How To Use Your Competitors When Choosing Your Bar Stools

tolix bar stoolsBefore diving straight in and purchasing some bar stools for your cafe or bar, it might just be an idea to visit a few of your competitors and take a look at how their barstools are being used. Just by observing, you can see some things you might want to copy and some things which might be best avoided. Below are 8 things to ask yourself when checking out your competitor’s bar stools.

Do the customers look comfortable?

Customers should look comfortable on their bar stools with their feet resting on a bar to take away any pressure from dangling legs. Seat size should be adequate to fit most sizes too, and the stools should be at the right height for the bar so that customers aren’t looming over the bar or sitting way too low beneath it.

Do the bar stools wobble?

It’s natural for there to be a little wobble since all floors are not constructed level neither are bar stool legs. However, if there appears to be significant wobbling, then avoid these types of stool. Another thing to observe is whether there’s any wobble between the seat and the base where the seat rests.

How easy are the stools to move around?

See if customers are able to move the bar stools if they need to or if they’re too heavy. Strangely enough it’s often the lightweight stools which not only are easier to move but are better constructed, so don’t be tempted to buy the heaviest stools.

Do the bar stools look worn?

Quality materials are the key to the longevity of a bar stool. Cheap fabric can soon wear out and lacquer can become grimy with use. Tolix metal stools are a great choice because they age well and look full of character even with a few dents and scratches.

Do the bar stools match the architecture?

It’s a good idea when observing the competition to take note of the style that is most appropriate for your venue. A single stool in a picture may look great but sometimes when there are several grouped together, they can look totally different.

Do the bar stools have backs?

A lot of consideration needs to go into whether to choose stools with or without backs. Take a look at a cafe which uses both for example, to see which location they place each type in. Sometimes a mixture of both adds more customer comfort, but if you decide backless is appropriate then you’ll save yourself a few dollars in the process.

Do the stools swivel?

Swivel stools require more maintenance than those which are non-swivel so you might want to consider the cost of maintenance weighed against the additional customer comfort, and decide if it’s really worth the extra expense. What do your competitors mostly have?

Are there enough stools?

How do your competitors use their bar stools in any given space. Are there too many, too few, or have they got it just right? Some cafe owners buy too many stools which makes it difficult for customers to get on and off. Others don’t buy enough, which means they’re missing out on extra drinks/food which they could have sold. Take a look to see if your competitors seem to be crowding their customers, or have wasted space, and this may give you an indication of how many stools you need to buy.

Visiting a few competitors need cost you little more than your time and a few cups of coffee, but what you learn from it could be invaluable, giving you ideas and helping you avoid any pitfalls.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we sell a wide range of bars stools in an assortment of style, sizes, colours, and materials. Take a look in our online store or visit our showroom in Campbellfield to see them first hand. Meanwhile if you have any questions or need some advice about any of our products, just pick up the phone and give us a call on 03 9357 9688

Stop Those Table Wobbles For Good!

FLAT table basesIs it just me or do other people find that they always seem to choose the cafe table with that irritating wobble that threatens to send your cup of coffee over the rim of the mug and straight into your lap?

The thing is, no matter where you are in the world tables are at the heart of the hospitality industry. Cafe owners know that their customers want to enjoy spending time with friends and family catching up over a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, and yet despite the friendliest of greetings they still sit them at a table that wobbles!! It’s easy to disregard the problem and shrug it off, but it can have a negative impact on your business. When you consider the amount wobbly tables could be costing you in terms of wages, refunds, lost customers, and missed opportunities, then surely it’s time you acted fast.

What can be done?

The answer lies in FLAT technology. This clever solution to wobbly tables lies in the special table bases which incorporate FLAT technology hidden away out of sight. It’s always on so there’s no buttons or electronics to press.

How it works

Hydraulics are used to pump fluid around a circuit of small pipes located in the FLAT table bases. The Patented Actuator Device responds instantly and adjusts the table feet so that the table remains stable on any surface, and locks them into position. In addition, this clever system can also be used to align table tops effortlessly, saving staff valuable minutes in setting up time and eliminating that troublesome lip which occurs when manually pushing two or more tables together. This innovative system works time and time again, adjusting to new surfaces, every single time the table is moved.

FLAT table bases come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colours and fix easily to most table tops. Typically they cost around $30 to $50 more than a non-FLAT table base equivalent, but your costs should easily be recouped within the first year with operational costs and customer service benefits. You’ll be amazed at how complimentary food and drinks, wages spend on aligning tables and fixing wobbles, and the potential value of missed customers stacks up. What’s more, according to a survey carried out by a YouGov survey in America, 50% of customers said they would be put off returning to a cafe where the tables were wobbly and 7 out of 9 people also said that wobbly tables gave them a negative impression of the establishment before they even sampled the food and drink.

So if you’re losing money due to wobbly tables then why not consider switching to FLAT. We stock a wide range of FLAT table bases which you can purchase online or call in at our showroom in Campbellfield and see them working for yourself. If you need any more information on any of our products then please just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you.

A Black and White Design For Your Cafe – Why Not?

Tall round replica Tolix stoolBlack and white is a timeless duo and one which can be used to great effect in your café’s interior design. Stripping your design back to black and white might not have crossed your mind, but if it’s visual impact that you’re after, then this is one sure fire way of achieving it. Total opposites, black and white works really well in a design concept.

Be bold 

The key to keeping your interior looking big and bright is to use stark white on your walls so that the light bounces off it, and introduce black accents with furniture and accessories. To add a little more punch, why not add some wall panels in black. The great thing about such a simple colour palette is that you can be bold with patterns and an eye catching design. To keep things simple choose the same style of furniture throughout in shades of black or white. Our replica Tolix chairs for example could be a good choice and to maximise the floor space you could also choose our replica round Tolix stools in black and white, which are currently reduced in our sale.

Industrial theme

Black and white works particularly well in an industrial theme provided you don’t go overboard with black, which can give an oppressive feel. One way to work around this is to use white walls for the most part with black furniture but then in smaller areas switch it around and use black walls with white furniture to create an area which feels smaller and more intimate. This could be an area that you place a couple of sofas or tub chairs for customers to relax in with a newspaper and a coffee.

Contemporary feel

If you’re after a more contemporary feel then keep your walls white and use a glossy black floor. Choose furniture in shades of black and white which has smooth sleek lines such as our Madeline chairs (also on sale). Stainless steel or aluminium also works well with a black and white design and this could be by way of your cafe tables or table stands and/or pendant lights. A great visual in black and white themed interiors is to add a large crystal chandelier to makes a bold statement.

Because black and white is a classic, it’s never going to go out favour, which makes it a great choice for a cafe interior. You can easily upgrade your look as and when by introducing small accents of a bright colour. It’s also easier to source cafe furniture if you’re not having to worry about a particular shade, since most manufacturers tend to include black and white in their range.

Get in touch

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide choice of cafe chairs, stools and tables in black and white, so why not take a look and get inspired. If you need any help or information then please just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 or call into our Campbellfield warehouse and take a look first hand.

What Sort Of Furniture Should You Choose For Your Cafe?

No 18 Bentwood chair in oakMaking the right choice of furniture for your cafe is paramount to its success and although you may not realise it at the time, once your furniture is installed the overall appearance of your cafe will change dramatically.

If you’re starting out from scratch, then it’s really important to make the right choice, after all, when you’re buying multiples of chairs and tables, it’s not exactly cheap. The one question that might spring to mind is whether to go for metal or wooden furniture. In our opinion you should focus on strength and quality in particular as well as finding styles that fit in perfectly with your theme.

Here’s a few tips to help:

Colours and design

Colours and design are one of the most important things to consider when choosing cafe furniture, after all it takes up the most space, and is one of the first things that customers see when they walk through your door. Colour can have a psychological effect on people’s feelings and mood. For example brown and yellow not only gives a warm ambience but is said to relax you. You’ll find plenty of colours to choose from in our replica Toloix range of chairs and stools.


Consider the style of your cafe. Knowing at the early stages of planning where you want to place your furniture, the materials, and the colours that best fit your concept, will save time in the long run. Both metal and steel have the ability to look modern and traditional depending on the styles you choose.

Relaxing atmosphere

In essence most people go to cafes to wind down and relax, often after a busy day at the office, or to take the weight off their feet on a long shopping jaunt. Surprising many cafe owners forget this, so make sure that along with the upright wooden chairs or metal furniture, that you’ve also got some comfy sofas and booths for people to feel at home and relaxed on.

Cheap and cheerful

Cheap furniture is usually cheap for a reason and that’s normally because it lacks comfort and is poorly designed. When buying cafe furniture it’s crucial to buy commercial grade furniture because that’s been designed to be used regularly and frequently. Also, it’s a good idea to buy AFRDI treated furniture whenever possible, as this has been put through rigorous testing. Surprisingly, it’s not always the most expensive items either.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide range of furniture to choose from in all types of materials, styles, and colours, with a lot of it having been AFRDI tested. In particular for the whole of May we’re holding a timber sale which includes table tops, ladder back chairs, bentwood chairs Madeline chairs, and even high chairs for the little ones. Wood gives a wonderful warm ambience which can be matched with a variety of accent colours to create just the mood you’re after. So why not take a look and save yourself some cash too.

If you need any more information then don’t hesitate to call us on 03 9357 9688 or if you happen to be in the Campbellfield area then why not call by our warehouse and take a look for yourself.