Great Ways To Use An Ottoman In Your Cafe

Ottoman in ChestnutFurnishing any café from scratch can be fun and challenging but even more so when space is somewhat limited. Making the most out of smaller spaces requires both ingenuity and a good mix of products to deliver both a feeling of uniqueness and practicality. One such piece of furniture that fits all these criteria is the Ottoman.

No longer just a piece of furniture that a traveller (or rather modern day shopper) can rest their weary legs on, they can be used in a wide variety of ways to add both beauty and functionality to your establishment. Here are some great ways in which you can use them.

Low lying coffee table
Conventional low lying coffee tables can be a danger especially in busy establishments. They have sharp corners that can be dangerous to children or that adults can bang their shins on. Instead you might want to consider an Ottoman. From a practical point of view they’re round, so no sharp corners and make for a stylish substitute low lying table.

Great for filling awkward spaces
Every café has them! You know, those awkward spaces where it’s hard to squeeze a full table and chairs in. Well how about using an Ottoman as low level seating. It would look great in a corner next to a fire place. They can also be brought out and placed in areas where seating is needed, especially during the busy times and for this reason make for a perfect emergency seating plan so that you don’t end up turning customers away.

Ideal for themed café’s
The Ottoman is ideal for a themed café such as a Middle Eastern or ‘chill out’ inspired area, so why not take it one step further and cover them with a beautiful throw for a truly eye catching effect . Alternatively use them at the side of a café sofa covered with a tray for a convenient and practical place to rest drinks onto.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a great selection of high quality, Ottomans that are built to last. Available in a choice of colours including red, orange, latte, chestnut and black they are sleek stylish and above all, make for a fabulous compliment to any design, theme or style. Why not contact us on (03) 9088 4163 to find out more about our selection or visit our website at Alternatively if you’re in the Preston area of Melbourne then why not visit our showroom in person and see our outstanding range of furniture for yourself.

Are You Embracing The Wonders Of Plastic in Your Cafe Styling

blue ribbon chairPlastic (or rather polypropylene) is probably not something that you’d immediately associate with café furniture. In fact it undoubtedly brings back memories of those uncomfortable dull grey chairs that we all sat on at school. That said, plastic is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment and as a result many café’s, restaurants and bistro’s are embracing it with open arms. Here’s why.

Polypropylene seating comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, designs and colours

According to the laws of physics, you can do amazing things with polypropylene that you just can’t do with wood and the results can be pretty spectacular. As a result if you’re looking for a specific style, or design, no matter how whacky, there’s going to be a plastic chair out there that suits. For example, polypropylene ribbon chairs are a great way to add a wow factor for a price that won’t break the bank. In addition they come in all sorts of funky colours from burnt orange and sage green giving you a retro 70’s look, through to shocking pink or crimson red. In fact if you’ve got a colour in mind, there’s a strong chance that there’s a polypropylene chair with your name on it!

Built to last

If you’re running a bustling café then you need furniture that’s not going to fade, warp, crack or buckle. Needles to say modern day polypropylene chairs fit the bill exactly and aside from this, they’re stain proof, lightweight and easily stackable. Therefore they really are a practical and sensible option, but without coming across as boring.


Ah yes, now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty! If you’re having to design your café interior from scratch, or need to redesign or upgrade your existing interior then you’ll almost certainly have a budget. This being the case then you really can’t go wrong with polypropylene seating. At a fraction of the cost of solid wood or stainless steel furniture it’s the ideal cost-effective solution without looking cheap, so you can get a lot of chair for your buck.


Obviously in a commercial environment, safety has to be at the forefront of every business. For this reason plastic chairs and bar stools are ideal. Because they’re moulded they don’t contain any sharp edges that any overly inquisitive child could hurt themselves on.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to go out there and embrace the versatility of plastic! To see a wide selection of some of the finest polypropylene seating then look no further than Cafe Furniture Melbourne. Visit our website at where you can view and order online. Alternatively, if you’re in the local area then why not pay a visit to our well-stocked Melbourne warehouse


The Importance Of Investing In Good Quality Commercial Restaurant Furniture

black tub chairLet’s face it, running any business is hard enough these days and getting customers to buy your product or service isn’t always easy. This is why first impressions really do count. For example you could have the best product in the world, but if the impression you give out truly sucks, then your potential customer isn’t even going to entertain buying from you. Instead they’ll probably go someplace else. For any new café’s, restaurants, and bistro’s that ‘good first impression’ almost always starts with your furniture.

Purchase cheap quality furniture and chances are that your potential clientèle are going to be put off long before you’ve had a chance to take their order. That said if you plan to be busy, then you probably don’t want to be buying top of the range antique furniture either. That is unless you’ve got a bank balance the size of a small country! Therefore you should be looking to strike a happy medium. In other words what you need is good quality furniture that’s going to last.

Okay so where do I start?

Always buy commercial grade?

Furniture that looks great in your home just isn’t going to cut it in a (hopefully) busy environment. Just imagine having 300 plus people a day (day in and day out) sitting on your furniture in your kitchen. Chances are that it would soon wear out right! Conversely, commercial grade furniture is made specifically to withstand high levels of customer footfall.

Have a theme, style or design in mind

Even what at first may appear to be random collections of furniture that are casually arranged in some of the more whacky places, tend to conform to some type of theme, style or design. If not it would just be some random mis-match of furniture that just doesn’t go and I’m sure you’d agree that this isn’t a great look. So even if it’s subtle there needs to be some kind of a theme running through. Whether it’s colour, texture pattern or era (think vintage) it needs to be thought through. If you’re in dire need of inspiration, then Pinterest is great for getting design ideas, as are popular websites such as

Try searching online

There are a wide variety of places that sell furniture specifically for café’s, restaurants, bars and bistros. However by purchasing online you can often buy furniture for less that you can if you were to buy it in a ‘bricks and mortar’ store. With this in mind, take the time to look around and make sure that the photo examples are to a high specification. Also check out the photos on one site against an identical item on another site. This way you can see if there are any differences in the colour/shade. Finally many online sites offer deals such as free shipping or VIP programs which all offer the potential purchaser incentives to buy.

Remember if you invest in good quality commercial furniture at the right price then you’re onto a winner. All you’ve got to do then is serve the best coffee and food in the area. Simple!

For the best prices on quality commercial furniture then you need to check out Cafe Furniture Melbourne. We offer a wide range of commercial grade tables, chairs, bar stools and accessories all at unbeatable prices. Visit us at and take a look at what we have to offer.

Choosing Good Quality Cafe Furniture – What To Look For And What To Steer Clear Of

mahogany ladder back chairBefore we discuss the finer details of quality cafe furniture, it might be worth stopping for a minute and thinking about why people go for quality over dirt cheap. For most people there are 3 reasons: Comfort, durability and style. Beyond that though, there’s also a fabulous ‘feel good’ factor about knowing that your cafe is filled with quality furniture that’s going to last. The trouble is that buying quality cafe furniture can be a bit of a minefield if you don’t know what to look for. With this in mind, here are some top tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Wood furniture

If you’re thinking of wood furniture to match your décor then as far as quality is concerned it basically comes in three types. These are

  • Solid wood

  • Wood veneers
  • Particle Board

Clearly solid wood is going to be the top of the tree (if you’ll excuse the pun) in terms of quality, but you can also buy some pretty good wood veneered examples if the base underneath is solid. Particle board furniture is generally much cheaper, but should only be for short term use only. For durability the best woods are maple, walnut, cherry and mahogany. If you run your hands along the surface of any furniture the finish should be absolutely smooth.


Avoid any visible jointing such as staples, nails, or indeed anything with glue on. Dowels and screws are acceptable but dovetail joints and tenon jointing is the crème de la crème.

Drawers and doors

You may decide to opt for s couple of quality pieces for your cafe such as a sideboard or large table. This being the case the you might want to check the drawers and doors. Drawers should open and close smoothly between glides and should also have drawer stops. Doors should open and close with effortless ease.


If you’re splashing out and are thinking of purchasing a couple of comfy sofas for a chill-out area, look for upholstery with plenty of padding. Cushions should be firm and covers should be removable. Reversible cushions are also a great idea. Opt for sofas that have an anti-fade treatment. They’ll keep their colour for much longer. When it comes to springs, coil, sinuous, grid, or cone springs all work well so you just need to make sure that they have sufficient bounce. In quality sofas springs are never more than a few inches apart so sit on it in various positions and see if you sink or tilt. If all is good, then that’s the quality sofa for you.

If you’re looking for quality cafe furniture at a great price then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we offer a wide variety of quality chairs, tables and other furnishings at unbeatable prices. So if you’re looking for something in particular then give us a call on 03 9357 9688 or alternatively, pay us a visit at our Melbourne showroom. Details are on our website at