Here’s to A Colourful Summer

Summer’s almost here and it’s time to spruce up that outdoor space to make the most of passing trade. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to be sitting outside soaking up the sunshine and relaxing with a long drink of something cool. With so many Melbourne cafe’s vying for attention it’s more important than ever to make your outdoor space more inviting and consider putting some summer specials on your menu too.

How to give your outdoor terrace a quick makeover

There’s no use investing in new cafe furniture or painting walls if you haven’t got a clean and tidy space to work with; So first things first, give your terrace a good sweep and, if necessary, use a power washer to clean up your tiles or paving slabs.

If you’ve got an enclosed area then a coat of fresh paint on the walls will work wonders. To soften some of the hard edges, why not put up some trellis and plant some colourful climbers to spread across your walls. Choose some scented varieties if you can to add to the ambience of summer. If you’re not green fingered then you could always attach some colourful wall plaques or pots o your walls instead.

With your terrace now looking fresh and clean, it’s time to think about upgrading your cafe furniture if it’s looking a little tired and jaded. Attractive cafe furniture is one sure-fire way of attracting passers-by, especially if it’s colourful.

Investing in outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture comes in a vast range of styles, materials, and colours but the most important thing is to ensure that you buy commercial grade furniture. Any other type of furniture simply isn’t designed for frequent daily use.

Another tip when deciding which type of furniture to buy is to choose something that complements your indoor cafe furniture. If you’ve got traditional furniture inside then keep it the same outdoors and naturally, if you have modern tastes, then carry this through so as not to confuse customers. If you’re choosing new cafe furniture throughout then it could be a good idea to choose furniture which is designed for indoor and outdoor use.

How to create flow from one area to another

One of the easiest ways to make your indoor and outdoor space flow is by using a colour which complements the furniture you have inside. For instance, if you have black cafe tables inside then use these outdoors too but consider using coloured chairs to create a more vibrant space that smacks of summer. Polypropylene chairs are a great choice in this respect because they come in a wide range of vibrant bold colours. Our Specta chairs are simplistic in style but boy do they pack a punch if you’re looking to inject colour! From purple to red and orange to yellow it’s easy to create a kaleidoscope of colour on your terrace. Other colourful options include our designer inspired Stephanie chairs which feature a pretty cutout backrest and our Belle chairs which come in a choice of styles too.

Another popular range of chairs for the summer is our Parisian chairs. Oozing with French charm they look delightful when paired with timber topped tables for more of a rustic look or with stainless steel tables for modernity. Add in some planters filled with foliage and colourful blooms, throw up some parasols for shade, and your terrace will soon be filled with happy smiling customers.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide range of outdoor cafe furniture styles to choose from so why not take a look and get inspired?

Choosing The Right Tables and Chairs For Your Cafe

With so much competition in the cafe industry, cafes are having to fight harder than ever to maintain or increase their share of customer spending. One way to do this is to make your cafe more attractive, more comfortable, and more efficient. This means taking a careful look at your design in general and in particular your furniture.

Pull up a seat

Let’s start with cafe furniture. A relatively easy way of giving your cafe a facelift is to invest in some new cafe chairs and tables. It’s surprising how much brighter and smarter an interior becomes with the addition of new furniture. Don’t forget, while it may seem tempting to go for cheaper furniture, only commercial grade furniture is designed to stand up to the rigours of a bustling environment.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that if your cafe is to survive you may need to think about broadening your customer base. Furniture can help by sending out the message that your cafe isn’t a boring old place stuck in a time warp but instead, a bright, welcoming, inclusive place. A large comfy sofa or some tub chairs and low tables can transform a corner or wall and turn it into a cosy retreat. Modern, tall stools can be placed up against a counter for solo customers. There’s no need to adhere to a single style either. Cross back metal Bentwood chairs in light timber could be matched with Isotop table tops in Alcantara black and our tall Tolix stools are available with a solid wood seat or an upholstered version for greater comfort.

Home comforts

Design trends come and go so it would cost you a packet to follow the changes from one year to the next. However, there are some long term trends which are worth considering. For many years a common trend has been for cafe interiors to become more homely with an emphasis on tradition and comfort. With this in mind, wooden furniture, tub chairs, and even some cushions could be the way to go.

You also want to think about disabled access. Is there enough space between your tables for a person in a wheelchair to be able to move freely? Bolt-down table bases are a good choice if you’re investing in new tables since their streamlined style gives more room for chairs to be pushed right in beneath the tables. Don’t forget also that wheelchair users are often accompanied by one or more friends or family members, so by catering to their needs, you’re also welcoming a larger group of customers. Everyone’s a winner!

Keep the noise down

Another consideration is noise. You might want to consider investing in some booth seating. Surprisingly these take up less space than a table and four chairs and customers enjoy the privacy and relative quietness that a booth gives.

Finally, one long term trend worth keeping in mind is mixing up colours, styles, and finishes to make your cafe stand out from others, injecting your personality into it.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got an extensive range of cafe furniture to choose from. What’s more we’re currently running a promotion on all table tops, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your cafe furniture.