You wouldn’t think it could be that difficult to purchase outdoor tables and chairs but you’d be surprised. It’s not just about the aesthetics, although that’s important. Also there are a host of other factors to consider such as quality, durability and affordability plus the ability to withstand the harsh Australian climate. To help, we’ve put together some top tips.
Top tips when looking to purchase outdoor tables and chairs
Before starting your search, it’s best to decide on the material you want as this will immediately narrow down your search. Here are some of the most popular choices for outdoor tables and chairs.
Wood – Wood has a warm welcoming ambience and can be used in traditional and modern furniture. Teak is one of the best choices as it contains natural oils, repels water, and due to its durability can be used practically all year round.
Stainless steel – Stainless steel lends a contemporary look to furniture and is extremely hard wearing and resistant to corrosion. Not only can it withstand hot and cold temperatures but because of its weight, it’s less likely to get blown over in a strong gust of wind.
Aluminium – Because it’s lightweight, aluminium is also a good choice for cafes as the furniture can be effortlessly moved around to meet the needs of the business. It’s also strong and long lasting which makes it a cost-effective solution and often it’s powder coated and can be matched to your décor.
Polypropylene – Polypropylene chairs are ideal for outdoor use as the material is UV treated and resistant to stains and moisture. With modern technology, today’s poly-prop chairs come in an incredible range of exciting and innovative styles and a rainbow of colours. You’d be hard pushed not to find something you like when you’re looking to purchase outdoor tables and chairs.
Cleaning and maintenance
So now you’re aware of the materials to choose from, your next consideration should be cleaning and maintenance. Naturally, if you run a busy cafe, you don’t want to spend too much time on cleaning and maintenance in which case polypropylene may be the best choice for you. Simply wipe your tables and chairs clean with a damp cloth and a mild non-abrasive cleaner and that’s it done.
Plenty of customers will be appreciative if you choose eco-friendly materials. Many manufacturers are using recyclable or biodegradable materials such as steel and reclaimed wood, or you could consider using second-hand outside tables and chairs.
Another consideration when buying outdoor tables and chairs is the weight involved. Furniture is often moved around in cafes to meet the demands of customers looking to sit together. Also, the furniture may need to be stacked and stored away at the end of each day, so it’s important to choose furniture that can be moved around by one or two people at most without causing them any injury.
If you’re looking to purchase outdoor tables and chairs while ultimately it boils down to personal taste and preference, by taking the above points into consideration, it should be easier to make the right choice for you. At Cafe Solutions we stock a wide range of outdoor tables, chairs and stools at affordable prices so why not browse our online store or better still call by our showroom in Brisbane to take a closer look.