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You 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.
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
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.