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Summer’s almost here and it’s time to spruce up that outdoor space to make the most of passing trade. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to be sitting outside soaking up the sunshine and relaxing with a long drink of something cool. With so many Melbourne cafe’s vying for attention it’s more important than ever to make your outdoor space more inviting and consider putting some summer specials on your menu too.
How to give your outdoor terrace a quick makeover
There’s no use investing in new cafe furniture or painting walls if you haven’t got a clean and tidy space to work with; So first things first, give your terrace a good sweep and, if necessary, use a power washer to clean up your tiles or paving slabs.
If you’ve got an enclosed area then a coat of fresh paint on the walls will work wonders. To soften some of the hard edges, why not put up some trellis and plant some colourful climbers to spread across your walls. Choose some scented varieties if you can to add to the ambience of summer. If you’re not green fingered then you could always attach some colourful wall plaques or pots o your walls instead.
With your terrace now looking fresh and clean, it’s time to think about upgrading your cafe furniture if it’s looking a little tired and jaded. Attractive cafe furniture is one sure-fire way of attracting passers-by, especially if it’s colourful.
Investing in outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture comes in a vast range of styles, materials, and colours but the most important thing is to ensure that you buy commercial grade furniture. Any other type of furniture simply isn’t designed for frequent daily use.
Another tip when deciding which type of furniture to buy is to choose something that complements your indoor cafe furniture. If you’ve got traditional furniture inside then keep it the same outdoors and naturally, if you have modern tastes, then carry this through so as not to confuse customers. If you’re choosing new cafe furniture throughout then it could be a good idea to choose furniture which is designed for indoor and outdoor use.
How to create flow from one area to another
One of the easiest ways to make your indoor and outdoor space flow is by using a colour which complements the furniture you have inside. For instance, if you have black cafe tables inside then use these outdoors too but consider using coloured chairs to create a more vibrant space that smacks of summer. Polypropylene chairs are a great choice in this respect because they come in a wide range of vibrant bold colours. Our Specta chairs are simplistic in style but boy do they pack a punch if you’re looking to inject colour! From purple to red and orange to yellow it’s easy to create a kaleidoscope of colour on your terrace. Other colourful options include our designer inspired Stephanie chairs which feature a pretty cutout backrest and our Belle chairs which come in a choice of styles too.
Another popular range of chairs for the summer is our Parisian chairs. Oozing with French charm they look delightful when paired with timber topped tables for more of a rustic look or with stainless steel tables for modernity. Add in some planters filled with foliage and colourful blooms, throw up some parasols for shade, and your terrace will soon be filled with happy smiling customers.
At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide range of outdoor cafe furniture styles to choose from so why not take a look and get inspired?