Welcome to the blog at Cafe Chairs Melbourne

Here we'll be posting a variety of topics to share with our readers including reviews of some of our most popular pieces and details of new products that have landed on our shelves. We'll also be discussing the history behind some of the iconic brands, the latest trends in cafe culture, and giving you hints and tips on how to choose the right cafe furniture for you, and how to incorporate it into various themes. We're hoping that you'll find the content interesting and useful, so please feel free to post any comments below. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Best wishes from the team at Cafe Chairs Melbourne.
 
 

Discover The Many Benefits Of Tolix Chairs

You’re probably familiar with Tolix chairs since they’re extremely popular in cafes, bars, and restaurants worldwide. Considering their history dates back to 1939 when they were first designed by Frenchman, Xavier Pauchard, it’s true to say that he hit on a real winner with the design and the material used for the chairs.

In fact Xavier Pauchard used galvanised steel in the production of these chairs for the simple fact that it didn’t rust. At first they were mostly used as utilitarian furniture and could be found in schools and hospitals, before being adopted by bistros and cafes. They were intended for outdoor use and had holes on the seats which were to allow the rainwater to drain quickly off them. Nowadays, however, they’re also a popular choice of indoor chair.

So why are Tolix chairs so popular? What are their benefits?

Strong and stackable

These quirky chairs are made from steel which is lightweight yet strong and allows you to move them around with ease whenever the needs of your business dicate. They’re also stackable which makes for convenient storage, especially if you want to use your floor space for other purposes.

Easy maintenance

Any thriving business requires chairs that can be maintained with very little effort and this is certainly true of Tolix chairs. It’s not often that you can say that a dent or scratch adds to the appearance of your furniture, but in the case of Tolix, it really does add character. Not only that, these chairs can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild cleansing agent to remove any spills ro food debris.

Colourful

What we love most about these chairs is the range of colours available. With a rainbow of vibant colours including red, yellow, blue, and green and gorgeous metallic sheens, as well as black and white, it’s a doddle finding a colour to match your theme or décor.

Our replica Tolix chairs are also available with timber seats which makes it easier to team them with timber tables too. If you’re wanting bar stools to match, then you’ll also find that our Tolix stools come in three different heights and again, a wide variety of colours enabling you to mix and match to your heart’s content.

Accent pieces

Finally Tolix chairs with their vibrant colours nake perfect accent pieces if you have a neutral palette. Just imagine bright red Tolix chairs sat around white tables for a real pop of colour? Or how about alternating colours sat around communal timber dining tables – beautiful!

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of cafe furniture in a variety of materials, designs, and colours. Why not browse our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, or visit our showrooms to see our products first hand. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

What Are Your Wonky Tables Costing Your Business?

Wonky tables are a common cause of complaint from customers visiting cafes all over the world. You’ve got to admit, it’s pretty annoying when you’re sat at a table that wobbles and spills your coffee or worse still sends your soup into your lap!

What wobbly tables can cost your business

If you’re a cafe owner with wonky tables then have you ever stopped to consider the impact wobbly tables could be having on your business? Customers that encounter a bad experience at your cafe are unlikely to return again, so that’s potential earnings lost. What about if you have to replace a spilled drink with another? That’s money literally down the drain. And, how about your waiting staff? How long do they spend each day levelling out wobbly tables with bar mats and the like? Wouldn’t you rather be paying them to serve more customers?

So what’s the solution?

Flat base technology

Simply but effective flat base technology offers a permanent solution to wobbly tables. This innnovative technology not only stabilises cafe tables but also allows you to align several tables together quickly and easily. It works by using a series of hydraulics which are automated whenever a table is moved from one position to another.

Flat technology bases

Flat technology bases are available in a variety of sizes and designs and will fit most table tops. They’re ideal if you’re wanting to create a new table from scratch or they can be fitted to your existing table tops. Whether you’re looking for a traditional or modern base, we’ve got you covered.

Flat technology equalisers

Sold in packs of 4, these handy equalisers are designed to replace the feet of your existing table bases so that you can enjoy all the benefits of Flat Technology without the expense of purchasing new table bases. They fit practically any table that already has screw in feet.

Aligning tables

You know how time consuming it is to set up your cafe or restaurant for large groups. If you’re trying to align several smaller tables together to make one large table then it can be extremely frustrating having to level each one individually. The trouble with this too, is that you’re always left with that uneven ridge where the tables aren’t quite level which makes it difficult to stand a glass without it wobbling.

Flat technology automatically adjusts your tables as you push them together and without you barely blinking an eyelid, your tables are perfectly aligned as if by magic!

Isn’t about time you embraced Flat Technology? If you need more information then don’t hesitate to contact Cafe Furniture Melbourne and speak to our experts. Call today on 03 9344 1623.

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.