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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.