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So you’ve finally found those cafe table tops you’ve been searching for, and now all you have to do is find the right table bases to match. Sounds simple enough, but surprisingly, one of the main questions we get asked here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne is “How do I know which table base should accompany them?” The answer can be both surprisingly straight forward and difficult at the same time, because there are many different variables such as budgets, personal taste, and location which can and should affect the type of base you buy. Let’s take a closer look.
Location should always be the first consideration when buying cafe table bases and this will play a big part in what you buy. For instance most table bases are constructed using aluminium, brushed or powder coated steel, or cast iron. If you’re considering using your table bases outdoors on a patio or terrace area for instance and you reside in a coastal area with high levels of salt in the air, then the best choice is probably aluminium because it provides the best protection against rust. If high levels of salinity aren’t an issue in your area, then you should be free to choose from any of the other materials.
Table size and shape
Aside from location, the shape and size of your table should always be the biggest factor in the type of bases you go for. I’m sure you’ve been to a restaurant and leaned on a table only to find it starting to tip over. That’s because it isn’t properly supported by the base. This happens more so with rectangular or larger heavier tables. While putting a single table base on a large 8-12 person table mightn’t be such a problem if the table top is made from lightweight laminate or plywood, it will cause all sorts of problems for heavier wood or resin type table tops. With this in mind we would recommend having two bases (one at each end). This should apply to larger square and rectangular tables equally.
A good rule of thumb is the heavier your table top, the heavier your base. Lightweight tables such as melamine, aluminium, and laminates go best with lighter X-style table bases. Conversely, heavier table tops such as solid wood and resin are better suited to heavier plate and disc style bases.
There are also considerations with regard to weight. For instance are you using a large umbrella on an outside table? This may have a bearing on the style of base you need. Alternatively, perhaps you regularly host events and need to move tables and their bases frequently. This being the case, you might want to go with a lighter base that won’t put your back out every time you try to move it.
Style and décor
Finally, if you get the basics right your thoughts might turn to style and décor. It’s no use buying old cast iron table bases if your décor is sleek and modern. Likewise shiny stainless steel table bases would probably look out of place in a cafe interior that oozes shabby chic. While square bases give a more industrial look and feel, ‘T’-style or cantilever table bases take up far less space, so are ideal for a minimalist look or for cosier venues where space is at a premium.
Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” method when choosing the right table bases, but if you follow these guidelines, we guarantee that you won’t go far wrong.
At Cafe furniture Melbourne, we have a wide variety of table bases available for you to browse and buy, so why not log on and take a closer look. Alternatively call us on 03 9357 9688 for further help.