Handy Tips On Choosing Cafe Furniture

Whether you’re starting up a new cafe or updating an existing one, choosing your cafe furniture is paramount to the success of your business. As exciting as choosing new cafe furniture may sound, it’s way more challenging than say, choosing a new sofa for your lounge. In fact, with cafe trends constantly changing and the task of creating both the right ambience and appearance to reflect your brand playing such as important role, the task of choosing cafe furniture can seem very daunting. We thought we’d put together a few handy tips to help steer you on the right path when purchasing cafe furniture. So, let’s dive straight in.

Create an experience

Most cafe goers are looking for new experiences, so it’s up to you to decide what experience you’d like your customers to have. It could be that you want to wow them with furniture that looks amazing and feels so comfortable that they linger longer and, hopefully, order extra food and drinks along the way. In this instance you might want to consider chairs with padded seat cushions and arm rests, and even throw in the odd tub chair or two.

If on the other hand, you’re looking for fast volume and quick turnaround then a better option could be communal tables with stools or side chairs placed around them, allowing for customers to take a seat quickly and easily as one becomes available.


Take the time to consider your theme. Are you looking for minimalist, retro, industrial, or homely. Understanding your chosen theme will ultimately help in your choice of colour, style, materials and help create both the appearance and the right ambience so that everything works cohesively together and your customers totally get what you’re about. For example, high ceilings and large spaces lend themselves well to an industrial theme with metal being an obvious choice of material to incorporate into your design. Large communal tables work well in this theme with stools placed around them allowing you to seat more customers. Tolix stools fit well into this design as do our hairpin stools or our cargo stools. Alternatively, why not opt for stainless steel tabletops paired with black metal chairs for a look that is crisp and sharp.

If you’re after creating an atmosphere that feels warm and homely, then timber table tops and chairs are a good choice. Old favourites such as bentwood and ladderback chairs create a timeless look and you can add warmth by using some rich dark colours on your walls. Use plenty of mirrors and chandeliers to bounce the light around.


Finally, consider whether your furniture is just for indoor use or do you want to be able to use it on an outdoor patio too. Furniture for outdoor use needs to be able to withstand the harsh Australian climate so make sure that it is weatherproof and UV treated. Polypropylene is one of the best materials for outdoor use since it’s light and easy to move around, won’t crack or rot in the heat or the rain, and in most cases is stackable, making for convenient storage. What’s more polypropylene chairs come in a rainbow of colours and designer options, so you can easily create a stunning dining area on a relatively low budget.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of cafe furniture to suit all tastes and budgets so you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or drop by our showrooms in Campbellfield or Dandenong to see it first hand. If you need any help with choosing your cafe furniture then just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll be happy to assist in whatever way we can.

3 Ways To Mix and Match Cafe Chairs Successfully

If you’re looking to give your cafe an exciting or edgy new look then how about mixing and matching your chairs. Although most of us have been conditioned to think that the chairs in a cafe or restaurant need to be the same, in reality there’s nothing to say that this is indeed the case.

Mixing and marching chairs is a quick way of injecting personality into your cafe’s interior and means you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the exact same chair, when one needs replacing. In fact, thanks to our label sale which is running for the whole of July, you can pick up an assortment of chairs at discounted prices. Now that’s got to be a good incentive, right?

It’s easy to style mix and match chairs – just use your imagination. Who says you can’t throw in the odd brightly coloured chair around your white dining sets? Or why not scatter around some colourful stacking stools which you can bring out when you have a rush of customers through your doors. If you can’t decide between vintage or industrial, then why not have both?

Same design – different colours

The basic rule of mis matched chairs is to have a common theme which brings them altogether. For example in this instance you could choose one of our chair ranges which has lots of different colours to choose from, such as our replica Tolix metal chairs or our resin premium cafe chairs. This works well with communal dining tables since you can select one main colour for your chairs, say white, and then add a couple of different colours at each end of the table or place them in random spots. You wouldn’t expect it to work but somehow it just does.

Same material – different design

Another look which is easy to pull off is to choose the same material for all of your chairs, say metal or wood, but opt for varying designs. If you’ve chosen wood then you can even raise your game with an assortment of shades of wood from dark oak through to palest ash. Or if using metallic chairs try using gleaming bronzes interspersed with a more moody dark copper tone. You get the picture?

Different style – same colour

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous then how about combining a variety of styles all in the same colour. The trick here is to keep your colour consistent, ie. black or fire engine red, but vary the styles, height, and shape to create a look that is bold and eye-catching.

To be successful with mis matched chairs try to keep your décor relatively simple and allow the chairs to do the talking. Adding a fussy background will completely mess up the look you’re trying to create. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or take a trip to our Campbellfield showroom to see our seating first hand. If you need any further information on any of our products please just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.