Exploring The Benefits Of Pendant Lighting In Your Cafe

Pendant lighting is more popular now than ever before as both home owners and businesses are discovering their many benefits. In fact the advantages of pendant lights over other types of lighting may be your motivation to use them in your venue. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at the benefits you can enjoy from installing pendant lighting.

Defines areas of a room

Pendant lighting is perfect for defining specific areas of a large room and can be suspended in such a way that they become a focal feature. For example, if you have a bank of tables along one wall, you may want to hang a line of pendants to shine down on the tables. Or, if you have a central station where plates, crockery, condiments etc. are placed for customer to help themselves then you could hang various sizes of pendant lights at different lengths to again be both functional and decorative.

Focus lighting

Since pendant lighting is suspended from the ceiling and can be hung to virtually any length they serve the purpose of acting as focal lighting. For instance, they work really well suspended over an island flooding it with light concentrated solely on that area. Because the lights are conical they also direct a lot of light downwards covering a large area, meaning that you don’t need to invest in so many lights thereby saving you money too.

Wide variety of styles

Pendant lights are available in a wide range of colours, sizes, and styles so you can mix and match them to give a bespoke look to your venue. The latest trend is to ditch the lampshade and hang just the bulbs which gives a modern, edgy look.

Easy to maintain

Since pendant lighting hangs relatively low, it’s far easier to keep them free from dust and to change a light bulb than it would be if you were dealing with a light fitting attached to a high vaulted ceiling.

Transforms your décor

Pendant lights also have the ability to transform your décor since they come in many different finishes and colours. In addition you can switch out your bulbs to add either a soft warm glow for a more intimate ambience or a brighter bulb for an area where good light is essential. Pendant lighting works really well in an industrial themed setting since you can find them with metallic finishes. On the other hand, you can use brightly painted pendants such as red to add a pop of colour to a neutral palette.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve recently taken delivery of large black metal pendant lights with either a matte or gloss finish, so why not pop by our showroom in Campbellfield to see them for your self or browse our online store. We have an extensive range of affordable cafe furniture too. If you need any further information on any of our products then please feel free to call us on (03) 9357 9688 and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.

Tips For Choosing Bar Stools For Your Venue

Bar stools are an essential part of cafe life and choosing the right ones can be crucial to running a successful business that thrives and grows. Why is this? Well the reason bar stools can impact on the success of your cafe is that if your customers are sitting comfortably they’re more likely to enjoy their drink and stay longer for some food. You obviously want your customers to stay and order more food and drinks in order to increase your revenue and turn a larger profit. Customers that are comfortable are also more likely to return with friends, or post a picture of themselves enjoying a drink or a meal on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, spreading the word about your cafe or bar.

Narrow down your options

There are lots of styles of stools to choose from so it’s best to narrow down your requirements before making any purchase. First of all decide on your budget, then look at the space you have for stools and the style that matches or complements your décor and/or theme. Once you’ve got this in mind, you’re ready to start your search. It’s important to consider the amount of usage that your stools are likely to get. Stools for use outside will need to be weather resistant, and stools for your interior need to be suitable for continual use.

Choose your material

The price of your stools will vary depending on their size and what they’re made from. Polypropylene is perfect for outdoor use and is extremely affordable. They also come in a wide range of colours. Stools made from aluminium are also excellent choices for outdoors, are lightweight and easy to move around, and very often stack for convenient storage. If you’re looking for an outdoor wooden bar stool then you might want to consider those made with a combination of aluminium and ash which give a sleek modern aesthetic, or take a look at teak for something a little more traditional.

Consider seat cushions

If your stools are for inside use then there is a much greater choice and you may want to opt for traditional wooden styles such as bentwood, or if you have an industrial theme, then there are plenty of metal stools and wooden stools with metal frames such as Tolix, and our cargo, Helen, and hairpin stools. You’ll also need to consider whether your stools need to have backs, which do offer more support for your customers but due to their style take up more room. A padded seat is another option, especially if your customers are sitting for a long period of time. Consider stools which are upholstered with a vinyl as opposed to fabric since this is easy to wipe clean insitu, or if you’re purchasing Tolix stools, then you can always buy vinyl seat cushions as an add on.

The only way you can go wrong when buying bar stools is to invest in stools which are not designed for commercial use, cost you more than your original budget, or simply look out of place. If you stick to your budget and consider your décor, then your cafe or bar will look amazing with the addition of brand new bar stools.

Take a look

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide selection of bar stools in differing heights. Why not browse our online store or call into our new showroom at Dandenong to see for yourselves. With so many options there’s sure to be a stool that meets your requirements. If you need any further information on any of our products then please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 9088 4163.