5 Things To Consider When Buying Cafe Chairs

CAFE CHAIRS ARE ONE OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS OF FURNITURE

Cafe chairs are arguably some of the most important pieces of furniture for your cafe and not only do they affect the appearance of your cafe or bar but ultimately they can determine whether customers return again.

With so many different styles of chairs to choose from, how do you go about making the right choice for your establishment. Well….. we’ve put together a few tips to help you.

  • Durability – It goes without saying that your cafe chairs need to be durable and long lasting, after all you don’t want to be replacing them a few months down the line. It’s always best to buy commercial furniture since this is designed to be used frequently on a daily basis and can withstand the rigours of the busiest environment.

  • Material – To narrow down your search, it helps if you have an idea of the type of material that you’d like your chairs to be made from. One thing to consider is whether your chairs are for interior use only or if you want to be able to use them outdoors too. Chairs that can be utilised both indoors and out include those made from rattan, aluminium, treated metal, polypropylene and you’ll find a wide range of styles and colours within these categories.

  • Modern, traditional or vintage – While searching for new cafe chairs you also need to consider your décor and theme. If for example, you’re rocking an industrial look then metal chairs such as Tolix are an obvious choice as are chairs and stools which combine wooden seats and backrests with metal frames. If your establishment is more traditional then you might want to consider classic styles such as ladder back chairs or bentwood cabaret chairs. Alternatively you might favour the sleek lines and curves of modern styles such as our Loft chair which features a roomy polypropylene seat with steel legs with a timber look coating.

  • Comfort – However great your cafe chairs look if they aren’t comfortable then customers are unlikely to return. Always try out a chair yourself for comfort before placing an order, after all if you find it uncomfortable to sit on, then it’s likely your customers will too. You might want to choose chairs with padded seats for extra comfort, and this being the case, it’s a good idea to opt for chairs with removable covers that you can wash or those that are covered with easy to wipe clean vinyl.

  • Movability – Finally, consider the weight of your chairs. If they’re too heavy then staff and customers alike are going to find them difficult to move when they want to get in and out from the table. Lightweight doesn’t mean that a chair isn’t strong and reliable. More and more manufacturers are using timber coating on tubular steel frames as this gives the rich warm feel of wood, only it’s lighter in weight and more easily maintained.

On reflection you may it best to choose an assortment of chairs for different areas of your cafe. Customers like to have options and different styles of chairs can also be used to zone your cafe. Tub chairs or sofas for example, indicate that customers can expect to relax and stay a while longer whereas bar stools would suggest that a customer is just going to grab a drink and leave. Upright chairs such as ladderback and bentwood also suggest a more formal area for customers to enjoy food and drink sat around tables.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of cafe chairs with prices and styles to suit everyone. Why not browse our online store, download our furniture catalogue, or drop by our showroom to try out the chairs for yourself.

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.

Versatility

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.

Stackable

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.

Characterful

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.

Stylish

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……

Quality

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.

Advantages

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.

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.

Ladder Back Chairs – A Little Piece Of History

Ladder back chairs get their name from the horizontal spindles or slats that make up the back rest and look similar to rungs of a ladder. They date back to the middle ages when they could be found in homes all over Europe and by the 17th century they were the most common type of chair that could be found in England. In Australia they became prevalent around the 1870’s and although they weren’t as pretty as some of the other chairs being produced at that time, they were probably the sturdiest.

Quick to make and practical

The ladder back chair evolved at a time when timber was plentiful while machinery for woodworking purposes was limited. At the time that these chairs were made, practicality was the name of the game, with less attention paid to the finish as it would have been for higher grade furniture. In fact, many of the chairs were simply sanded down and left whereas others were given a quick coat of varnish.

Versatile

The construction of ladder back chairs was simple and they weren’t intended to stand out from other furniture. As such they were used for a variety of purposes including sitting on, stepping on, standing on, and even to hang newly made candles. They were handy little chairs to have around the house and took up very little space because of their small seats. Another advantage was that they could be easily carried around simply by tucking the back under an arm and holding on to one of the lower rungs. Due to their design, very little wood was needed to make several chairs, so they were cost effective too. One of the most popular designs was the ladder back rocking chair and this was nearly always featured in the movies of the time.

Collector pieces

Although they are simplistic, ladder back chairs are good looking in their own right and kind of comforting as it is a style most of us are familiar with. They’re still being produced today whereas the older ones have become highly collectable with some antique ones being sold for a tidy sum of money.

Modern day ladder back chairs

 

Today ladder back chairs are just as popular in cafes and bars as they have ever been and at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a good selection to choose from. Manufactured with either an oak or dark walnut frame they’re upholstered with a soft vinyl seat cushion in black, chocolate, charcoal and caramel, to give more flexibility when styling them with existing furniture and decor. Priced at under $90 they’re a real steal. Durable and long lasting, they’ll serve you well for many years and also come with a 12 month warranty. Why not take a look in our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, or even drop by our Melbourne showroom. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

5 Cafe Food Trends That Will Reign Supreme in 2018

Just for a bit of fun we thought we’d focus this blog on the food trends that the experts predict will be happening in cafes all over Australia in 2018. Some of them sound more appealing than others, but hey it would be a boring place if we all liked the same things!

We’ve probably all had our fill of kale and chia, the 2 superfoods which ran rife in 2017, but the good news is that they’re having to move over to make way for the new kids on the block which are standing in the shadows and ready to burst into the limelight.

So, take a look, come up with some delicious recipes, and be ahead of your game. Good luck!

  1. Edible flowers – Yes, we’ve all seen these in some of the more posh restaurants but now it’s anticipated that they’re likely to be found in the local cafes in and around Melbourne as well as at home in your kitchen. In case you’re wondering which flowers to give your customers to nibble on ….. well lavender is the one to embrace.
  1. Functional mushrooms – Different from the normal field mushroom that you toss into your pasta or fry for your breakfast, these mushrooms have mostly been used as dietary supplements. They include those with exotic names such as lion’s mane, chaga, cordyceps and reishi, and will be making their debut in coffee cups and bottled drinks.
  1. Super powders – We’ll all be able to feel fighting fit in the mornings thanks to the addition of super powders such as turmeric, matcho, and cacao appearing in our smoothies and juice drinks.
  1. Tacos – The 2018 taco is likely to be a far shout from your average fast food variety. Expect to see taco shells made from seaweed, as well as paelo friendly and grain free creations.
  1. Plant based meat alternatives – Vegetarians rejoice. Plant based alternatives to fish and meat are going to bring happiness to vegetarians. Look for such things as sushi made from tomatoes instead of tuna and veggie burgers which ‘bleed’ like real meat.

So there you have it. I can’t wait to try some of the tomato sushi, myself. What about you?

If you’re looking for some swish new cafe furniture to set off your exciting new meals to your customers, then that’s something we can certainly help with. We stock an extensive range of cage tables, chairs, stools, and much more besides. Why not download our new furniture catalogue and browse our online store. Alternatively, you can always drop by our showrooms to try our furniture for yourself.

Reasons To Love Our Parisian Cafe Chairs

As our regular customers will know we’re constantly adding new and exciting products to our inventory of cafe furniture and one of our latest arrivals is the Parisian chair with its bold V pattern. If you’re in the market for new cafe chairs then this one deserves a place in your cafe. Below we’ve listed some of the reasons to love our fabulous range of Parisian chairs.

Capture your own little corner of Paris

These stunning bistro style chairs let you easily create the allure of a Parisian sidewalk cafe which for this time of the year will be rammed with customers enjoying the feel of warm sunshine on their faces.

Stronger than rattan

The welded aluminium frame has been cleverly finished to give the appearance of rattan and yet is much stronger and resistant to the harshest Australian weather. The ‘rattan’ wicker features a bold chevron pattern which is sure to turn heads and is also resistant to the effects of sun, wind, and rain.

Lightweight and low maintenance

What you’ll also appreciate about these Parisian bistro chairs is the fact that they’re incredibly strong yet lightweight and easy to move around as the needs of your business demand. Low in maintenance, any spills or debris can be wiped off with little else but a damp cloth and a non abrasive cleaning agent.

Stackable

These fantastic chairs can be stacked 12+ high which is ideal if you’re lacking storage space and also helps to make clean-up at the end of the day an absolute breeze.

Indoor/outdoor use

When buying cafe chairs it makes sense to buy those which can be used indoor and outside since this lets you create a seamless flow from one area to another, and also lets you ‘borrow’ from one or other area at your busiest times, without having odd chairs.

Comfort

It’s imperative that your customers should feel comfortable when seated as this is likely to encourage them to stay longer, order more food and drinks, and return again. With their generous sized seat, and supportive back rest this side chair is very comfortable, and due to the lack of arms, it also allows you to place more chairs around a large table without overcrowding your guests.

Stylish appeal

This Parisian chair oozes style and because of its neutral colouring will fit effortlessly into most decors. It’s also easy to match with a variety of tables although we think it looks best with a marble table or one with a gleaming black granite top.

12 month warranty

Finally, our Parisian chairs all come with a 12 month warranty for that added peace of mind.

Here at Cafe Furniture we’ve got a wide range of cafe chairs so why not browse our on line store or drop by our Campbellfield showroom to try them out for yourself. With affordable prices, high quality products, and outstanding customer service, you can buy from us with confidence. If you need any further information on any of our cafe furniture and equipment then please just give us a call on (03) 9357 9688.