We’ve talked previously about different styles of café furniture and how to go about choosing the right colour schemes to suit your establishment. However here at Cafe Solutions, we thought it would be good to talk about choosing then right size of table as this is often a crucial and very much overlooked point.
No right or wrong size
When it comes to getting the right table for your café, bistro, or restaurant, it’s important to think about how you are going to best utilise the space that you have in order to maximise its seating potential as this will have an impact on your profit. With this in mind, there is no real right or wrong size, but there are some things to take into consideration.
Quirky or unusual spaces
More often than not, when it comes to seating and space your establishment probably isn’t a perfect square shape. It may even consist of quirky corners, recesses or unusual spaces. This can have an impact on the number of tables that you can comfortably fit in, so it needs to be planned carefully. This being the case, why not consider a smaller 600mm x 600mm round table-for-two that can easily slot into awkward alcoves or corners? Or, depending on how formal or informal you want the place to be, think about an upturned oak barrel with a couple of trendy bar stools or a couple of relaxer chairs and a small coffee table. There are lots of options on the market for quirky or small spaces, it’s just a case of opening up to the possibilities.
One school of thought is that if your establishment is likely to be high footfall, high turnover, then you want small light tables which can easily be moved in and out of position as and when the needs of the business allows. For café’s then 600 x 600 tables are often the ideal choice. However for bistro’s and restaurants where great food is the main focus rather than just snacks and drinks, then consider a 600mm x750mm table as the smallest you should really go to.
Formal or informal
The other thing you might want to think about is if your establishment is going to be either informal and relaxed, or a more formal affair. This should have an impact on the size of table that you use For example, formal dining is about the food, the ambience and the whole experience. Therefore it’s probably best to avoid smaller tables where things might become a little cramped when faced with all the plates, glasses, cutlery that a diner would need. In this case a larger table is definitely best. If it’s an informal atmosphere such as a coffee shop, then look to mix it up a little. Some people may come in groups, in which case there’s nothing wrong with a good old fashioned sofa and coffee table. Others may prefer something a little more intimate in which case a small round or square table is good.
Hopefully this has given you some insight into choosing the right table size for your establishment. Here at Cafe Solutions we have a wide range of café furniture including a variety of tables to choose from. So why not take a look and see exactly what we have to offer? You won’t be disappointed!