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Whether you’re starting up a new cafe or updating an existing one, choosing your cafe furniture is paramount to the success of your business. As exciting as choosing new cafe furniture may sound, it’s way more challenging than say, choosing a new sofa for your lounge. In fact, with cafe trends constantly changing and the task of creating both the right ambience and appearance to reflect your brand playing such as important role, the task of choosing cafe furniture can seem very daunting. We thought we’d put together a few handy tips to help steer you on the right path when purchasing cafe furniture. So, let’s dive straight in.
Create an experience
Most cafe goers are looking for new experiences, so it’s up to you to decide what experience you’d like your customers to have. It could be that you want to wow them with furniture that looks amazing and feels so comfortable that they linger longer and, hopefully, order extra food and drinks along the way. In this instance you might want to consider chairs with padded seat cushions and arm rests, and even throw in the odd tub chair or two.
If on the other hand, you’re looking for fast volume and quick turnaround then a better option could be communal tables with stools or side chairs placed around them, allowing for customers to take a seat quickly and easily as one becomes available.
Take the time to consider your theme. Are you looking for minimalist, retro, industrial, or homely. Understanding your chosen theme will ultimately help in your choice of colour, style, materials and help create both the appearance and the right ambience so that everything works cohesively together and your customers totally get what you’re about. For example, high ceilings and large spaces lend themselves well to an industrial theme with metal being an obvious choice of material to incorporate into your design. Large communal tables work well in this theme with stools placed around them allowing you to seat more customers. Tolix stools fit well into this design as do our hairpin stools or our cargo stools. Alternatively, why not opt for stainless steel tabletops paired with black metal chairs for a look that is crisp and sharp.
If you’re after creating an atmosphere that feels warm and homely, then timber table tops and chairs are a good choice. Old favourites such as bentwood and ladderback chairs create a timeless look and you can add warmth by using some rich dark colours on your walls. Use plenty of mirrors and chandeliers to bounce the light around.
Finally, consider whether your furniture is just for indoor use or do you want to be able to use it on an outdoor patio too. Furniture for outdoor use needs to be able to withstand the harsh Australian climate so make sure that it is weatherproof and UV treated. Polypropylene is one of the best materials for outdoor use since it’s light and easy to move around, won’t crack or rot in the heat or the rain, and in most cases is stackable, making for convenient storage. What’s more polypropylene chairs come in a rainbow of colours and designer options, so you can easily create a stunning dining area on a relatively low budget.
Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of cafe furniture to suit all tastes and budgets so you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or drop by our showrooms in Campbellfield or Dandenong to see it first hand. If you need any help with choosing your cafe furniture then just give us a call on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll be happy to assist in whatever way we can.