Are You Making The Most Out Of Your Café Furniture Layout?

cafe layoutSelecting café furniture isn’t like selecting furniture for your home. Less emphasis should be placed on choosing what catches your eye and more should be placed upon practical solutions that maximise the space you have. After all you could serve the best food and coffee in the world, but if you can’t get enough ‘backsides on seats’ so to speak then you’re going to be turning customers away and ultimately aren’t going to be making any money. So how do you go about making the most out of your café furniture layout to aid profitability? Here are 3 simple steps that just might help.

Know your limitations
One of the main problems regarding space (and this is the same for any business) is that there’s only so much of it. Therefore you need to know its limitations. With this in mind, try to consider a seating plan taking into account things like

  • Fixed structures including windows, bar areas and counters
  • Doors and which way they open
  • Emergency exits and clear routes to them
  • Movement in and around tables
  • Movement to and from toilets

Once you have this in mind or jotted down on paper then you can start to plan your seating accordingly.

Make use of the space
If you think of space as revenue then this is how you need to view your seating. For instance if you fail to utilise all of your available space then it could be costing you money. Problem areas include awkward corners and recesses where a standard table won’t fit. If this is the case, then consider smaller round tables, bar stools or even Ottomans. This also helps the problem of single café goers taking up seating at a table for four.

Multi-functional is the name of the game
The secret to getting ‘backsides on seats’ is multifunctional furniture. For instance it might not pay you to fill your space with larger tables when two smaller tables can be pushed together if necessary. If a larger table is taken up by just two people per se, it might be considered a wasted table. However if a larger crowd come in, it’s far more effective to push several tables together to accommodate them. Ottomans are another great example of multifunctional furniture. They can be placed under low tables and wheeled out as and when the needs of the business dictates. In addition, they can also be used as makeshift table tops as well as seating.

As you can see, selecting the right café furniture for your business can make all the difference. With this in mind here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide variety of café furniture to suit all styles, designs, and budgets. Contact us on (07) 3205 1616 or visit our website at Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane, then why not pay us a visit in person.



A Quick But Equally Informative Guide To Tub Chairs

black tub chairTub chairs seem to be making something of a comeback of late and are often seen in many café’s and bistro’s up and down the country. They help to give off a relaxing, warm appearance for any potential customer wanting to kick back and relax for a while. That said, their unique shape and design can divide opinions. All that said they do have a unique story to tell, so without further ado, let’s delve into the past, present, and future of the ‘love it or loathe it’ tub chair.

The unique design of the tub chair has been around for hundreds of years stretching back to the 18th century. Initially they were bespoke pieces made by master craftsmen that were virtually unaffordable to everyday folk. Instead only the the upper classes could afford the type of tub chairs that were produced because they were hand-made with real leather and stretched across a solid oak base. Leather tub chairs of this quality are considered some of the finest antique furniture and one chair can easily make tens of thousands of dollars and more, given the right sale.

Thankfully, nowadays they’re also made from a wide variety of other materials and composites making them way more affordable for the masses, but how did the name come about?

The unique design does resemble an old fashioned bath tub and this is where many people believe that the name comes from. However this is likely to be a myth and instead it’s said to be a variation on the name ‘club chair’.

In the 18th and 19th century ‘Gentleman’s Clubs’ which were fashionable in Europe were establishments where well-to-do folk could sit and discuss the politics, scandal and general ‘goings-on’ of the day. As these were basically elite clubs for upper classes, they could also afford the very best furniture and this is why many clubs had ‘club chairs’. In addition the shape and style of the chair lent itself perfectly to the environment. Over the years the ‘club’ chair transposed into the ‘tub’ chair and eventually, the name stuck.

Nowadays tub chairs can often be found in hotels, golf lounges, airports and café’s. It’s a versatile piece of furniture that’s simply great for sitting back and unwinding and this surely is what café culture is all about. Maybe, just maybe, the tub chair has found a new place in our hearts, as well as our café’s.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide variety of café furniture in stock including tub chairs all at great value for money prices. So if you’re looking for quality café furniture without it costing you a small fortune, then check out our website at