How To Choose The Right Cafe Tables For Your Venue

is-bl-bro-r7You may have spent the past six months meticulously planning the layout and design of your new cafe, choosing the colour scheme, and working out the menus. You’ve probably already got an idea of the chairs that you want. But, have you though about the tables? Come on be honest, you’ve probably spent little time on this important element, after all tables are just, well…. tables aren’t they?

The thing here is that when you walk into a cafe what takes up the most space? Yes, it’s the tables. This is why it’s crucial that you make the right choice in order that your design is successful. It’s not just about how your tables look, it’s also important to think about practicality and that includes the size, layout, material, and style of the base, all of which will impact on customer satisfaction.

Here’s a quick check list to guide you through the minefield of buying cafe tables.

Always buy commercial tables

Don’t waste your time or money on any table that isn’t designed for commercial use. These are intended for frequent daily use and will be able to withstand the sort of abuse that cafe tables are exposed to. In addition, tables that have been AFDRI tested and approved will give you even more peace of mind that they’re up to the task in hand.

Indoor vs outdoor tables

Yes, there is a difference and it depends on what your table tops are made from and whether or not they’ve been treated to withstand the harsh Australian climate. If you’re looking for a seamless flow from one area to another then we’d suggest that you choose tables which can be used both indoors and outside. Once you’ve chosen the colour and style then you’ll find that there are usually different sizes within each range, so that you can maximise your floor space.

Table size

If you only serve coffee and cake then smaller tables will be all that you need, but if you have a wider reaching menu then you may want to mix things up with larger tables too. Below you’ll find a guide to the table sizes and how many people they seat.

600mm round or square – seats 2 people

700mm round or square – seats 4 people in a cafe or baker setting

800mm round or square – seats 4 people in a restaurant setting

1200 x 800mm seats 6 people

1400x 800mm seats 8 people

Table spacing

Naturally the more tables you’ve got the most covers you can serve, but at the same time customers don’t want to be squashed in and feel that they’re on top of each other. We’d suggest allowing roughly a metre between tables so there’s room for customers to stand up without banging chairs.

Styles and finishes

Cafe table tops come in a wide range of finishes including wood, plastic, laminate, and steel. If you run a busy cafe then you need a table top that is heat, stain, and scratch proof and that is quickly and easily wiped clean between customers. This style of table also means that you don’t necessarily need to have table cloths Table packages which include a top and base usually work out your cheapest option but if you want more versatility then you can choose tops and bases separately.

If you’re looking for tables for your cafe then here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide range for you to choose from. All of our furniture is for commercial use and may of the tables have been AFRDI tested and approved. Why not browse our online store or if you happen to be in the Campbellfield area of Victoria then call into our warehouse and see our products for yourself. If you need any more information or advice then please feel free to call us on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll be pleased to help.

Top Tips For Choosing The Right Cafe Bar Stools

timber bentwood bar stoolBar stools can be useful in a café for a variety of situations. They’re great for slotting into tight spaces where there isn’t room for a chair, they’re perfect for lining up beneath a bar to seat solo diners or couples, and they add a whole new dimension when tall bar stools are grouped around lofty bar tables. There’s a wide range of stools to choose from so it helps if you have an idea of what you want before you start shopping. You can find them at all different price points, and in styles to fit in with all types of décor, so use these tips as a guideline to narrow down your search.

Size is everything

Some people may think that bar stools just come in the wrong size but they’re very much mistaken. Stools have different heights, widths and seat sizes.

If you’ve got a children’s area in your café then you should be looking at stools which stand at around 45 cms and can be found in numerous styles. Tall stools are the ones which most people recognise as a typical bar height and these come in around 75 to 80 cms in height and usually incorporate a footrest. Often these have a back and are paired with tall bar tables. You may find others fitting somewhere in between which range from 65-70cms and these are often used in the home for breakfast bars and kitchen counters.


The fun thing about bars stools is that there are so many different styles to choose from to fit every environment and every need. Some swivel and have seat backs. Some wooden like the Bentwood stools are quite rustic whereas others may be more padded. You can choose from stools which are sleek and contemporary, stools such as our Helen stools which are more simplistic, and retro style stools such as our Detroit drafting stool.


Again, bar stools come in ,many different finishes to fit in with their environment. For a warehouse style café then steel stools make a great option and come in a range of vibrant fun colours, shimmering metallics, matte or gloss, or simply black or white. If they’ve been treated then they’re a goods fit for outdoor use to and won’t fade or rust.

Other bar stools are made from wood such as beechwood, teak, ash, and oak. On some of these stools the wood may be stained its natural colour or it could have a finish such as walnut, cherry, black or dark brown. Many wood stools are fairly rustic in appearance but you can get classic styles such as bentwood.

Once you’ve got an idea in your head of the size, material, and finish that you’re looking for then it’s far easier to find just the stools that you’re looking for.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne you’ll find a wide range of bar stools to choose from including replica Tolix, Bentwood, and ladderback styles. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or if you happen to be in Campbellfield, then pop into our warehouse where you can try them out for size. If you need any more information or advice then please feel free to contact our helpful staff on 03 9357 9688.

Oh So Versatile Tolix

orange Tolix chairIf you’re looking for chairs or stools that fit easily into any décor, are strong and robust, and come in a great range of colours then why not take a look at our fabulous collection of replica Tolix pieces.

Manufactured in exactly the same way as the original Xavier Pauchard furniture back in the 1930’s from powder coated steel, our replica chairs and stools stay true to the original.

Tolix chairs first began life in Parisian cafes by day and bars by night where they could be found in practically every establishment. However, because of their simplistic design and strength they were also widely used in schools and hospitals. Today, they’re just as popular in cafes and bars as they were then and people are also using them in their homes.

Matte and gloss finish

We’re excited to have an exciting new range of Tolix chairs in a variety of matte colours which works really well with natural materials such as wood, concrete, and marble. The black matte chairs for example look just amazing sat around contemporary rustic style bench tables which are great for those establishments embracing the concept of casual dining. This sort of setting looks just fabulous with oversized pendant lights hanging down to throw light on the table.

Not only are Tolix chairs beautiful in black but they’re equally as stunning in white. They look amazing as part of a mono chrome design and also help make a dining area look more spacious. Another advantage of Tolix chairs is that they are strong but light enough to be moved around with ease and they stack on top of each other which is ideal if you’re lacking storage space.

Fun and funky

Did we say white was stunning? How about yellow? These gorgeous chairs work really well with light wood tables and add a ray of sunshine to a dark dining area. For a really funky look why not utilise bench tables and seat a variety of coloured Tolix chairs around them. Families and couples alike just love them.

With their roots firmly in France Tolix chairs are very appropriate for French inspired designs. With this in mind why not place your matte black chairs around circular black tables supported by our ornate Paris table base. With a black and white tiled floor and ornate chandeliers, customers could easily think they were sitting in a chic French bistro.

Space saving stools

Finally, let’s not forget Tolix stools. Our replica stools come in a wide variety of heights and colours and are perfect for using as an accent colour to liven up a bland décor or simply to add a splash of bold colour to an otherwise dark industrial décor for example. These lovely stools incorporate a built in footrest which is essential to save customers legs from dangling and some of the stools have a warm timber seat which adds to customer comfort. Perfect for tucking into tight corners or lining up beneath counters, a café really can benefit from Tolix stools.

Why not check out our wide selection of replica Tolix chairs and stools by browsing our online store or visiting our Campbellfield warehouse. With so many to choose from there’s sure to be something to meet your needs. Please feel free to give us a call on (03) 9088 4163 if you need more information or advice.

Exploring The History Of The Drafting Stool

Small Detroit Adjustable Drafing StoolDespite the fact that the drafting stool has been in existence for well over one hundred years you don’t have to look far to see many modern variations. In fact we’re pleased to announce the arrival of our new small adjustable Detroit stool with ash timber seat in black. If you’re wondering why these stools are so popular it’s because they have an effortless knack of fitting in with the contemporary industrial theme that is flooding Melbourne and most Australian cities right now. That said, the original drafting stool wasn’t designed to be fashionable, instead it was born out of necessity.

Let’s take a brief look at its interesting history. Back in 1903 the motor car was causing quite a stir amongst members of the public. Henry Ford had just set up the Ford Motor Company and for owners of bicycle manufacturing companies this was a cause of real concern. One such factory owner, Clement Uhl, knew that his business was in jeopardy and his days were numbered unless he took some sort of action to prevent his business from going to the dogs. In order to supplement his trade which was rapidly dwindling he began experimenting with designs of heavy duty metal furniture which was practical for the workplace. To his surprise it began to take off and in 1905 as furniture sales overtook bicycle sales, the Cycle Emporium changed its name to the Toledo Metal Company.

The very same year, Uhl was approached by the Ohio Drafting Company who asked him to design a fully adjustable rugged stool for their workers – one that could easily be positioned and repositioned. He set to work and eventually came up with the Toledo Adjustable Drafting Stool. Thanks to its simple angular shape and adjustable seat that screwed up or down, it became an immediate hit and in no time at all could be found all over the country in factories, offices, schools, and telephone exchanges.

Left on the shelf

The popularity of the drafting stool continued throughout the 20’s, 30’s and war years and were used widely in the US and exported all over the world. However its popularity waned in the 1950’s as customers began to turn to sleeker sophisticated styles which offered more comfort. As the large scale factories started to close the Toledo Drafting Stool was left on the shelves.

For the next 50 odd years they couldn’t even give away the Toledo Stool but all that was about to change with the arrival of the modern day industrial look. This took the world by storm and is a look which is still very popular today particularly with Cafe owners who realise the full potential of industrial style furniture in terms of its durability, functionality, and affordability. The original Toledo Drafting Stool fits perfectly into this ethos.

However, if you want an original, it will set you back a small fortune. That said, there are plenty of modern day versions such as our Detroit drafting stool which slot with ease into an industrial theme. If you want the look at a fraction of the price then take a look in our online store, or better still, come at see our products first hand at our warehouse in Campbellfield, Victoria. Alternatively you can call us on (03) 9088 4163 in your need any help.