Why Materials Are So Important For Outdoor Cafe Furniture

If you’re looking for outdoor cafe furniture then it stands to reason that it needs to be durable, attractive, and convenient. Furniture that is kept outside needs to be able to withstand harsh weather. Heat from the sun can break down the fibres of natural materials while humidity can cause corrosion and mould. Chairs and tables for outdoor use need to be resistant to these factors and able to be stacked for storage. We’ve put together a quick overview of points to consider when choosing your outdoor cafe or bistro furniture.

Lightweight

Furniture for outdoor cafe use needs to be sufficiently light that it’s not difficult for members of staff to move it around. Typically outdoor furniture has to be packed up at the end of the day and stored under cover or in a secure place to avoid theft, and then in the morning it needs to be set out again. If furniture is heavy and difficult to move, then there is a chance of staff hurting themselves in the process. Fortunately, outdoor cafe chairs are lightweight and available in a wide range of styles and colours, making set up and put away, an absolute breeze.

Non corrosive

Corrosion can be a major problem with outdoor furniture. Untreated wrought iron for instance produces a reddish powder as it starts to rust, and becomes weaker. As well as looking unsightly, this reddish powder can rub off from tables and chairs on to peoples hands and clothing. Aluminium is a sleek modern alternative for those that like the look of metal cafe furniture and thanks to powder coatings, it can even be made to look like wrought iron.

Fungal resistant

Mould and mildew are types of fungal growths which set up home in the irregularities of wood that hasn’t been treated. Spores in the air land on the wood and this begins a decaying process which makes the furniture start to look weathered. The majority of soft woods used for indoor furniture aren’t suitable for outdoor use, with the exception of teak. This beautiful wood has always been popular for its weather resistant qualities and offers a wonderfully warm and natural aesthetic. Teak can be left to weather to a lovely silvery colour or you can oil it a couple of times a year to retain its colour.

Resistance to ultra violet light

The effects of ultra violet rays from the sun can be damaging to chairs made from natural materials such as wicker and can break down the structure of their fibres. Fortunately there are many “resin wicker” chairs on the market which are made from synthetic materials but still have that authentic French or Parisian chair aesthetic. These can withstand the sun and are lightweight and low in maintenance too. Another fabulous material for outdoor use is polypropylene. This comes in a huge range of designs and colours, allowing you to be as bold as you like with your outdoor design.

At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we have a wide range of stylish outdoor furniture so why not take a look and be inspired. You can browse our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, and even visit our showroom to try out our products yourself.

Exploring The Pros and Cons Of Stainless Steel In The Kitchen

Whether you’re planning a cafe makeover or starting out from scratch, as well as your cafe furniture you’ll also need to consider kitchen essentials such as shelving and a sink. One of the most common and popular choice of materials for cafe and restaurant kitchens is stainless steel, and this is mostly because of its durability and affordable price tag. That said, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this popular material.

Stainless steel pros

Durability – Stainless steel has the ability to retain its good looks for many years. It doesn’t suffer from exposure to heat or cold and impacts are unlikely to mar or chip its surface. In addition, stainless steel is stain, rust, and corrosion resistant.

Affordability – When compared to many other materials stainless steel is usually the most affordable option for a sink. Although the price will vary according to the size and configuration, stainless steel is likely to be cheaper than most other materials.

Versatility – Stainless steel fits effortlessly into most decors and styles of kitchen. What’s more stainless steel can be easily shaped to fit into a customised space. You’ll also get a choice of finishes to match your other appliances and equipment.

Easily maintained – It’s easy to clean a stainless steel surface without using any special cleaning procedures. In addition, this type of surface does not harbour bacteria.

Stainless steel cons

Scratching – With continued use you may notice tiny scratches appearing in your stainless steel. Although they’re not extreme they are noticeable. In addition, if tiny droplets of water are left to linger, they can cause slight imperfections over time to the stainless steel surface. The solution is to ensure that your stainless steel surface is dried after use.

Colour – If you’re looking for a bold colour for your sink or shelves then unfortunately stainless steel probably won’t deliver. Although there are several finishes to choose from, the colour is ultimately silver.

Noise – Because stainless steel is relatively thin, you may notice notice levels increase when items bump against each other in the sink. Some higher quality steels do have an additional coating which prevents noise from vibrations.

Now you know more about the advantages and disadvantages it will help you decide whether stainless steel is the choice for your kitchen sink and/or shelving. To help your money go a little further, we’re currently running a promotion on our ‘Supremely Stainless’ range of sinks, benches, and shelving solutions, so why not take a look. If you need more information on our products please browse our online store, download our furniture catalogue, or visit our showroom. You can also call us on 03 9357 9688.

What Exactly Is Single Injection Moulding?

Nicole chair in Mocha

For anyone who has bothered to look at the specifications of many of our polypropylene chairs they’ll have noticed that they’re manufactured using a process known as a single injection mould. So what is this and what are the benefits of this process. Let’s take a look below.

Injection moulded goods are all around us and include plastic chairs, toys, and containers for electrical goods. In simple terms, the procedure works by turning the polymer to liquid by heating it up before injecting it into a mould. This is then compressed and left to cool resulting in the finished product.

The process is quick and easy consisting of the following steps:

  1. The mould for the shape of the chair is made and split into two halves
  2. The moulding machine uses a clamp to hold both pieces tightly together at the start of the manufacturing process
  3. A hopper is loaded with plastic pellets which feeds them into a heater that turns them into molten plastic
  4. This liquid plastic is then injected into the mould completely filling it, after which it’s left to cool down into a solid form
  5. The clamps are removed and the finished product is ejected from the mould.

Benefits of injection moulding

Injection moulding is one of the most popular manufacturing processes in the world today and has many benefits, including:

  • Fast production – one of the main benefits of injection moulding is that it can be carried out at speed, with barely any human intervention, to make even the most intricate of products.
  • Low manufacturing costs – Since this is an automated procedure the manufacturing costs of injection moulding are relatively low. This makes it an ideal manufacturing method in a market where costs need to be kept to a minimum to be competitive
  • Economical – This form of manufacturing results in very little waste and, where there is any waste plastic this can usually be recycled. Products made in this way are an ideal choice for companies/customers looking for environmentally friendly solutions
  • High strength – You may think that high speeds and low costs equate to a product which is not particularly strong. However this is far from the truth. During the manufacturing process fillers can be added as required both to enhance and make the product more durable
  • Flexible – Another benefit of injection moulding is that the process is very flexible. It’s easy to produce variations of the product by injecting different materials into the mould and it’s even possible to inject a variety of materials at the same time to create a variety of effects.

Single injected moulded plastic chairs offer our customers many benefits with the main one being their cost which is considerably less than for metal or wooden chairs. In addition, there is a huge variety of styles and colours to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy.

One of our new arrivals is the Nicole chair which is available in black, latte, and mocha to give a subtle, refined look to your dining space. Why not check this out and others in our online store, by downloading our latest furniture catalogue, or by visiting our showrooms.