How To Get A Booth and Table Combo Right

cafe booth seatingMost of us love cafes and bars with booths and usually they’re the first type of seating to get fully occupied. However having the right booth and table design can be an important factor when considering both customer comfort and ease of access for waiters and waitresses. In short, a cafe needs to have the correct booth specifications, accurate measurements, and the right type of table to get the most from their booth seating.

Leave enough gut space

Gut space is important since it’s a term used to describe the space between the top edge of the table and where a customer’s back meets the back of the booth seat. It’s important to make sure that this isn’t too narrow as customers who feel cramped may well get up and leave. Generally you need to leave around 16 to 20 inches but you can leave a little more to allow for easier movement.

The good news about booth seating is that estimates say that a 4 seater booth is likely to take up around 1.93 to 2.25 square metres whereas open seating can take between 3.32 to 3.54 square metres. As such it can be seen that booth seating is a great way of maximising floor space, getting more bums on seats, and ultimately increasing your revenue.

Consider using radius corners

Radius or rounded corners on your cafe table are a great match with a booth since it makes your cafe user friendly and comfortable for customers. Because there are no sharp edges customers won’t be bumping into unforgiving edges which may bruise their legs and make it a hassle to squeeze into a booth. It may seem a small touch, but trust us it makes all the difference.

Choose the right base

In a cafe setting it’s essential to use the proper table base for restaurant seating that works. To give your customers more space and comfort, it’s a good idea to use a cantilever base. Not only do they offer great support for a loaded table, but they also provide plenty of customer leg space. This type of base also makes it easier for restaurant staff to clean the booth ready for the next customers.

The benefits of booth seating are plentiful and if you can mix and match these with other types of seating, not only will you be catering for a wider range of clientele, but you’ll be taking full advantage of your available floor space. Follow the tips above to make sure that your booth seating is comfortable and offers a welcoming intimate area for small groups to sit together.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we provide booth seating and a wide range of tables and bases, so why not take a look in our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to see for yourself. Meanwhile, if you need any information or advice on any of our products please don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3205 1616, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.

How To Choose The Right Cafe Table Base

cafe table baseCafe furniture table bases come in various shapes, sizes, and weight so choosing the right type for your business can be a tricky task with plenty of styles to choose from. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide range of table bases so we’ve put together some tips to help narrow down your options.

Style

Round bases

Round bases are one of the most popular styles of cafe table base and are best suited to round table tops. They offer more stability to a round table than a square base does, and also provide a flat area for customers to place their feet.

Square bases

These are a good choice for a large table that needs two bases. Owing to their large surface they offer greater stability and space for feet.

X-Shaped bases

These are a preferred shape of base when space is limited since they allow more room for chairs to be pushed in under the table.

Tripod bases

Similar to X-shaped bases these again offer more room for chairs to be pushed beneath the table. However, because of their smaller surface area they don’t offer as much stability as round or square bases.

Bolt down bases

As their name suggests these bases bold down onto the ground preventing table movement and offering a secure connection. It does mean however that the table position is permanent, so they are limiting in that respect. In addition they also allow for good mobility access.

FLAT bases

These bases utilise FLAT technology which means that the table legs automatically adjust and lock in place to keep a table stable on any type of surface, smooth or uneven.

Height

Cafe table bases also come in various heights, depending on the purpose of the table. These include coffee table height of 450mm, cafe table height of 720mm, and dry bar table height of 1050mm.

Material

Cafe table bases are made from differing materials with the most common being stainless steel, aluminium, cast iron, and wood. Stainless steel is one of the best choices because it is rust resistant and can therefore be used inside and outdoors. Aluminium is also a good choice because it’s light in weight but very durable.

Finish

Most people tend to think first of all about the type of finish for their table base. The most common finishes are chrome, brushed steel, or black, although many of them are finished with a powder coating too. Black is great for a traditional finish or looks fantastic with white if you’re looking to create impact. Brushed steel offers more of a contemporary finish and looks amazing with light ash wood as well as coloured resin table tops.

If you need any help in choosing the right table bases for your needs then just give us a call on 07 3205 1616 or pop into our showroom in Brendale and we’ll be delighted to assist.

How To Use Timber Cafe Furniture to Create A Variety Of Looks

oak ladder back chair with cushionWe’re currently running a sale on timber for the whole of May so we thought a post giving you a few hints and tips of how to incorporate some of the products we have on offer was probably quite appropriate.

Timber is one of those materials that lends a warm feel to an interior so it’s always good to include some timber furniture whenever possible. Timber often conjures up images of traditional, rustic furniture such as in ladder back chairs, Detroit stools, and Bentwood furniture, but as you’ll see from our Madeline chairs, it can also look ultra modern. Timber also has the ability to be mixed and matched with other materials to create different effects.

Traditional

If you’re after a traditional look then we currently have walnut table tops on offer which easily attach to most table bases, so you can create your own style of table. To go with these we’re also discounting the price on our walnut ladder back chairs, which come with or without a cushion. To add interest and height to your interior why not include some ladder back bar stools which could be placed in corners with some bar tables. Taking up less space than chairs, they’ll also maximise your floor space and, hopefully your profits. Walnut can create a dark looking space so why not go for a vibrant colour on your walls to offset dark furniture. A spicy wine colour will add warmth and depth even in a small cafe and you could use a few gild edged mirrors on the walls to bounce the light around. Another trick is to use a couple of statement chandeliers which also light up your space really well.

Modern

If your cafe has a modern theme then our Madeline chairs could fit in really well. Sleek and contemporary they’re made from plywood and aluminium so wouldn’t look out of place in an industrial setting. The waterfall edge to the front of the seat makes them really comfortable while the cut out in the top of the chair makes a quirky design feature and also acts as a carry handle. Why not be bold and use the pink Madeline chairs sat around jet black table tops to add a real burst of colour. Or for a funky look, you could use white tables and place an assortment of coloured Madeline chairs around them.

Don’t forget the little ones

Finally, we’ve got high chairs on sale for our youngest diners available in walnut, mahogany and oak. Perfect for placing at the end of tables, they allow parents to enjoy a coffee and slice of cake without having to balance a wriggling tot on their laps.

Why not take a look at our timber sale and get inspired. If you’d like more information on any of our products then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3205 1616 or pop into our Brendale warehouse and take a look for yourself.

Cafe Tables and Chairs – Is Colour Really That Important?

colourful specta chairsYou may already know that certain colours represent different moods but did you know that it can affect how you feel too? For example the colour blue isn’t widely used in café’s or restaurants because bizarrely, it’s supposed to be an appetite suppressant. Whether that’s true or not I’m not entirely sure, however when it comes to finding the right colour tables and chairs for your establishment, the colour you choose just might be more important than you think. Let’s take a closer look.

Red/Yellow

In the same way that vast swathes of blue suppress your appetite, primary colours including red and yellow tend to have the opposite effect and induce appetite. For this reason large restaurant chains such as Mcdonalds use red and yellow in many of their thousands of premises. This doesn’t mean that you have to paint entire swathes of walls yellow and buy quantities or crimson red furniture (not unless you want to of course), however by picking out particular accents in these colours, it’s said to produce the same effect. Try chrome chairs for example set against red table tops. Or how about dark mahogany tables with accents of red and yellow in the form of table settings or seating cushions. Alternatively yellow polypropylene chairs against crisp white tables on an outside terrace will give you an amazing pop of colour.

Purples and Blacks

Purple or shades of it is certainly the ‘in’ colour right now and goes so well with black. Both have a cutting edge contemporary feel which when used together can create a chic modern feel that can really look amazing A word of warning however – do use them sparingly otherwise it can make the venue appear dark and dingy. This I’m guessing isn’t the look you really want to create.

Brown’s, Greys, and Creams

These colours may seem a little drab but they’re earth colours so they’re considered calming and soothing. As a result people immediately feel relaxed when they walk in. These neutral hues can also take strong splashes of accent colours giving the cafe owner much flexibility in design. This is why they’re frequently used. For instance wooden cafe seating or tables in walnut or mahogany can give a venue a rich sumptuous feel when paired with rich cream walls. Alternatively light ash furniture set against the backdrop of light grey walls gives a modern contemporary beach side feel. Throw in accent colours of pistachio and mauve and you have a cool twist on a Miami Beach look.

As you can see colours aren’t just about design they also play a big part in mood setting. Thankfully when it comes to purchasing cafe furniture we have a wealth of products available on our website. In fact, with hundreds of styles, designs, materials, and colours to choose from we’re confident you’ll find the right cafe furniture for your venue. If you need further assistance you can always contact us on 07 3205 1616 and our experienced team can help. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane why not pop into our showroom and see for yourself first hand.