CAFE CHAIRS ARE ONE OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS OF FURNITURE
Cafe chairs are arguably some of the most important pieces of furniture for your cafe and not only do they affect the appearance of your cafe or bar but ultimately they can determine whether customers return again.
With so many different styles of chairs to choose from, how do you go about making the right choice for your establishment. Well….. we’ve put together a few tips to help you.
Durability – It goes without saying that your cafe chairs need to be durable and long lasting, after all you don’t want to be replacing them a few months down the line. It’s always best to buy commercial furniture since this is designed to be used frequently on a daily basis and can withstand the rigours of the busiest environment.
Material – To narrow down your search, it helps if you have an idea of the type of material that you’d like your chairs to be made from. One thing to consider is whether your chairs are for interior use only or if you want to be able to use them outdoors too. Chairs that can be utilised both indoors and out include those made from rattan, aluminium, treated metal, polypropylene and you’ll find a wide range of styles and colours within these categories.
Modern, traditional or vintage – While searching for new cafe chairs you also need to consider your décor and theme. If for example, you’re rocking an industrial look then metal chairs such as Tolix are an obvious choice as are chairs and stools which combine wooden seats and backrests with metal frames. If your establishment is more traditional then you might want to consider classic styles such as ladder back chairs or bentwood cabaret chairs. Alternatively you might favour the sleek lines and curves of modern styles such as our Loft chair which features a roomy polypropylene seat with steel legs with a timber look coating.
Comfort – However great your cafe chairs look if they aren’t comfortable then customers are unlikely to return. Always try out a chair yourself for comfort before placing an order, after all if you find it uncomfortable to sit on, then it’s likely your customers will too. You might want to choose chairs with padded seats for extra comfort, and this being the case, it’s a good idea to opt for chairs with removable covers that you can wash or those that are covered with easy to wipe clean vinyl.
Movability – Finally, consider the weight of your chairs. If they’re too heavy then staff and customers alike are going to find them difficult to move when they want to get in and out from the table. Lightweight doesn’t mean that a chair isn’t strong and reliable. More and more manufacturers are using timber coating on tubular steel frames as this gives the rich warm feel of wood, only it’s lighter in weight and more easily maintained.
On reflection you may it best to choose an assortment of chairs for different areas of your cafe. Customers like to have options and different styles of chairs can also be used to zone your cafe. Tub chairs or sofas for example, indicate that customers can expect to relax and stay a while longer whereas bar stools would suggest that a customer is just going to grab a drink and leave. Upright chairs such as ladderback and bentwood also suggest a more formal area for customers to enjoy food and drink sat around tables.
At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of cafe chairs with prices and styles to suit everyone. Why not browse our online store, download our furniture catalogue, or drop by our showroom to try out the chairs for yourself.