Time To Bring Your Cafe Outside

It’s that time of the year when cafe goers love to pull up a chair outside and sit and people watch while sipping their favourite cup of coffee or long cold drink. Sun and warm temperatures sends people flooding to cafe patio areas, so we thought we’d use this opportunity to give you some tips about using cafe furniture to seamlessly bring that indoor vibe outdoors.

By far the easiest way to blend both your spaces is by using the same style of furniture throughout and colours which complement each other.

Consistent furniture

Using the same style of tables and chairs easily blends your indoor and outdoor space to give a smooth streamlined appearance. Naturally, to do this you’ll need to choose cafe furniture that’s intended for indoor/outdoor use and can withstand the harsh Australian climate. All of our table tops and bases can be used inside and out and we also stock a good selection of chairs for both areas too.

One popular choice in chairs is our Parisian range which are manufactured with steel frames and nylon wicker. They’re robust and comfortable and look great wherever you use them. Another good choice are our designer inspired polypropylene chairs which also stack for convenient storage when you’re not using them outside. The stylish Bella chair is our latest addition and another popular chair is our Ribbons chair. Even when your décor is noticeably different in both of your dining spaces, using consistent furniture provides brand continuity.

Complementing colours

Another easy way to promote a seamless transition from indoors to outside is through the use of colour. Ideally you want colours that complement rather than compete with each other for attention. Too much going on in colour terms is hardly relaxing and is likely to be off putting to customers. Why not try using just one range of chairs and stools, for example, and use maybe black for your indoor seating complemented by bright red seating outside.

Using bold colours such as these serves to clearly define each separate space and by using a particularly vibrant colour outside, it’s an easy way to attract the attention of passers by, also acting as free advertising for your cafe.

So before summer arrives in force why not use your furniture to create a seamless flow from one area to another and grab your share of passers by looking for their place to sit in the sun!

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of indoor and outdoor cafe furniture in styles and colours to suit all tastes and budgets. Browse our online store for inspiration and pop along to our showroom in Brendale to see and try our products for yourself.

Want To Increase Your Profits? Try Creating An Outdoor Patio Area

You can just picture it now. The sound of glasses clinking, gentle laughter, and touches of sunlight casting a golden glow over plates of delicious food. There’s a light summer breeze weaving its way between the tables – not any old tables mind, but the cafe tables on your outdoor patio. These tables are full of happy smiling guests, enjoying the outdoors and spending money on food and drinks.

With Christmas fast approaching there’s never been a better time to consider setting up an outdoor patio. It’s not just about improving your curb appeal or increasing your seating capacity. More importantly it’s about increasing your profits.

You might wonder how an outdoor patio area can increase profits. Simple. It gives your customers more space to hold special events, shows off your cafe to passers-by, and gives them a comfortable place to linger longer and keep the good time flowing.

We’ve put together just a few benefits of incorporating an outdoor patio into your business plan.

Add more space

Adding an outdoor patio gives you more room for other activities and can breath new life into your cafe. Even if you don’t have the space for a full blown patio, you may be able to utilise the pavement space creating an extra vibe. Perhaps you have a flat roof with access. That being the case, what a perfect opportunity to create a trendy cafe bar that could also be used in the evenings and offer more of a secluded feel if you’re stuck bang in the middle of a busy city.

Having a patio area allows you to offer live music and even hold quiz nights. Throw in some patio heaters for those chilly evenings and some twinkly lights, and your cafe will quickly become ‘the place to be’.

Free advertising

A successful outdoor patio is a great way to benefit from free advertising. Depending on your set-up, it may well be the first thing that a potential customer sees. If you’re in a great location near a popular landmark or with a fabulous view, then having outdoor space is a given for your cafe.

There’s nothing like seeing customers enjoying themselves and smelling the delicious aroma of coffee and food, to entice passers-by to grab a seat even if they didn’t know beforehand that this was their intention! Be sure to have your social media hash tags and Instagram user names in full view of your customers so if they take a picture they want to share, they know just how to tag it.

Relaxed customers spend more money

If you already operate a happy hour then why not consider making it exclusive to your patio. It’s a great way of giving happy hour guests their own place to enjoy a drink and snacks, without it feeling too stuffy. As they start to feel relaxed, they’ll also want to stay longer, increasing your sales.

Finally, once you have your patio up and running just make sure to keep it looking clean and attractive at all times and don’t turn into a dumping ground for wobbly tables and ugly chairs. Make sure you have sufficient staff to ensure that guests are quickly welcomed and served. There is nothing worse than feeling as if you’re being totally ignored when sat outside.

Make a success of your patio and you can expect to see a generous return on your investment. To help you set up an outdoor patio, we’re doing a great deal on a cafe starter pack, so why not take a look.