What’s In A Cafe Table?

It goes without saying that the food and menu is important to any cafe but there are several other factors that customers consider in deciding whether or not to visit. Sometimes the ambience of a cafe matters almost as much as the quality of the coffee and the taste of the food. If you give some thought to the cafes in your local area that seem to be the most popular chances are they serve good food and coffee and also have a welcoming ambience.

The importance of ambience

So why is ambience so important to people? The word itself refers to the character of the venue and the atmosphere. It may take into account such things as how neat and tidy your cafe appears, how comfortable it is to eat there, whether the décor contributes to the mood, and how loud it is. For example imagine a couple bringing friends along to your beautiful cafe and not only are the waiters inattentive but it’s so noisy that they can’t even hear what each person is saying. This contributes to a bad experience which will be blamed on the ambience.

The right cafe tables

One important aspect of the ambience of your cafe is your choice of cafe tables. They need to be comfortable, convenient, and of a high quality. Although you may think tables and chairs don’t add that much to the ambience, customers do judge cafes by the appearance of their décor and furniture.

It’s especially important to get furniture that is robust and reliable. Something like a chair leg breaking or a table with sharp corners or one that wobbles badly when customers are dining, can be a source of embarrassment for cafe owners, and can damage the reputation of your venue. Customers can easily post a bad review online or put up a post to their Facebook friends which can have a severely negative impact.

What to look for

Some of the main qualities to look for when choosing cafe tables include:

  • durabiity and reliability
  • attractive appearance
  • comfortable in respect of its height and size
  • long lasting

Durability is very important as many commercial cafe tables face tough situations. Some people seek out the cheapest tables they can find as they think quality comes with a price. This however is far from the truth. There are plenty of quality table options for any budget. Take a look at our table packages, for example. Many of these have been AFRDI tested which means they are proven to withstand the daily rigours of the busiest establishment, and they won’t break the bank either. Or you may want to consider our replica Tolix meeting tables and benches. They have a steel frame and a timber top and are about as tough as you can get.

So if you’re looking for tables that will last for many years and look great too, then check out the tables we have to offer. Browse our online store and get inspired, or drop by our Campbellfield showroom if you’re in the vicinity. Meanwhile if you need to ask any questions relating to our furniture then just give us a call on (03) 9088 4163 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Tips On Creating A Welcoming Cafe Space

If you stop and ask yourself why you keep returning to the same cafe then chances are it’s because it’s welcoming and inviting and you feel comfortable there. When you’re creating a cafe space that allows people to feel relaxed in their surroundings then it’s not just about serving a good cup of coffee. In fact we consider it to be more about injecting a touch of your personality and offering various options to suit your target clientele.

We’ve put together some tips to help you create a space that feels welcoming and that your customers will want to recommend to their friends. So, let’s dive in and take a look.

Who is your customer?

Knowing your customer base impacts greatly on the way in which you can make your cafe more appealing. If you have an older clientele then you might want to make it feel cosy by sticking to more of a neutral colour palette with plenty of soft furnishings. Your seating needs to be practical for them and comfortable too. Remember low seating is difficult to get in and out of, and metal seats can feel very hard after sitting still for a period of time.

If on the other hand you’re bang in the centre, then you need to cater for people who are likely to be rushing in and out quickly to grab breakfast or lunch, or who want a drink and a snack on the go. Make sure you have plenty of room for people to queue and that the area flows smoothly.

Lighting

Another element which will make your cafe feel welcoming or dingy is your choice of lighting. If your cafe space is more about relaxation and customers lingering over their drinks, then keep your lighting softer to make the area feel relaxed. You might want to use wall sconces or pendant lights which dangle intimately over each table. You could also use lighting which you can dim according to the time of day. If on the other hand customers are popping in and out all day then you need more practical, bright light which allows them to see clearly what your menu offers and enables them to make a quick decision.

Furniture

When choosing cafe furniture make sure that it’s practical and functional for your environment but also looks attractive. Try and stick to your theme or concept and you should have a clearer idea of the type of furniture that best works for you. From soft comfortable tub chairs to simplistic wooden chairs grouped around communal tables, if your customers are looking for a place to work or are just popping in for a quick coffee, try to adapt your seating to take into account the reason for your customers being in your cafe in the first place.

If you’re looking for new cafe furniture then we stock a wide range of tables, chairs, and stools to suit all tastes and budgets. We’re always adding new stock and taking note of what’s trending. So we’re bang up to the minute with our products.