What Makes A Great Cafe Table?

Although some cafes just provide counters and standing space, the majority of customers prefer a cafe table. Why? A cafe table is somewhere to place your mug of coffee. It’s your own bit of space in what can be a very busy environment. It’s also somewhere to lean, somewhere to relax, a table on which to have your mobile phone in full view to save keep getting it out of your pocket. It’s also a table around which you can huddle with family or friends as well as make-shift office space for freelancers.

If these aren’t enough reasons, cafe tables also look great and complement your seating, maximise your space, and encourage customers to stay for longer and feel more comfortable. So much so, that they’ll probably even order some food.

So what makes a good cafe table?

The answer to this quite simply is variety. People come to coffee houses for all manner of reasons. Some just want a quick drink and then to be off. Others may be holding an informal business meeting, and some may be catching up with friends for a chat after finishing work.

It’s important to understand your customer’s requirements and offer a variety of tables/seating to suit their needs.

Dry bar tables

Dry bar tables are perfect for optimising your floor space and are ideal for solo diners or couples who have just called in on a whim to grab a quick drink and maybe some food, before going on their way. Have these tables placed near to your door so that customers can enter and leave without having to navigate around a maze of tables and chairs. In your busiest times, you can also use dry bar tables as a place to rest customer drinks when it’s standing room only.

Booth seating

Families or small groups of friends love booth seating since it offers more private space and allows them to supervise their children and be on hand to help cut up their food at the table. They take up less space than regular cafe tables and could be utilised down one side of your seating area

Choice of table sizes

Using a variety of table sizes makes the most of your floor space and allows for increased flexibility. If for example a group of say 6 people come into your cafe, then you might need to move two tables close together to accommodate them, which is why it’s best to have some smaller tables that you can easily place alongside larger ones. 600mm tables are commonly referred to as a ‘table for two’ and these are great for solo diners too, and saves them from taking up a table intended for 4 people.

Communal tables

Communal dining is also a popular choice and these long tables can easily be used alongside one wall. Not only does it make sense to have these tables for parties and special events, but again it means that single diners can easily squeeze in and who knows, meet a new friend in the process. Remember to use side chairs or stools so that you can seat more people without them bashing each other’s elbows when eating.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide assortment of indoor add outdoor tables in different styles, materials, and colours, Why not browse our online store or call into our showroom to see them for yourself. Meanwhile if you need any further information on any of our products just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 and we’ll be pleased to help.

Considering a Cafe Makeover? The Importance Of Wall Colours

If you’re considering a cafe makeover then as well as choosing new furniture you might want to pay careful consideration to the choice of colour for your walls. Colour is a powerful medium to work with. Why? Because it attracts attention, evokes a variety of emotions, and conveys messages. Not only does colour have an impact on the look and feel of your venue, but believe it or not, it can even affect the mood and appetite of your customers. So when carrying out your makeover, selecting your wall colour could be deemed as important as establishing your seating and lighting arrangement, and what music you’re going to be playing. So without further ado let’s dive in and take look at what different colour groups could mean for you:

Greens

Green is the colour of nature and sustainability and also instils a feeling of health and wellness. Soft pastel shades of green look lovely as a backdrop to white furniture or you could use deep greens to add dimension to your interior with some statement lighting. It’s a colour that will make your customers feel relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. It’s also a great colour for promoting your healthy food options.

Reds

Red is the colour of passion and not only makes your heart rate and blood pressure increase, but also triggers faster breathing. Research has shown that reds and oranges can increase a person’s appetite, so by using this bold colour in your cafe, you can hopefully increase your food sales and your revenue.

Yellows

Yellow is a happy, bright colour which makes people feel good about themselves, so much so in fact, that it makes them feel less guilty about tucking into a jam filled doughnut, mid morning. Well, that’s the theory anyhow! It also makes a room feel light and sunny, even on a gloomy day, which is another reason that it could make your customers feel happy, especially in the winter months.

Blues and purples

Blue inspired people to think of the sky or the ocean and can actually make a large space appear more cosy and busier. That said, the wrong shade of blue can make a room feel cold and uninviting. Blue is also not a colour known to increase appetite, That said, it is a colour that’s supposed to make people feel thirsty, so if you want to sell more coffee and soft drinks, then we’d suggest using blue as an accent colour rather than on your walls.

Light colours

Light pastel shades such as white, ivory, and pale grey will help to make a small room appear much larger, brighter, and airier and also helps to put your customers in a relaxed mood. White in particular gives a feeling of cleanliness and hygiene, which makes it an excellent choice for a cafe or restaurant. Too much white, however, can make an interior appear sterile and clinical, so try introducing a couple of warm accent colours to make your seating area appear more welcoming. This could be by means of bold prints on the walls, colourful china, or even the furniture itself.

When choosing your colours think about what best represents you and your brand, and consider the colours that your competition may be using. It’s always a good idea to take a look at a colour wheel before choosing your colours, that way you can see for yourself which colours act as a bold contrast and which work together in harmony and then apply it to your décor.

Here at Cafe Furniture as well as giving free advice, we also stock a wide range of cafe furniture in a variety of materials and colours, so if you’re looking to inject some colour through furniture, then browse our online store or visit our showroom and get inspired. If you need any more information on any of our products then please just give us a call on 07 3205 1626 and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be pleased to assist.