3 Reasons That Customers Prefer Booths

Many cafes and restaurants prefer to offer their customers a choice of seating options including chairs, bar stools, and booths. They also often feature a variety of table sizes and heights. This all contributes to ensuring your customers have a positive experience when they come to your café. Why is it, though, that many customers prefer booths over other styles of seating?

But before we go into the whys and wherefores, what exactly is a booth?

In café or restaurant terms it’s a type of bench seat which comes in a variety of lengths and configurations to seat several people at a time. Booths are typically made from wood with vinyl upholstery covering padded seats, which makes them extremely comfortable, and similar to sitting on a sofa. Many people find them to be more comfortable than chairs.

It’s unusual for cafes or restaurants to provide just booth seating because having a variety of other table and chair options gives more flexibility, and not every customer wants to sit in a booth.

When customers make a beeline for booths it’s usually for the following 3 reasons:

  1. Privacy – Booths are usually partially enclosed and offer more privacy than when sitting at a table on a chair. Booths can lessen the noise so that it’s easier to hold a conversation. Other customers like the intimate feeling of a booth and being able to sit that much closer to their friends and family. Families, in particular feel they have more control over young children when they’re within the confinements of a booth.
  2. Comfort – The next reason for choosing booths is for the comfort they offer. Since most booths are designed on similar lines to a sofa, customers enjoy sitting on a padded seat with a comfortable padded back rest as well. Also, some customers may feel more secure sitting in a booth because they can place items like handbags on the seat right next to them.
  3. Convenience– Customers often choose booths because of the fact that they are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of serving staff moving in between tables and customers pulling out their chairs as they come and go. If they’re sitting on the inside of the booth, then usually the waiter or waitress serves from one side only, so there is minimum disturbance should they be sitting trying to do some work in relative peace and quiet.

In general, booths make customers feel more relaxed and at home by having their own private space. If you’re on a date or you’re meeting a client, then a booth is always the best choice for the occasion. The main thing to consider is that your customers want to enjoy a positive experience which goes beyond the food and drink served.

 

All You Need To Know About Buying Eco Friendly Furniture

Due to the increased awareness of caring for our environment in whatever way we can, eco friendly products have altered the way we think, from the foods we choose to eat, the products we buy, and even to the furniture we choose. As the interest in sustainability continues to increase, we’ve put together a few tips to filling your café or bar with furniture that’s kind for the environment.

Where to start?

Before setting out on your eco-friendly furniture search, you’ll need to do a little research. Nowadays, it’s easy to spot sustainable furniture since companies state the source of their materials. To make better informed choices, however, we suggest that you find out more about what the various certificates mean as well as carrying out a little research into the background of the supplier or store, where you’re getting your furniture from.

Buy local

Eco-friendly doesn’t automatically have to mean buying brand new. Using second hand furniture to furnish your café or bar, means less new resources are being utilised. You can always give your furniture a lick of paint or reupholster it, to match the décor or theme of your venue.

Choose recycled materials

The list of recycled materials is expanding. This means you’ll find more furniture being made from materials such as cork, flax, rubber and straw. Once these materials have reached the end of their life span, it’s possible for innovative designers to recycle them into new and exciting types of furniture, helping to avoid the growing amount of landfill waste.

Repair it

People often overlook the durability of quality products. For instance, if a solid oak table can be repaired, then there’s less chance of it ending up in the landfill. As well as lowering your carbon footprint, you’re also saving some extra money by not replacing yet another item of furniture.

What about when you’re finished with your furniture, what should you do?
As you’re well aware trends and tastes come and go, and what you once loved may suddenly not fill you with joy like it used to. That doesn’t mean other people won’t fall in love with it as you did. While it sounds obvious, by recycling your unwanted furniture, it keeps the cycle flowing and helps keep the environment more sustainable.

At Café Furniture Brisbane our sustainably sourced wood products are clearly marked with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo to enable you to identify it quickly.

Buying Bar Stools – We Answer Your FAQ’s

If you’re in need of bar stools, then you’ve come to the right place. We stock a wide range of stools in a variety of materials, designs, and sizes to meet all your bar stool needs. However, navigating the field of bar stools can be daunting so we’ve answered some of the questions people often ask, to help you with your choice.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions together with their answers, but if you need any more information, then please just get in touch. Our 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?

In essence, you need to decide on the material, whether that be wood or metal, or even a combination of both. This decided, you can  move on to a style that suits your décor or theme.

Industrial decors suit metal stools such as our Tolix stools. These come in a variety of colours and are durable, lightweight, and stack for convenience. Alternatively, you may want to consider a metal and wood combo. These combine a metal frame with a timber seat and/or backrest. Some of our favourites include the Detroit stool which allows you to adjust the height by swivelling the seat, our Hairpin stools and the Cargo stools. If you want a stool with a back rest, then take a look at our Bentwood styles.

To make the right choice of stool 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.

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 such as Café Furniture Brisbane. We source the best products out there at some of the best prices too, thanks to the relationships we’ve built up over the years with our suppliers. It’s good to offer a variety of stools in your venue and since most of our styles come in a variety of heights, too, you can keep a uniform look whether you need low stools or high stools.

We’ve recently opened a new showroom in Brisbane so why not come along and take a look for yourself. You can also purchase from our online store knowing that we ship Australia wide.

Where can I find cheap stools for my cafe?

Like any wholesale supplier we offer discounts on bulk orders. We also run regular promotions throughout the year and are currently offering a 10% discount on all timber products, so today might just be a good day to place and order and save yourself some money. Our commercial bar stools are durable enough to withstand a buzz of activity and won’t make a huge dent in your wallet.

What height of bar stool will I need?

The size of bar stool you require depends 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.

 

 

Add Some Colour with Our Replica Tolix Chairs

Have you been considering adding some much-needed colour to your café for a while now? Well, the good news is that our replica Tolix chairs are available in a wide range of gorgeous shades and hues.

With the latest addition of antique metallic colours, including copper, gold and silver we now have a whopping 11 colour options for you to choose from. With sale prices as low as $36 per chair for some of the range, not only is this a popular and iconic item of furniture, but it’s a budget friendly option too.

These colourful additions to our Tolix range come at a time when many cafes are switching from dark, industrial decors which have been popular in recent years to more natural atmospheres with splashes of vibrant colour. Colour palettes are bright and paired with textures such as wood and rattan to give a warm, welcoming vibe.

What is our Tolix replica chair?

It takes its inspiration from the famous Tolix chair designed by Xavier Pauchard in the 1930’s. Designed out of a need for cheap practical furniture, it was soon to be found in Paris in all the bars and clubs, in hospitals, and even in schools. At one point, breweries were even giving the Tolix chair away when a bar decided to stock their beer.

In the years following its creation, Pauchard tweaked the design so it was lighter and stackable. It’s timeless design means it’s still hugely popular the world over.

Features of our replica Tolix chair

  • Manufactured in the same way as the original from strong, durable steel
  • Stackable up to 10 chairs
  • Rubber gliders to protect your floor from being scratched
  • Finished with powder coated paint which offers protection and durability
  • Available in different styles such as with timber seats or vinyl cushions
  • Available in metallic shades as well as black, white, apple green, sky blue, yellow, red, and orange

Stools to match

Stools are extremely useful in café settings and look wonderful lined up beneath counters or grouped around bar chairs. Customers love a choice of seating and they’ll love our replica Tolix stools, too.

Available in 3 heights, small, medium, and tall, these versatile stools are available in a variety of colours to complement our Tolix chairs.

Try using them as an accent colour to liven up a bland palette or choose black and white chairs to create a feeling of drama. Alternatively, why not have some fun and pick out 3 or 4 colours from our Tolix chairs and place them around simple wooden tables for a look that’s colourful and inviting.

 

 

 

4 Unique Chairs to Buy for Your Café

Even though you may have thought there were more than enough coffee shops and cafes in Brisbane, still more keep popping up. As such, it’s becoming increasingly harder for café owners to differentiate their café from the competition.

Quirky menus, specialist coffees, and an original interior are all sure-fire ways of making your café stand out from the others, but it’s equally important not to underestimate the role your furniture can play in creating a warm and welcoming ambience which entices customers to return time and time again.

In this post we’ve put together 4 unique chair options for your café to help you stand it out.

Bronx Chair in Black

This sleek contemporary chair has a minimalist sleigh style frame in black which is crafted from steel for added durability. It contrasts particularly well with the reclaimed natural oak back and seat which gives an attractive timber look, that is so much on trend right now. The slightly curved seat back ensures your customers remain comfortably seated throughout their duration while sliders under the feet prevent any damage occurring to the floor. The chair is also stackable and easy to clean, making it perfect for busy cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Hairpin Chair in Black

Hairpin furniture is enjoying a revival both commercially and in the home. It’s one of our favourite styles and we just can’t get enough of it. The hairpin chair was originally designed by Henry P Glass and was a true war time invention, created out of war time spirit. It was popular because it used less materials to make while retaining the strength of a traditional leg. Our hairpin chair boasts a timber seat and a black powder coated steel frame. It’s perfect for slotting into an industrial theme, mid century modern setting, or even a contemporary interior, such is its versatility. It even stacks for convenient storage.

Resin Cross Back Chair in White

If you’re looking for a simple white café chair which can be used indoors and outside, then it has to be the resin cross back chair in white. This stylish chair oozes sophistication with its rounded seat and crossed slants to support the back. It’s made from polypropylene with steel rods inside for added durability. Lightweight easy to clean, and perfect for creating a seamless flow from one area of your café to another, it’s a great little chair.

Ladder back stool in dark walnut with caramel cushion

They say it’s always best to offer your customers a variety of seating which is why we’ve chosen this classic ladder-back stool in dark walnut wood with a warm caramel cushion. This tall bar stool is perfect for lining up beneath counters or for grouping around bar tables set around the corners of your dining area. Robust, and sturdy, it’s the perfect seat for solo diners wanting to interact with the bar person rather than be stuck in a corner out of sight. The stool is easy to maintain since the vinyl cushion can be quickly wiped free of any stains and the stool is light enough to be moved from one area to another as the needs of your business dictate.

Buying the right café furniture

If you’re looking to make your café stand out for the crowd, Café Furniture Brisbane has an extensive range of traditional, contemporary, and unique chairs, stools, and tables for you to browse. Why not look online or visit our showroom to see for yourself.

 

Top Tips When Buying Commercial Furniture

At Café Furniture Brisbane we’re dedicated to helping you choose the best pieces of furniture for your café, whether that be a tub chair, bar stool or communal dining table. Whatever you’re seeking it’s essential that to compliments the look and feel of your establishment. With years of experience within the industry we’ve put together some top tips for successfully styling your café with commercial furniture.

Research

Wherever you decide to purchase your furniture from, be sure to ask the right questions to help you make a more informed decision. What should you ask? Well naturally you should enquire about delivery charges and refunds policy, but it also helps to ask about maintaining and caring for your chosen piece.

Durability is a must

While it seems obvious, choosing strong durable furniture that will last with frequent use day after day is crucial to the success of your business. Furniture made from wood and metal is extremely strong and designed for cafes with fast turnovers.

Opt for low maintenance

Cleanliness is always at the top of a customer’s mind, especially where food is concerned, so it’s important to consider how easy your furniture will be to clean and maintain. Ensuring stains are wiped off upholstery as soon as they appear and furniture is dusted regularly, are just two things you can do to keep your furniture in tip top condition.

Less is more

When it comes to furnishing your café it can be tempting to buy as many tables and chairs as possible to fill your floor space. This is a big mistake.  Remember that people don’t want to feel cramped and devoid of privacy. In addition, there needs to be sufficient room for customers to pull out their chairs to sit on them and for waiting staff to move in between tables with ease. It’s also important to keep the pathway to the toilets clear and clutter free.

Comfort vs function

One of the most important elements of furnishing your café s probably ensuring your customers are comfortable. This needs to be borne in mind when choosing your furniture. Adding tub chairs or the odd sofa or too, is a way of making your café look more welcoming and inviting as possible.

Consistency is key

Depending on the theme of your café, your choice of furniture can help customers know what to expect from your café and what the ‘story’ is behind it. Marching your menu, décor and furniture to your overall theme, gives customers a better feel both for you and your café. Alternatively, if you want a quirkier and more individual look, then make use of the many different styles, colours and textures available in today’s café furniture stores so it’s interesting and equally as intriguing for customers to want to come in.

Where you want to contact us by phone or online, or you’d like to visit our new showroom in Brisbane, we’re here for you all of the time, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Discover the Benefits of Our Parisian Chairs

One look at our Parisian chairs and you’re instantly transported to Paris. Inspired by the iconic café chairs you see lining every pavement in what is one of our favourite cities, our French-style chairs are chic, stylish, and beautiful.

With so many cafes to visit in Brisbane, café goers can afford to be picky, which is why it pays to stand out from the crowd by offering something different, whether that be food, drinks, or stylish furniture.

Our range of Parisian café chairs are oozing with personality and charm and we defy anyone to walk past them and not be tempted to pull up a seat. But what are the benefits of these chairs? Well, let’s take a closer look.

Benefits of Parisian Café Chairs

  • Strong and durable – Truly authentic Parisian chairs would have featured wooden or metal frames with seats woven from natural materials such as reeds, seagrass, bamboo, willow, and cane. Unfortunately, these types of organic materials don’t fair very well in harsh weather conditions and tend to crack, splinter, or rot. The Parisian chairs featured on our site are manufactured with tubular metal frames, powder coated to simulate bamboo and wrapped with nylon rattan to replicate a wicker style woven pattern. Designed to withstand hot sunshine, winds, and rain, these chairs are durable and resilient to the elements
  • Light weight and stackable – Tubular steel frames give strength without making the chairs heavy. This means they’re easy to move around, enabling you to move chairs from one place to another with ease to meet customer demands. Even better, you’ll be pleased to know that they stack for convenient storage. So, if your storage space is limited, these chairs could be a great fit for you.
  • Easy maintenance – As a busy café owner you don’t want too much of your time taken up with maintaining your furniture. Fortunately, our Parisian chairs are easy to clean simply by wiping them over with a damp cloth and a mild non-abrasive cleaning agent. As a quick tip, you could always line them up on your outdoor terrace, hose them down with water, and leave them to dry in the hot sunshine.
  • Comfort – If your customers are comfortable there is every chance that they’ll stay for longer and even order extra drinks and food. Naturally this means increased revenue and larger profits for your business. Our Parisian chairs feature a generous seat and supportive back rest. In addition, elastic strapping beneath the seats adds additional cushioning for customer comfort.
  • Stylish and versatile – With a choice of colours, dramatic chevron or checker board effects, as well as a more simplistic black textaline mesh design, our Parisian chairs fit easily into most decors and themes.
  • Indoor/outdoor use – Finally, our Parisian chairs are intended for indoor and outdoor use which allows you to provide a seamless flow from one area of your café to another.

Love the look?

If you love the look of our Parisian chairs, then there’s no better time to purchase them. We’re currently running a discount of 10% off all styles, but hurry, the offer ends at the end of February.

At Café Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of commercial café chairs so why not download our 2019 furniture catalogue and get inspired or visit our new showroom to view our furniture first-hand? Our friendly team are always on hand to help to answer any questions and help with your buying decision.

 

5 Reasons Social Media is Essential for Your Café

Whether it’s to gain more follows or increase customer engagement, businesses are finding ways that social media can contribute to their growth and success. Social media provides cafes, bars, and restaurants with another way of getting their name out there and creating their own brand personality.

Here are 5 reasons why social media is essential for your café:

  1. Helps customers find you – By using social media you make information about your café or restaurant more accessible for new customers while at the same time making your brand more recognisable with existing customers. For example, a person who regularly uses Instagram could find out about your café for the first time when an image pops up in their feed. The ever-increasing use of social media means that around 75% of people are buying products and visiting venues having seen them on social media channels.
  2. Social media is targeted, low cost advertising – Unless there is some sort of budget behind your Facebook posts very few of your community get to see them. This means that social boosting is a must for most cafes and restaurant owners. Unlike advertising on radio, in print, and online, your budget doesn’t have to be huge. Boosting your social boosts with, say, just $10 a post will mean that all your customer base will see your content. Your budget lets you target a certain group of people near to your business i.e. those in a certain age bracket who may have an interest in what your café or restaurant is offering.
  3. Get to know your customers – Your follows are like your very own community. They value two-way interaction and communication. Remember, the more you know about your customers the easier it is for you to please them. Interacting with your customers gives you valuable feedback about their experience at your venue and what, if any, changes they would like to see implemented.
  4. Helps to build relationships – Posting content that receives a response relating to how good your food or drinks look encourages others to share it on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter networks. Nowadays, engaging with others is more important than how many followers you have. Those shares, likes, and comments shows you that they care and if you take care with your posts, they’ll do a great job of advertising your business for you.
  5. Grow your contacts – Simply by engaging and following other cafes, restaurants, and suppliers you can expand your personal network and create new business contacts. For instance, if you’re looking for a new supplier of coffee syrups, you can ask for recommendations online. This works both ways, and people may even come to you to be a supplier for their venue.

The hospitality industry relies heavily on recommendations and reviews which means that every customer can take the advice of a well-acclaimed critic before deciding whether to visit your venue. Instagram and other social media sharing platforms

allows everyone to become a ‘foodie’ and this is something that cafes and restaurants need to jump on right away, if they’re not already doing so.

Here at Café Furniture Brisbane we don’t just give good advice we also sell a wide range of café furniture and kitchen equipment. So, why not browse our online store, download our catalogues, or visit our showroom to see what we provide?

Why Is Replica Furniture A Good Idea for Cafes?

Replica furniture has grown in popularity over the last few years partly because of an increased interest in interior décor both within the hospitality industry and at home. However, replica furniture does have its own qualities which makes it a worthwhile investment for those looking to open a new café or give theirs a makeover. So, let’s take a closer look.

At Café Furniture Brisbane our replica Tolix and Bentwood chairs are inspired by two great designers Xavier Pauchard and Michael Thonet whose designs have stood the passing of time and are as popular today as they were when they were first created. With many different styles and colours to choose from our customers love them.

  • Quality constructionWith a wide rangeof designsreplica furniture really does offer the best in modern furniture design. The high construction quality that’s required to replicate the original design makes replica furniture an affordable and reliable option to other styles of furniture. Now your café can be furnished in designer furniture without the expensive price tag of the original.

Reasons to purchase Replica café Furniture

Our replica Tolix chairs for instance, are manufactured in the exact same way as the original and powder coated for extra durability. They’re available in an exciting range of colours and metallic shades, some with wooden seats and some with vinyl cushioned seats. This was a design borne out of a need for furniture that was quick and easy to make and available to the masses and has remained popular because of its quirky charm.

  • Functionality – Not only is replica furniture the choice of many because it looks great but in addition it’s extremely functional. Designs from Pauchard and Thonet were carefully considered so that they fitted into any space and despite newer styles of furniture arriving on the market, they retain their rightful place in cafes and restaurants across the world.
  • Affordability – More importantly, replica furniture is affordable and allows both business and home owners to furnish their entire property with stylish furniture that won’t make a huge dent in their wallets.
  • Modernity – The majority of replica furniture today is popular because it retains that iconic modern style that many of us crave. As modern furniture continues to be popular with café and restaurant owners, replica furniture allows them to enjoy the classic originality which may have been out of their price range before. Replica furniture stands out from other types of furniture because of its simple functional design and construction which just works.

Shopping for replica furniture

Finding good quality replica furniture can be a challenge but at Café Furniture Brisbane we’ve sourced some of the best for you at affordable prices that will put a smile on your face. So why not take a look in our online store, download our furniture catalogue, or visit our showroom to see our range of furniture for yourself.

3 Top Reasons to Buy Laminate Tables For Your Cafe

You’d think it would be an easy task to buy cafe tables but with so many choices of materials, sizes, and styles it can be quite overwhelming and difficult to know what to choose. However, if you’re looking for the best table tops that are versatile, attractive, and affordable we’d recommend you consider laminate. These come with an abundance of features which can create the ambience you’re after in your cafe in varied spaces and layouts. Laminate tables come in a variety of styles and colours designed to mimic the look of stone or wood, for example. They are resistant to the elements including sharp cutlery, drinks, and food and they require very little maintenance.

If you run a busy cafe then laminate could be the perfect option for you. Laminate tabletops resist low and high temperatures and anything in between, as well as pressure. They’re also available in a wide range of sizes and patterns to suit your cafe’s layout and décor. If you’re still not convinced, then here are 3 of the best reasons to consider laminate tables.

No costly maintenance

You can reduce the level of downtime in your cafe by choosing to buy laminate tables. They’re exceptionally easy to clean and a wipe with a damp cloth and mild cleanser will remove all traces of grime and dust. Maintaining good hygiene is critical for all surfaces in kitchens and dining areas, particularly cooking surfaces and cafe table tops. Laminate helps to achieve this criterion since it’s so easy to clean and sanitise.

Extremely durable

Cafe tables can experience a lot of wear and tear and if they aren’t manufactured to be durable and fit for commercial use they can get damaged sooner than expected and their lifetime is decreased, which ultimately will cost you more in the long run. Laminated furniture, on the other hand, is designed for commercial use and is resistant to the stains and heat that can damage other types of cafe tables. The table tops are water resistant on the surface and sealed around the edges to prevent any liquids from getting in and damaging or rotting the table top.

Affordable prices

If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck then you really ought to consider laminate cafe table tops because they’re extremely affordable when compared to other materials such as wood or granite. You can find laminate table tops designed to look just like these materials so why not consider purchasing a few of these to blend in with your wood or stone table tops and help stretch your furniture budget? With laminate options in practically every size and colour, there’s sure to be one that meets your needs.

When selecting laminate tabletops, it’s their smooth surfaces and rounded edges which make all the difference. They enhance your customers’ experience by helping to create a clean, sleek, and streamlined dining space. So for these reasons always check out a selection of laminate tables before deciding on your ideal cafe table.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of Isotop table tops and complete table packages. As one of the leaders in the hospitality industry, Isotop tables are a force to be reckoned with and come highly recommended.