The furniture you choose for your café not only complements your décor but should also reflect your own personality. As such, it’s important to decide what you want from the furniture you choose. Things like table tops and bases can influence your customers’ dining experience. Naturally you want them to have a positive experience, so they come back again. An attractive table top can complement any décor or theme while the right table base will ensure your table retains stability. However, choosing the right table top and base isn’t always that easy and it’s necessary to be aware of 3 key points before rushing into a purchase.
What’s it made from?
Café tables come in a wide range of sizes, colours, and finishes. Some of the most commonly used materials include butchers block, granite, laminate, stainless steel and resin. While each has its own benefits, you need to take into consideration what is the most important aspect for you: style, price, ease of maintenance, or a combination of all 3. Butcher blocks look natural and work well with many different styles of table bases. Laminate and resin offer a wide choice of colours and patterns which complement any décor or theme. Their economic nature and ease of maintenance makes them one of the most popular choices with cafe owners. Metal table tops made from materials such as aluminium or stainless-steel give a sleek contemporary look.
Table bases can be found in a range of metals including cast iron, wrought iron, stainless steel, chrome and aluminium. Provided you choose the right size of table base they add the support and stability needed. Most of them are also suited to outdoor use too.
Combination of durability, style, and quality
Other issues can also affect your choice of table tops. For instance, the durability of a table top may depend on the material it’s manufactured from, whether the tables are for outdoor or indoor use, and the amount of footfall that your café receives. The choice of table tops and bases also depends on the effect you’re trying to achieve. For instance, if you’re trying to create a traditional feel, you may be better choosing wooden table tops.
Table bases also come in a choice of styles from round to cross base and cantilevers to T bar. They can all support a table top but the quality of the base depends on how much stability they provide to the table, which again depends on the weight of the base and the thickness of the central column. If you’re unsure which base you need a reputable café furniture supplier should always be able to assist you.
Properly matched table tops and bases
You can’t really choose your table base without having in mind the size and style of table top that you’re looking for. The table base is what gives the table its stability. Select the wrong base and the table could wobble or at worse, tip right over, affecting both your customers’ comfort and their safety. It’s crucial therefore to consider your table top before looking at bases.
It makes sense to contact a reputable commercial furniture expert to get the right advice before selecting a table top and base, as well as to ask any other questions relating to table tops and bases.
We’ve been in the industry for many years and our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer you guidance and point you in the right direction when you’re choosing furniture for your café or restaurant.