The Advantages Of Stainless Steel Cafe Furniture

bolt in stainless steel table baseYou don’t have to go far these days to see a variety of stainless steel furniture. It’s being used more frequently in homes, offices, and cafes because it has so many inherent advantages. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Stainless steel stains less

One of the many advantages of stainless steel is that it corrodes less than any other furniture material and reacts with very few chemicals found in a household or commercial cafe environment. This means that when cleaning your stainless steel furniture, there’s less chance of it causing any blemishes or marks, keeping your cafe furniture looking like new. Also because it’s non-permeable any spills and stains simply sit on the surface ready to be wiped away rather than seeping through.

Stainless steel is durable

Purchasing cafe furniture is undoubtedly a large investment so you clearly need furniture that’s going to last as well as looking good. For this reason you should consider investing in stainless steel. It resists dents and bangs far better than say aluminium or chrome and can withstand a lot of punishment. This is why it’s ideal for busy cafes with high levels of customer turnover. In addition because it’s virtually rust proof it’s the ideal furniture for an outside terrace or patio. It won’t fade, warp, or crack under inclement or fierce weather conditions.

Stainless steel is the perfect accompaniment

Because stainless steel is a neutral shiny colour it lends itself to a variety of designs and styles. It goes perfectly well with dark or light wood when combined in seating, or on table bases when combined with moulded laminate tables such as those made by Isotop or Werzalit. It’s perfect for use in a modern Mediterranean theme when set off against crisp white table cloths and the deep green of box hedging, or ultimately it’s just as ‘at home’ in a contemporary industrial setting complete with exposed brickwork and steel beams. In other words stainless steel cafe furniture is about as versatile as it gets.

So there you have it. If you’re after cafe furniture that looks the part and is practical too, then you could do a lot worse than stainless steel cafe furniture. Here at Cafe furniture Melbourne we have a wide selection of cafe furniture much of which is made using stainless steel. Why not check out our website and see for yourself. Alternatively if you can’t find what you’re looking for online why not pop down to our Campbellfield showroom and see for yourself.

Revamp Your Cafe With Our No. 18 Cabaret Chairs And Save Money

N0. 18 cabaret chair in glossy blueWhether you’re looking to revamp your cafe/bar or starting out from scratch, there’s never been a better time to invest in some smart new chairs for your venue. Our No. 18 Cabaret chairs in steel are now on offer, but you need to be quick because the offer finishes at the end of August.

If the greatness of a design was to be judged by time, then the No. 18 bentwood chair designed by Michael Thonet which has remained unchanged in its design for over 100 years, must be one of the company’s finest ever achievements and is still being produced in Thonet factories today.

Our replica No. 18 cabaret chairs differ from the original Thonet chair in as much as they are manufactured from tubular steel, instead of wood, which is bent into the same iconic shape of the original. Colourful and good looking, these chairs offer several benefits too, including:


Our No. 18 steel cabaret chairs are available in a range of exciting colours including black, white, and yellow with a matte finish and red or blue with a gloss finish so they fit easily into a variety of themes and decors. If you have a minimalistic contemporary style then our black and white cabaret chairs will fit in effortlessly, or why not choose the bright red chairs as an accent colour to make your design pop? Another fun way to use them in more of a traditional setting is to group a variety of colours around timber table tops for a look which is funky and fun.


Manufactured from tubular steel and powder coated for extra protection, these good looking chairs are strong and durable as well as lightweight and easy to move around. The high backs provide good support for customers’ backs and since the chairs have no arms, it’s easier to slot more around a table or fit them into awkward spaces. Easy to care for too, all they require is a quick wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any sticky fingers followed by a quick buff with a dry cloth.


Our cabaret chairs were already keenly priced but until the end of the month they’re reduced in price which makes them a steal for anyone looking to buy in bulk. Produced in a commercial grade and AFRDI tested, they have the ability to last for several years, making them a sound investment in your business.

If you’re keen to find out more about our cabaret chairs then browse our online store or visit our showroom in Campbellfield to see them for yourself. If you’ve any other questions then don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll be happy to assist in whatever way we can.

How To Get The Best Out Of Pendant Lighting In Your Cafe

pendant lightWhile it’s true that pendant fixtures have become the lighting of choice for many cafes, bistro’s, and restaurants, not every establishment makes the best use of them. By being aware of a few basic guidelines, you can avoid getting it horribly wrong and instead look to enhance your décor and ambience further. Let’s take a closer look.

Think about the purpose of your lighting

Firstly you’ll need to consider whether your pendant lightning is going to provide ambient or task-based lighting. This is one aspects that many venue owners get wrong and instead of enhancing the experience for the customer and the staff, it ends up a hotchpotch of lighting which inevitably does neither. For example if you have a servery or counter where you have all your home made cakes and goodies, you might want to look at positioning clusters or rows of pendant lighting over it in order to showcase the quality of your food.

Alternatively if the lighting is for ambient effect, you’ll want to make sure that it’s bright enough to do the job of say lighting up a particular recess or corner, but not too bright that it detracts from the fact that it’s a cosy welcoming space.

Think about hanging height

The best pendant lighting works when it’s placed at the right height. So what is that? Ideally it needs to be a minimum or 18inches above the head of the tallest person. For example, if you say on average that the tallest customer is going to be a little over 6 feet then you should be looking to hang it somewhere between 7’5 and 8 feet above the ground. For best results, and to add a sculptural element to your interior, it needs to be within the sight line. Place it too high and any ambient or task focused lighting is watered down. Alternatively, place it too low and the consequences will be too painfully obvious – ouch!

Use different lighting strengths

Where many cafes go wrong with pendant fittings is that they use the same strength of lighting all the way through their establishment. The problem with this is that it creates a flat, one-dimensional look that isn’t particularly inspiring. Alternatively differing strengths of lighting provide shading and contrast. This in turn gives the perception of depth. In doorways and over signage for example, stronger pendent lighting works best for obvious reasons, but in recesses softer pendant lighting gives an air of cosiness and intrigue.

If you’re looking to enhance the look of your cafe with pendant lighting then by following these basic guidelines you won’t go far wrong.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a small selection of tasteful pendant lighting available for you to browse and buy so why not take a look at out website and see what we have to offer. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need further lighting advice, then contact us directly on 03 9357 9688 and talk to our friendly experienced team who are more than happy to help.

Bring Your Cafe Interior To Life With Texture

Manhattan aluminium table base
Manhattan table base

Have you ever walked into a cafe and felt like something is missing? All the elements are probably there including the furniture, the ornamentation, even the style or theme, but it just feels a little flat. That’s probably because it lacks texture. Texture is the glue that holds designs together and makes them stand out. Without it your eye is simply drawn to 2 dimensional visual elements such as colour and shapes, but with texture comes a third dimension – Tactility.

For many cafe owners texture is often a bit of an afterthought when really it should be at the forefront of your layout. Here are some top texture tips to give your cafe that wow factor

Start with a focal point

How about starting with a focal point. This might include a fireplace or an exposed brick wall and then contrast this with opposing textures, As an example a rough brick wall might be contrasted with sleek stainless steel tables that are smooth to touch. Alternatively if you have a sculpture, mirror, or picture, that’s both smooth and sleek, how about contrasting that with some rough textures such as rattan or wrought iron.

Contrast between heavy and light

Another way to add visual depth to your establishment is to distinguish between light and heavy. As a rule of thumb, rough course textures such as rattan, brick, and Hessian tend to make an object feel heavier. Whereas silky smooth textures make products feel lighter. As an example a white marble floor will appear lighter than say hardwood panelling, even though it actually isn’t. To make it even easier objects that reflect light such as Werzalit table tops appear less heavy. Utilising this knowledge it’s easy to create a balance between larger and smaller items using visually heavy and lighter textures.

Texturise your furniture with the use of materials

Why not have some fun with textures and see how they work against your furniture. For example Industrial style Tolix chairs which are rugged and cold to touch might work extremely well with sumptuous materials such as silk, fur, or fleece. Or how about pairing the roughness of rattan chairs with the smooth tactile feel of teak wood table tops. Finish the rustic look off with some elegant white cushions.

If you’re looking to bring some texture into your cafe design then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a selection of commercial grade cafe furniture offering great contrasting textures. For example our stark gun-metal grey Tolix chairs are perfectly matched when paired with a Hessian coffee bean sack cushion. Alternatively our Manhattan wrought iron table bases offer the perfect textural contrast to our Isotop slick, compact table tops. Why not check out our website for more inspiration or give us a call on 03 9357 9688

Concrete Look Cafe Furniture – The Next Big Thing?

Isotop cement table topWhat do fashion, food, and furniture have in common? The answer…trends! Clothes that only a few months ago were considered bang on trend are now ‘so last year’. The latest ‘must eat’ foods such as grass-fed beef, oatmeal, and Koji will probably be old hat by the time you read this, and what about furniture? After all, nobody would be seen dead sitting in a 1970’s beige recliner from Parker-Knoll these days, yet back then, they were all the rage.

The point here is that trends come and go fast and what appeared cool and hip yesterday is suddenly old news today. As a result people tend to jump onto the trend roundabout and embrace it for what it’s worth before moving onto the next best thing. The trick for any savvy cafe owner therefore is to try to predict the ‘next big thing’ in terms of design and décor and become a trend setter rather than a follower. So what is the next best thing in cafe furniture? The answer? Concrete, or rather…the concrete look!

While the real thing is inexpensive to produce, is tough and durable and can be made easily to order, it also has a number of cons. Concrete for example is porous. If something heavy falls onto it the surface can easily crack and above all, it’s almost impossible to move. All of which makes it very much not ideal for use in cafes, restaurants or bistros.

So why is the concrete look set to be the next best thing in cafe décor?

Not only does it fit in perfectly with existing trends such as the industrial theme that many of the happening places have, but also it fits in with the equally cool grey colour trend that appears to be sweeping the nation. For this reason compact table tops with a cement look are perfect. Right time, right place!

So what exactly are compact table tops?

Compact table tops from companies like Isotop are made using thin multi-layers of hard board which are bound together using a synthetic adhesive and pressed together under great pressure. The composite is then kiln-fired to produce an almost indestructible table top which can be made to resemble various types of wood, marble, slate and yes you’ve guessed it…concrete.

The end result is a table top that has all the characteristics of a concrete table in that it’s sleek, smooth, and incredibly tactile, but it won’t crack, won’t absorb spills, and it’s far lighter. What’s more concrete-look Isotop tables comes in a variety of sizes and shapes ranging from the 700mm round to the 800mm square meaning that it offers flexibility in design and setting too.

If you’re looking to jump onto the latest trend and feel that you need some concrete in your life, then take a look at our Isotop concrete-look table tops at Cafe Furniture Melbourne. They’re brand new in stock and at a great price they won’t hang around for long – so get in quick! To find out more you can contact us on 03 9357 9688. Alternatively check out our website and take a look for yourself.