5 Important Things To Consider When Choosing Café Bar Stools, Chairs, and Tables

When you’re starting up a café, bar or bistro from scratch it can be quite exciting buying your furniture and it can be all to easy to rush into a decision without giving it proper consideration. The result can be a set furniture which is lovely to look at but really doesn’t meet the needs of a busy café, bar or restaurant. There’s plenty to consider when choosing chairs, stools and tables, so let’s take a look:

Table size

When it comes to choosing a café table then size is of great importance. Firstly you need to ensure that you have sufficient floor space in which to place the tables with chairs around them, and for your waiting staff to be able to move comfortably between tables. In addition you need to consider whether the table is the right size for the amount of people sitting around it. Remember there will be plates and cups on the table, cutlery, menus and condiments so make sure there’s enough elbow room to go around.

Comfort

Stools and chairs should be comfortable no matter how long customers are planning to stick around. If they feel lumpy and hard or the stools are too low or too high for the table, then they may well be tempted to move to another establishment which has more comfortable seating.

Movability

When buying your furniture consider how easy it is to move around. For instance if a large group arrives can the tables be easily moved together to make one large table? Does your furniture stack on top of each other? This makes for easy manoeuvrability and convenient storage.

Wear and tear

Although this should be apparent, make sure when you buy café furniture that it is indeed commercial furniture and built to withstand the rigours of a busy establishment. Many café owners are reaping the benefits of industrial style furniture which is made from metal, treated to be resistant to the weather, and as a result is durable and long lasting. Today’s polypropylene furniture is also an extremely attractive option being available in lots of gorgeous styles and colours, waterproof and UV treated, low maintenance and stackable, and makes for the ideal outdoor terrace furniture.

Matching décor

It’s only natural that you may want your furniture to maintain the theme you have going on throughout your café or bar, but don’t choose furniture just based on this fact alone. Make sure it will stand up to the job you’re asking of it. Many manufacturers offer complete ranges of tables, chairs and stools which all perfectly complement each other, so this makes easy work of matching your décor.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of commercial café/bar/bistro furniture at seriously competitive prices. So why not visit our Melbourne showroom or check out the website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au to see just what we have to offer.

Ring In The Changes With FLAT Technology

FLAT technologyOkay so picture the scenario…It’s a lovely day and you’ve just discovered a new café in a great part of town. You manage to bag an outside seat in a prime location where you can sit, chat, and watch the world go by. You order a glass of something long and cool and as the waiter puts the drink down on the table, you suddenly realise that the table is wobbly. You take a napkin or coaster from the table and fold it carefully and place it under the leg, but it doesn’t really do the job of keeping the table stable. In essence your perfect café experience has been somewhat soured by an annoying wobbly table. Alternatively, if the café, restaurant or bistro in question embraced tables with FLAT technology then wobbly table issues would be a thing of the past. So what exactly is FLAT technology and how does it work?

Essentially FLAT technology is a revolution in stabilisation and levelling. Simple and elegant it fits perfectly in the legs of the table and operates using hydraulic communication. What this means is that any table that is placed on a slope or cobbles will automatically right itself using self-levelling hydraulics. The result being, no more wonky tables.

For a café owner uneven surfaces are often a real problem. It means that staff have to spend time either ‘levelling up’ tables using screw in feet, and as anybody knows that isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Alternatively if they don’t have the luxury of screw in feet, then they have to resort to folded card. While these methods do work, they’re only ever temporary because as soon as the table is accidentally moved by the customer, or is purposefully moved to accommodate other seating arrangements then you’re back to square one. With FLAT technology on the other hand, the levelling process is almost instantaneous and is done without intervention, leaving your staff free to do what they do best and that’s serve your customers.

In addition FLAT technology gives café owners the ability to be able to perfectly align several table tops together, both quickly and efficiently so that any unsightly and dysfunctional ridges become a thing of the past.

Now that you have a range of stabilisation solutions to suit your needs it’s good to know that FLAT technology can be embraced in a wide range of styles and designs. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide selection of table bases and tops for you to choose from so contact us on 03 9357 9688 and ask us about Flat Technology today. Alternatively visit out website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au or if you’re in the Campbellfield area of Melbourne, then why not pop into our showroom and see what we have to offer.

Thinking Of Choosing New Outdoor Café Furniture? Check Out These 5 Great Pointers

outdoor cafe furnitureAustralia on the whole has a warm and sunny climate so a café is the ideal place to be able to sit outside, grab a glass of something long and cool and watch the world go by. Although as I’m writing this it’s more wet than sunny, but nevertheless, a top quality outdoor seating area can bring more revenue into your business. It can act as another room to your café and passers-by are often more attracted to a café that has a bustling outside seating area. For this reason it pays to get your outdoor furniture selection right. With this in mind, here are 5 considerations you really should be looking out for.

Durability

Remember, unless you’re going to be covering your outdoor furniture or putting it into storage at the end of every working day, then there’s every chance that it’s going to be exposed to the elements. For this reason it has to be durable. Wood furniture can look the part but it needs to be treated otherwise it can crack and fade. Likewise, steel/aluminium tables and chairs look great as they catch the sunlight, but have they been rust-proofed?

Style

Many successful cafés, restaurants and bistro’s that have outdoor seating areas tend to stick to one overall style that ties both the inside and the outside together. This may be contemporary modern, funky, or even rustic-traditional. Whatever style you choose, think about overall cohesion.

Maximising your layout

It may sound obvious, but the key to choosing outdoor furniture that works for you is that it has the ability to maximise your outside space. You need to think about table numbers and ultimately that means cash in your till! For example, it’s probably no good choosing a style of outdoor commercial furniture that looks great but because of it’s larger size or shape, can only squeeze in four tables to your outside space. Whereas another design or style that looks equally as good might be able to give you six tables just as comfortably in exactly the same space.

Security

Having outside furniture points to one thing…it’s easy pickings for opportunist thieves. So security should also be another consideration. Ask yourself if it can be stacked easily so if you needed to store it away, you could. Alternatively think about the possibility of locking your furniture where it stands for added protection and whether this would be possible with the style of furniture you plan on purchasing.

Don’t forget the accessories

A great outdoor seating area is one that contains accessories for any occasion. For example, most people don’t want to drink their beverage in the blazing sun and would be more inclined to sit and linger if they had a shady spot to relax under. For this reason good quality umbrellas are as important as your furniture is. Alternatively how about in the winter time when it gets cold? Patio heaters and a mug of steaming hot chocolate are a great excuse for a passer by to warm themselves up. Alternatively what about investing in a sand or ball pit for the kids, so that the parents can relax and chat while watching their children play safely.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a great selection of head-turning outdoor and indoor café furniture all at seriously competitive prices. So why not visit our Melbourne showroom, or check out our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au and see what we have to offer. Trust us, you’ll be glad that you did!

 

How Best To Care For Your Commercial Café Furniture

commercial cafe furnitureIf you’ve purchased commercial café furniture for your café,restaurant, or bistro, then its fair to say that it has probably cost you a relatively hefty sum. It’s understandable therefore that you certainly want it to last. One way to do this is to make sure it’s well cared for. Even in the busiest of establishments where good quality commercial furniture is designed to withstand the rigours of daily life, the shelf life of your tables and chairs can be improved simply by giving them a little TLC. With this in mind, lets take a look at some of the best ways that you can make sure your furniture always looks as good as the day it came out of the showroom.

Removing spills and stains quickly

Most commercial furniture is designed to be both spill and stain proof and as a result any that occur during a typical busy day can be wiped away with a damp cloth. The problem is that even protective lacquers aren’t designed to deal with spills or stains that are there long-term. Some drinks such as orange juice contain natural acids which can eventually eat through the lacquer, so do be aware that even when a chair or table tells you it’s spill-proof any drink spills should be wiped away relatively quickly before they do any lasting damage. Another way to protect your tables is to use protective coasters and mats to prevent any spills from penetrating directly onto your furniture. Many come in funky or contemporary designs and colours so look on them as a way to enhance your overall interior/exterior styling.

Storage

Even outside furniture that’s designed to withstand the rigours of the Australian summer will look a little jaded if it’s left out for long periods of time. This being the case, you might want to think about storing it away out of the sunlight when not in use, or even stacking it and covering it. It might be a bit more work, but you’ll improve the shelf life of your furniture and save yourself money in the meantime.

Follow cleaning instructions carefully

All café furniture comes with cleaning instructions. The trouble is that they often differ greatly depending upon the composite. Don’t assume that good old furniture polish is the best cleaning agent for every piece of furniture as some contain silicones which can contaminate a finished surface and can cause problems if the furniture ever needs restoring. In addition, believe it or not some lacquers don’t respond well to household antibacterial agents, as it has been known to break down the highly polished finish. In essence treat every piece of furniture differently and make sure you follow any cleaning instructions carefully.

If you’re looking to purchase commercial café furniture at unbeatable prices then speak to Cafe Furniture Melbourne. Why not visit us in person at our Campbellfield warehouse, or alternatively browse our wide variety of stock from the comfort of your home by visiting www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au