Looking To Buy Bar Stools – Here’s A Quick Buyers Guide

Choosing a bar stool doesn’t really come across as a hard task. After all it’s just a piece of furniture right? Strangely enough, finding the right bar stool for your venue isn’t as simple as it sounds. In fact before you know it you’re being bombarded with a million questions such as what height does it need to be? Does it need cushions? Do you need a foot rest? Does it swivel? Does it need to be adjustable…..stop just stop!

Thankfully We’ve put together a quick buyer’s guide so that you can navigate yourself through the tricky world of bar stools.

Height

This is an important factor as the wrong height of stool is going to look pretty stupid. Customers are either going to be banging their knees on the underside of the bar because the furniture is just to tall, or alternatively not being able to reach their drinks properly because the stool is way too small. The good news is that in Australia, commercial bar counters are generally a standardised height which is 105cms. Therefore the perfect height of stool should be 75cms. Any more or any less and you’ll end up with the above results.

Spacing

So how many bar stools do you place along your bar? The answer is to leave enough space in between stools so that it’s sufficient to enough for customer comfort but at the same time maximises the space for profit. Sounds complicated right? Well not really because as a general rule of thumb, around 60cms of space between one bar stool and the other is said to give you the best of both worlds.

Putting on the style

Bar stools come in a multitude of styles but more often than not it’s best to consider your overall theme when making the right choice. Roughly speaking, there are around 6 styles of bar stool and they can be placed into the following categories.

Modern

Advancements in technology has allowed manufacturers to really push the boundaries in terms of design and colour and some even border on works of art. Polypropylene for example has recently been embraced and indeed taken to another level by a whole variety of designers who craft great futuristic designs in some amazing colours

Functional

When it comes to gaming stools for example, they need to be built for purpose rather than design and that’s where the functional type stool comes in. The typical gaming stool is comfortable so customers keep playing. It usually has some type of cushioning, a foot rest, and a small back support for added comfort.

Industrial

Because of the popularity of the industrial look in café’s and bars up and down the country it has its very own category. Industrial furniture is typically made of powdered steel and sometimes has rustic timber seating. They’re the opposite to modernistic in that they’re rough and functional instead of being design lead and vibrant. One such example is the Tolix Stool.

Vintage

Vintage chic is most definitely in and therefore stools with reclaimed timber, distressed looks, and tarnished metals fit the bill perfectly.

Outdoor

As the name suggests stools that are weatherproof are idea for outdoor use. Usually they’re easily stackable and scratch resistant too. Most outdoor stools also contain drainage holes and are resistant to all types of weather.

Traditional/Rustic

Most bar stools that come under this category are classic, elegant, and timber framed,

Features

Some come with backrests some don’t, some swivel and some don’t. Some like the drafting stool are also adjustable so you might want to think about your type of client and what might work best for them. A word about adjustable stools. Unlike the drafting stool, most other types of adjustable stools are gas charged. Therefore you’ll need to make sure that if it’s for commercial use, it’s a good quality one that can withstand a multitude of people constantly moving it up and down.

As you can see, there’s more to purchasing a cafe bar stool than meets the eye. Fortunately if you do get stuck or are a little unsure then our experienced team at Cafe Furniture Melbourne are on hand to assist. Why not check out our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au and see just what we have to offer, or alternatively, give us a call on 03 9357 9688. we’d love to hear from you.

Improve Your Cafe Furniture Seating Using These 5 Top Tips

a-76-sky-blueWith the meteoric rise of the local cafe in recent years, having the right cafe furniture is more important then ever. First impressions really do count and people have such a wide choice of coffee house nowadays that they’re just as likely to not enter yours if your furniture isn’t right. Here are 5 sure ways to make sure that they don’t pass you by.

It’s all about variety!

Gone are the days when cafes had rows and rows of similar looking tables and chairs. That really was so last year! Instead the emphasis should be on a variety of furniture in different seating arrangements. Whether it’s a couple of comfy chairs, the odd Ottoman, an old sofa that’s been well loved or some brightly coloured funky bar stools, variety is the spice of life. Mixing it up not only gives people interesting seating choices, but it also makes interesting and fun use of your space.

Don’t go overboard

There’s nothing wrong with funky vibrant furniture in luminescent yellow and shocking pink if that’s your thing, but make sure it’s incorporated into an overall design or theme. Having your furniture stand out for the wrong reasons is – well – it’s just wrong!

Size really does matter

Unfortunately when it comes to tables, size really does matter – especially when it involves your bottom line. Mixing tables up will give you the best opportunity to maximise your seating arrangements and seat as many people as possible without cramming them in. For example, cosy round tables are ideal for placing in recesses or awkward spaces, while booth seating makes for an intimate area where friends or family can gather. Alternatively if you have a small pavement area outside then smaller bistro furniture is ideal.

Keeping it comfortable

It wasn’t so long ago that many café’s used to equip themselves with so called 15 minute seats. As the name suggests this was seating that was comfortable for about 15 minutes. The idea being that customers left quicker so cafes and restaurants could turn tables quicker, maximising their profit. Now the whole notion of a coffee shop is it being more than just a place where you grab a quick espresso on the way to work, and the onset of free Wi-Fi means that many freelancers use café’s as a place of business. Contrary to popular belief it’s fair to say that any self-respecting freelancer won’t free load and will spend money while there. Therefore furniture should be practical but it also has to be comfortable.

Buying the best

Finally with commercial grade furniture it pays to buy the best that you can afford. Quality cafe furniture is built to last so if you look at it as a long-term investment rather than a short term gain you’re on the right track.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of commercial grade cafe furniture all at great prices. Visit our website at www.cafefurmituremelbourne.com.au or call us directly on (3) 9357 9688 to see what we have to offer.

Steel Versus Aluminium Outdoor Cafe Furniture – Which One Would You Choose?

aluminium chair with double legsAs more and more cafes, restaurants, and bistros are offering al-fresco seating, how’s your outdoor furniture holding up? Here in Brisbane, as we enter the winter season now is a good time to re-evaluate your patio seating and make any changes necessary to make your whole cafe experience a good one. Remember – first impressions really do count!

The problem is that replacing old and worn outdoor cafe furniture can be expensive particularly when you choose the metal variety which is more commonly used for al-fresco dining. Therefore when you do feel the need to replace it, it has to be right.

In essence metal furniture can be placed into two categories and these are steel and aluminium. However there are some subtle differences between the two which could affect how and where you use them.

Aluminium

If you choose aluminium furniture the first thing to notice is that it’s a much softer metal. This makes it lightweight and easy to move around. That said it mightn’t be ideal if you live in a windy climate, but it can be the perfect lightweight option for seating directly outside coffee shops particularly on pavement areas and small terraces. Aluminium chairs are best used outside rather than inside where they might struggle to hold up to the everyday rigours of a busy cafe. Conversely if you have a large patio area that’s open full time in the summer then it might not be ideal either.

Steel

Steel furniture on the other hand is a stronger more durable metal and is likely to last longer. Equally though these same qualities makes it heavier. Therefore if you require your outdoor cafe furniture to be moved around a lot, then steel might not be the best choice because it can be cumbersome . If you do decide to opt for steel furniture you should always make sure need that it’s been treated for protection from the elements. If not, it will have a tendency to rust over time. In comparison, aluminium naturally contains a surface area of aluminium oxide. This acts as a barrier to prevent the air and oxygen from getting to the surface of the metal, meaning that it won’t rust.

As you can see there are pros and cons to each type of metal furniture, so before you part with your hard earned cash, make sure that the furniture you buy suits your exacting needs.

If you’re stuck for choice then why not take a look at our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au We stock a wide range of commercial grade stainless steel and aluminium outdoor cafe furniture at great prices. Alternatively if you need further advice, then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and experienced team on (03) 9088 4163 who are only to glad to assist.

6 Important Factors To Consider When Choosing Cafe Chairs

So you’ve decided to splash out and update your cafe furniture! Alternatively you’re about to enter the hospitality industry and need some great looking furniture for you first venue. What do you look for and more importantly what do you buy? Here are 6 important factors to take into consideration.

Material/style

The first thing you need to decide on is the material and style of the chair. For instance, do you want to go down the traditional route with a rustic interior, or are you basing your venue in a modern area full of young professionals? If the latter is the case then stainless steel, funky designs and bright colours might be the order of the day.

Purpose

Do you have an outside terrace or pavement area you are looking to fill? If so you should be looking to mirror the design of your inside space. If this is the case then it’s often best to opt for commercial grade furniture that’s fit for both indoor and outdoor use, materials such as stainless steel are lightweight and good for both areas.

Budget

There are cafe chairs and then there are expensive cafe chairs. The trouble is, paying more doesn’t always equate to better quality. Therefore know your budget and stick to it. But how can you guarantee quality? The answer is to look for furniture that’s been AFRDI tested. This is cafe furniture that’s been through rigorous testing and as such is very capable of handling the demands of the most busy of establishments.

Size of your venue

Like tables, chairs come in differing sizes too, so you’ll need to work out the best chair size to maximise your customer footfall. If you are a little short of space you might want to avoid chairs with arms for example, In addition clean lines tend to give the appearance of less clutter, making them the perfect accompaniment for smaller spaces.

Target market

Understanding who your customers are going to be is key. For example if it’s a family area and you expect lots of mums and children, you might want to opt for kids cafe chairs that match your overall design. Alternatively if it’s in an urban setting and your clientele is young professionals then they might prefer something more contemporary or even industrial.

Originality

If you really want to stand out from the competition then you might want to look for original furniture. After all, there’s no point in having the same style of furniture as the cafe down the road. Instead keep it fresh and give your customers a reason to want to come.

So there you have it, 6 important factors to help you choose the perfect cafe chair. If after reading this you’re suck for ideas then you might want to browse our website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au for inspiration. Alternatively, if you need guidance then why not speak to our experienced and friendly team on 03 9357 9688, We’re only too glad to assist.