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.
 
 

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.

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.