Choosing Good Quality Cafe Furniture – What To Look For And What To Steer Clear Of

mahogany ladder back chairBefore we discuss the finer details of quality cafe furniture, it might be worth stopping for a minute and thinking about why people go for quality over dirt cheap. For most people there are 3 reasons: Comfort, durability and style. Beyond that though, there’s also a fabulous ‘feel good’ factor about knowing that your cafe is filled with quality furniture that’s going to last. The trouble is that buying quality cafe furniture can be a bit of a minefield if you don’t know what to look for. With this in mind, here are some top tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Wood furniture

If you’re thinking of wood furniture to match your décor then as far as quality is concerned it basically comes in three types. These are

  • Solid wood

  • Wood veneers
  • Particle Board

Clearly solid wood is going to be the top of the tree (if you’ll excuse the pun) in terms of quality, but you can also buy some pretty good wood veneered examples if the base underneath is solid. Particle board furniture is generally much cheaper, but should only be for short term use only. For durability the best woods are maple, walnut, cherry and mahogany. If you run your hands along the surface of any furniture the finish should be absolutely smooth.


Avoid any visible jointing such as staples, nails, or indeed anything with glue on. Dowels and screws are acceptable but dovetail joints and tenon jointing is the crème de la crème.

Drawers and doors

You may decide to opt for s couple of quality pieces for your cafe such as a sideboard or large table. This being the case the you might want to check the drawers and doors. Drawers should open and close smoothly between glides and should also have drawer stops. Doors should open and close with effortless ease.


If you’re splashing out and are thinking of purchasing a couple of comfy sofas for a chill-out area, look for upholstery with plenty of padding. Cushions should be firm and covers should be removable. Reversible cushions are also a great idea. Opt for sofas that have an anti-fade treatment. They’ll keep their colour for much longer. When it comes to springs, coil, sinuous, grid, or cone springs all work well so you just need to make sure that they have sufficient bounce. In quality sofas springs are never more than a few inches apart so sit on it in various positions and see if you sink or tilt. If all is good, then that’s the quality sofa for you.

If you’re looking for quality cafe furniture at a great price then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we offer a wide variety of quality chairs, tables and other furnishings at unbeatable prices. So if you’re looking for something in particular then give us a call on 03 9357 9688 or alternatively, pay us a visit at our Melbourne showroom. Details are on our website at


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