Guide To The Various Types Of Cafe Chairs

Cafe chairs are one of the most important items of cafe furniture that you’ll need to buy and since your customers will be sitting on these chairs when drinking their coffee or dining, it’s important that they’re both durable and comfortable.

Once you’ve planned your seating area you’re ready to start choosing your cafe furniture but before splurging your cash on the first chairs you see, let’s take a look at some of the different styles that are available.

Wood shell chairs

These chairs are most commonly used in minimalist modern venues since with their uncluttered sleek lines they portray a contemporary feel. Our Madeline chair is a prime example and is made from beech wood. Available in a variety of colours including brown, mahogany, black, and vibrant pink, it will complement any décor.

Wooden chairs

These have more of a traditional feel to them since they’re constructed completely from wood and are often seen more in restaurants than cafes or bistros. They come in a range of woods and different finishes with some of them being upholstered too. Classic examples include our ladder back chairs and our Bentwood chairs.

Aluminium chairs

Typically you’d expect to find these chairs sitting outside on the pavement edge or terrace since they’re weather proof and rust resistant. Often they stack for convenient storage, and some may fold. They offer a great way of extending your external dining area or creating a smoking area. One of our best selling aluminium chairs is our aluminium chair with double legs which also comes with a rattan shell.

Polypropylene chairs

Manufactured from durable polypropylene these chairs come in a wide range of colours and styles and are normally used outdoors because they are light and easy to move around, they stack, they’re weatherproof, and they’re easy to clean. Their vibrant colours are great for adding a bold splash of colour to attract the attention of passers by and most of these chairs are fade resistant too. Some of our best selling plastic chairs include our decorative Stephanie chair and our Premium chairs with arms.

Rattan/wicker chairs

Typically these chairs are what we’d describe as faux rattan and wicker since mostly they’re constructed with a nylon rattan for its durability and ease of use. These stylish chairs are lightweight and easy to move around and are resistant to heat and moisture too. Paired with a steel or aluminium frame, they lend a light contemporary look to your outside space.

Steel Chairs

Steel chairs are hugely popular with cafe and restaurant owners alike looking to create an industrial feel to their venue. Lightweight and durable these chairs are perfect for adding character and personality to your dining area. Our most popular steel chairs are our replica Tolix chairs which are available in a variety of colours, styles, and finishes.

Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to see our extensive range of cafe chairs for yourself. For more information on any of our products please call us on 03 9357 9688.

Everything You Need To Know About Dry Bar Tables And Why Your Cafe Needs Them

So what are the main attributes of great cafe furniture? Undoubtedly it should be robust and practical, but more than this, great cafe furniture should be versatile. It should allow you to change and adjust your seating requirements to adapt to the needs of your customers. This is exactly what a dry bar table can do.

A history of the dry bar table

The dry bar table was born out of a need during the early part of the twentieth century when cocktail bars became all the rage. Any self respecting bartender had their wet bar, where they’d mix their Manhattan’s, but they also needed a place to store their cocktail accoutrements such as glasses, and napkins, a place that remained dry. Hence the dry bar table was born. Originally they were of standard bar height and were long, but over the years dry bar tables have developed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes and have now moved away from the bar itself and instead become a stand alone table in it’s own right, rather than a bar accompaniment.

The main benefits

Because the dry bar table stands roughly the height of a standard bar, they serve two main purposes. Firstly they can provide a place where standing customers can place drinks down – a kind of mobile counter top if you like – and can be placed either indoors or out on a busy terrace area during the summer. Secondly, larger dry bar tables can act as tables in their own right when surrounded with similar height bar stools. Either way they have the ability to easily accommodate more customers. What’s more, because they’re designed to be movable, they can be placed where the needs of the customers dictate. For these reasons modern day dry bar tables provide both a cost effective, and practical solution to cafe furniture.

Wait there’s more!

Because modern day dry bar tables come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, they can be used to maximise your floor space. For example, not many cafe’s are completely square, and as such many have awkward recesses or places where standard tables won’t fit. For this reason, it’s often wasted space and therefore in terms of bottom line cost – wasted money! On the contrary, a small round dry bar table not only offers the perfect table-for-two, it will fit comfortably into a recess area, slotting in a extra table where you mightn’t have before. In other words, dry bar tables equals optimised space and maximised profits!

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide variety of dry bar tables on offer in all shapes, styles, and sizes. What’s more we’re having an April sale where you can get even more money off our products including dry bar tables. Why not log onto our Cafe Furniture Melbourne website and take a closer look yourself. Alternatively you can call us on 03 9357 9688 to find out more.