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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.
 
 

Tips and Inspiration For Coffee Shop Design

Whether you run a cafe or coffee shop or are looking to open one you may be wondering what is the best way to approach its interior, décor, and furniture. We’ve put together a few tips to help you.

Know your customers

While this might seem an obvious point, it’s still worth ys pointing out that there’s very little point in opening a trendy industrial style cafe complete with Edison light bulbs and exposed brick walls if your potential clientele are seniors more interested in gingham table clothes, wood panelling, and pretty teapots on the table, and vice versa. Ultimately it’s a good idea to place yourself somewhere in the middle with a cozy comfortable look which will attract older clientele as well as younger, more trendy customers.

Mix and match coffee shop and bistro furniture

There is nothing that states that all your cafe furniture has to match. Instead, the great thing about independent cafes is that you don’t have to settle for the uniform look of the larger chains. Try mixing and matching your cafe chairs for a casual look or add some bar tables and high stools for elevation. You can give it your own stamp of personality with character in abundance to make it stand out from the crowd.

Up the wall

Whether your walls are painted, wallpapered, or exposed brick, they serve as a  canvas on which to showcase your cafe’s individuality. Customers like homemade and local touches so why not try to source vintage maps of your suburb and have them framed and mounted on the wall. Alternatively you might consider hanging artwork from local artists which is a great way to add colour and interest. Rotating your exhibitions is also likely to encourage customers to come back on a regular basis.

Light fantastic

Edison light bulbs are commonplace in industrial styled interiors so you might want to think outside of the box a little more. Lights inset into your walls can create a softer lighting and add a warm upward glow while pendant lights with wire shades add atmosphere.

Rather than rows of straight lighting suspended over your tables try varying the style and length of your lighting. LED lighting can be placed at floor level along the edge of a room or set above a table where your condiments, cutlery, and sauces are displayed. Also, remember that natural light is best so why not consider installing a skylight in the ceiling and keep windows as clutter free as possible.

Flowers on the tables

Flowers immediately brighten up a table but you don’t have to place them in traditional vases. Instead, why not consider old enamel or china teapots, decorative jam jars, large drinking glasses or even something more quirky like a branded food tin.

Finally, don’t forget that coffee is in itself an attractive commodity. You could store dark shiny coffee beans in pretty glass jars on a shelf around your cafe or behind your counter. Or why not use jars half filled with coffee beans as quirky candle holders?

Don’t worry too much about trends, instead remember if your cafe looks warm, friendly, and welcoming then you’ve got it right.

Tips For Choosing The Ideal Cafe Furniture

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.

Seating

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.

Booths

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.

Tables

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.

Discover The Benefits Of Our Parisian Cafe Chairs

With customers becoming more discerning than ever it’s even more important to stand your cafe out from the crowd by way of comfortable, stylish furniture. We’ve got just the solution with our beautiful range of Parisian cafe chairs.

Paris is renown for its terrace culture and if you ever visit, you’ll find the pavements crammed with small bistro tables and wicker chairs, which have come to be known as Parisian cafe chairs. Authentic Parisian chairs have always been made from wicker which to be perfectly honest, requires a little more pampering than other types of chairs, to keep them looking their best. Fortunately our Parisian chairs are a modern twist on these ‘golden oldies’ and as such are a perfect choice for both indoor and outdoor cafe dining. They offer several key benefits too, so let’s dive in and take a look.

Benefits of modern-day Parisian chairs

  • Strong and durable – Today’s Parisian chairs have stepped away from traditional wicker and instead use a welded aluminium frame, finished to look like cane, together with a strong nylon ‘wicker’ seat and back. The obvious advantage of this type of material combo is that these chairs can withstand the harsh Australian climate without drying out or rotting as they might have otherwise done. Designed for commercial use, all of our Parisian chairs are able to withstand the daily rigours of the busiest establishment.

  • Light weight and stackable – Our Parisian chairs are lightweight and easy to move around to suit the needs of your business. What’s more, they can be stacked 12+ high which is ideal if you need to store them away and your space is limited. Stackable chairs make clearing away at the end of a busy day seem like a walk in the park since they can quickly and easily be moved undercover and locked up, once the day is over.

  • Easy to cleanSince the wicker-look seats and backs are manufactured from tough nylon fabric, these chairs are easy to clean with little more than a damp cloth and mild cleanser. At the start of the season, it’s easy to line up all your chairs and simply hose them down with cold water, leaving them to dry naturally in the sunshine.

  • Comfortable – Comfort is key if you want your customers to stay for longer and to come again and our Parisian chairs fit the bill perfectly. Available with or without arms, the chair seats are also elaticated beneath to give that extra bit of bounce and comfort when seated.

  • Stylish and versatile – Offered in a choice of colours and patterns, these chairs will easily fit into most decors and look great sat around any of our Isotop tables. Perfect for creating a Mediterranean ambience, these chairs are sure to attract admiring glances.

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?

Buying New Cafe Furniture? Mistakes To Be Aware Of

Furnishing your new cafe can be exciting and daunting, all at the same time. After all, it’s not quite the same as buying a sofa for your lounge or a dining room table. We’ve put together a few common mistakes that people make when buying cafe furniture to help you get it right.

Not spending enough time planning

It’s easy to land on a furniture website and simply click on the items you like without taking into full consideration whether you have enough floor space, where it’s going to be placed, and how your dining space will flow. Other considerations include durability, whether or not it fits your cafe’s image, and, of course, your budget. Be sure to spend sufficient time in the planning so that when you come to make your purchase you know exactly how much furniture you can comfortably fit into your dining area.

Not considering the spacial needs of your customers

Cramming in too many tables and chairs is a common problem for cafe owners and comes out of their wish to accommodate as many people as possible at any one time. While we totally get this, it’s important to place yourself in your customer’s shoes. Would you want to sit that close to the person on the next table that you can hear everything he or she is saying? Do you want to have to breath in simply to get to your table and sit down? You need to leave at least 45cm between chairs and allow for there to be sufficient space for waiting staff and other customers to move freely between tables.

Not getting your measurements right

When measuring your cafe’s floor space, do it once and then do it a couple more times. It’s infuriating to order several tables and then find out that you can’t fit them in as you’d planned. Instead we suggest that having measured your floor space you then take a note of the measurements of the furniture that you’re interested in. Sketch out a floor plan on a piece of paper and using the dimensions work out the best layout.

Not considering your customers’ needs

Your choice of furniture may suit you but remember it’s not about you, it’s about your customers. Consider the demographics of your potential customers and choose your furniture accordingly. For example, if your cafe is likely to attract older, retired people then choose chairs and sofas which are comfortable and allow them to sit a little longer. If on the other hand, your customers are young business people looking to get in and out as quickly as possible, then look for furniture that’s more suited to a fast turnaround, such as tall bar stools behind counters, or bistro tables and stools.

Every cafe will have its own special requirements based on the image you’re trying to get across and it’s always possible to create the right ambience with the careful choice of colours and textures.

Where to buy cafe furniture

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide selection of cafe furniture in an assortment of materials, styles, size and colours. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to try it out for yourself?

Which Material Is Best For Outside Cafe Furniture?

Whether it’s a cafe, bistro, or bar, when the sun’s shining customers want to sit outdoors and enjoy it.

Tips for outside furniture

If you have some space outside then it makes sense to create an area where customers can sit with a drink and food. Not only does this help to increase revenue with more covers, but it also draws attention to your cafe or bar, and an attractive outdoor terrace will attract passing business too.

Having the right outdoor furniture is particularly important especially with the harsh Australian climate, which leads into the tricky question of which material is the best for outdoor use?

To give you a better idea, we’ve put together the advantages of the 4 main materials: wood, metal, rattan, and plastic.

Wooden furniture for outdoors

Typically associated with urban cafes that are known for their wooden benches and tables, wood is a rustic, versatile, and attractive choice. The downside of wooden furniture is the maintenance required to keep it looking in good condition. Fading, cracking, and rotting is common in areas that experience extremities of hot and rainy conditions, which is why we tend to encourage our customers to consider wood effect furniture instead.

Metal furniture and seating

Out of all types of cafe furniture, metal is probably one of the most popular choices. Metal chairs and tables are adept at withstanding hot summers and prolonged wet weather. Stainless steel and aluminium are also very strong, durable, and light enough to move around with ease, so they can be easily rearranged by your staff or your customers. They can also be stored away conveniently for the winter months and won’t take up too much space.

Plastic furniture for commercial use

Made from a type of plastic resin called polypropylene this sort of furniture is completely weather resistant and durable. It comes in a wide range of styles and colours, so you can really let your imagination flow and create an outdoor dining space that’s unique to your cafe. Best of all, the only maintenance required is a quick wipeover with a damp cloth.

Plastic chairs were often regarded as cheap alternatives but with newly improved materials and a vast range of innovative styles, they’ve taken outdoor dining to new levels. Since plastic furniture is typically less expensive than other types, it could be a good choice if your budget is low.

Rattan furniture

Rattan furniture was traditionally made from palms woven together but nowadays the tendency is for rattan furniture to be made from plastic or nylon rattan, often with steel frames that have been finished to look like cane. Just as charming in appearance as traditional rattan, modern day rattan furniture is both durable, weather resistant, and easy to maintain.

If you’re looking for outdoor cafe furniture then at Cafe Chairs Melbourne we have a wide range to choose from. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom for inspiration.

Tips On Choosing The Right Cafe Tables

While cafe tables play an important role in the aesthetics of your cafe’s dining space, it’s equally important that they’re both practical and functional. With so many table tops to choose from, making the right decision can be tricky so we’ve put together some tips to guide you.

Size

Before you can start looking at cafe tables it’s important that you know what size table tops you need. Most table top ranges are offered in a variety of sizes and shapes and it may be that one size will suffice throughout your cafe or you may find that a mixture of table shapes and sizes works best for your space.

Typically 70omm or 800mm square table tops are the most versatile since they accommodate 1 to 4 people and if you have a larger group of people wanting to sit together, you can push the tables together to make one large table. 600mm table tops are also very useful since they’re small and conmpact and can help you maximise your floors space in order to increase your seating capacity. This table top size can accommodate 1 to 2 people and slots easily into tight corners or small recesses. They also help avoid the problem of 1 or 2 people taking up a table that’s intended for 4 people.

Table bases

Our table tops fit on to most table bases (allowing you to create a custom table) but if you’re in need of new table bases then we stock these too. Typically a table base with a central pole makes a good choice since there’s more room to push the chairs in under the table so that it’s easier for customers and waiting staff to make their way in between tables, but we do have other styles to choose from too.

Table packages

If you’re starting out from scratch or working to a tight budget, then our table packages which include a top and base, are a more affordable option.

Materials

Generally speaking there are two main types of table top and these are solid tops, which are made from hardwood, or particle board which is faced wth either laminate, melamine, or veneer. This latter option is cheaper but it’s in no way inferior. In fact, due to innovative technologies offered by companies such as Isotop and Werzalit, these tops are extremely durable and will last for years. In addition, they look just like real wood or granite (or whatever material they’re trying to imitate) and cost a fraction of the real thing.

Functionality

Any thriving cafe needs table tops that are heat and stain resistant and which can be wiped down quickly in between customers. Laminate table tops fit this brief and are also weather resistant so that they can be used outdoors all year round too. All that’s needed to keep these table tops looking pristine is a wipe down with a damp close and non-abrasive cleaning solution.

Colour

Having settled on your table top size and material all that’s left is to choose a colour or pattern. This will depend on your décor and or theme. Some cafe owners like to match their table tops to existing fittings whereas others prefer to choose a pattern or colour that complements their décor. White table tops or light timber are a good choice if your dining space is small as they will make it look larger and you can always add a pop of colour with some brightly coloured cafe chairs. Jet black tables always look sleek and stylish and can be paired with black or white chairs for an elegant, yet modern look. If your cafe is more traditional, then you might prefer to choose dark wood table tops paired with ladder back or bentwood chairs for a look that’s cosy and inviting.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a large range of cafe table tops, table bases, table packages, and chairs to help you fit out your cafe space. All of our furniture is for commercial use and priced extremely competitively. Why not browse our online store, download our furniture catalogue for future reference, or visit our showroom to take a closer look at what we have to offer. We’d love to see you there!

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.