Top Reasons For Considering Dry Bar Tables In Your Cafe

Just as it’s a good decision to utilise different types of seating to cater for a wider array of clientele, so we would suggest that it also makes sense to use a variety of table sizes and heights. With this in mind we’ve listed below some of the best reasons to use dry bar tables in your cafe or bar, but before doing so let’s take a look at what a dry bar table is exactly.

Dry Bar Tables Explained

Dry bar tables stand at roughly the same height as standard bar counters and were originally used as an extension to the bar area to hold such things as menus, condiments, napkins, plates, and cutlery. They were referred to as ‘dry’ because essentially they were a place to store dry items. Nowadays, however dry bar tables have become separate tables in their own right and because they stand at a height of 1115mm including the base and top, they tower above most other cafe tables.

So, now you know what a dry bar table is, let’s dive into the reasons for choosing to use them in your cafe.

Additional tables for your busiest times

Dry bar tables are supplied with round or rectangular table tops and usually in a size of 600mm. One of the best ways to use them are as platforms for customers to place their drinks or plates of food on when they’re standing together in a crowded area. To this effect they can be used both indoors and outside and bought out at your busiest times of the day.

Maximise your floor space

Another way is to use them is paired with bar stools where they will comfortably accommodate 2 people. Not only does this provide a cosy seating space for two, but it also means that these tables can be slotted into awkward spaces such as small recesses or tight corners, where there isn’t sufficient room for a standard table and 4 chairs.

As a feature

Because of their height dry bar tables create an elegant feature and could be used to line one side of a window wall, enabling customers to sit in an elevated position where they can see outside as well as observe what’s going on inside.

Highly durable and easily moved around

Another feature of our dry bar tables is that they are suited to indoor and outdoor use. Manufactured to a commercial standard they can withstand the harsh Australian climate and won’t warp, fade, crack, or rust whatever the weather happens to be doing. They’re also lightweight and easy to move around to suit the needs of your business.

Finally, one of the best reasons is that we’re currently offering dry bar packages at a great price of just $99 including GST. Buying as a package saves money and includes selected 600mm Isotop table tops and a stunning matte black Roma bar base.

Lighting Considerations For Your New Cafe

When you open a new cafe there are a heap of factors to consider. Besides décor and furniture, plus a great menu with plenty of variety, another element to add to the list is that of lighting. Often lighting is forgotten about at the start of planning when really you need to factor it in right away so that it works beautifully within your design once you open up for business. We’ve put together some cafe lighting basics to help ensure your customers have the best experience from the get-go.

When it comes to cafe lighting there are 3 categories which you need to include and these are ambient, task, and accent lighting. So let’s take a closer look at what each of these terms means and how they can be used to best effect in your cafe design.

Ambient lighting

Typically ambient is the first style of lighting that a person is likely to notice when they enter your cafe. It refers to the overall lighting used throughout the premises. How bright you have this lighting depends on the type of mood or ambience that you’re trying to create. Generally speaking most cafe owner’s are trying to create an ambience that is welcoming and sufficiently bright so that people can see what they’re eating without being dazzled. If on the other hand you’re trying to create an atmosphere that is more romantic, then you might want to choose lighting that is less bright or that can be easily dimmed. You might want to consider a large chandelier for your ambient lighting which will also add as a decorative feature.

Task lighting

Task lighting refers to lighting which is being used to target a specific area or areas which need more light in order for customers to focus on important tasks such as reading the menu or selecting cutlery and condiments from a buffet station. Often this is accomplished by using rows of pendant lights which hang low over a dining area or by placing small table lamps on individual tables. Pendant lights can be suspended at different heights to create more of a focal interest too or you might even want to make use of Edison bulbs which are very much on trend right now.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is also important and is a way of drawing attention to certain areas in your cafe such as a blackboard menu or a fabulous piece of artwork. Wall sconces placed in recesses are a great form of accent lighting and will contribute to the overall feel of your cafe’s interior.

Finally it’s a good idea to consider light dimmers which are a quick and easy way of making the transition from day to night time. If you open to customers in the evening then dimmed lights make your space feel more intimate and if you use LED lights then you can save money in the long run too.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock pendant lights as well as an extensive range of gorgeous cafe furniture to add to your customer’s experience. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to see our products first hand. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome.