3 Things To Consider Before Buying New Cafe Furniture

Starting up a new cafe is hectic to say the least. What with staffing, menus, suppliers, and inspections, plus an ever growing ‘to do’ list, it can be easy to lose track of all that needs doing. Even with the logistics to figure out, it’s vital that you keep your cafe design in mind along with your budget. The look of your cafe’s interior space is one that will make the first impression on your customers, so combine that with delicious coffee and a tasty menu, and it can turn a customer experience from good to fantastic!

We’ve put together 3 tips to consider before rushing out and buying the first items of cafe furniture that take you eye.

1. Design and theme

When it comes to your cafe design consistency is the name of the game otherwise your customers will fail to get your brand and be confused about what it is you’re offering. When choosing your new furniture bear in mind your overall theme and consider such things as the type of clientele you are expecting to attract, the sort of food you’re serving, the perceived length of stay, pricing, uniforms etc. If you’re not that clued up on interior design, it’s OK to keep things neutral and pick out one or two accent colours which define your brand. Keeping all things coherent and consistent will help to build your brand.

2. Sitting comfortably

In order for your customers to have a good experience they need to be sitting comfortably. Comfort can be measured by the length of stay and this can determine your choice of seating. If your cafe is busiest on the take-away side, then you can probably get away with metal or plastic chairs which allow for a quick-serve style without impacting too much on customer comfort. If you’re more of an upmarket cafe, then not providing upholstered chairs could prevent customers from staying longer and ordering another round of drinks or slice of cake with their coffee.

Do also bear in mind the layout and functionality of your dining space. While understandably you want to maximise your floor space to accommodate more customers, too many booths or tables can make a space feel cramped and noisy. Families are likely to appreciate more room for high chairs and pushchairs whereas younger customers would prefer functioning technology at their table.

3. Durability and maintenance

You may be tempted to buy cheaper furniture and put your savings into other areas of business but this is likely to cost you more money in the long run. Commercial furniture is the only type to consider for hospitality ventures and while it costs more than residential furniture, it’s more durable and easy to maintain. Also bear in mind the upkeep that your furniture may require. While upholstered cushions may look pretty, they’re not that practical since you have to remove and wash them on a regular basis. Instead seek out cafe furniture with vinyl upholstery which can be left insitu and easily wiped down if a spillage occurs. Also think about table tops that are heat, scratch, and stain resistant thus avoiding the need for table cloths which will need regular laundering.

At Cafe furniture Melbourne we stock an extensive range of commercial cafe furniture in styles, colurs, and materials to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or visit our showroom in Campbellfield to see our products first hand.

What Colours Should You Use In Your Cafe or restaurant?

Whether you’re looking to give your cafe or restaurant a makeover, or starting out from scratch, it can be quite daunting when it comes to choosing a colour scheme. Did you know for example, that colour plays an important role in the psychology of food? In fact, it’s amazing how much colour affects a person’s appetite. If you’re keen to encourage your customers to linger longer and eat more food, then you might want to read on to find out which colours to use and which to avoid at all costs.

Grey

Grey is definitely a big no no! Let’s face it have you even seen a plate of greyish food that looks appetising? Grey is definitely not a colour to paint your interior walls.

Black

According to the experts black is a colour that can diminish a person’s appetite. It’s a great colour to make one look slimmer but its not a colour that when used on cafe walls is likely to stimulate anyone’s appetite.

Brown

Brown is another colour that does little for a person’s appetite. We seem to be following a bit of a pattern with dark colours! In fact many people associate the colour brown with food that is overdone or burnt. Although they may think of bread or other baked goods, this isn’t necessarily associated with appetite.

Purple

Purple isn’t a common food colour and those foods that are purple, such as aubergines, red onions, and red cabbage, aren’t necessarily that popular with many people. Because they don’t find these foods very tasty, purple isn’t a colour that makes everyone drool.

Blue

Blue is a colour that is associated with relaxation and calmness and is probably a better choice for bathrooms and bedrooms, where relaxation is key. People who are extremely relaxed are more likely to want to sleep than they are to order a slice of cake.

Turquoise

Turquoise which is somewhat brighter than blue is supposed to stimulate the appetite. It’s associated with feeling happy and carefree. It’s also the colour of tropical oceans and is often used for dessert plates. A person who feels full after dinner is still likely to eat a dessert when presented on a turquoise plate.

Green

Green is a colour that screams out with healthiness. Salads are full of green leaves and herbs and natural products are often packaged in green. Many people like the colour green and associate it with abundance. Green is definitely a good colour to promote healthy eating.

Yellow

Yellow is a bright cheery colour that has the ability to life one’s mood and make you feel happy. When people are feeling happy they’re more likely to want to eat than if they’re feeling miserable. Thus yellow is a great colour to include somewhere in your décor.

Orange

Orange is a colour which acts as a stimulant for the brain, increases brain activity, and often causes a person to feel hungry. There are plenty of healthy foods associated with the colour too, such as butternut squash, oranges, carrots, and pumpkins. It’s a warm welcoming colour and when people feel welcome somewhere they’re more likely to want to eat.

Red

This fiery colour raises a person’s blood pressure and heart rate and causes them to feel hungry. This is the reason that many cafes and restaurants use red table cloths or accents of red around the room.

Of course not everyone feels the same way about these colours so don’t take this guide too seriously. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne our cafe furniture comes in a plethora of colours so whatever mood you’re hoping to evoke with colour, you’re sure to find it in our store.