If you want to become a front-runner in the cafe industry it’s important to consider how to create a pleasant ambience in your cafe design. Good food, good layout, and the right furniture all contribute to standing your cafe out and making a wonderful experience which will see customers coming back for more.
From planning just the right seating layout of a cafe to creating a captivating interior, a lot of time and thought has usually gone into the planning of a successful cafe venture. This investment in your time is well worth it as modern-day diners go to cafes to spend quality time with families and friends and well as to savour delicious coffee and yummy snacks. Consider the following 3 tips to make your cafe the ‘go to cafe in town’.
1# Well planned convenient cafe seating area
Getting your layout right is crucial to the bottom line of your cafe business. The seating area defines both the comfort and privacy of your customers and that’s where the significance of good quality cafe tables and chairs comes in. A few of the ways customers perceive whether a layout is well designed are the size and style of your tables and chairs, how comfortable seating is over a longer period of time, how flexible the space is, and how attractive the dining area is overall. The style and material of your cafe furniture is one element which can make or break the ambience of your cafe. While there is a place for plastic chairs and tables, a customer entering a quality cafe would expect to find stylish tub chairs, booth seating, Bentwood or Tolix chairs, and perhaps the odd sofa or two thrown in.
2# Great looking outdoor spaces
Does your cafe have an outside area that is underused and underestimated? Why not consider optimising the potential of this area by sprucing it up with some fabulous furniture and a dazzling design? If there are a jumble of faded, patterned tables and chairs which don’t do justice to your outdoor dining space, then it’s time to get rid of them. Replace your furniture with some innovative designs in tables and chairs. There are lots of premium designs in polypropylene, rattan, and aluminium which are lightweight and designed specifically for an outdoor area. You’ll be surprised what you can create with laminate table tops designed to look like granite or real wood and paired with colourful replica designer chairs that are sure to turn heads. Throw in some parasols for shade and some green foliage, and customers will feel relaxed and stress-free.
3# Smarter ways to revamp problem areas
While cramming your dining space with as many tables and chairs as you can gives you the ability to cater for more covers, in reality, it often has quite the opposite effect. Have you ever been to a cafe where the tables are so close to each other that not only is it impossible to move freely between tables but you can hear every word of the conversation the people sitting there are having? If you crowd 4 people around a table intended for two or six people into a booth for 4, they’ll feel uncomfortable and even if you do serve the best coffee, they’re unlikely to come back. Instead consider what might be your problem areas such as tables too close to the toilets, a noisy kitchen, or an entrance way that’s too cold. Focus on placing the right size and style of furniture in the right size of space. For instance, a tiny recess with a small bistro table and 2 chairs plus a candle on the table can create a romantic space for couples looking for some privacy.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a tiny coffee shop or an upmarket restaurant, what matters most is giving your customers a positive experience which turns them into loyal customers who visit time and time again.
At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of top quality cafe furniture in styles, sizes, shapes, materials and colours to create just the cafe ambience you’re after.