Is Your Commercial Grade Cafe Furniture What It Seems?

a-76-chocolateWhen it comes to cafe furniture it’s fair to say that not everything is created equal. For example even though 99.9% of all cafe furniture is considered ‘commercial grade’, some have a tendency to be more long lasting than others. It has nothing to do with price of the furniture or indeed the materials used. Instead it has everything to do with the testing process itself. So how do you know when you purchase commercial grade furniture for your cafe that it is indeed going to stand the test of time? The answer….make sure it’s AFRDI tested!

The term AFRDI stands for Australasian Furnishing Research and Design Institute and is a well known method of rigorously testing a wide variety of furniture including cafe tables and chairs. In essence this type of testing really is second to none. Every piece of furniture that carries the final seal of approval (the AFRDI tick) has gone through a barrage of punishing tests. These tests cover 5 main areas which are

  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Flammability
  • Stability
  • Safety

The difference between the AFRDI form of testing, compared to other types of commercial grade testing are that each piece of furniture has to pass every test with flying colours, if it doesn’t then it doesn’t get the seal of approval. What’s more each piece of furniture has to go through the process, not once but three times.

So what should you look out for if you are looking to buy cafe furniture that lasts?

Any furniture whether it’s tables, chairs or bar stools that carry the signature AFRDI blue tick are pretty much indestructible and are therefore ideal for any busy cafe, restaurant, or bistro that experiences high levels of customer use. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a complete range of AFRDI tested cafe furniture available for you to browse and buy. From traditional rustic to contemporary industrial we carry a wide range of furniture for every occasion. So why not take a closer look at to see just what we have to offer.

Alternatively if you’re in the Campbellfield area of Victoria then why not come and take a look for yourself. Our warehouse is open Monday to Friday, but if you’d like a Saturday appointment then call us on 03 9357 9688 and we’ll oblige.

Remember the next time you see the term ‘commercial grade furniture’ then unless it’s AFRDI tested then take it with a grain of salt.


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