Did you know that having the right cafe furniture is arguably as important as the food and drink you serve? These days customers expect/demand comfortable seating and not only that, they want a choice. As a result café’s with a wide variety of seating including sofas, tub chairs, bar stools, and booths tend to be more successful because they’re more appealing to customers. The problem is that because there’s a multitude of cafe furniture available reflecting imaginative use of styles, designs and materials, how do you make a choice? The answer…by utilising the pretty vs practical rule. Let’s take a closer look…
Pretty styling and design
Where do you start? Perhaps the best place is with your interior. Whether you’re looking for occasional sofas, armchairs, barstools, or booths, the styling and design of them should blend in with your interior, theme, or design. For instance, the perfect industrial look might include tones of copper, iron, or steel and this should be reflected in your choice of furniture. Tolix Stools, Drum stools or Detroit adjustable stools for example evoke a spirit of the industrial past perfectly. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a rustic look, then you may want to consider the popular cross-back Bentwood chair. What about something contemporary and modern? How about something like the stunning polypropylene drop chair? If you need inspiration it pays to look online in places such as Pinterest and Houzz. Collectively, you can also create your very own mood board. Once you have an idea of the type of furniture you require, it really is worth applying the same level of detail to the next stage.
Now for the practicality part….
Okay so it’s not sexy, but first and foremost chairs and tables need to be functional. In other words they need to withstand the rigours of a bustling cafe, so they need to be practical. Do they pass the bottom test? Narrow chairs can be uncomfortable for larger bottoms so this needs to be taken into consideration. When chairs are sat on, are they comfortable? Are they prone to marking or are they scratch-resistant? Can the chairs and tables in question be stacked easily for storage purposes. What about cleaning and maintenance? Finally what about weight? Your chosen cafe furniture needs to be sturdy enough to take the usual wear and tear, but light weight enough so that it can be moved around to accommodate the needs of your business. Once you have the basics nailed, then you can combine it with the pretty stuff above to find your ideal cafe furniture which offers that perfect balance of both form and function.
At Cafe Solutions we have a wide variety of stylish commercial grade cafe furniture that is both practical and pretty. What’s more, it won’t break the bank. Why not check us out online or by visiting our Brendale showroom. If you’re still stuck for ideas, then contact our experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who are more than happy to assist.