Isn’t It About Time You Sorted Out Your Wobbly Cafe Tables?

FLAT table baseOne of our favourite pastimes is wandering around in new places and then stopping at a cafe to sit and watch the world go by over a cappuccino or latte. However, it never fails to amaze us at how many cafes still have wobbly tables. I mean, let’s face it, it’s pretty annoying when you’re trying to tuck into a slice of chocolate cake and the mere effort of using a fork to pick up a piece of cake causes the table to wobble and spill your drink. You’d think that cafe owners would get tired of their waiting staff having to concentrate their efforts on balancing customer tables.

The thing is, in this day and age paying customers shouldn’t have to put up with wobbly tables especially in big cities like Brisbane. The solution to wobbly tables is actually very easy and the answer lies in the design of a table base which is aptly called “FLAT technology”.

FLAT technology is an ingenious, worldwide, patented product which has won numerous awards for its innovative design, and what’s more it aligns tables on any surface instantly. Cool right?

So how does it work?

The system uses hydraulics to pump fluid through a series of small pipes which are hidden away inside the table base. The FLAT Technology PAD (Patented Actuator Device) reacts instantly, automatically adjusting the table feet to stabilise the table on any surface, and then locking them into position.

This clever system means that your tables remain stable whether they’re on gravel, flagstones, grass, or concrete. Each time the table is moved, the feet automatically adjust and lock again into position. It really is that simple.

What’s more, this clever device means that you can position tables together, such as you might have to do to make a large table for a party of people, and the technology aligns all of the table tops together simply and quickly.

Why bother?

Quite simply your customers will thank you for being able to sit, eat, and drink without having a waiter fussing around trying to level the table with bar mats. It will also save you money on not having to refill drinks which have spilt because of the wobbly table or pay a dry cleaning bill for the customer who got a bowl of soup in her lap! It also frees up your waiting staff so that they can concentrate on serving your customers and upholding great customer service. Finally, it makes setting up your cafe or restaurant in the mornings that much quicker and simpler. That’s why you should bother.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve a wide range of FLAT technology table bases in stock to fit almost any table top. Ranging from small to extra large bases to double bases and from silver to black or a more decorative Parisian style, there’s sure to be something to suit your needs and to make your life that much easier. Why not browse our online store or if you happen to be in Brendale then check out our warehouse where we can show you just how these bases work. If you need more information or advice then pick up the phone and give us a call on 07 3205 1616. We’ll do all we can to help.

Does It Really Matter What Cafe Chairs Are Made From?

ribbon chair in orangeCafe chairs are arguably one of the most important aspects of your cafe’s décor since they personalise your space, express your style, and make it comfortable for your clientele. As an element of good design which also creates the right ambience for your café, then your choice of chairs is really important. Because you’re investing a lot of money in buying café chairs both for your interior and exterior space, then it’s important to choose wisely. However, with so many different styles and materials used in café chairs, how do you know which is the best choice?

Here are some pros and cons for wooden, plastic, and metal chairs to help you in your search.

Wooden chairs

Wooden chairs are often favoured by café owners because they have a natural appeal and being available in plenty of different colours and styles, it’s easy to go modern or traditional with your design. However, when buying wooden chairs, it’s vital that they feel strong and sturdy. You don’t want to be buying a chair that feels wobbly as if it might break at any time. They also need to feel comfortable when you sit on them. Once café owners used to choose uncomfortable chairs so that they could quickly turn around their tables, but thankfully those days are long gone. In fact with many people using cafes to hold business meetings or to sit and work on their laptops, the opposite is now the case. Wooden chairs may be hard to the touch but if they have a moulded seat they can be just as comfortable as a padded chair. You can of course add cushions to the seats to make them more padded and this is a great way of introducing an accent colour into your décor. On the downside wooden chairs can get scratched and may need refinishing every year to keep them looking pristine.

Plastic chairs

Today’s plastic chairs are made from polypropylene which can be moulded and shaped into some pretty amazing designs. They’re also available in a rainbow of colours and are sure to brighten up the dullest of spaces. You won’t have to spend that much on plastic chairs to find ones which are waterproof and weatherproof, which means they can be used throughout the seasons. Other advantages are that they’re light to move around and stackable for convenient storage. If they don’t last as long as you hoped then at least you won’t have spent a fortune on them and you won’t feel so bad about replacing them. They’re also low maintenance and simply require a wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any dust and marks.

Metal chairs

Metal chairs are great for adding an industrial feel to your café or bistro. Since metal chairs are often powder coated you can choose from a wide range of vibrant colours and shimmering metallics, so there’s no need for them to look harsh. Usually these chairs are pretty much indestructible and often look better as they age, with the odd dent or two adding character to them. It pays to choose metal chairs which have been treated as not all of them can be used outside without rusting.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide range of café chairs to suit all tastes and budgets. From designer plastic to Tolix and Bentwood, we’ve got chairs in all colours and materials, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Why not browse our online store or if you’re in the Brendale area then call into our warehouse and you can try some chairs out. If you need more information or advice about any of our products then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and we’ll do all we can to assist.

Introducing The 1200mm Round Isotop Table In White

1200mm round white Isotop tableWe’re excited to introduce you to one of our newest arrivals, the 1200mm round Isotop table in white. Chic and contemporary this table is perfect for establishments who cater for large parties and features an attractive white top supported by a silver coloured aluminium base.

Isotop are one of the brand leaders in the hospitality industry and it’s hardly surprising. Attractive, affordable, versatile, and functional these tables are great for café owners looking for top quality products that won’t let them down. Manufactured in Malaysia using a patented Germany technology, you can almost guarantee from this latter fact alone that these tables are pretty special.

Here you can read a little bit more about the advantages of Isotop tables:

  • Elegant and comfortable – All Isotop tables, and the 1200mm is no exception, boast a smooth satin finish which is complemented by rounded edges and corners which won’t snag clothes or scratch customer’s skin, making for a safe and comfortable dining experience.

  • Heat resistant – Isotop tables can be used without any protective cloths or mats since they can withstand hot plates and dishes taken straight out of the oven without any adverse effects. They can even cope should a cigarette butt be accidentally dropped onto a table top since the cigarette will burn itself out without leaving any unsightly marks.

  • Stain resistant – Another important feature of an Isotop table is that the top is impervious to stains such as coffee or red wine which can leave unsightly marks that are difficult to remove. They’re also impervious to sticky substances such as solid food or liquids and corrosive substances.

  • Minimum maintenance – This has to score highly when choosing café tables since all it requires to clean an Isotop table is a damp cloth and mild cleaning agent.

  • Damp proof – The edges and surface of all Isotop tables are sealed to prevent any dampness from getting into the table top which is important if your tables are left outside.

  • Weather resistant – Easily able to withstand hot sun as well as cold, wet days, Isotop tables are weatherproof and won’t crack, rust or split even in the harsh Australian climate.

Isotop tables are available in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes, which means that whatever size of space you’re trying to fill, there’s sure to be an Isotop table to fit. The white 1200mm table would look great teamed with an assortment of coloured chairs sat around it for a look that is funky and fun and at our affordable prices, it won’t put too large a dent in your wallet either.

We’ve got a wide selection of café furniture here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane, all at competitive prices. So why not browse our online store or if you happen to be in Brendale then pop along to our warehouse where you can see the furniture first hand. We look forward to seeing you. If you need more information on any of our products just give our friendly staff a call on (07) 3205 1616 and they’ll be happy to assist.

When Is A Chair Not Just A Chair?

Bentwood No. 18 chairThe answer to this lies in a quote from famous 2oth century architect Le Corbusier who stated “Never has anything been created more elegant and better in its conception, more precise in its execution, and more excellently functional.” In case you’re wondering to what he was referring, it was the iconic No. 18 Bentwood chair.

Michael Thonet designed the Bentwood chair back in 1859 and it’s hard to believe but it is still being manufactured today, and is in fact one of the company’s most successful commercial products. The Thonet bentwood chair was born out of a need for a chair that cold be simply assembled without lots of fiddly components and a huge workforce. The chair consists of just six component parts and a few screws and nuts, and in essence the design has remained relatively unchanged to this day.

Revolutionary new technology

The chair came about by a revolutionary development in technology. Thonet discovered a new technique to bend wood. He found that by steaming beechwood for five hours it was then possible to bend it into curves before it dried and snapped. He made a chair that had a totally new selling point in that it came as a kit form. A bit like Ikea, you could say. This made it cheap to pack and ship overseas.

The No. 18 Bentwood chair was considered such a success because of its simplicity as well as the fact that it transcended fashion. Despite the fact that the No.18 design was over a 100 years old, Le Corbusier was of the opinion that the chair represented the modern concepts of humbleness, economy and durability.

Popular with artists

It was also a chair which was popular with other artists such as Renoir and Toulouse- Lautrecht who featured Bentwood chairs in their drawings and paintings. Pablo Picasso even had a Bentwood chair in his studio.

By the 1930’s 50 million Bentwood chairs had been sold worldwide and it’s now impossible to predict just how many Thonet-style chairs have been manufactured and distributed. Also referred to as the ‘bistro chair’ the No. 18 arguably has to be the most influential design in the history of furniture.

When other manufacturers are facing pressure to use sexy new materials to whip up a brand new design for a chair, the next time you’re sitting in your local café on a Bentwood No. 18 chair, then consider that you’re not just sitting on any old chair, you’re sitting on a piece of history.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of replica Bentwood chairs which are sure to add a touch of charm and nostalgia to your café or bar. Why not browse our online store and take a look at these iconic chairs or if you need any more information give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 or pop into our warehouse at Brendale, Queensland and see them for yourself.