How Commercial Spaces can Adapt to Social Distancing Measures


As the UK starts to look towards the world of social distancing, at KAI Interiors we wanted to get ahead of the curve and help to jump start the recovery of our much beloved hospitality industry through adaptation. KAI is an award winning Interior Design company, designing bars, restaurants and hotels for the past ten years. Over the last couple of weeks we have been asked to advise many of our existing clients on how to adapt their spaces to re-open in the coming months. As a result we have produced a detailed guide on how to adapt the design of hospitality spaces with social distancing in mind.

Current guidelines advise that we must maintain social distancing and reduce contact where possible in public spaces. Bar areas, restaurants and cafes must remain closed, unless they are operating as a retail, delivery or take-away space. The wealth of information out there can be overwhelming and time consuming to assimilate. Hotel, restaurant and bar owners are going to have enough to think about during this hectic time, so we are here to help them make small changes which can promote social distancing, while helping these measures remain compatible with their chosen interior. We believe that as people start venturing out, many social distancing measures may feel medical and sterile, and customers may not feel as comfortable in their favourite locations. We’ve compiled essential operational and design advice in relation to the atmosphere and practicalities of the space. Additionally, we have compiled a list of over a hundred specific product suggestions, with links, covering many elements such as: entry, table top, ordering, service, payment and toilets.

At KAI Interiors, we have endeavoured to combine our knowledge of hospitality design with the government’s current guidelines, so throughout the booklet there is advice on what to be aware of, checklists and KAI’s tips; for example: ‘Ensure you think about how floor stickers or tape will affect your existing floor. With rustic floorboards, stickers can leave permanent residue when removed.’

We are offering this 40 page guide at an introductory discounted price of £20. We want to support the industry in the best way we can at this time and help to get it back on its feet as quickly as it is safe to do so. Head over to our shop HERE where it can be directly downloaded.