Our Favourite Wood Chairs

If you’re looking to create a timeless look in your cafe then nothing does it better than the smooth finish of a classic wood cafe chair. And when you want elegance and durability, nothing beats walnut, oak, or beech minus the stuffiness.

From a dark ebony finish to a colourful upholstered seat, we adore modern wood cafe chairs for the warmth and comfort they can bring to your dining space. We thought we’d share 4 of our favourite wood chairs in celebration of a style that never dies.

Ladder back chair

Ladder back chairs have been in existence for centuries which just goes to show the longevity of a good design. Nice and chunky, this particular ladder back chair is constructed from light oak, which gives it more of a modern aesthetic, with a padded black vinyl cushion. This type of chair is instantly recognisable and in that way it feels comfortable and almost reassuring – a bit like being reunited with an old friend.

No. 18 Bentwood chair with embossed seat

We just had to include a bentwood chair amongst our favourites. We adore the curves which bentwood use both in the backs of their chairs and the sea – which in this case is also embossed for a subtle but decorative effect. Again, this chair is instantly recognisable and one you’ll see in loads of cafes. It presents just the right amount of whimsy and nostalgia, adding a Parisian feel to your dining space.

Bow Chair

Okay, we put our hands up and admit that this chair is a bit of a cheat since it’s designed to look like wood but is in fact constructed from metal with a wood finish. We felt we had to include it, because it of its modernist style with a high rounded back rest and a boxy body. Shown here in walnut with a padded vinyl seat, it’s a thing of beauty and extremely durable too.

Cross back metal chair in light timber

Again, this chair is a bit of a cheat but it is one of our firm favourites because we just love mix material chairs and this one has a steel frame with a timber seat and back rest. Styled in a bentwood fashion the cross back gives it real impact and because of the mixed materials it works well in traditional style decors as well as with industrial decors. Love it!

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide range of cafe chairs to suit all tastes, decor, and budget. Why not take a look in our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to try them out for yourself. If you’ve got any questions for us, then please just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616.

How To Love Low Stools And Where To Use Them

As I was wondering what to post on the blog this morning a thought suddenly floated into my mind about low stools. I don’t know why, but it did! Anyway I was wondering whether cafe owners actually know where and how to use low stools, only I’ve noticed a lack of them in many of the cafes that I frequent. So I’ve put together 5 ways you can utilise the humble low stool into your venue.

1.Place them round your communal tables

There’s no denying that communal dining tables are growing in popularity, but one thing I hate is the way that so often they’re paired with bulky benches that you have to climb over if there are people already seated. Instead why not replace benches with small stools. Not only do they give a person easier access to their own individual seat but in addition they tend to make the table feel more spacious and are far easier to move around for cleaning. Minus backrests they feel less formal and encourage interaction among diners – which surely is their purpose?

2. Ideal for multi-use areas

Cafes often have areas which are intended for different uses and whereas it’s harder to move bulky chairs around, it’s a doddle to pick up low stools and place them where the needs of your customers determine.

3. Great for high traffic areas

Low bar stools are often paired with small bistro tables subtly indicating to customers that these are intended for a relatively short sit time. It’s a good idea to place these in areas close to the door for people wanting to have a quick coffee, then get up and dash. This kind of convenience seating could also be placed near the point where customers order take-outs so they have somewhere to sit for a short while. Less invasive and extremely functional, most cafes have a need for this type of seating combo.

4. Less visually distracting

There’s a trend for bold graphics on walls which personally I love to see in a cafe, however often chair backs can be distracting. By using low stools, customers can sit and take in the artwork on the walls and the feast of subtle designs that all add to the overall vision without anything hampering the design.

5 Add personality to neutral spaces

Generally speaking low stools are less expensive than chairs and bar stools because of  their small stature. Since they come in some bold colours they can make quite a statement. Try using them in neutral spaces to add a splash of colour or to breathe new life into a space that is awkward and uninviting. One of favourite low stools for adding colour is our replica Tolix stool which can also double as a small casual table if you place a tray on it.

Here at Cafe Furniture we’ve got plenty of low stools to choose from, including our industrial inspired Detroit adjustable stools and our quirky Hairpin stool. Another great little stool is the Latte which comes in black or red and has a removable lid allowing you to use the inside for storage. It’s currently on sale, so you could save yourself some money too.

What does that symbol mean?

You may have noticed the FSC logo on some of our products and be wondering what it means?











The Forest Stewardship Council is an international association of members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people’s organisations, responsible corporations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organisations from around the world.

But why should you care?

It is important to us that the timber that we sell is sourced in the most responsible way possible, not only because its better for the environment but also because you as the customer have the right to know where your purchases are coming from.


FSC has a global forest certification system to provide a guarantee that forest products come from responsibly managed sources. The system has two key components:

  • Forest Management (FM) certification shows that forest managers or owners are managing their forests in a responsible way. forest management certification is a guarantee your processes and operations meet FSC standards;
  • Chain of Custody (CoC) certification provides a guarantee about the production and source of FSC-certified products. it is for for businesses manufacturing or trading forest products. Chain of Custody certification verifies that products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

We have made many changes to our sourcing processes to ensure we are in accordance with FSC principles and criteria.  This means following exact social and environmental guidelines, and often requires adaptation and evolution to our existing management and operational practices.