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Picking out café furniture might seem like a relatively easy task. After all, you simply have to find something that fits in with you design, style or theme and buy it right? The reality is that it isn’t always that straight forward. Get your furniture choice wrong and you’ll have customers getting up to leave even before you’ve had the chance to serve them the best cup of coffee this side of the equator. With this in mind, here are 3 things you really need to avoid doing if you’re looking to keep customers firmly seated and happy.
Buying furniture that fails that practicality test
Let’s say you’ve found your ideal chair that not only stands out but would fit in perfectly with your design. Happy days right? Well not quite….The problem is that firstly it might look the part but it’s extremely uncomfortable to use. Secondly it might also be completely impractical. For instance a chair that’s relatively slim in stature isn’t going to make a larger person feel welcome. Likewise, you know how annoying those very high bar stools are to climb on to, especially without a foot rest. Well it’s going to be even more of a challenge for shorter people and might even put some people off. In essence it’s all about balancing style with practicality. Fail to do this and you’ll alienate half your potential customers before you’ve had a chance to sell them your great food.
Purchasing the wrong material for your climate
The composite you use should reflect the climate in your area. Aluminium chairs for example can appear pretty cold in the winter and in summer, leather chairs can leave you feeling clammy and uncomfortable. The material should also be durable. Spills and stains are an occupational hazard and even more so if you have a high customer turnover. What you really need are chairs and tables that are easily cleaned and can be protected from those annoying hot drink rings that are the curse of so many great looking but totally impractical tables.
Avoid bespoke/specialist furniture
I know it’s great to have a unique design for your café/bistro/restaurant but what about when that piece of furniture gets damaged and has to be replaced? Are you likely to find an exact match? If not your existing furniture could soon become shabby (and not in the chic way either) leaving you with an establishment that looks both unloved and uncared for. This is why it’s far better to opt for a design that balances both form and function and is easily replaced.
At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we offer a wide range of practical, yet stylish furniture that’s perfect for your establishment. From vibrant polypropylene to brushed steel, or laminated wood that looks just like the real thing, we have a multitude of composites, styles and designs to choose from. Come and pay us a visit at our Campbellfield showroom or alternatively visit our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au to see our full range. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!