Tips On Choosing The Right Outdoor Furniture

outdoor cafe furnitureWe’re currently running a sale on outdoor chairs so we thought it was the perfect time to write a blog about choosing outdoor furniture for your venue. So here are some consideration to help you get the most out of your outdoor space.

Consider your location

Is your cafe located close to the sea? Does it often rain or do you have long dry summers? Although a chair might be labelled as ‘outdoor’ it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right choice for you. Take aluminium chairs for example. They look great and are lightweight to move around, but gusts of wind can easily blow them over and likewise, wooden chairs or tables can splinter or split in intense hot heat.

Consider your environment

Will you be setting up your tables in an open space or under cover? Will the furniture be on a solid terrace, gravel, pavement, or grass? Thinking about your particular environment can help you choose the materials which are most appropriate. Splashes from nearby swimming pools can cause some metals to corrode and wooden furniture which hasn’t be treated can absorb moisture and rot if left out in the open.

Consider your storage space

You can’t simply cover your outdoor furniture and leave it over the winter months. Instead it’s going to need to be stored away. If you’re short of storage base you might want to consider tables with folding bases and chairs which stack for convenience. Otherwise consider furniture that won;t look out of place if you have to move it indoors.

Consider the materials

The materials you choose need to be determined by the style or theme you’re trying to create but also with a lot of attention being paid to practicality. Brightly coloured plastic furniture or metal options look great in a modern setting but can also work somewhere more traditional to give it a modern twist. Designer classics such as Bentwood and Tolix may need more care, but they look classy and are unlikely to go out fashion any time soon.

So why not head on over to our outdoor chairs sale and with the information we’ve given you it will hopefully help you to make an informed decision. Sale closes at the end of April, so you;d better be quick. If you happen to be in the Brendale area then why not call in to our warehouse and view out great range of outdoor furniture for yourself. Or if you need more help or some friendly advice, just pick up the phone and call us on 07 3205 1616. We’re constantly bringing in new stock, so be sure to check out the site on a regular basis.

No More Eating Alone With The Return Of Communal Cafe Tables

cafe communal tablesThe days are long gone when communal tables were used by beer halls, tapas bars and the odd farm-to-table restaurant. Now cafes and bistros up and down the country are starting to embrace communal eating and drinking. However, up until a few years back café’s never thought that their clientele would entertain sharing an espresso with a total stranger, so why the change?

The whole cafe experience has changed

Even going back just a decade or so, a great cafe was judged solely on the quality of its coffee and home made fayre. While this is still the case it’s no longer the ‘be all and end all.’ Nowadays whether it’s a cafe, bistro, or restaurant, people go for the experience of being in a place that’s unique, that’s different, and somewhere that stands out from the crowd. Therefore it’s no longer about the crisp white tablecloth and five star service, instead it’s about being amongst others that are equally ‘in the know’. People want something different and if that means sharing a table with a random group of complete strangers, then so be it.

A communal table doesn’t have to be….well….a communal table

One of the benefits of communal tables in café’s are that they can easily be transformed into communal workspaces. Many people work in similar office environments so it’s a familiar concept to many, whereas sitting next to a random stranger who isn’t staring deep into their laptop might make some people feel a little awkward. In other words communal cafe tables can readily become that so called ‘third place’ with little or no adjustment.

Competition is fierce

Since the recession, competition is fierce and for every new cafe opening up, two will be pouring their last espressos for the final time This means that every penny and every person counts. The question is, how do you get more bums on seats when you only have limited floor space? The answer communal tables!

The truth is that communal tables are a double win for café’s and restaurants. Firstly – adding more seating means more room for customers and therefore (hopefully) more profits and secondly – a tightly packed space crammed with people creates an infectious energy which in turn draws in more customers. On top of this, and as an added bonus, customers have the opportunity to meet new friends or even a cute stranger.

Love them or hate them it seems that communal tables are here to stay – Well for the foreseeable future anyway!

If you’re looking for communal tables for your establishment then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a multitude of cafe furniture available for you to browse and buy. All at great prices that won’t break the budget. Log onto our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au to take a closer look. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane, then why not pop into our showroom and take a closer look first hand.

Maximise Your Cafe Seating Potential With Dry Bar Tables

Dry Bar tableOne of the key attributes to any cafe furniture is that it needs to be versatile. Having the ability to adjust your set-up, as and when the needs of your business dictates without being limited by your furniture, is key and this is where dry bar tables come in. So what exactly are they?

In essence dry bar tables are so called because they’re higher than standard tables. As the name suggests they’re bar height, which is approximately 110cms, and are intended for serving snacks or drinks on. So why the term ‘dry bar’?

Useful and versatile

Some dry bar furniture is designed to hold bottles, napkins, bottle openers, and small plates for appetisers, while more elaborate versions are especially built into rooms and many contain wine racks, shelving, and even small fridges. However in its purest form a dry bar table is simply a table that is of bar height. Because of this they come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and designs and serve a twofold purpose.

Firstly they’re multifunctional. This means that they provide both indoor or outdoor platforms where guests can either sit around them on bar stools, or alternatively during busy crowed times, dry bar tables can be used to stand around so that guests have somewhere to put their drinks down on.

Secondly they’re convenient as their lightweight design means that they can be moved in and out of position as and when your business dictates. They’re ideal for placing in awkward spaces or corners where a standard table won’t fit, and are therefore the ideal type of furniture to maximise your cafe space.

Variety of furniture

They say variety is the spice of life and a variety of cafe furniture is definitely something your establishment should have. That is if you want to appeal to all your potential clientele. While a comfortable chair or a sofa is ideal for those who want to linger with a newspaper and a skinny latte, a dry bar table offers busy customers the perfect solution if they want a quick cup of espresso and go. What’s more they’re easily wipeable, so keeping them in tip top condition won’t be a problem.

If you’re looking to add some much needed variety to your cafe or are looking to further maximise your existing space, then dry bar tables offer the ideal solution. Here at Cafe furniture Brisbane we have a wide range of complete dry bar tables as well as separate dry bar table bases and table tops available for you to browse and buy. Check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane why not pop into our showroom where you can see the types of affordable dry bar tables we have first hand.

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Cafe Furniture From A Commercial Supplier

purchasing from commercial supplierWhether you’re refurbishing your cafe or starting out from scratch you can save yourself a lot of money, time, and hassle if you purchase from a commercial supplier as opposed to a retail outlet? Here’s why…

Lower overheads

Firstly most commercial cafe furniture suppliers don’t operate in expensive retail premises that require heating, lighting, and rental costs. Then of course there’s staff costs to consider. On the contrary, many commercial suppliers use a website as their store front and sometimes a smaller local warehouse. Therefore unlike a retail outlet, commercial suppliers can keep their overheads low. In most cases this saving is passed directly onto the customer, so you end up saving money too. In some cases as much as 60%.

Avoiding the sales tactic

A sales person’s job is clearly to make sales and by definition, they’ll have goals and targets they need to hit. For this reason you might be persuaded to buy a particular type of cafe furniture because it’s on the sales person’s radar, rather than being given specific advice of the right type of cafe furniture to suit your needs. Conversely, when you visit a commercial cafe furniture supplier, they’ll provide you with expert advice and design solutions to make sure that you end up with the right furniture to suit your business needs.

Offer realistic payment options

Because commercial cafe furniture suppliers deal mainly with the hospitality trade they will usually offer a variety of payment options that won’t put immediate pressure on your cash flow. Retailers on the other hand don’t want customers to be tied into lengthy payment options and most will only offer an upfront payment system. This in itself can be quite a strain especially when starting out in business.

Access to the latest designs

Most retailers will only carry a limited amount of cafe furniture stock much of which can be found at many other retailers. This is usually the same type of stock that everyone can get their hands on. Commercial cafe suppliers on the other hand usually work closely with the major designers and manufacturers and are therefore more likely to carry the very latest innovative designs that can make your cafe stand out from the crowd.

Longer stocking of items

Cafe furniture retailers tend to rotate their stock every six months or so to maintain customer interest. That’s all well and good, but what about if you need spare parts 3 or 4 months down the line? Conversely commercial suppliers will always make sure that they have access to older stock so if you suffer any breakages or need replacement parts, they can easily and quickly be replaced.

At Cafe furniture Brisbane we’ve been supplying commercial grade cafe furniture to business owners at seriously competitive for many years. We stock the latest styles and designs from some of the top manufacturers. To find out more check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or come and visit our local Brendale showroom to see what we have to offer first hand.