Customizing a Restaurant Awning

August 2, 2018

​Restaurant awnings are big, beautiful, and revenue generating shade structures that attract customers and keep your business cool. Choosing the right one means understanding how to customize and design your shade structure so that it fits your business’ theme and footprint.

PictureRetractable Awnings at the Eveleigh

​So, how do you go about customizing an awning installation/order? The task might seem daunting at first, but here’s a quick list of things you should consider:

Size: You might want to look at your building and the size of your restaurant. You don’t want to install something that minimizes the look of your restaurant; you want to create an illusion of space and that means making sure the size of your awning is correct. Also, if you’re going to use the awning to expand your restaurant’s dining area to the outdoors, then selecting the right size is critical. That’s when you should consult your awning professional and ask them to help you with the measurements so that you can maximize the space you have and fit the right amount dining seats. 

PictureRed Awning at the Harajuku Taproom

Graphics: Restaurant awnings are eye-catching structures that you can use to advertise your business. Printing your restaurant’s logo or graphic on an awning is a great way to make your business stand out from the rest. Graphic awnings help you passively advertise your business without the added cost of paying for weekly or monthly billboards or sig

  • Color: Your restaurant probably has a theme and choosing the right fabric color is important. The color needs to not only match your restaurant’s scheme, but also be tasteful and match the building’s theme as well. You want to think about a color that will compliment both your building and your business. Also, choosing a color that is meant to be for the outdoors is helpful as well. (You don’t want to install a fabric that reflects light into the eyes of your patrons or potential customers). 

PictureSlide Wire Awnings at the Cafe Botanica

Type: Depending on the restaurant and your location, the type of awning you choose is also something to consider. Awnings can be fixed or retractable. They can also be created to incorporate things like shade sails. In fact, if you customize your design, you can ask your awning professional what your options are, and you can go from there. But remember, if your business is an area that doesn’t have that much sunlight and you want to retract your awning on cloudy days, that’s something to keep in mind. (So, a fixed awning may not be right for you).
Material: This is something we often forget to consider. But this is just as important when it comes to an awning for a restaurant. Remember, your awning’s frame and fabric will take a lot more abuse than a standard residential shade structure. That’s why choosing an awning with a sturdy, reliable, frame and a UV ray resistant, commercial grade fabric is important. The material a restaurant awning is made from is designed to withstand the outdoors and your business’ day-to-day use and abuse. 

PictureEntrance Canopy and Window Awnings at Craig’s

​Restaurant awnings can also be designed with varying types of shapes. You can choose hanging, dome, or other shapes. Just remember to consider your building’s type; is it tall, rectangular, or lengthy?
Finally, remember that your awning can be designed and customized the way you want – within reason of course – and that talking to your local awning professional is a great way to start your project or even upgrade your current shade structure.
Now that you know a little more about customizing your restaurant awning, let us know how we can help you with your next shade structure project. For more information about awnings and other shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at (Our California Contractors License is #999050). Or give us a call at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at