How To Design Your Cafe Layout Using These Top Tips

caffe-layoutThe way you design and lay out your cafe is probably the most important aspect of your business. Aside from the great coffee and home made cakes, if people feel comfortable and relaxed in your venue it will keep them coming back for more. In addition get your layout wrong and you could be seating less people than you should and ultimately, that means a loss of revenue. With these factors in mind, here are some top tips to planing your venue layout that you might want to follow.

Think about your customers

While it’s true that you’ll want to seat as many people as possible to maximise your space, you’ll need to leave enough space in between tables in order to allow the free movement of people and staff. As a general rule of thumb, allow around 45cms between tables. In addition you should also consider wheelchair access. You’ll need about 90 inches of clearance space in main thoroughfares to allow wheelchairs safe passage to tables.

The other point you might want to think about is mixing your tables to suit the needs of your clientele. For example not everyone wants to sit at a standard square 4-person table. Instead for better appeal you might want to look at incorporating smaller 2 person tables (ideal for slotting into alcoves and nooks) sofas and bench seating for larger groups, office areas where business owners can work while away from the office, and don’t forget high chairs and seating for children.

Furniture quality

Let’s face it, you could serve the finest coffee in Brisbane but if your seating just isn’t comfortable, people aren’t going to hang around. That said comfort should also be balanced with durability. Always purchase commercial-grade cafe furniture and make sure that tables, chairs, and seating booths can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth without causing damage to the finish. To ensure comfort, then never purchase without trying it out for yourself first. That’s just asking for trouble. Instead if it’s good enough for you, it’s probably going to be good enough for your customers. For best advice, always choose cafe furniture that offers the highest quality of both comfort and practicality and that doesn’t exceed your budget.

Anchored or portable?

While there may be a plethora of cafe furniture designs utilising a multitude of materials, colours, and finishes, there really are only two styles. These are anchored and portable furniture. Anchored seating refers to furniture that’s permanently fixed to either the floor or the wall. These include furniture such as seating booths. On the contrary portable or ‘floating’ tables can be positioned anywhere to suit the requirements of your business. There are obvious benefits to both styles, however experts agree that the best approach for a successful cafe layout is a combination of both.

The trick is to think about the needs of your customers, choose your furniture wisely, and make sure you leave sufficient space. Do this and it’s easier to efficiently optimise your space in order to gain maximum revenue.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide range of commercial-grade cafe furniture available for you to browse and buy. Why not take a closer look at our website or visit our Brendale Showroom to see for yourself. Contact us on 07 3205 1616 to find out more.

How to Increase Your Revenue By Up to 30%

Stephanie chair in blue

There are plenty of ways to attract new customers to your cafe but during the spring, summer, and autumn, outdoor seating is in the No. 1 spot. No matter what type of establishment you run, a simple patio or deck can increase your revenue by up to 30%.

So what is it about outdoor seating which has such a large effect on a cafe’s customer base? There are several reasons but most of them revolve around comfort. Many people say that eating alfresco makes the food taste better while others simply enjoy looking at a view while dining with friends or family.

With the beautiful weather that Australia has it makes sense for any cafe owner to think about taking advantage of it by creating an outdoor area where customers can dine or relax over a cappuccino; and with the stylish furniture that Cafe Furniture Brisbane offers, you can easily accommodate a growing number of customers, quickly and efficiently.

Choosing the right furniture for an outdoor area

There are plenty of things to consider when choosing outdoor furniture. First and foremost it needs to be durable, after all the last thing you want to see is furniture which warps or cracks after prolonged exposure to the elements. Typically you need to choose commercial outdoor furniture since this is specifically designed to withstand all the rigours of a (hopefully) bustling cafe.

For example, our premium chairs with arms are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and made from polypropylene with brushed aluminium legs to prevent rust. They’ve also passed AFRDI testing which will give you even more peace of mind. Available in a range of vibrant colours, including mint green, orange, pink, purple, red and blue, they’re both practical, colourful, and fun. To set different areas apart you could choose a couple of colours to keep the same theme but add a little extra pizazz.

Comfort is another thing to consider. Just because a chair looks good it doesn’t always mean it’s comfortable. If a chair is uncomfortable a customer is likely to beat a quick retreat and probably won’t come back again. The more time a customer stays at your venue, the more he or she is likely to spend. A loyal returning customer is also known to spend more than a new customer so it pays to nurture your valuable clientele. Our Stephanie chairs are a perfect example of chairs which will keep your customers sitting in their seats. Designed for outdoor use, they’re also extremely durable because of the weatherproof moulded resin that they’re made from.

In terms of outdoor tables you need to consider something that is low maintenance and water resistant. We stock a wide range of Werzalit and Isotop tables which fit the bill, so why not take a look at them.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’re also holding a sale on outdoor chairs for the whole of October, so it’s a great time to buy. Browse our online store, or call into our Brendale showroom to see our products first hand. Alternatively if you need any more information on any of our products just give us a call on 07 3205 1616.