Just How Comfortable Is Your Cafe Seating?

comfy cafe chairAs a cafe owner you might well be under the impression that the main emphasis on cafe furniture is all about function and durability rather than comfort. If this is the case then you might want to think again! Although many cafe’s rely on a quick turnover of tables in order to make money, having furniture(or so called 15 minute chairs) that are just comfortable enough for someone to sit for a limited time isn’t the right way to go about it.

If you don’t believe me then Google ‘uncomfortable cafe seating’ and see what comes up. Chances are you’ll see a wealth of customers complaining about just how uncomfortable the seating is/was in a particular establishment. You see, despite the fact that your food and coffee might be great, It won’t cut it if the seating isn’t right. People won’t stick around. True it might put off the growing army of internet based workers who opt to work in coffee shops for 8 hours a day while they purchase one or two coffees in return, but if they’re using social media then word can soon get around pretty quickly that your cafe furniture really sucks. All of a sudden you have next to no customers. The bottom line is that people really do care about what they’re sitting on.

So how then can you make sure you get comfortable seating?

In days of yore it was all relatively easy. You’d drive to your nearest bricks and mortar cafe furniture store and go and try out a couple of pieces just as you would when buying a sofa. If it felt as if you could spend a few hours sunk into it without a care in the world, then you bought it there and then. Simple! Nowadays however online retailers are selling cheaper cafe furniture which has really made your job more difficult. After all, how do you know that what you’re purchasing won’t be like a house-brick when you go to sit on it for the first time?

The answer is to make sure you choose a website with a solid returns policy or alternatively look for a company that has a physical bricks and mortar store as well as an online presence. Anything other than this and you could be asking for trouble. Remember if you don’t want to be plastered all over the internet as the cafe with the seriously uncomfortable furniture, then you’ve simply got to try before you buy.

Fortunately here at Cafe furniture Brisbane we won’t let you suffer with uncomfortable furniture as we have both a wide selection of commercial furniture at our virtual store and a bricks and mortar warehouse where you can try before you buy. Therefore do please do take a look online at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au. However we also encourage people to visit our Brendale showroom by contacting us on 07 3205 16216

A Buyers Guide To Cafe Chairs

Bistro aluminium cafe chairIf you’re looking to obtain the right balance of style and ambience for your cafe then it needs to be right. One way to do this is to buy the perfect seating to reflect this. For instance if you’re going for an industrial theme, then a modern chair with a chrome or aluminium finish would work a treat. Alternatively you could also opt for an antique-look chair such as a drafting or Tolix stool. To help you out further, we’ve composed a quick buyer’s guide so that you can make a better informed purchasing choice.

Synthetic wood shell chairs

Usually constructed from laminated beech plywood they’re very common in cafes and bistros all over the country. They come in a wide variety of styles from sweeping curved backs to angular straight lines and can also be painted to fit in with a specific design or theme. They’re lightweight and easy to keep clean and are commonly used as part of a modern Mediterranean design

Wood chairs

The majority of solid wood chairs have a traditional feel and look about them and as such work very well in either a rustic or classic setting. They’re solidly built and if taken care of should last a long time. However because they’re solid, most are relatively heavy and therefore might not be a great choice if you need to continually move your furniture around. Most wooden chairs are better used in covered areas and are therefore best used indoors.

Aluminium seating

On the contrary aluminium chairs are great for outdoor use as they won’t fade, chip, or scratch. They make a great contemporary statement especially when coupled with stainless steel tables. What’s more, they’re lightweight and most are designed to be stacked. They come in many shapes from rounded backs with arms to straighter backs and no arms, so you should have no problem finding a style to suit.

Polypropylene chairs

If you’re after something modern and funky then why not opt for polypropylene seating. PP or plastic seating can be moulded into a wide variety of designs and shapes from the plain and simple to the positively wacky. They can also be painted in some pretty funky colours too. Hot pinks, sunburst yellows and electric blue can all be used to create a real statement with your furniture. Most PP chairs are treated so they’re both waterproof and weather proof. This means they won’t fade, crack, or warp and are therefore perfect for turning heads on a large outdoor terrace area.

Imitation Wicker/Rattan

Unlike the real thing, imitation rattan/wicker chairs aren’t prone to weather ageing so they’re ideal for outdoor use. They usually come with an aluminium or beech wood structure to give a solid feel, but are lightweight in design. Why not place them on a large terrace area along with aluminium tables to create a smart contemporary style.

So there you have it, a brief run-down on the different types of commercial-grade cafe chairs you can buy. The trick is to have a design in mind, work out the pros and cons of each chair type, and then make your decision based on an informed choice.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we offer a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture to suit a multitude of tastes. Why not visit our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us directly on 07 3205 1616 for further advice

Bring A Slice Of Rustic Charm To Your Cafe With A Cabaret Chair

cab-ye-1Just imagine walking into a Parisian cafe in the 1930’s. The smell of strong coffee and Gauloise permeate the air. The place is filled with an eclectic mix of young bohemians, artists and activists all looking to change the world. Old wooden tables with chequered tablecloths are laid out on wooden floors and accompanying these tables are cabaret chairs where the great and the good of Parisian culture are likely to be seated.

The name of the Cabaret chair stems from the fact that they were often used in cabaret venues in the late 19th century where customers would sit at restaurant-style tables with chairs to watch music, song, dance, and even burlesque. This is typified in the 1972 film/musical ‘Cabaret’ where Liza Minelli is dancing provocatively around a cabaret chair singing ‘Mien Herr’.

With all the history behind it you could be forgiven for thinking that the humble Cabaret chair has been resigned to the past, but in the 21st century it’s having somewhat of a renaissance. In fact it’s become the perfect accompaniment for any cafe looking to deliver a rustic, homely style.

Although the simplistic design hasn’t changed over the years the materials have. Nowadays instead of fragile wood which tended to warp and crack over time, the material of choice is steel. It’s light and can be moulded easily, but at the same time it’s incredibly durable.

If you’re yet to be convinced by the reasoning for purchasing a Cabaret chair for your cafe then here are three other reasons that just might make you change you mind.

Perfect fit for other furniture
One of the cafe furniture trends right now is to mix and match the old and the new. Modern contemporary tables for example would go perfectly well with older style seating such as the Cabaret chair. As such it could be a match made in heaven.

They’re versatile
Being simplistic in design these chairs are incredibly versatile. Clearly they’d fit perfectly into a rustic theme, but at the same time you can bring them into the 21st century by adding some funky cushions in electric colours.

Wide choice of colours
The fact that Cabaret chairs are made from steel means that they can be powder coated to suit any colour. From crimson red to lime green, from sunburst yellow through to more traditional wood colours the modern-day cabaret chair can be tailored to suit any design, no matter how ‘off the wall’ you think it is.

If you’re interested in purchasing commercial grade Cabaret chairs then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Cafe furniture Brisbane we have a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture in stock including the Cabaret variety. What’s more, we have a sale on at the moment where you can get $20 off when you purchase one.

To find out more we invite you to check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or give us a call on 07 3205 1616 today and grab yourself a bargain.

What To Look For When Purchasing Outdoor Furniture For Your Venue

outdoor cafe furnitureLet’s face it, finding the right outdoor furniture for your venue is no easy task. With a multitude of styles, colours, designs, and materials all at hugely differing prices, it’s enough to make your head spin. The trouble is that your outdoor furniture is the first thing that people notice when they walk up to your venue and ultimately this means the first chance to make a great (or alternatively, bad) impression. No pressure then!

Luckily, here at Cafe furniture Brisbane, we’ve composed a quick guide to help you through the process. So without further ado, let’s kick it off.

Purchase quality

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for and the same goes for commercial outdoor furniture. For this reason try and buy the best that you can afford. It probably isn’t the smartest business decision to opt for furniture because it’s seriously cheap. Chances are that it won’t last 5 minutes and you’ll end up replacing it again shortly. Therefore if you’re going to buy commercial grade furniture with the view to it lasting then purchase a quality make or brand.

Don’t go for ‘same old, same old’

As a cafe owner you’ve probably got a plethora of competition right on your doorstep so the need to stand out from the crowd is paramount. One way to do this is to purchase unique or quirky outdoor furniture that other cafe’s don’t have. It might be a combination of materials such as wood laminate and chrome that glints in the sunlight, or a shocking pink polypropylene number that turns the heads of passers-by. As stated earlier this is the first chance to make an impression, so it might as well be one that your customers talk about.

Don’t buy before you try

There’s nothing worse than picking outdoor furniture that you feel would blend in perfectly with your theme, yet stands out from the crowd, if it just isn’t comfortable to sit on. Very soon you’ll end up with loads of disgruntled customers who probably won’t be sticking around for very long. That’s why it’s important to try before you buy. Test it, sit on it, feel it. If you’re happy, then it’s likely that your customers will be too. Even if you’re considering purchasing online, you should be able to find that make and model in a bricks and mortar shop and then if you like it, see if you can purchase it at a reputable online store, at a cheaper price.

Make sure it’s of commercial grade

I know this seems a bit of an obvious statement but outdoor furniture designed for your patio at home is completely different from furniture designed for hundreds of paying customers to sit on. If you try to put ‘home style’ furniture out on your terrace area I guarantee it will last no more than half a season. Why, because it isn’t built for that amount of wear and tear. Conversely commercial grade furniture particularly that which has been AFRDI tested will handle pretty much anything you can throw at it.

So there you have it! If you follow these 4 simple tips, you won’t go far wrong. At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we only ever supply commercial grade furniture most of which has been AFRDI tested. Why not check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us directly on 07 3205 1616 to see just what we have to offer. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane we also have a large showroom where you can see the furniture first hand.

9 Surprising Facts About The Coffee Industry You Might Not Know

coffeeAs the previous blog was all about coffee, I thought I’d continue along this line and delve into the coffee industry itself. So while you’ve got 5 minutes and are sipping your cup of coffee, here are 9 surprising facts about the coffee industry you might not know. Let’s kick it off…

Fact 1 – Drinking Coffee – Then watch your head!

In 17th century Turkey, Sultan Murad IV (who obviously wasn’t a fan of Starbucks) maintained that drinking coffee was a capital offence. The sultan was so intent on eradicating it that he and his entourage crept round the streets of Istanbul disguised as commoners. Once someone was spotted drinking the evil brew the sultan and his gang would saunter up to them, promptly draw their swords and alleviate them of their heads. Ouch!

Fact 2 – Probably the most sought after commodity in the world

….Well after crude oil anyway, but there’s no shame in that. In fact the coffee industry is worth over $100 billion worldwide and that’s more than other commodities like sugar, wheat, and corn, put together.

Fact 3 – Boggling numbers

Okay so you want to guess how many cups we consume in the world each year? 100 million, 200 million perhaps…try 500 billion! 14 billion of these are espressos (apparently).

Fact 4 – A truly global operation

Coffee is produced in over 50 countries with some of the finest coming from places like St Helena, Guatamala, and Hawaii

Fact 5 – Limited choice

Despite there being endless flavours, grades, and varieties of coffee, there are in fact only two types of originating bean. These are Arabica and Robusta. Around 70% of the world’s coffee is Arabica and is considered more flavourful. Robusta is usually cheaper, harder to roast, and is more commonly used in instant coffee production.

Fact 5 – And the fastest growing niche in the hospitality industry is…..

Yep, you’ve guessed it…coffee shops! Even in a global recession coffee shops are reported to be growing by around 7% per year. If you don’t believe me look at how many café’s have sprung up in your area recently.

Fact 6 – Unfair balance

While over 90% of coffee production occurs in developing countries the majority of its consumption takes place in industrialised nations. The top 3 producers are Brazil, Columbia, and rather surprisingly… Vietnam.

Fact 7 – And the prize for the country that drinks the most coffee per capita in the world goes to…

No not the USA, not Italy, but Finland. Consuming 9.6 kgs of the stuff (that’s per person, per year) that’s 2.4kgs more than its closest rival Norway. If you’re wandering where Australians rank, then we’re 28th on the list at a paltry 2.6kgs.

Fact 8 –Coffee wasn’t always so popular

We already know what Sultan Murad IV felt about coffee, but did you know that since its discovery in Ethiopia it’s been blamed for Satan worship, promiscuity, riots, and general lawlessness?

Fact 9 – Half the adult population drink it

Yes it’s true, over half of the adult population in the world drink coffee, averaging 3.5 cups per day.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we can’t sell you coffee, but we do offer some excellent commercial grade cafe furniture, all at real value-for-money prices. Why not contact us on 07 3205 1616 or check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au