Welcome to the blog at Cafe Chairs Melbourne

Here we'll be posting a variety of topics to share with our readers including reviews of some of our most popular pieces and details of new products that have landed on our shelves. We'll also be discussing the history behind some of the iconic brands, the latest trends in cafe culture, and giving you hints and tips on how to choose the right cafe furniture for you, and how to incorporate it into various themes. We're hoping that you'll find the content interesting and useful, so please feel free to post any comments below. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Best wishes from the team at Cafe Chairs Melbourne.

Advantages of Stainless Steel in the Kitchen

If you’re looking to revamp your café’s kitchen then why not consider using stainless steel. Here at Café Furniture Melbourne we stock a wide range of stainless-steel kitchen equipment including benches, shelving solutions and sinks.

Stainless steel appliances have been popular in kitchens for many years now and if you want a kitchen that is timeless and modern, then stainless steel is the way to go. Naturally, there’s a reason for stainless steel’s popularity and that is that it’s clean, attractive, and long lasting. Read on to discover even more reasons for considering stainless steel in your commercial kitchen.

Durable and timeless

Following trends is all well and good but as you know, trends come and go, and there will come a time when your once modern kitchen looks dated and old, and you’ll need to replace it.

Stainless steel doesn’t rust, discolour, or fade and as such it will be pleasing to look at for many years to come which is why it’s the perfect choice for kitchen stoves, sinks and appliances.

Easy to clean

Stainless steel is also a good choice in the kitchen because it doesn’t absorb stains or smells. Unlike a vinyl surface which is porous, stainless steel resists absorption, making it easy to clean and sanitise. With the minimum of maintenance, stainless steel will retain its sleek, shiny looks for many years and doesn’t show signs of wear and tear.

Kitchen safe

Stainless steel is ideal for the hospitality sector for the simple fact that it doesn’t absorb germs and bacteria, which is so important in areas where food is being prepared.

Aesthetically pleasing

One of the best reasons for choosing stainless steel for any kitchen is that it fits in with most decors and looks stunning in any kitchen design. Why not try adding a few other textures into the mix such as a granite worktop or wooden cabinets to balance things out and make your kitchen appear even more stylish?

Made from 304 stainless steel our benches, shelving and sinks are all heavy duty and perfect for both commercial and home use and are supplied with a 12-month warranty. Our shelving systems are coated with black epoxy to protect again moisture too. Open shelving works well in commercial kitchens because it’s easy to spot items without delving into dark cupboards, and because they’re open and the contents are visible, it makes sense to keep them tidy all of the time too.

Make your café’s kitchen a better environment to be in with our Supremely Stainless range. We’re currently offering 25% discount on the whole range, so you can save yourself some money too.






Exploring the Pros and Cons of Bar Tables

Have you been considering bar tables for your café? If so then we’re excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our collection – the 600mm square Isotop table top which comes with a metal Tolix style table base.

We absolutely love this style of bar table but for you to love it too, it may help to learn more about the pros and cons of such a table. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and take a closer look.

The pros

First, let’s look at the merits of bar tables which, incidentally, are also referred to as counter height tables.

Great for small spaces – Since bar tables are taller than standard café tables, they give the illusion of space around them. What’s more, our 600 mm square tables take up less room than other tables giving more space for your customers and staff to move around. Ideal for tight corners, they maximise space like no other.

Good for tall people – Bar tables provide additional rooms for customers’ legs and are particularly suited to tall people who sometimes find the leg room cramped when sitting at a standard café table.

You get a great view – Bar tables afford those who sit at them a better view of their surroundings. This is especially true when bar tables are lined up alongside a wall of windows as customers can see what’s happening outside as well as having a commanding view of all that’s going on around them.

Brings a casual feel – Because bar tables are invariably paired with bar stools, they lend a casual feel to your venue. What’s more, bar tables can also be used without stools with the idea being that people stand around them chatting, using the table to put down their drinks. By using bar tables this way, you have room for more customers at your busiest times.

Perfect extension to your counter – Because bar stools are counter height they can be placed at the end of your counter and could be used for holding cutlery, napkins and condiments for customers to help themselves to.

Cons of bar tables

Less choice – Since standard café tables are preferred by many café owners, there are a wealth of styles and colours to choose from. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for bar tables, and there are fewer styles to choose from, although as they gain more in popularity, we’re finding more styles to offer our customers.

Not suitable for older people and disabled customers – Many older people will find it a struggle to heave themselves onto a bar stool which accompanies a bar table as will most disabled people who can often move from a wheelchair onto a standard chair but would find it impossible to move onto a bar stool.

Our 600mm square bar tables come with white or black metal frames and a wonderful selection of table tops including Dark Walnut, Choco Oak, Cement, and Alcantara. We also have a good range of round bar tables so why not check out all the bar tables and bases we have to offer. You’re sure to find one that suits your décor.





What Are the Interior Café Trends for 2019?

It’s true that furniture can make or break a space so if you’re planning a makeover for your café this year then it’s important to choose the right pieces. Since we’re well into the new year, we thought we’d look at the trends you can expect to find in cafes and restaurants in 2019. From patterns, textures, and colours, we’ll be giving you a few hints and tips on the materials to choose for your café chairs and the designs that will be the most fitting for your walls.

Soft blush tones

Blush has come into its own as the new neutral and pairs well with grey and white to create a calming ambience. It also looks great with bold colours such as green and navy to create an art deco feel which is also bang on trend this year

It’s all in the detail

There’s nothing nicer than a café chair which showcases detail. The smallest of details can have a huge impact on the overall look of your interior space. Consider chairs with intricate backs or colour dipped legs.

Sumptuous materials

Velvet is the most highly searched fabric and is sumptuous and seductive. You could take the most boring booth seating and upholster it with velvet and buttons or studs and suddenly it appears decadent and appealing.

Sustainable and natural materials are also big this year so keep an eye out for these materials when choosing your café furniture. While metal furniture is still “in” and fits well into an industrial theme, it will also be used in more innovative ways such as a laced design to add detail to furniture and even as art work on walls.

Embrace curves

Soft curvy lines are also expected to replace some of the more rigid lines which have held centre stage for several years. For example, café chairs with rounded backs and comfortable padded seats. Look out for curves on café tables too.

Liven it up with geometrics

Geometric patterns are back in fashion (did they ever go away?). Warm and bold, geometric patterns are great for minimal rooms and can bring them to life.

Make a statement on your ceiling

Everyone is familiar with statement walls, but statement ceilings?  Now that’s a new one on us. Actually, it’s quite an interesting concept and we can see how a wallpapered ceiling or one adorned with ornate mouldings is something to get excited about. It can make a room appear larger, brighter and more memorable that’s for sure.

Mid-century modern

This trend is one that never goes away and provides inspiration for many hospitality settings. Natural woods and low-slung lines, reminiscent of 1950’s chic, never go out of fashion and still influence modern day designs.

It’s great to be inspired by trends and it’s good to use them as a guide when you’re considering giving your café a makeover. But the most important thing to remember about your café’s interior design is that it should be about you. Put your stamp on it to make it your own. Love your interior café space and enjoy spending time there. If you’re comfortable and happy there, then so too will your customers be. Don’t just include trends for the sake of it.



Quick and Simple Cafe Furniture Tips For Christmas

Whether or not you’re ready for it, Christmas is almost upon us. It’s the time for present wrapping, singing carols, and all the stress and excitement that comes at this wonderful time of the year.

However, for cafe, bar, and restaurant owners, the Christmas period includes more than decorating the tree. It’s the busiest time of the year! We’ve come up with a few tips to ensure you’re prepared for the upcoming festivities.

Keep your furniture looking its best

This first tip is pretty obvious, but making sure your furniture and your establishment is pristinely clean goes a long way to impressing customers, especially where food is concerned. Caring for your furniture, whether it is wooden, metal, plastic, or rattan also helps it last longer. Oiling wood tables slows down the absorption of any liquids which, in turn, helps to keep your tables cleaner for longer. Plastic furniture, on the other hand, can be cleaned with a damp cloth and an anti-bacterial spray.

Keep it tidy

It’s all well and good keeping your furniture clean, but you need to make sure that the surroundings are clean and tidy too. Not only does a good first impression keep customers happy but it’s more likely that they will return a second time.

Mopping or vacuuming your floors as well as keeping everywhere clean is expected throughout the year but with Christmas being your busiest period, it’s important not to let standards slip.

Be sure to remove any broken or unused furniture, too, to give a more presentable appearance and help save on some floor space.

Prepare for groups

With larger groups of people more likely to grace your venue at this time be prepared so that you have enough chairs to seat everyone. Stacking chairs are a great idea as these can be tucked away out of sight and brought into use at your busiest times.

Keep your decorations tasteful

Remember, less is more and changing things up slightly is better than full blown in your face decorations hung everywhere. Candles are great for creating a welcoming ambience and can be placed on tables in small lanterns and in sconces on the walls.

Save space

Ensure your floor plan is the best it can be to accommodate as many tables as possible without people feeling hemmed in, as well as there being room for any waiting staff to move between tables.

Your outdoor space

Make your outdoor space look as colourful and inviting as possible, again making sure your furniture is clean and the floor is swept and free from rubbish. You might want to string up some outdoor lights to twinkle when the sun goes down and give a more festive appearance.

Have fun

Christmas is all about bringing people together so just make sure your cafe is clean and sparkling, you’ve laid on some Christmas specials, and a warm welcome is awaiting everyone.

From all of us at Cafe Furniture Melbourne, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

4 Things to Consider Before Buying New Cafe Furniture

Launching a new cafe is a hectic time, and what with staffing, menus, suppliers and more things on your to-do list, it’s easy to lose track of all that you’ve yet to do. Even with the logistics to work out, it’s crucial to bear in mind the design of your cafe and your budget. The appearance of your interior space is one of the first impressions customers get of your cafe and combining great coffee and snacks with a welcoming environment, can turn their experience from OK to amazing.

We’ve put together 4 things to consider when looking for your cafe furniture.

  1. Cafe Design – When it comes to design and aesthetics, consistency is key. Try and keep every aspect of your cafe in mind when choosing a theme for your furniture – food, price, estimated duration of stay, staff uniforms etc. If you’re not too sure of the ins and outs of interior design then it’s fine to play it safe and stick with neutral shades such as black, grey, silver, white, or tan. Choose just one accent colour to liven things up and keep your wood tones uniform throughout. Keeping things consistent throughout will help build your brand and create a good experience that will encourage people to come back for more.

  1. Customer Comfort – If customers are going to enjoy drinking and eating at your cafe they need to feel comfortable. The level of comfort depends on the style of cafe you have and how long you intend for customers to stay. For instance, if you want a quick turnaround of tables, then don’t install lots of sofas or tub chairs as these naturally invite people to stay longer. Instead opt for more upright chairs made from metal or wood which are comfortable for shorter periods of time. In addition, take into account the amount of floor you have and be careful not to order so many chairs or tables that your customers feel cramped. If space is limited, you might want to consider back to back booth seating as this takes up less room than a table and 4 chairs. Consider the type of clientele you’re looking to attract too. For example, a younger clientele will appreciate technology at the table whereas older customers will appreciate space for high chairs, wheelchairs, and walkers.

  1. Durability and maintenance – Don’t be tempted to settle for the cheapest furniture you see, if the price seems too good to be true, then usually it is. Ensure that you only buy commercial furniture as this is designed to withstand regular, frequent use without showing signs of wear and tear. It’s an investment which will save you money over time. In addition, consider the maintenance needed to keep your furniture looking good. Heat resistant table tops are a great choice if you don’t want to bother with tablecloths, and can just be wiped down with a cloth and mild cleanser. Vinyl upholstery is also easier to wipe down and clean than more delicate fabrics.

  1. Business values – While you might not have considered this, the type of furniture you choose can say a lot about your business values. Many businesses are choosing furniture manufactured from sustainable sources using chemical-free processes. Furniture made in Australia also makes a statement about your commitment to supporting local businesses.

Choosing your cafe furniture may be just one more thing to do on your list, but trust us, when we say that it’s a critical aspect of your business which you need to pay particular attention to.

Here’s to A Colourful Summer

Summer’s almost here and it’s time to spruce up that outdoor space to make the most of passing trade. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to be sitting outside soaking up the sunshine and relaxing with a long drink of something cool. With so many Melbourne cafe’s vying for attention it’s more important than ever to make your outdoor space more inviting and consider putting some summer specials on your menu too.

How to give your outdoor terrace a quick makeover

There’s no use investing in new cafe furniture or painting walls if you haven’t got a clean and tidy space to work with; So first things first, give your terrace a good sweep and, if necessary, use a power washer to clean up your tiles or paving slabs.

If you’ve got an enclosed area then a coat of fresh paint on the walls will work wonders. To soften some of the hard edges, why not put up some trellis and plant some colourful climbers to spread across your walls. Choose some scented varieties if you can to add to the ambience of summer. If you’re not green fingered then you could always attach some colourful wall plaques or pots o your walls instead.

With your terrace now looking fresh and clean, it’s time to think about upgrading your cafe furniture if it’s looking a little tired and jaded. Attractive cafe furniture is one sure-fire way of attracting passers-by, especially if it’s colourful.

Investing in outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture comes in a vast range of styles, materials, and colours but the most important thing is to ensure that you buy commercial grade furniture. Any other type of furniture simply isn’t designed for frequent daily use.

Another tip when deciding which type of furniture to buy is to choose something that complements your indoor cafe furniture. If you’ve got traditional furniture inside then keep it the same outdoors and naturally, if you have modern tastes, then carry this through so as not to confuse customers. If you’re choosing new cafe furniture throughout then it could be a good idea to choose furniture which is designed for indoor and outdoor use.

How to create flow from one area to another

One of the easiest ways to make your indoor and outdoor space flow is by using a colour which complements the furniture you have inside. For instance, if you have black cafe tables inside then use these outdoors too but consider using coloured chairs to create a more vibrant space that smacks of summer. Polypropylene chairs are a great choice in this respect because they come in a wide range of vibrant bold colours. Our Specta chairs are simplistic in style but boy do they pack a punch if you’re looking to inject colour! From purple to red and orange to yellow it’s easy to create a kaleidoscope of colour on your terrace. Other colourful options include our designer inspired Stephanie chairs which feature a pretty cutout backrest and our Belle chairs which come in a choice of styles too.

Another popular range of chairs for the summer is our Parisian chairs. Oozing with French charm they look delightful when paired with timber topped tables for more of a rustic look or with stainless steel tables for modernity. Add in some planters filled with foliage and colourful blooms, throw up some parasols for shade, and your terrace will soon be filled with happy smiling customers.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got a wide range of outdoor cafe furniture styles to choose from so why not take a look and get inspired?

Choosing The Right Tables and Chairs For Your Cafe

With so much competition in the cafe industry, cafes are having to fight harder than ever to maintain or increase their share of customer spending. One way to do this is to make your cafe more attractive, more comfortable, and more efficient. This means taking a careful look at your design in general and in particular your furniture.

Pull up a seat

Let’s start with cafe furniture. A relatively easy way of giving your cafe a facelift is to invest in some new cafe chairs and tables. It’s surprising how much brighter and smarter an interior becomes with the addition of new furniture. Don’t forget, while it may seem tempting to go for cheaper furniture, only commercial grade furniture is designed to stand up to the rigours of a bustling environment.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that if your cafe is to survive you may need to think about broadening your customer base. Furniture can help by sending out the message that your cafe isn’t a boring old place stuck in a time warp but instead, a bright, welcoming, inclusive place. A large comfy sofa or some tub chairs and low tables can transform a corner or wall and turn it into a cosy retreat. Modern, tall stools can be placed up against a counter for solo customers. There’s no need to adhere to a single style either. Cross back metal Bentwood chairs in light timber could be matched with Isotop table tops in Alcantara black and our tall Tolix stools are available with a solid wood seat or an upholstered version for greater comfort.

Home comforts

Design trends come and go so it would cost you a packet to follow the changes from one year to the next. However, there are some long term trends which are worth considering. For many years a common trend has been for cafe interiors to become more homely with an emphasis on tradition and comfort. With this in mind, wooden furniture, tub chairs, and even some cushions could be the way to go.

You also want to think about disabled access. Is there enough space between your tables for a person in a wheelchair to be able to move freely? Bolt-down table bases are a good choice if you’re investing in new tables since their streamlined style gives more room for chairs to be pushed right in beneath the tables. Don’t forget also that wheelchair users are often accompanied by one or more friends or family members, so by catering to their needs, you’re also welcoming a larger group of customers. Everyone’s a winner!

Keep the noise down

Another consideration is noise. You might want to consider investing in some booth seating. Surprisingly these take up less space than a table and four chairs and customers enjoy the privacy and relative quietness that a booth gives.

Finally, one long term trend worth keeping in mind is mixing up colours, styles, and finishes to make your cafe stand out from others, injecting your personality into it.

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got an extensive range of cafe furniture to choose from. What’s more we’re currently running a promotion on all table tops, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your cafe furniture.

How to Create An Industrial Style

While you may think the success of a good cafe is down to the quality of coffee that it serves you’d be wrong in most cases. The key to running a successful cafe is to create the sort of ambience that tempts customers to stay for longer and indeed, to share their experience with their friends. Industrial design has seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years and has been a growing trend with cafes and bars.

What is industrial furniture?

The key strength of industrial furniture lies in its stripped back, raw, simplistic style. While styles can vary from simple minimalist to more complex aesthetics, the hallmark of industrial furniture relatively remains the same in that less is more.

Industrial furniture is largely recognised as having a distinctive mix of wood and metal. This has meant that many cafe owners have refurbished their venues to include an industrial décor in order to create an atmosphere and ambience which is loved by young professionals, in particular. The warmth of wood tones contrast with the coolness of metal to bring a relaxing and calm ambience to any space.

Why is industrial furniture so popular with commercial venues?

Industrial furniture uses robust materials which means that this quality furniture can last a lifetime, which in anyone’s books has to be a great return on investment. Another reason is that industrial furniture is incredibly simple, which in turn equate to less maintenance. Nuts, bolts, and rivets are typically left in full view and while this adds to its charm, it’s also a sign of a great build. In a venue such as a cafe where furniture is getting a lot of use, you just can’t go wrong with industrial furniture.

How to achieve an industrial style

Industrial style is all about making a feature of the rough side by getting rid of a tidy finish and replacing it with raw and less than perfect elements. Although you may not have the restored factory style complete with exposed brick work and pipes to help create the industrial feel, you can still achieve the look with industrial style furniture. Hardworking materials such as cement, wood and metal are essential to the look and can be easily paired with industrial style chairs, tables, and bar stools.

Although not typically industrial, try using key pieces of soft seating to complement the industrial look. Our tub chair upholstered in charcoal fabric is perfect for an industrial theme and adds those important elements of warmth and comfort.

While the Tolix brand springs to mind when putting together an industrial look there are plenty of other designs which can be used to good effect. Our Cargo stools stand out from the crowd with their timber seats and steel frame. Or for something totally different, why not consider our Drum stools which can be customised in the broad white bands to advertise your brand. The Detroit stool with its adjustable height is another stool that fits into an industrial theme really well. Don’t forget your tables either. You may not have raw concrete in evidence but how about incorporating our ‘cement’ Isotop table tops into your design. When paired with black metal bases, they really look the part. Finally, any industrial design needs a pendant light or two, as these are great for task lighting over your countertops.

If you fancy embracing the industrial style then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide range of industrial style furniture so why not browse our online store or drop by our showroom to take a closer look for yourself?

5 Of The Best Cafe Interior Design Trends For 2019

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Are you thinking of revamping your cafe’s interior in 2019? If transforming the interior of your cafe once you’ve seen the old year out and the new year in is likely to feature at the top of your New Year resolutions list, then we’ve put together some of the top interior design trends you might like to consider.

Earthy Tones

We challenge you to flick through a home décor magazine and not notice the prevalence of the earth tone colour palette. To be honest, it’s one of our favourites which works particularly well if you’re trying to create an ambience that feels warm and welcoming. Green is back (did it ever go away?) and this is reflected in interiors comprising green and earthy shades. As such grey and beige is back as are neutral shades contrasted with warmer colours such as deep rich blues, terracotta, and warm shades of green. To achieve this look for yourself why not create a statement wall by painting one of your walls a deep shade of terracotta and leaving the others a pale beige. Pale timber table tops surrounded by wood furniture such as our bentwood chairs or our ladder back chairs with caramel cushions would work really well to create warmth and depth.

Bold wallpaper

We’re suckers for bold wallpaper and if you’re looking to make a statement then papering just one wall of your cafe with a colourful print featuring birds, foliage, tropical flowers and the like, is an easy and inexpensive way to do so. Go on…. go mad!

Ice cream colours

Who doesn’t like ice cream? We certainly do! Pretty pastel shades like soft pink, vanilla, pale lemon, and chocolate can be mixed and matched to create a look that’s so yummy you could almost eat it. You can experiment with one of these tutti frutti colours on a single wall or several if you’re feeling especially brave. Alternatively try introducing one or more of these colours with accessories such as dining chairs, pendant lamps, or tableware.

Rugs on walls

Yes, we know that most people use rugs on their floor to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness but how about hanging a couple on your walls to create a textural piece of artwork? It’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.

Statement ceilings

Let’s face it, most of us are too preoccupied trying to decide on a colour for all 4 walls that by the time we get around to the ceiling it’s easier to reach for a pot of white paint. A statement ceiling can totally transform the look of your cafe and also makes a talking point. If your room is already decorated but you feel it lacks that certain something …… then try looking up!

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne, we don’t just offer design advice we also stock a wide range of cafe furniture in all sorts of designs, colours, materials, and sizes. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or take a visit to our showroom where you can see our products first hand. See you there!

Advantages of Pendant Lights In Cafes and Restaurants

Investment in lighting is important for any hospitality business after all your guests want to be able to see what they’re eating but, on the other hand, they don’t want to dine in an area where the light is artificially bright and overpowering. So, getting your lighting right is an important element of creating a welcoming ambience for your customers.

Typically as a business, you probably need more than one type of lighting – technically termed as ‘layered lighting’ this is because you’ve probably got several different areas within your cafe and restaurant, all requiring different types of lighting and at different levels. We’re going to concentrate on pendant lighting which is extremely versatile and works well alongside other types of lighting such as inset LED ceiling lights and wall sconces.

Breaks up the monotony
Pendant lights help break up the monotonous of just one main light hung in the middle of a ceiling and the best thing is that they don’t leave a ‘footprint’ behind by taking up valuable countertop space. In fact, it helps to think of pendant lights as offering a big ‘pool’ of light since in the main their light is directed down to illuminate a larger area.

Task lighting
Pendant lights are often considered a useful source of task lighting and in a cafe or restaurant, they can be used to great effect to light up workstations where condiments, cutlery, and serviettes, etc may be displayed. They’re also great for lighting up a buffet table so that customers can see quite clearly all of the different dishes that have been set out.

High ceilings
Another benefit of pendant lights is that they can be suspended on long cords to bring your lighting down to your customers and look fabulous in an industrial space with high ceilings where they can be used to make a bold statement.

Modern and classic
Another thing we love about pendant lights is their versatility. They come in a huge range of styles, sizes, and colours. Traditionally pendant lighting was considered as a contemporary addition to the home or business but nowadays there are vintage styled pendant lights which fit equally as well with classical furniture and fittings.

Pendant lights can be fun as well as functional and people feel comfortable with them because they throw out a light which is soft and not as harsh as a spotlight. Why not use coloured shades to create a sculpted piece of artwork which not only reflects on objects below but on your customers too? You can also use pendant lights to divide up certain areas of your cafe instead of screens which can make smaller spaces feel a little claustrophobic. The variety of sizes from pendant lights as small as a wine glass to gigantic vertical shades means that the only limitation is possibly your imagination.