Looking To Revamp Your Cafe?

TableWith the ever growing competition amongst cafes and bars it’s essential to keep your finger on the pulse and ensure that your cafe or bar stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons. One way to breath new life into your cafe is to change your tables for something for sleek and modern, after all nobody wants to sit at a tired looking table top that’s obviously seen better days.

Choosing new cafe tables sounds a simple enough task, right? But actually it’s probably more complicated than you originally thought and making the right choice could make or break your business. What do you see when you first walk into a Cafe? It’s not the chairs or even the flooring, instead it’s the tables. Sure it’s important how they look, but even more important is their size, practicality, and the type of material they’re made from as well as the type of base, which can greatly impact whether or not your customers are satisfied and happy.

We’ve put together 4 points to help you choose the perfect table.

Always buy commercial grade furniture

We know it’s tempting to purchase something just because you like the look of it, but when you’re buying for your business never choose anything other than commercial grade furniture. This is designed to be used constantly everyday and as such will hold up to the daily rigours of a busy environment. In addition commercial furniture gives you the option of choosing separate table tops and bases to suit your particular environment, whether that be a folding base to save space or a FLAT technology base for uneven floors. What’s more with so many designs and colours from, you can great an eye catching funky space for your customers to enjoy.

Indoor or Outdoor Tables?

Rather than opt for one or another, we’d suggest that it makes more sense to purchase table tops which can be used for both. Our latest arrival, the Isotop Sliq Compact table top has been designed to look stylish and modern and can be used indoors or outside. The newly improved and unique manufacturing process which prevents warping, means that these table tops stay in tip top shape for a very long time. They boast a dry matte finish and a realistic material look which brings them to life. Sleek and compact with user friendly smooth edges, They look stunning in all surroundings.

What size to choose?

Not only will the table size have a huge impact on the look of your venue but it will also determine how comfortable your customers are. For example a 600mm round or square table top will seat 2 people comfortably and a 700mm table top will suit 4 people in a cafe setting. Our larger 1200 x 8 tables seat 6.

Space between tables

Finally most customers prefer not to feel cramped so we’d suggest leaving a metre between tables to allow people room to pull out their chairs or to pass by tables with ease if they’re heading for the toilets.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we constantly stock FLSAT technology table bases and Isotop table tops. So why not come and look for yourself at our warehouse in Campbellfield or download our catalogue. If you need any information then we’re happy to answer all your questions. Just give us a call on (03) 9088 4163. We’d love to hear from you.

Embracing The Cafe Furniture Replica

Cabaret-blue-matte with tickSome might say reproduction while some might say rip off. Call it what you like but replica designer cafe furniture is here to stay. In fact you don’t have to go far to see commercial grade cafe furniture replicas on a grand scale. From Tolix Stools to Bentwood Chairs through to iconic Toledo Drafting Stools and Philip Starck Ghost Chairs, they’re all easily and readily available. So what’s the attraction and why are they so prevalent in Australia?


The obvious answer is cost, but it isn’t the full picture. Availability and ease of purchase means that you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. Let’s take the Tolix Stool for example. In the 1930’s Xavier Pauchard designed his now iconic stool for the masses. As a result the company turned out hundreds of thousands between 1934 and 1959. However finding an original in 2016 isn’t straight forward but finding a replica piece – well that’s a different story and one that starts with a simple click of a mouse. It’s true – the onset of the internet has made replica cafe furniture easily and readily available.


Another reason for the surge in replica furniture is that huge competition has lead to café’s, restaurants, and bistros, in Australia having to stand out from the crowd and be unique. Melbourne for example is known as the cafe capital of the southern hemisphere while Brisbane isn’t far behind. One way to do this is through trendy design. The problem is that being trendy can also cost money and often one of the first pieces that establishment owners give the push to when the budget is squeezed is expensive furniture. So how do you get the same design impact using quality furniture but on a cheaper scale? Replica cafe furniture of course!

So what are you getting for your money? – After all you don’t want to be throwing your replica furniture out with the rubbish in three or four year’s time?

AFRDI Tested

As long as you look for commercial grade replica furniture that has the AFRDI tested seal of approval then you should be okay. The Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute is a not-for-profit organisation set up to test furniture so that buyers can purchase with confidence. In essence products go through a rigorous testing routine that goes way beyond that of normal wear and tear. The AFRDI certification is recognised by a blue tick so watch out for it when you buy.

If you’re looking for a replica Tolix Stool or chair to complete that industrial look, or that replica Bentwood chair to give a rustic homely feel, then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide variety of commercial grade replica furniture in stock at seriously competitive prices. Check out our website to find out more. Alternatively, if you’re in the Campbellfield area of Melbourne, then why not pop into our showroom where you try before you buy.

Give Your Cafe A Wow Factor With An Antique Industrial Edge

Detroit drsughting stoolMelbourne isn’t called the coffee capital of Australia for nothing and as such, competition is rife. So if you’re looking to set up a new cafe or revamp your existing one to get a slice of the action, you’ll need a theme or design that’s going to stand out. This of course is in addition to serving great coffee. One such theme that has the capability to create an instant wow factor is by mixing contemporary design with an antique, industrial edge.

Let’s face it, furniture at its core is a functional item which serves a particular purpose. Antique/industrial furniture is a simple yet robust collection of tables and chairs that evoke that great period of ‘fit for purpose’ industrialisation and manufacture. So antique tables with cast iron bases and recycled timer tops, or robust ‘no frills’ seating made from steel, iron, or wood that might seem just as at home in a factory setting, is what you should be looking for. With this in mind, here are some great examples.

Tolix stools

Tolix bar stools and chairs epitomise everything that is both industrial and antique. Initially manufactured by Xavier Pauchard in the mid 1930’s their simplistic yet robust design is evocative of a bygone era of manufacture and design. Even today, Pauchard’s chairs are gracing café’s and bistro’s throughout the world as they were back in the 1930’s and this has much to do with it’s uncomplicated almost effortless design which still looks contemporary some 30 years later.

It’s crazy to think that original Tolix stools were made in their hundreds of thousands and were accessible to all, yet nowadays they command a fair price. For this reason for anyone looking to create a antique industrial look using original Tolix furniture may find this unachievable on a budget. A better option is to opt for Tolix inspired seating. It’s made to function, and look just like the original except it’s a fraction of the price. For this reason, it’s a more affordable option.

Toledo draughting stool

If there’s one piece of furniture that evokes the grime, grit, and mechanisation of the industrial period it’s the draughting stool. It was initially manufactured during the machine age of the first half of the 20th century and contains a mix of heavy steel and raw wood materials. It has a fully adjustable seat which rotates up and down by means of spindle and even with its raw simplicity the Toledo draughting stool was made to withstand heavy weights and frequent use. Even now you can still pick up an original for somewhere between $150 and $300 from vintage outlets or the internet. However just like the Tolix stool if you want to save yourself some money while still achieving a great look then there are some pretty good replica designs out there at cheaper prices.

What about tables?

Contrary to popular belief antique industrial tables don’t have to appear cold, harsh, and totally impractical. Instead opt for cast iron based with beautifully crafted wooden tops the rich warming tones add a touch of luxury. Alternatively go bright and bold with zinc, copper, or steel coloured metal table tops to give a contemporary feel to an antique look.

At Cafe furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of antique industrial inspired furniture including the drafting stool and Tolix inspired seating. Check out our antique range for further details.

Embracing Timber Table Tops – What Are Your Options?

is-sh-bro-812Timber tables tops are slowly making a welcoming return to café’s, bistros, and restaurants and their natural look using recycled or reclaimed materials, gives a funky hipster feel to any venue. The good news is that if you want to embrace the unique feel and smell that wood brings and are looking to update your cafe furniture, there are several options open to you.

Custom timber table tops

If you have a healthy budget and are looking for high end cafe furniture that will create that all important wow factor, then you might want to opt for custom made timber table tops. There are a multitude of companies that offer this service and it means that you can have a table made to your exacting requirements. Whether you need round, rectangular, or square tables you can get them in just about any timber you like. From trusty oak, to rich mahogany or walnut, custom table tops are an outstanding if not expensive choice.

Made to measure timber table tops

If you have a slightly more realistic budget then you can opt for ready-made wooden tables and table tops. You could say that purchasing this type of table top is like buying an off-the-peg suit as opposed to a bespoke made-to-measure variety. Tables are usually ordered in a standard, ready-made form which are manufactured especially for the hospitality industry. This means that they’re strengthened and treated in order to withstand the rigours of a busy establishment.

Resin or compact laminate

If you want the look and feel of wood but without the budget, then you might want to opt instead for compact laminate table tops. Aside from the great value-for-money price tag they’re extremely realistic and what’s more, they’re incredibly hard wearing. This means that unlike natural wood they can be used outside on pavements and terraces without fading, warping, or cracking. Tables of this nature are made by hard-pressing multiple thin layers of ply wood which is sandwiched between layers of hard setting resin. The result is an almost indestructible table that looks and feels natural.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have an extensive range of compact laminate cafe table tops in stock, all of which are at seriously competitive prices. So if you want to achieve the look and feel of wood but without it breaking the bank, laminate furniture is the best way to go. With makes such as Isotop and Werzalit we guarantee you’ll be buying table tops that are built to last. For further information either check out the website at www.cafefurnituremelbourne.com.au or contact us directly on 03 9357 9688. Alternatively, if you’re in the Campbellfield area of Melbourne you can always pop into our showroom to see first hand the quality of the cafe furniture we have on offer.