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With so much competition in the cafe industry, cafes are having to fight harder than ever to maintain or increase their share of customer spending. One way to do this is to make your cafe more attractive, more comfortable, and more efficient. This means taking a careful look at your design in general and in particular your furniture.
Pull up a seat
Let’s start with cafe furniture. A relatively easy way of giving your cafe a facelift is to invest in some new cafe chairs and tables. It’s surprising how much brighter and smarter an interior becomes with the addition of new furniture. Don’t forget, while it may seem tempting to go for cheaper furniture, only commercial grade furniture is designed to stand up to the rigours of a bustling environment.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that if your cafe is to survive you may need to think about broadening your customer base. Furniture can help by sending out the message that your cafe isn’t a boring old place stuck in a time warp but instead, a bright, welcoming, inclusive place. A large comfy sofa or some tub chairs and low tables can transform a corner or wall and turn it into a cosy retreat. Modern, tall stools can be placed up against a counter for solo customers. There’s no need to adhere to a single style either. Cross back metal Bentwood chairs in light timber could be matched with Isotop table tops in Alcantara black and our tall Tolix stools are available with a solid wood seat or an upholstered version for greater comfort.
Design trends come and go so it would cost you a packet to follow the changes from one year to the next. However, there are some long term trends which are worth considering. For many years a common trend has been for cafe interiors to become more homely with an emphasis on tradition and comfort. With this in mind, wooden furniture, tub chairs, and even some cushions could be the way to go.
You also want to think about disabled access. Is there enough space between your tables for a person in a wheelchair to be able to move freely? Bolt-down table bases are a good choice if you’re investing in new tables since their streamlined style gives more room for chairs to be pushed right in beneath the tables. Don’t forget also that wheelchair users are often accompanied by one or more friends or family members, so by catering to their needs, you’re also welcoming a larger group of customers. Everyone’s a winner!
Keep the noise down
Another consideration is noise. You might want to consider investing in some booth seating. Surprisingly these take up less space than a table and four chairs and customers enjoy the privacy and relative quietness that a booth gives.
Finally, one long term trend worth keeping in mind is mixing up colours, styles, and finishes to make your cafe stand out from others, injecting your personality into it.
At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got an extensive range of cafe furniture to choose from. What’s more we’re currently running a promotion on all table tops, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your cafe furniture.