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Whether you’re just starting out or remodelling your cafe, deciding which kinds of tables and chairs to fit out your venue can be quite a challenge. We’ve put together a short guide containing our recommendations for cafe seating.
Comfort is key
Cafes tend to have a high turnover of customers but their clientele varies from those visiting fast food restaurants. Typically customers that visit cafes are looking to enjoy a snack in a comfortable but casual setting. They’ll normally spend longer sitting and enjoying their food. As a result, it’s important that the seating you provide is comfortable. Cafe customers also looking for a venue with nice décor and a relaxing ambience, so stylish furniture is also a necessity.
Wood chairs and wood and metal chairs are a good choice for cafes. Wood has a warm natural look about it and is usually more comfortable than metal chairs. Some examples of comfortable wood chairs are our Ladderback chairs which come in a variety of colours and our Bentwood chairs which come in different designs. If you want the look of wood but the sturdiness of metal then our Bow chairs make a great choice. These have a metal frame finished to look like timber and a padded vinyl seat.
Wood and metal chairs are a good compromise for those wanting a robust metal frame and the attractive aesthetics of wood. One example of this type of seating is our Tolix chair which comes with a timber seat.
Many cafes have outdoor patios and pavement dining areas and for these situations we recommend chairs that can withstand the elements. Polypropylene chairs are a good choice because they’re light and easy to move around and can withstand sun and rain. They come in an exciting variety of styles and colours. Another option is our Parisian chairs which look great both outside and indoors. These chairs use nylon wicker to give the look of natural rattan but are more durable and weather resistant. They also have a lightweight aluminium frame which makes them easy to move from one place to another. Another benefit of these chairs is that they stack for convenient storage at the end of the day.
As we mentioned earlier quality is key so always buy chairs intended for commercial use and in particular look out for those that have passed AFRDI tests.
Booth seating is another great choice for cafes and is popular with customers because they offer a greater degree of privacy. Booth seating is generally more comfortable than cafe chairs because they’re upholstered with padded seats and backrests. They’re ideal for customers looking for a comfortable and quiet setting where they can unwind with a coffee or meal after a busy day at the office.
Solid wood tables are always a popular choice for cafes because they lend elegance and charm to the setting. As many cafes have wood floors, they fit in really well with the décor too and the tables can be stained for a perfect match. Another smart choice is laminated table tops. These are a less expensive option and take on the aesthetics of the material they’re replicating be it wood, marble, granite, and even cement. They’re more durable than wood tables and easier to wipe clean and maintain. We have a wide range of Isotop tabletops in all shapes and sizes.
Cafe Furniture Melbourne stocks a comprehensive range of cafe furniture to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom where you can see our products close up. Meanwhile, if you need any help in choosing your cafe furniture just give us a call and we’ll be pleased to help. Call today on (03) 9344 1623.