Exploring The Benefits Of Communal Dining

Everyone has to eat – if only for survival yet somehow with the hectic lifestyle we live it seems that for many of us, eating often means grabbing something on the go. It wasn’t always like this. Indeed our ancestors didn’t regard food as merely fuel for our bodies, instead much significance was placed on mealtimes and people seemed to ‘get’ the importance of how and with whom we eat. With this in mind let’s take a closer look at how community eating has a place in today’s cafe culture, and the benefits it provides.

Slows things down

Dining as a group means taking a break from your fast pace of life. It entails sitting down, relaxing, and enjoying both the company and the food that is being served. It also allows us to concentrate on the actual act of eating i.e. chewing, tasting, and swallowing which leads to better digestion. Eating becomes pretty mindless when it’s on the go, slumped at a desk, or sitting in front of the TV.

Less danger of overeating

 Come on…… who hasn’t helped themselves to a second helping when they know that it’s their own guilty secret. Eating with others can prevent you from over indulging because you know that others may notice. Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy weight – so it’s a win–win situation.

A chance to socialise

Who knows, by the end of your meal, the stranger you were sat next to could become your new best friend. Communal eating is a great way of meeting other people, sharing a joke, and even confiding in someone and getting a weight off your shoulders.

Influences better food choices

Pehaps you and a few friends have the same goal of eating healthier and trying new foods. By eating together in a group you can help each other make healthier, more wholesome choices. By inviting people who live on their own to a weekly ‘meet’ it not only gets them out of their house but helps makes sure that they’re looking after themselves.

Regular mealtimes

If you’re eating with a group then it’s usually the case that you stick to a regular dining schedule. This helps you avoid snacking during the day and by sticking to scheduled mealtimes, it helps keep your blood sugars balanced (especially if you’re no longer skipping meals).

Communal dining is also a great way for strangers to a city to meet other people. There’s nothing to make you feel more lonely than sitting down to eat alone – well, that’s our opinion anyway!

Naturally some people prefer to dine in privacy with their friends so we’re not suggesting you fill the whole of your cafe with communal tables. However, if you have the space, why not slot in a couple of communal tables to give your customers even more seating choices. We’ve just added an extremely stylish communal table with a dark timber wood top and a robust black powder coated aluminium frame to our inventory, so why not take a look.

Discover The Many Benefits Of Low Bar Stools

When you’re looking for casual cafe furniture that is easily portable, then there’s nothing better than low stools. These handy items of furniture have many benefits, both permanent and temporary, and are likely to become your ‘go to’ choice for many impromptu needs. Not convinced? Well let’s dive in and take a closer look at how low bar stools could benefit you.

Subtle presence

It goes without saying that low stools take up less space than a dining chair, so if your space is limited then low stools are a great choice for you. A small room will appear dominated by tables and chairs, giving a cluttered look. Instead, try replacing chairs with low stools and you’ll notice how much lighter and airier your space looks. Not just this, but because they tuck beneath the table when not in use, it’s easier for your customers and waiting staff to move between tables. Low stools have a subtle presence yet still manage to fill a variety of needs. They’re lightweight and versatile, and can be used anywhere in your cafe.


Low stools are relatively inexpensive and will fit into most budgets without you breaking the bank and the advantage they have over chairs, for example, is that they can be used both for seating and as small, additional tables, depending of course, on what they’re made from and how much weight they can handle. Our low replica Tolix stools, for example, are fashioned from steel, which makes them lightweight and easy to move around, but in addition they’re incredibly strong and can easily be used as a small table on which to place food or drinks when placed next to a tub chair or sofa.


Another key benefit of low stools is that they can be stacked when not in use, which is a huge benefit when space is tight. Because they take up such a small area, you could even stack them beneath your serving counter or in a corridor, and bring them out at your busiest times of the day.


Low stools come in so many colours, materials, and styles, that they’re a quick and easy way of adding character to your venue. We’re great fans of rustic stools with wooden seats and metal legs such as our Hairpin and Phil stools which are bursting with personality. They’re ideal for traditional spaces but also fit into an industrial theme with ease.

If your interior colour palette is neutral then customers may be a little put off with what could be perceived as a bland look. One way to solve this problem is to use some of our more colourful Tolix low stools to add a pop of colour and bring your dining space to life.


Small can be beautiful and it pays to choose your low stools with as much care as you would your larger items of furniture to get the most out of your investment, whatever your budget. Wear and tear on a stool is unlikely to be equal to that of a sofa, so you can feel comfortable investing in small stools which not only look gorgeous but are totally functional too. The chances are that these tiny space savers will age more gracefully than some of your larger pieces of furniture.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of stools in a variety of sizes, so why not take a look and get inspired. As well as our online stores, you can also download our latest furniture catalogue or visit our showrooms to try out some stools first hand.

Isotop Table Tops – What’s Not To Like About Them!

Your cafe furniture is the first thing that customers notice when visiting your shop, and no matter how delicious the aroma of coffee, and how tempting your cake stand looks, if your furniture looks shabby then it can make them turn and walk away. Another potential new customer lost……


Cafe tables are one of the most important items of cafe furniture because, for obvious reasons, they take up most of your floor space and without doubt are a necessity. If you’re looking to revamp your cafe or even starting out on a new venture, then investing in top quality stylish cafe tables is a good move.

Isotop are one of the leading names in the hospitality sector and not without reason. Malaysian owned and based in Malaysia, their stylish table tops can be found all over the globe. The technology they use in manufacture is in fact German, which probably explains why everything about their products is first class.


Isotop table tops are designed for indoor and outdoor use which is one reason that they’re so resilient. Even though they’re made from synthetic materials, they look incredibly lifelike, especially since there are no visible seams. There are plenty of other advantages to Isotop table tops too, so let’s take a quick look.

  • Stability – Isotop have managed to get just the right balance when it comes to weight – not too heavy and not too light. This means there’s no danger of the table collapsing when laden with food and crockery nor is there any chance that a gust of wind will blow an empty table over.
  • Heat resistance – Hot dishes can be placed straight on an Isotop table top without showing any visible signs of damage nor do they suffer from cigarette burns. In fact, if a lit cigarette falls on to the table top by mistake, it will simply burn itself out without leaving any unsightly marks or damage.
  • Stain resistant – Isotop table tops are also impermeable to corrosive and sticky substances from liquids and food.
  • Elegant and comfortable – All Isotop table tops boast a smooth satin finish and come in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit any décor. Their rounded edges and corners provide safety and comfort allowing you to configure your tables in any way you want.
  • Low maintenance – A busy cafe means waiting staff are under pressure to keep table tops clean for the next influx of customers, so you’ll be pleased to know that spills and stains wipe off easily with little more than a damp cloth.
  • Weather and damp resistant – Australia has a diverse climate which means that outdoor tables need to be able to withstand heat from the sun, moisture from humidity, and wetness from downpours of rain. Isotop manages all of this with ease so that your table top and UV protection also means your top won’t fade in the sun. In addition the sealed surface and edges means that no dampness can penetrate the table top.

Are you ready to start shopping Isotop table tops? We’re offering a great choice in a variety of sizes, and what’s more, if you’re quick you can benefit from a 10% discount on any top.