Bar Stools – Your FAQ’s Answered

We’ve been supplying bar stools to cafes, bars, and bistros for many years so if there’s anything you need to know about bar stools, whether you’re a business or a homeowner, we can help.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions together with their answers, but if you need to know anything more, then please don’t hesitate to ask us. How friendly, knowledgeable staff are always pleased to assist in any way they can.

How do I choose the right bar stool for my cafe/bar needs?

Basically there are 3 things to consider when buying a bar stool: style, height, and durability. To make the right choice of seating options you’ll need to decide which option is most important for you. Busy cafes with a high turnover of customers may place durability as their most important option, whereas a high-end bar will probably consider style to be their most important factor.

We supply a wide selection of bar stools in varying styles and materials to meet the needs of all our customers. If you need help with choosing the right bar stools for your venue, we can offer advice.

Where do I buy bar stools? Where can I buy bar stools near me?

It’s always best to purchase bar stools from a reputable furniture supplier. Wholesale suppliers such as ourselves make it our business to stick a wide range of commercial stools for cafes and bars, giving you a variety of seating options. With our knowledhe and expertise we can help recommend the ideal bar stool for your venue.

We have a showroom in Brendale as well as our online store and can ship our cafe furniture anywhere in Australia.

Where can I find cheap stools for my cafe?

Any wholesale supplier wll offer discounts on bulk orders. We specialise in providing cost-effective solutions for all types of venue, be it a small cafe or a large nightclub. Our commercial bar stools are durable enough to withstand the buzz of activity in nightclubs without making a huge dent in your wallet.

How do I know what height of bar stool to choose?

The size of bar stool you require will be based on the height of your counter, bar, or table so you’ll need to have this measurement before ordering. If your measurement is between 90 to 100 cm you should choose a 66cm height and if your measurement is more than 100cm then go for a 76cm height.

How To Make Your Cafe Stand Out From The Others

Us Aussies certainly love our coffee but with so many cafes opening in Brisbane, just how do you stand yours out from the others? We’ve put together a few tips to help.

Mix it up

Cafe goers are a discerning lot and when it comes to coffee they like to have a wide choice to choose from. Long gone are the days when a latte or expresso was something unique and exciting. Instead customers want a variety of coffee beans and alternatives to regular cow’s milk such as oat milk and hazelnut milk.

And what about tea? It’s no longer just a question of with or without sugar. Green tea is growing in popularity as are herbal infusions with customers looking to explore new tastes and sensations. Be sure to add some homemade cakes and pastries into the mix for a totally authentic experience.

Decor you can be proud of

Likewise you can make your cafe stand out with décor that is totally different from anything else that is out there. As an alternative to bland walls why not get some vintage prints of your local area and frame and hang them on the wall. They make a great talking point. Or alternatively, how about displaying local art work – taking a small commission for any sales you make.

Fairly lights trailed around the bar also add personality as does a hand-written menu on a blackboard which you can easily change around to display your specials.

Tableware

Brightly patterned cups and saucers can make your cafe stand out but they don’t all have to be the same. Mixing them up creates more of a homely feel. If you serve tea then perhaps you could display a collection of decorative teapots on a high shelf. How about your takeway cups? These offer a great opportunity to stand out from other cafes and you might want to consider branding, which may cost a little more, but advertises your cafe every time a customer takes one out.

Furniture

Chain cafes are probably the worse offenders when it comes to furniture since it all looks uniform and rather boring. Cafe chairs are a great way to add colour, and they don’t all have to be the same. Mixing and matching colour gives a great sense of warmth and personality, letting customers know that your cafe is owned by a single human being rather than a corporation.

Furniture arrangements

You can also attract interest by arranging your furniture at different angles rather than in straight rows or try mixing heights by using a combination of standard cafe tables with some dry bar tables in the window. Or if you have the space throw in a sofa or some tub chairs for lounging.

Eco-friendly

Finally with all the publicity relating to plastic straws and cups which affect the environment, perhaps it’s time to ditch these and try using paper straws and biodegradable cups. Don’t be shy to show that you’re embracing an eco-friendly ethos – stand tall and be proud.

3 Top Tips For Choosing Cafe Furniture

If you’re just starting up a new cafe or bistro then you’ll need to source furnishings to create a comfortable area for your customers to sit and enjoy themselves. Cafes typically require a mixture of tables, chairs, and bar stools but before rushing out to purchase these you need to do a little research to ensure that you make the right choice.

Naturally the first step is to make a floor plan so that you have in mind the number of tables, chairs and stools that you require. Your floor plan should make the best use of your space so that you can seart as many as people as possible while still leaving sufficient room between the tables. Once you’ve completed your floor plan you’re ready to start looking for your furniture.

Table sizes and shapes

Tables are one of your most important considerations since they take up the majority of your dining space. Moreover you need tables that are just big enough to suit the needs of your customers and no larger and this depends to some extent on the type of food that you’re serving. If for instance your menu consists mainly of snacks, then likely smaller tables will suffice. 600mm tables are always useful since they slot into tight corners and small recesses and these could be paired with a mixture of 700 or 800 mm tables. Rectangular tables are often a good choice because they can be pushed together to seat larger groups when necessary.

Mobility

It’s important that your cafe furniture can be moved around with ease to suit the needs of your business, so you don’t want to be buying anything that’s too heavy. On the other hand, your furniture needs to have enough weight to be sturdy and durable. It’s always wise to purchase commercial furniture since this has been designed especially for the hospitality industry. Another way of being sure that your furniture is suitable for a busy cafe is to buy furniture which has been AFRDI tested. You might also want to consider buying chairs which can be stacked as this allows you to clear the floor quicker and provides a convenient storage solution if space is limited.

Comfort is key

If a customer isn’t sitting comfortably then they’ll find themselves fidgeting and will be unlikely to return to your cafe again, no matter how delicious your food is. Wherever possible visit a cafe furniture showroom so you can try out the chairs and stools for yourself first. Although cushioned seats are likely to be more comfortable than wooden seats, this isn;t always the case if the cushions are lumpy.

Another consideration is the height of your chairs and stools. These need to be neither too high or too low, so have your table height in mind when choosing chairs and stools. The sales person in a furniture showroom should be able to advise you of the correct heights when purchasing chairs and stools.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have an extensive range of cafe furniture including tables, chairs, and bar stools in a wide choice of materials, colours, shapes, and sizes. Better still, we currently have a massive end of financial year sale taking place, so if you’re quick, you could grab yourself a bargain.