3 Tips On creating Great Dining With Cafe Tables and Chairs

If you want to become a front-runner in the cafe industry it’s important to consider how to create a pleasant ambience in your cafe design. Good food, good layout, and the right furniture all contribute to standing your cafe out and making a wonderful experience which will see customers coming back for more.

From planning just the right seating layout of a cafe to creating a captivating interior, a lot of time and thought has usually gone into the planning of a successful cafe venture. This investment in your time is well worth it as modern-day diners go to cafes to spend quality time with families and friends and well as to savour delicious coffee and yummy snacks. Consider the following 3 tips to make your cafe the ‘go to cafe in town’.

1# Well planned convenient cafe seating area

Getting your layout right is crucial to the bottom line of your cafe business. The seating area defines both the comfort and privacy of your customers and that’s where the significance of good quality cafe tables and chairs comes in. A few of the ways customers perceive whether a layout is well designed are the size and style of your tables and chairs, how comfortable seating is over a longer period of time, how flexible the space is, and how attractive the dining area is overall. The style and material of your cafe furniture is one element which can make or break the ambience of your cafe. While there is a place for plastic chairs and tables, a customer entering a quality cafe would expect to find stylish tub chairs, booth seating, Bentwood or Tolix chairs, and perhaps the odd sofa or two thrown in.

2# Great looking outdoor spaces

Does your cafe have an outside area that is underused and underestimated? Why not consider optimising the potential of this area by sprucing it up with some fabulous furniture and a dazzling design? If there are a jumble of faded, patterned tables and chairs which don’t do justice to your outdoor dining space, then it’s time to get rid of them. Replace your furniture with some innovative designs in tables and chairs. There are lots of premium designs in polypropylene, rattan, and aluminium which are lightweight and designed specifically for an outdoor area. You’ll be surprised what you can create with laminate table tops designed to look like granite or real wood and paired with colourful replica designer chairs that are sure to turn heads. Throw in some parasols for shade and some green foliage, and customers will feel relaxed and stress-free.

3# Smarter ways to revamp problem areas

While cramming your dining space with as many tables and chairs as you can gives you the ability to cater for more covers, in reality, it often has quite the opposite effect. Have you ever been to a cafe where the tables are so close to each other that not only is it impossible to move freely between tables but you can hear every word of the conversation the people sitting there are having? If you crowd 4 people around a table intended for two or six people into a booth for 4, they’ll feel uncomfortable and even if you do serve the best coffee, they’re unlikely to come back. Instead consider what might be your problem areas such as tables too close to the toilets, a noisy kitchen, or an entrance way that’s too cold. Focus on placing the right size and style of furniture in the right size of space. For instance, a tiny recess with a small bistro table and 2 chairs plus a candle on the table can create a romantic space for couples looking for some privacy.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a tiny coffee shop or an upmarket restaurant, what matters most is giving your customers a positive experience which turns them into loyal customers who visit time and time again.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of top quality cafe furniture in styles, sizes, shapes, materials and colours to create just the cafe ambience you’re after.

How Dry Bar Tables Can Benefit Your Cafe

If you don’t have any dry bar tables in your cafe then you could potentially be missing out on extra customers and increased revenue. Dry bar tables stand tall and lofty above standard cafe tables and can be used either as an extension to your counter – somewhere to place cutlery and condiments etc or they can be used as stand-alone tables in their own right. Let’s take a look at how they could benefit your cafe.

Fits into awkward spaces

Let’s face it, not many cafe dining spaces are a perfect rectangle. Often there are recesses and awkward shapes where it can be difficult, if not impossible, to place a standard cafe table with chairs around it. Dry bar tables willl slot easily into corners or recesses and can be used simply for customers to place down their drinks while standing enjoying a quick drink.

Frees up larger tables

Dry bar tables allow you to take advantage of their compact size to cater for solo diners or couples without them occupying a table that can seat 4. By providing a variety of small tables not only are you maximising your floor space but also creating a smaller, more intimate space for those looking to tuck themselves away in a corner with a newspaper and mug of coffee.

Creates a buzz

As a cafe owner it makes sense to utilise any spare outdor space you might have to attract passers- by and get more bums on seats. Dry bar tables are perfect for placing on pavement areas or small terraces and can be accompanied by bar stools which take up less space than chairs. People love dining alfresco, sitting watching the world go by, so what better way of taking the weight off their feet, than sitting outside with a cup of coffee or a glass of something long and cool. What’s more, several people sitting outside your cafe chatting amongst thmseves creates a buzz which others want to be part of.

Adds visual interest

Because dry bar tables are taller than other tables in your venue they’re great for creating more visual interest. Perhaps you could use them to line a window wall. Customers love to have a great vantage point while enjoying their food and drink, and being able to look out of the window, does just this.

At less than $100 for a round or square 600mm bar table, it’s a relatively small investment which will quickly pay for itself thanks to you being able to cater for more people and increase your turnover. Are you ready to shop dry bar tables?

The Enduring Appeal Of Tolix

If you’re a regular visit to our website you may have noticed that we’re currently running a sale of our entire range of Tolix cafe furniture which is kinda why this post is about the enduring appeal of Tolix. So read on and find out more ……

It all started in the 1930’s with a design classic that’s been delighting us ever since – the Model A chair from Tolix which is as versatile and stylish today as it was back then.

The Model a chair, sometimes referred to as the Marais A chair, was the work of Frenchman, Xavier Pauchard who designed it in 1934 having trademarked the name ‘Tolix’ for his manufacturing business as far back as 1927. Made from sheet metal, the Tolix Chair, as most of us refer to it, became an instant hit and is still one of the most popular designs in a number of chairs, stools, and armchairs that Pauchard made.

84 years later and we’re all still madly in love with the Tolix chair and it’s not hard to see why. Sturdy and stackable for saving space, lightweight yet solid, this chair is a perfect marriage of shapely good looks and practicality. While being the quintessential cafe chair it works just as well indoors or out and fits in effortlessly in a variety of design styles from rustic to industrial and modern to country.

It’s available in its raw galvanised form or a range of beautiful colours and works really well as part of a layered texture scheme, from rattan to recycled timber, or even as the star of the show in a pared back minimalist décor.

Cafe owners never tire of this great little chair for the simple fact that it is incredibly versatile and practical. It’s a must have for any industrial theme and just looks so familiar, as if it’s always been there. Try pairing it with rustic timber benches or sit a variety of different coloured Tolix chairs around a communal dining table to lend an area of casual relaxation, which surely is what communal dining is all about.

By choosing a timeless classic to furnish your cafe with, you have the reassurance that it will never go out of fashion and to ring the changes you can simply play around with the colours on your wall or add some funky lighting. Another great benefit of Tolix chairs is they’re one of the few items of furniture which actually look better with age. Who cares if your chairs are a little dented or scratched – it all adds to the charm.

At Cafe Furniture we have a wide range of tolix chairs and stools, plus a couple of meeting tables. So why not take a look and find out what all the fuss is about?