter. If the restaurant is in an area with a lot of foot traffic, then a larger planter works great as a welcoming feature.

However, if the restaurant area is small, then slimline planters work great to weave in a little biophilic design without interfering with customers’ movement.

Rectangle planters are a fantastic tool for decorating balconies and rooftops of high-end restaurants. ©Plant Parents
black planter next to stairs
Our fiberglass planters are available in the widest range of sizes and styles available. ©Jay Scotts
Our large planters are often used in seated patio areas. ©Shannon Ohara

Popular Restaurant Planter Materials

Fiberglass being cut
We use the highest quality fiberglass in our manufacturing process. ©Vietnam CDM

Traditional materials like steel, wood, or ceramic have not gone away, but advances in style, design, and new materials have given rise to a new generation of restaurant planters with both long-term style and substance. Restaurant owners look for quality, value, and long-lasting planters, and the type of material used is crucial to this.

CDM employee checking an order
Vietnam CDM quality control experts check every order. ©Vietnam CDM

A planter’s material can affect:

  • how the planter looks
  • how the planter fits with the restaurant’s décor
  • how long the planter lasts
  • how easy the planter is to clean and maintain
  • how plants will grow

Let’s take a look at some of the materials in demand at restaurants:

1. Ceramic and Terracotta planters

Never one to go out of fashion, ceramic remains a popular planter material because it is classic-looking. Though very stylish, it is easily broken and not great for high-traffic areas.

2. Wooden Planters

Wooden planters are a good way to add a natural element to any space.

They can be left natural or stained to match the cafe’s decor but can rot quite quickly and are not good for customer-facing situations where presentation is key.

3. Metal Planters

Metal is a popular planter material because it is durable and easy to clean.

These planters are heavy and only suit some interior and exterior designs.

4. Plastic Planters

Plastic is cheap, however, due to plastic’s negative environmental impact; it’s not renewable, non-biodegradable, and has a short lifespan, plastic is not ideal for commercial use.

Most people use plastic planters for seedlings and upgrade to a substantial pot when it’s time to present their plants.

The Best Planter Material For Restaurants: Fiberglass Planters

Our recommended choice for outdoor and indoor planters is fiberglass. Ultra-lightweight and durable, our fiberglass planters are made of the highest quality materials. UV and weather-resistant, CDM fiberglass planters also require minimal maintenance and look fantastic across most restaurant spaces.

Read more about CDM’s superior planter materials and finishes.

Cuba Planter
Cuba Planter. ©Vietnam CDM

Vietnam CDM Custom Built Planters

In addition to our standard range, we also offer custom planters for clients that want a particular length or height. We also offer ODM and OEM services for brands that want to launch their own range of planters. This is particularly effective when targeting niche industries.

Learn more about our custom planter capabilities and manufacturing expertise.

sanding a planter
Custom manufacturing planters is our forte. ©Vietnam CDM

Get More Restaurant Customers By Supplying Our Restaurant Planters!

Investing in a planter is a no-brainer for a restaurant. Not only do they help to create a more inviting and pleasant ambiance for customers they also help boost the overall aesthetic appeal of the restaurant. And with the vast array of planters available at Vietnam CDM, you’re bound to find one that fits any client from restaurants to bars and lounges.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us to find out how we can transform your business with our fantastic range of planters. Prefer to speak over the phone? Give us a call and we’ll be right on hand with a free quote, or to talk you through any concerns or requests you may have.

Are You Ready To Work With Us?

Whether you require bespoke planters tailor-made for your project or just want to get your hands on a supply of our world-class planters, reach out to our team today and let’s create something special!

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