With the summer fast approaching you might be considering revamping your cafe to attract passing trade, and if you happen to be in a tourist spot, then you should be seeing a huge increase in footfall. One of the best ways to attract new customers and passing trade is by having an inviting outdoor space that entices people to pull up a seat to take the weight off their feet, and to cool down with a glass of something long and cold.
If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor pavement space or a terrace area then you really should be making the most of it with attractive furniture, sun shades, and plants, to create a welcoming ambience.
What to look for in outdoor cafe furniture?
The good news is that there is a plethora of cafe tables and chairs to choose from so you’re sure to find something that fits in with your overall theme and complements your existing décor. However, there are a few factors to consider:
Only buy commercial furniture
When choosing your cafe furniture for outdoors, it’s important to make sure that the furniture you’re buying is commercial furniture and that it is designed for outdoor use. It’s going to have to cope with the harsh Australian climate so it makes sense to buy something that won’t rust, crack, or fade within days of acquiring it.
The type of materials which stand up well to outdoor use include stainless steel, rattan, and polypropylene. Stainless steel offers a sleek contemporary look which looks great with jet black or wenge table tops. Rattan is ideal for creating a Mediterranean feel and also works well with chrome. Rattan chairs look great with light ash tables and are light and easy to move around. Polypropylene is probably the most versatile of all materials both for its wide range of styles and for the rainbow colours that it comes in. If you want to create a real pop of colour that attracts attention, then resin or polypropylene chairs are the answer.
Stack them high
Another consideration is whether or not to opt for chairs and tables which stack. If you have to clear your chairs and tables away at some point, and your storage space is limited, then stacking furniture is probably your best choice.
Choosing your tables
Cafe tables are one of your most important purchases since they will receive a lot of wear and tear especially if they’re outside. There are two names which crop up all the time in the hospitality sector and that’s Werzalit and Isotop. Their tables are incredibly versatile and practically indestructible. Suited for indoor and outdoor use they come in a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes. The table tops are made using a patented technology which can withstand extremely hot temperatures, won’t scratch, rust, fade, or crack and are easy to clean with little more than a damp cloth. There are plain colours to choose from as well as a variety of wood. Marble, granite, and trendy concrete finishes. We actually sell them as packages or separate table tops.
Here at Cafe Solutions we offer a wide range of affordable cafe furniture that’s perfect for outdoor use, and the good news is that we’re holding a summer sale for the whole of September with between 5-70% off everything, so why not save yourself some money. Why not browse our online shop or if you happen to be passing call into our Brendale showroom and take a look for yourself. Meanwhile if you need any further information on any of our products please feel free to call on 07 3205 1616.