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.

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.


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

Collector pieces

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

Modern day ladder back chairs


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

5 Cafe Food Trends That Will Reign Supreme in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reasons To Love Our Parisian Cafe Chairs

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

Capture your own little corner of Paris

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

Stronger than rattan

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

Lightweight and low maintenance

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


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

Indoor/outdoor use

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


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

Stylish appeal

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

12 month warranty

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

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

Top Tips For Buying Outdoor Cafe Furniture

With summer in full swing here in Melbourne outdoor terraces and spaces beckon so if you don’t have one then you’re really missing a trick. Setting up an outdoor dining space for your cafe doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and the rise in sales should soon offset this initial cost.

People love to dine al fresco or even just sit with a drink watching the world go by, and provided it’s a clean and comfortable space it doesn’t matter when it’s just a pavement area, a small courtyard, or an expansive terrace. Buying outdoor cafe furniture is pretty much the same as when buying for the interior but there are a few different points to consider. We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you set up your outdoor dining area.

Consider your weather

Melbourne weather is known to be fickle and it’s not uncommon to experience all of its seasons in one day meaning it can be pouring with rain one moment and warm and sunny the next. When buying furniture for outdoors your choice of material is important. For example wood can splinter and crack in hot dry conditions and high winds can send aluminium chairs flying. High moisture can also play havoc with wicker. One of the best choices in our opinion for Melbourne weather has to be polypropylene which can withstand practically anything the weather throws at it. Nowadays this type of plastic furniture comes in all sorts of fun and stylish designs and in all colours of the rainbow, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. It’s weatherproof, stackable, and easy to wipe clean so perfect for outdoor dining.

Measure your space

The size and shape of your space is likely to determine the size of your furniture and deciding how much you need can be worked out pretty much the same way as for indoors. Be sure to allow sufficient room for people to move their chairs out without bumping into another customer and for any staff to be able to move freely in between tables. Bar tables work well in spaces which are small and narrow and bar stools also take up less space than chairs. Alternatively you may want to consider small 600mm tables which can be squeezed into tight corners and small spaces without cramping your customers.

Provide shade

If your outdoor dining space is in an uncovered area then be sure to have parasols in place or erect an overhead canopy or awning to keep the sun off your customers when the sun is beaming down on them.

Are you sitting comfortably?

Finally ensure your customers are sitting comfortably as this will encourage them to stay longer and order more drinks (hopefully). In any event it goes a long way to making their experience a good one and could turn them into repeat customers. Nothing is worse than sitting on a hard uncomfortable chair so make use of seat cushions which can be easily tied on and removed for washing when necessary.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have an extensive range of affordably priced outdoor chairs and tables for your cafe dining space. Some are suitable for indoor/outdoor use which makes for an even more cost effective solution. Why not browse our online store or drop by our showroom in Campbellfield to try it out for yourself.

3 Things To Consider Before Buying New Cafe Furniture

Starting up a new cafe is hectic to say the least. What with staffing, menus, suppliers, and inspections, plus an ever growing ‘to do’ list, it can be easy to lose track of all that needs doing. Even with the logistics to figure out, it’s vital that you keep your cafe design in mind along with your budget. The look of your cafe’s interior space is one that will make the first impression on your customers, so combine that with delicious coffee and a tasty menu, and it can turn a customer experience from good to fantastic!

We’ve put together 3 tips to consider before rushing out and buying the first items of cafe furniture that take you eye.

1. Design and theme

When it comes to your cafe design consistency is the name of the game otherwise your customers will fail to get your brand and be confused about what it is you’re offering. When choosing your new furniture bear in mind your overall theme and consider such things as the type of clientele you are expecting to attract, the sort of food you’re serving, the perceived length of stay, pricing, uniforms etc. If you’re not that clued up on interior design, it’s OK to keep things neutral and pick out one or two accent colours which define your brand. Keeping all things coherent and consistent will help to build your brand.

2. Sitting comfortably

In order for your customers to have a good experience they need to be sitting comfortably. Comfort can be measured by the length of stay and this can determine your choice of seating. If your cafe is busiest on the take-away side, then you can probably get away with metal or plastic chairs which allow for a quick-serve style without impacting too much on customer comfort. If you’re more of an upmarket cafe, then not providing upholstered chairs could prevent customers from staying longer and ordering another round of drinks or slice of cake with their coffee.

Do also bear in mind the layout and functionality of your dining space. While understandably you want to maximise your floor space to accommodate more customers, too many booths or tables can make a space feel cramped and noisy. Families are likely to appreciate more room for high chairs and pushchairs whereas younger customers would prefer functioning technology at their table.

3. Durability and maintenance

You may be tempted to buy cheaper furniture and put your savings into other areas of business but this is likely to cost you more money in the long run. Commercial furniture is the only type to consider for hospitality ventures and while it costs more than residential furniture, it’s more durable and easy to maintain. Also bear in mind the upkeep that your furniture may require. While upholstered cushions may look pretty, they’re not that practical since you have to remove and wash them on a regular basis. Instead seek out cafe furniture with vinyl upholstery which can be left insitu and easily wiped down if a spillage occurs. Also think about table tops that are heat, scratch, and stain resistant thus avoiding the need for table cloths which will need regular laundering.

At Cafe furniture Melbourne we stock an extensive range of commercial cafe furniture in styles, colurs, and materials to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or visit our showroom in Campbellfield to see our products first hand.

What Colours Should You Use In Your Cafe or restaurant?

Whether you’re looking to give your cafe or restaurant a makeover, or starting out from scratch, it can be quite daunting when it comes to choosing a colour scheme. Did you know for example, that colour plays an important role in the psychology of food? In fact, it’s amazing how much colour affects a person’s appetite. If you’re keen to encourage your customers to linger longer and eat more food, then you might want to read on to find out which colours to use and which to avoid at all costs.


Grey is definitely a big no no! Let’s face it have you even seen a plate of greyish food that looks appetising? Grey is definitely not a colour to paint your interior walls.


According to the experts black is a colour that can diminish a person’s appetite. It’s a great colour to make one look slimmer but its not a colour that when used on cafe walls is likely to stimulate anyone’s appetite.


Brown is another colour that does little for a person’s appetite. We seem to be following a bit of a pattern with dark colours! In fact many people associate the colour brown with food that is overdone or burnt. Although they may think of bread or other baked goods, this isn’t necessarily associated with appetite.


Purple isn’t a common food colour and those foods that are purple, such as aubergines, red onions, and red cabbage, aren’t necessarily that popular with many people. Because they don’t find these foods very tasty, purple isn’t a colour that makes everyone drool.


Blue is a colour that is associated with relaxation and calmness and is probably a better choice for bathrooms and bedrooms, where relaxation is key. People who are extremely relaxed are more likely to want to sleep than they are to order a slice of cake.


Turquoise which is somewhat brighter than blue is supposed to stimulate the appetite. It’s associated with feeling happy and carefree. It’s also the colour of tropical oceans and is often used for dessert plates. A person who feels full after dinner is still likely to eat a dessert when presented on a turquoise plate.


Green is a colour that screams out with healthiness. Salads are full of green leaves and herbs and natural products are often packaged in green. Many people like the colour green and associate it with abundance. Green is definitely a good colour to promote healthy eating.


Yellow is a bright cheery colour that has the ability to life one’s mood and make you feel happy. When people are feeling happy they’re more likely to want to eat than if they’re feeling miserable. Thus yellow is a great colour to include somewhere in your décor.


Orange is a colour which acts as a stimulant for the brain, increases brain activity, and often causes a person to feel hungry. There are plenty of healthy foods associated with the colour too, such as butternut squash, oranges, carrots, and pumpkins. It’s a warm welcoming colour and when people feel welcome somewhere they’re more likely to want to eat.


This fiery colour raises a person’s blood pressure and heart rate and causes them to feel hungry. This is the reason that many cafes and restaurants use red table cloths or accents of red around the room.

Of course not everyone feels the same way about these colours so don’t take this guide too seriously. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne our cafe furniture comes in a plethora of colours so whatever mood you’re hoping to evoke with colour, you’re sure to find it in our store.

Top Reasons For Considering Dry Bar Tables In Your Cafe

Just as it’s a good decision to utilise different types of seating to cater for a wider array of clientele, so we would suggest that it also makes sense to use a variety of table sizes and heights. With this in mind we’ve listed below some of the best reasons to use dry bar tables in your cafe or bar, but before doing so let’s take a look at what a dry bar table is exactly.

Dry Bar Tables Explained

Dry bar tables stand at roughly the same height as standard bar counters and were originally used as an extension to the bar area to hold such things as menus, condiments, napkins, plates, and cutlery. They were referred to as ‘dry’ because essentially they were a place to store dry items. Nowadays, however dry bar tables have become separate tables in their own right and because they stand at a height of 1115mm including the base and top, they tower above most other cafe tables.

So, now you know what a dry bar table is, let’s dive into the reasons for choosing to use them in your cafe.

Additional tables for your busiest times

Dry bar tables are supplied with round or rectangular table tops and usually in a size of 600mm. One of the best ways to use them are as platforms for customers to place their drinks or plates of food on when they’re standing together in a crowded area. To this effect they can be used both indoors and outside and bought out at your busiest times of the day.

Maximise your floor space

Another way is to use them is paired with bar stools where they will comfortably accommodate 2 people. Not only does this provide a cosy seating space for two, but it also means that these tables can be slotted into awkward spaces such as small recesses or tight corners, where there isn’t sufficient room for a standard table and 4 chairs.

As a feature

Because of their height dry bar tables create an elegant feature and could be used to line one side of a window wall, enabling customers to sit in an elevated position where they can see outside as well as observe what’s going on inside.

Highly durable and easily moved around

Another feature of our dry bar tables is that they are suited to indoor and outdoor use. Manufactured to a commercial standard they can withstand the harsh Australian climate and won’t warp, fade, crack, or rust whatever the weather happens to be doing. They’re also lightweight and easy to move around to suit the needs of your business.

Finally, one of the best reasons is that we’re currently offering dry bar packages at a great price of just $99 including GST. Buying as a package saves money and includes selected 600mm Isotop table tops and a stunning matte black Roma bar base.

Lighting Considerations For Your New Cafe

When you open a new cafe there are a heap of factors to consider. Besides décor and furniture, plus a great menu with plenty of variety, another element to add to the list is that of lighting. Often lighting is forgotten about at the start of planning when really you need to factor it in right away so that it works beautifully within your design once you open up for business. We’ve put together some cafe lighting basics to help ensure your customers have the best experience from the get-go.

When it comes to cafe lighting there are 3 categories which you need to include and these are ambient, task, and accent lighting. So let’s take a closer look at what each of these terms means and how they can be used to best effect in your cafe design.

Ambient lighting

Typically ambient is the first style of lighting that a person is likely to notice when they enter your cafe. It refers to the overall lighting used throughout the premises. How bright you have this lighting depends on the type of mood or ambience that you’re trying to create. Generally speaking most cafe owner’s are trying to create an ambience that is welcoming and sufficiently bright so that people can see what they’re eating without being dazzled. If on the other hand you’re trying to create an atmosphere that is more romantic, then you might want to choose lighting that is less bright or that can be easily dimmed. You might want to consider a large chandelier for your ambient lighting which will also add as a decorative feature.

Task lighting

Task lighting refers to lighting which is being used to target a specific area or areas which need more light in order for customers to focus on important tasks such as reading the menu or selecting cutlery and condiments from a buffet station. Often this is accomplished by using rows of pendant lights which hang low over a dining area or by placing small table lamps on individual tables. Pendant lights can be suspended at different heights to create more of a focal interest too or you might even want to make use of Edison bulbs which are very much on trend right now.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is also important and is a way of drawing attention to certain areas in your cafe such as a blackboard menu or a fabulous piece of artwork. Wall sconces placed in recesses are a great form of accent lighting and will contribute to the overall feel of your cafe’s interior.

Finally it’s a good idea to consider light dimmers which are a quick and easy way of making the transition from day to night time. If you open to customers in the evening then dimmed lights make your space feel more intimate and if you use LED lights then you can save money in the long run too.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock pendant lights as well as an extensive range of gorgeous cafe furniture to add to your customer’s experience. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to see our products first hand. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome.