Ottomans – More Useful Than You Might Think

Casual seating is a prerequisite of most cafes and comes in all shapes and forms. You’ve probably considered bar stools but how about adding a few ottomans into the mix? Ottomans are great for small spaces and suitable for most ages – kids just love ’em! An ottoman is also a piece of furniture that adds interest as well as functionality.

How to use your ottoman

Ottomans are extremely versatile and whereas they may once have served as an item of furniture on which to suppport your legs and take the weight of them, they can also be used for casual dining purposes. We’ve put together a few suggestions for how you could utilise ottomans in your cafe, so let’s dive straight in and take a look:

  • If you’ve got sofas and/or tub chairs in your lounging areas, then chances are that you need a small table close by for customers to place down their drinks or plates of food. An ottoman makes a great side table and can be used in place of a low standing coffee table. Since our ottomans have padded tops you can simply place a tray on top to keep the surface flat and with their soft rounded corners, they’re also child friendly.

  • You might have managed to squeeze a small 600ml table into a tight corner or small alcove but what about a chair? Our ottomans make the perfect seating option in areas where space is limited. What’s more, when they’re out of use they can be sat beneath the table out of the way.

  • Continuing on from the point above, ottomans are perfect for those busy times of the day when there just aren’t enough seats to go around. Why not keep two or three ottomans tucked away beneath a counter or in a corridor so that you can quickly bring them out as additional seating for children or adults.

  • Our ottomans are stylish and colourful so why not use a few to add a pop of colour to a neutral palette. With a choice of black, burnt orange, or bright red they’ll fit into most decors and with a lovely padded vinyl seat, they’re also easy to keep clean and maintain.

Our ottomans work well both in traditonal and modern settings. The burnt orange ottomans look great with oak table tops to create a warm, cosy ambience. Or you could try pairing our black or red ottomans with glossy black table tops or crisp white table tops for a look that is classy and sophisticated.

As well as ottomans we also supply drum stools which serve a similar purpose. With these you can use the band of white around the middle to advertise your brand name and phone number, so your customers don’t forget whose cafe they’re sitting.

Small, portable, and extremely functional isn’t it time you embraced the concept of ottomans in your cafe?

Create A Cosy Cafe Ambience With Timber Furniture

Since we’re well into autumn some of you may be considering ways to create more of a cosy ambience for the cooler months. Aside from changing your décor or lighting you may want to take this opportunity of upgrading your cafe furniture. While there are many different materials for cafe furniture including metal, rattan, polypropylene, and aluminium, timber is still one of the most popular choices, after all there’s nothing compares to the warm, rich feel of timber.

If your cafe has an organic theme then choosing timber for your furniture makes total sense and will make your establishment feel warm and welcoming. Depending on the colour of the timber, wood furniture fits into practically any establishment with light coloured wood such as ash being suited to modern minimist styles and darker woods like oak and walnut fitting well into more traditional settings.

That said, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of timber furniture:

Strong and durable

Timber is robust and durable so it makes a perfect choice for the busiest of cafes or bars. The durability factor makes it a good investment for the long term and maintenance is relatively easy too, since most timber furniture can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and buffed dry with a dry cloth. If you’ve got an industrial theme, then why not consider furniture options which use a marriage of metal and wood – for a look that is bang on trend.


We’re doing all we can to stock timber furniture that has been sourced responsibly with newly planted forests taking the place of trees that have been harvested. (Look for the green FSC sign next to these products). The carbon footprint associated with timber is also considerably lower than with other materials, so there’s never been a better reason to consider timber.


Timber comes in a huge range of shades and grains, with the beauty being that no-one piece is ever exactly the same as another. With so many styles of timber furniture and a great choice of stains or paint finishes, it’s easy to find something to match your décor.


We touched upon this at the beginning of this blog post and it’s true to say that timber has to be the most versatile type of furniture capable of fitting into any type of setting. Although timber is widely used for indoor furniture it looks just as lovely outside and creates a totally natural vibe. Wood is generally treated with oil to preserve its natural moisture and prevent it from drying out or cracking, so it can even be used in our harsh Australian climate. Teak is probably one of the most common woods used outdoors and can be found in numerous styles from picnic style table and chairs to bistro table and chairs.

If you’re looking for timber cafe furniture then why not browse our online store or visit our showroom for a closer look. With a wide variety of styles to choose from, you;re sure to get inspired. What’s more, we’re currently offering 10% off all timber furniture, so it wod be a shame if you missed out.

Top Ideas For Cafe Furniture and Its Upkeep

Cafes brimming with personality and an assortment of furniture styles and colours are an immediate hit with people looking for a place to meet up with friends, take their kids, or even conduct an informal business meeting.

However, decorating your cafe and choosing the right kind of furniture can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve put together a few design ideas and maintenance tips to help you.

Modern Industrial Vibe

The first step to designing your interior is to ask yourself what sort of dining experience your customers are looking for. Having decided on your theme the next task is to choose relevant furniture and fittings. If your cafe has large open spaces and high ceilings, then it’s a perfect fit for an industrial theme, which shows no sign of losing its popularity. Industrial design features natural materials such as timber, concrete, and steel and these need to be taken into account when selecting your furniture.

Industrial style furniture

Your choice of furniture needs to complement your theme and incorporate some of the natural materials used in the décor. Tolix chairs are widely popular in industrial style cafes because of ther sleek simplistic lines and their metal finish. These can be paired with Tolix style industrial tables or why not experiment with some large timber communal tables. These look great paired with timber and metal stools which take up less room than chairs, and lend themselves to the concept of a casual dining experience. Pendant lighting suspended over the tables creates the perfect finishing touch.

Tub armchairs

These are ideal for cafes with lower ceilings and more narrow spaces and help to create a cosy, intimate vibe. They can be paired with some colourful table designs and Led lighting to add colour and ambience.

Bar stools

Most cafes are equipped with a high tone bar and what better way to complement this than with bar stools that are always popular with customers. If you’re seeking elegant bar stools then you might want to consider stools such as Bentwood, or for something more traditional then ladder back stools fit the bill perfectly. You may also like some of our industrial styled metal framed stools with their timber seats such as our Cargo, Hairpin, and Detroit stools.

Tips for cleaning and maintenance

Selecting the right style of furniture means considering whether its the right material for where it’s to be used. Much outdoor furniture is made from polypropylene which is UVA resistant and weather resistant, so all it needs to keep it clean is a wipe with a damp cloth and mild cleaning solution.

Unless timber has been oiled to protect it from heat, scratches, and water related problems, then it’s best to limit the use of timber tables and chairs to indoor use. Be careful that they’re not in the full sun or this can cause uneven fading. You might want to consider using table clothes, if this is the case.

All cafe furniture should be checked regularly for any sign of missing or loose screws. In addition it should be wiped over with a soft damp cloth to remove any debris or stains. Remember to finish with a dry cloth to prevent damage to the timber.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of cafe furniture in a variety of styles, colours, and materials so why not check it out and get inspired. As well as our online stores, we have a number of physical showrooms where you can see our products first hand.