Exploring the Pros and Cons of Bar Tables

Have you been considering bar tables for your café? If so then we’re excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our collection – the 600mm square Isotop table top which comes with a metal Tolix style table base.

We absolutely love this style of bar table but for you to love it too, it may help to learn more about the pros and cons of such a table. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and take a closer look.

The pros

First, let’s look at the merits of bar tables which, incidentally, are also referred to as counter height tables.

Great for small spaces – Since bar tables are taller than standard café tables, they give the illusion of space around them. What’s more, our 600 mm square tables take up less room than other tables giving more space for your customers and staff to move around. Ideal for tight corners, they maximise space like no other.

Good for tall people – Bar tables provide additional rooms for customers’ legs and are particularly suited to tall people who sometimes find the leg room cramped when sitting at a standard café table.

You get a great view – Bar tables afford those who sit at them a better view of their surroundings. This is especially true when bar tables are lined up alongside a wall of windows as customers can see what’s happening outside as well as having a commanding view of all that’s going on around them.

Brings a casual feel – Because bar tables are invariably paired with bar stools, they lend a casual feel to your venue. What’s more, bar tables can also be used without stools with the idea being that people stand around them chatting, using the table to put down their drinks. By using bar tables this way, you have room for more customers at your busiest times.

Perfect extension to your counter – Because bar stools are counter height they can be placed at the end of your counter and could be used for holding cutlery, napkins and condiments for customers to help themselves to.

Cons of bar tables

Less choice – Since standard café tables are preferred by many café owners, there are a wealth of styles and colours to choose from. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for bar tables, and there are fewer styles to choose from, although as they gain more in popularity, we’re finding more styles to offer our customers.

Not suitable for older people and disabled customers – Many older people will find it a struggle to heave themselves onto a bar stool which accompanies a bar table as will most disabled people who can often move from a wheelchair onto a standard chair but would find it impossible to move onto a bar stool.

Our 600mm square bar tables come with white or black metal frames and a wonderful selection of table tops including Dark Walnut, Choco Oak, Cement, and Alcantara. We also have a good range of round bar tables so why not check out all the bar tables and bases we have to offer. You’re sure to find one that suits your décor.





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?

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.

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.

Isotop Table Tops – What’s Not To Like About Them!

Your cafe furniture is the first thing that customers notice when visiting your shop, and no matter how delicious the aroma of coffee, and how tempting your cake stand looks, if your furniture looks shabby then it can make them turn and walk away. Another potential new customer lost……


Cafe tables are one of the most important items of cafe furniture because, for obvious reasons, they take up most of your floor space and without doubt are a necessity. If you’re looking to revamp your cafe or even starting out on a new venture, then investing in top quality stylish cafe tables is a good move.

Isotop are one of the leading names in the hospitality sector and not without reason. Malaysian owned and based in Malaysia, their stylish table tops can be found all over the globe. The technology they use in manufacture is in fact German, which probably explains why everything about their products is first class.


Isotop table tops are designed for indoor and outdoor use which is one reason that they’re so resilient. Even though they’re made from synthetic materials, they look incredibly lifelike, especially since there are no visible seams. There are plenty of other advantages to Isotop table tops too, so let’s take a quick look.

  • Stability – Isotop have managed to get just the right balance when it comes to weight – not too heavy and not too light. This means there’s no danger of the table collapsing when laden with food and crockery nor is there any chance that a gust of wind will blow an empty table over.
  • Heat resistance – Hot dishes can be placed straight on an Isotop table top without showing any visible signs of damage nor do they suffer from cigarette burns. In fact, if a lit cigarette falls on to the table top by mistake, it will simply burn itself out without leaving any unsightly marks or damage.
  • Stain resistant – Isotop table tops are also impermeable to corrosive and sticky substances from liquids and food.
  • Elegant and comfortable – All Isotop table tops boast a smooth satin finish and come in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit any décor. Their rounded edges and corners provide safety and comfort allowing you to configure your tables in any way you want.
  • Low maintenance – A busy cafe means waiting staff are under pressure to keep table tops clean for the next influx of customers, so you’ll be pleased to know that spills and stains wipe off easily with little more than a damp cloth.
  • Weather and damp resistant – Australia has a diverse climate which means that outdoor tables need to be able to withstand heat from the sun, moisture from humidity, and wetness from downpours of rain. Isotop manages all of this with ease so that your table top and UV protection also means your top won’t fade in the sun. In addition the sealed surface and edges means that no dampness can penetrate the table top.

Are you ready to start shopping Isotop table tops? We’re offering a great choice in a variety of sizes, and what’s more, if you’re quick you can benefit from a 10% discount on any top.

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.

What’s In A Cafe Table?

It goes without saying that the food and menu is important to any cafe but there are several other factors that customers consider in deciding whether or not to visit. Sometimes the ambience of a cafe matters almost as much as the quality of the coffee and the taste of the food. If you give some thought to the cafes in your local area that seem to be the most popular chances are they serve good food and coffee and also have a welcoming ambience.

The importance of ambience

So why is ambience so important to people? The word itself refers to the character of the venue and the atmosphere. It may take into account such things as how neat and tidy your cafe appears, how comfortable it is to eat there, whether the décor contributes to the mood, and how loud it is. For example imagine a couple bringing friends along to your beautiful cafe and not only are the waiters inattentive but it’s so noisy that they can’t even hear what each person is saying. This contributes to a bad experience which will be blamed on the ambience.

The right cafe tables

One important aspect of the ambience of your cafe is your choice of cafe tables. They need to be comfortable, convenient, and of a high quality. Although you may think tables and chairs don’t add that much to the ambience, customers do judge cafes by the appearance of their décor and furniture.

It’s especially important to get furniture that is robust and reliable. Something like a chair leg breaking or a table with sharp corners or one that wobbles badly when customers are dining, can be a source of embarrassment for cafe owners, and can damage the reputation of your venue. Customers can easily post a bad review online or put up a post to their Facebook friends which can have a severely negative impact.

What to look for

Some of the main qualities to look for when choosing cafe tables include:

  • durabiity and reliability
  • attractive appearance
  • comfortable in respect of its height and size
  • long lasting

Durability is very important as many commercial cafe tables face tough situations. Some people seek out the cheapest tables they can find as they think quality comes with a price. This however is far from the truth. There are plenty of quality table options for any budget. Take a look at our table packages, for example. Many of these have been AFRDI tested which means they are proven to withstand the daily rigours of the busiest establishment, and they won’t break the bank either. Or you may want to consider our replica Tolix meeting tables and benches. They have a steel frame and a timber top and are about as tough as you can get.

So if you’re looking for tables that will last for many years and look great too, then check out the tables we have to offer. Browse our online store and get inspired, or drop by our Campbellfield showroom if you’re in the vicinity. Meanwhile if you need to ask any questions relating to our furniture then just give us a call on (03) 9088 4163 and we’ll be happy to assist.

What To Look For In A Cafe Table

The cooler months of winter are a good time to consider any updates to your cafe furniture, before the rush of Christmas is upon us. Cafe tables are one of the first things that customers see when they visit your cafe for the simple reason that they take up most of the space, so it’s important that these make a good first impression.

So with this in mind what should you be looking for in a cafe table? We’ve put together a few top tips for you to consider.

Only buy commercial furniture

Perhaps you’ve seen a great looking dining table set in your local furniture store and are tempted to invest in a few of these for your cafe. The trouble is that residential furniture is not designed for the amount of use that cafe furniture has to handle. I mean, how many times do you and your family actually sit together at the dining table? I’m guessing maybe once a week. Compare that to the amount of times that a cafe table gets used during the day and you can see where I’m coming from.

Commercial furniture is designed to be able to withstand frequent, regular use. It’s also more versatile to buy because often tops and bases are sold separately, allowing you to create a custom table. If you’re working on a tight budget then table packages might be your best option. In addition a cafe table top needs to be able with withstand high temperatures and have a resistance to stains and scratches, so that they keep their good looks for longer.

Indoor or outdoor

Your choice of cafe tables also depends on where you’re going to be using them. Outdoor tables need to be fit for purpose and should be weatherproof and UV stabilised so that they don’t fade, crack, or split in the harsh Australian climate. Some of the strongest table tops we’ve come across are manufactured by Isotop and are suitable for interior and external use.

Easy maintenance

Cafe tables also need to be durable and low maintenance. Isotop table tops can be wiped down with little more than a damp cloth and mild cleanser to remove any stains and food debris, making it quick and easy to turn around your tables between customers. If you’re tired of staff having to deal with that well-known problem of wobbly cafe tables, then we also sell FLAT technology table bases and equalisers which eliminate wobbly tables for good.

Size matters

You might want to consider investing in a few different table sizes to, in order to maximise your floor space and give customers a choice. Our 600 mm tables for example are great for squeezing into corners and recesses and accommodate solo diners or couples. 700mm and 800mm will accommodate 4 people comfortably and allow plenty of space for large plates and drinks. You might even want to consider a couple of communal dining tables which could sit along one edge of your dining space. These sit large groups and are perfect for parties.

Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a large range of tables for you to choose from in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and colours. We’re also offering 15% off all cafe table tops for the whole of August, so you can save some money too.  You can browse our online store or visit our showroom to see them first hand. If you need any further information about any of our cafe furniture then just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and our staff will be happy to assist.

The Benefits Of The 600mm Table – The Cosy Table For Two

They say that variety is the spice of life and this is certainly true in the world of cafe furniture. By mixing up your cafe furniture, not only do customers get a choice of seating options, but in addition the right seating in the right place means the opportunity for more bums on seats. One way that you can have the best of both worlds is by utilising the 600mm round table.

Let’s face it, most cafe’s ignore the humble 60omm table in favour of larger 700mm and 800mm versions because they can simply accommodate more people. However the 600mm table has a prize weapon up it’s sleeve, it’s versatility! Let me explain…

The majority of cafe’s, restaurants, or bistro’s aren’t square boxes. Instead they’ll have lots of nooks and corners which won’t necessarily be able to fit your standard 800mm x800mm square table. For this reason if your cafe contains this standard form of table only, then they’re going to have wasted space. In the cafe world, failing to optimise your seating area means less profit.

On the contrary a cosy 600mm x600mm round table is not only the ideal piece of furniture to fit into a corner or nook, it also presents an area of privacy, an area of exclusiveness that separates it from the rest of your cafe. In other words, it gives your cafe variety. However more importantly, by fully utilising the cafe space you’re maximising your profit. Weatherproof varieties for example can be placed on a small pavement area to attract passers by, or they can be interspersed with bigger tables to maximise a larger terrace area, their versatility knows no bounds.

The cosy table-for-two – Far from boring!

If you think that your quintessential cosy-table for two is staid and boring, then you might want to think again. Nowadays they come in a wide variety of materials, styles, colours, and designs. From all wood and all metal, to a combination of plastic/metal, laminate/metal and even glass (although the latter mightn’t be such a practical idea for a cafe). The point is that if you’re looking for a particular table to accompany your design, style, or theme, there’s a strong chance that you can find it in this form. It may be cosy, but boring it certainly aint!

If you’d like to find out more about the 600 x 600mm round table then here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne, we have everything you need. From super tough Isotop tables through to lightweight aluminium we’ve got it covered. What’s more, for the month of February, there’s a clearance sale on so why not grab yourself a bargain at the same time.

Introducing the Manhattan Aluminium Table Base

manhattan-twinAt Cafe Furniture Melbourne we supply a wide range of commercial grade cafe furniture including table bases and one of the newest arrivals is the Manhattan table base. So without further ado, let’s find out more about this striking piece of furniture.

Fashioned from aluminium and made to look light wrought iron, it harks back to a bygone industrial age. Steam-punk like in design it consists of a series of simplistic interconnecting curves and lines that make up the base and the top support. Yet it somehow manages to look both rugged and intricate at the same time. It comes in a standard single base design or a larger double base to take party-sized table tops. Whatever you choose, it’s certain to complement a wide variety of table tops.

Ideally this table base would work best in an industrial setting placed amongst exposed brickwork, concrete, and steel to really get across that feeling of raw edginess. However it would equally be at home sitting alongside a plethora of oversized copper piping, vintage typewriters, extending mirrors, Victorian taps, and green leather sofas in a steam-punk inspired theme. Finally if you like your design to look not quite so frenetic, then this Manhattan table base would also suit a paired down simpler rustic theme.

While design and aesthetics are all well and good, what about those all-important practicalities?

The Manhattan table base is made from powder coated aluminium so it won’t rust, warp, or crack, making it ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Couple this with an equally durable Isotop table top and you have a great piece of cafe furniture that’s built to last. The base is easy to assemble taking just 4 screws to hold any table top in place; and the single base can take a multitude of table tops up to and including 800mm in width. The matte black design has the ability to enhance any table top from wood to stainless steel through to pressed composite and being commercial grade it’s designed to withstand the rigours of a busy establishment.

In essence the Manhattan aluminium table base is a great choice of furniture for those looking to enhance their cafe space and give it that all-important wow factor at the same time. It’s flexible enough if you’re looking for a quick freshen up by using your existing table tops, or when creating a whole new look. In short, it’s the perfect furniture accompaniment with just the right amount of pizazz.

To find out more contact us on 03 9357 9688 or visit our online store to take a closer look for yourself.