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.

Why Are Tolix Chairs So Popular?

Who would ever have guessed that the following its debut in the mid-1930s the Tolix chair would become so popular that it’s still widely used today in cafes, bars, and bistros? What was it secret and why is it still so popular? Let’s take a quick peek at the story behind this iconic piece of furniture.

The history of Tolix

The story starts in 1880 with the birth of Xavier Pauchard in Le Morvan, France, a place more renown for its wood than its steel. Yet, despite this, both Xavier’s family were a generation of zinc roofers.

In 1907 Xavier stumbled upon the idea of dipping sheet metal into molten zinc to galvanise it and protect it from corrosion and 10 years later he started up a factory producing household items from steel. Eventually, he registered his trademark symbol as Tolix, a name which is recognised globally today.

The classic Tolix chair which is hugely popular in cafes and retro establishments was designed in 1934 and was intended for outdoor use, hence the holes in the seat which were for drainage should it rain. However, cafe owners complained that the chairs didn’t stack properly and Pauchard was forced to tweak his design a little. By 1956 the Tolix chair, as we know it today, was created and with a slimmer frame, it was possible to stack the chairs 25 high, with a combined height of 2,3 metres.

They were immensely popular in French cafes and bars and were often given away by breweries in return for a bar stocking the brewery’s beer, and in addition, they were used in schools, factories, and hospitals. Its popularity was such that in 2006 it was exhibited in the Georges Pompidou Centre and in the Amsterdam Design Centre. The Tolix brand is still going strong today and is made in one of the original Tolix factories.

But why is it so popular?

This classic chair owes its popularity to a winning combination of design and function. Manufactured from a single sheet of metal it was intended to last longer than wooden furniture and be easier to maintain. Strong and durable it can be used both indoors and outside and with its timeless design, it will never go out of fashion.

While you can still track down original Tolix chairs they are likely to set you back a lot of dollars which is why At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a selection of replica Tolix chairs. Manufactured in the same way as the originals, they come a wide range of funky colours from metallics to warm colours like burnt orange and red, as well as the obligatory black or white. Lightweight and stackable they make the ideal choice for any cafe or bar owner.

Why not take a look at them in our online store or visit our showroom in Brisbane to see them close-up?

We Love Yellow Cafe Chairs How About You?

We’ve posted numerous articles over the past few months about chairs but today we want to concentrate on one of our favourite colours for the summer – yellow!

Our Favourite Yellow Cafe Chairs

Nothing epitomises summer more than the colour yellow – it’s the colour of the sun, for one thing! Ranging from bright marigold yellow through to the soft buttery shades of yellow – vibrancy, warmth, and joy are at the core of these sumptuous hues.

Here are 3 of our favourite yellow cafe chairs together with a few tips on ways you could use them in your cafe.

No. 18 Steel Cabaret chair in matte yellow

There’s something about this chair that just makes us smile. Designed for interior use it’s manufactured from steel and powder coated in a glorious bright yellow paint. While the style is classic Thonet, the use of steel elevates it to a different dimension. It’s perfect for a contemporary twist on industrial design since it adds a bold splash of colour in what is usually a grey palette and with its circular seat and sinuous curves, it softens hard lines. When paired with rich timber table tops, however, you can also use this chair to create an environment that feels warm and homely. This chair also evokes a feeling of sunshine on the dullest winter morning, so bring it on we say!

The Specta chair in yellow

If you’re looking to brighten up an outdoor dining area then look no further than the Specta chair in yellow. Manufactured from durable polypropylene which is weatherproof and UV treated it’s got summer written all over it. Try pairing it with stainless steel table tops and colourful parasols for a look that will dazzle passers by and tempt them to take a seat and order a drink of something cool. Alternatively, for a real traffic stopper why not pair them with jet black tables and add in some green foliage to soften the look.

Student chair in yellow

If the previous yellow chairs were a little too much in your face then for something totally different how about our Student Chair in yellow? Designed for indoor use this chair utilises more of a buttermilk yellow frame with a timber back and timber waterfall style seat. This chair looks fabulous grouped around timber communal tables to lend what is undeniably a casual informal approach to dining. You could also pair it with individual timber top tables with a backdrop of white walls and whitewashed boards on the floor which would be great for a beachside feel.

So what colour do you crave?

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane you’ll find a wide range of cafe chairs in an assortment of gorgeous colours and attractive styles. Why not browse our onsite store for inspiration or visit our showroom where you can try out your favourite chairs for comfort.

This Summer’s “Must-Have” Cafe Chair

We’re so excited because we believe we’ve found the ‘must have’ cafe chair for this summer season and even better, we’ve got it in stock and ready for you to buy and get ahead of the game.

Welcome to the Belle chair

This stylish chair is made from polypropylene and before you start muttering that you really don’t like plastic chairs, take a closer look and we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Manufactured using a single mould injection method this chair is made from molten resin which is poured into a mould which means there are no unsightly seams which can weaken the structure or feel uncomfortable if a person’s body comes into contact with them. The Belle chair also has several other benefits, including:

  • Indoor/outdoor use – One of the benefits of this chair is that it is suitable for indoor and outdoor use which if you use it this way, means you can create a seamless flow from one area of your cafe to another and also helps to grow your brand.

  • Lightweight – We’ve already mentioned that the lack of seams makes the chair stronger but in addition, it’s also lightweight which means it can be moved easily from place to place to meet your business needs.

  • Weather resistant – Another advantage of the Belle chair is that the polypropylene has been UV treated so the colours won’t fade in the sun nor will the chair warp or crack in the heat. On the flip side, the material is also waterproof so if your chairs are left outside throughout the year, there’s no way they will split, rot, or rust.

  • Fully assembled and stackable – The Belle chair requires no assembly which means we can deliver them to your door and you can use them right away! What’s more, these chairs are stackable which speeds up the process of clearing away at the end of a busy day and is ideal if your storage space is limited.

  • Easy maintenance – Cafe chairs are in regular use but the good thing about the Belle chair is that it is very low maintenance. All you need do to keep them looking pristine is to wipe them down with a damp cloth and mild cleanser to remove any dirt, dust, or stains.

  • Classic design – It’s all well and good to follow fashion but as trends come and go you can find yourself having to replace furniture sooner than you would have liked because it suddenly seems outdated. The good thing about the Belle chair is its classic design which literally will fit into any décor or theme. It features a slatted back, generously proportioned seat, and slim tapered legs.

What do we like most about this cafe chair?

Quite simply we love the great choice of colours. The Belle chair is available to buy in the more conservative colours of black, charcoal, white and latte as well as more vibrant shades which include red, orange, blue, and green. Perfect for mixing and matching with your existing cafe furniture. It also comes with or without arms, adding to its versatility.

What Are The Best Tables For Cafes?

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we totally understand that every cafe has a unique interior, size, and budget to consider when choosing their cafe tables. In this regard, it’s certainly not true that one size fits all! This is why we stock a wide range of cafe tables to cater for all cafes. Choose your style, material, and size.

We’ve decided to use this blog post to select some of the different cafe tables we stock just to give you a better idea of what might be suited to your particular venue.

Communal table with walnut timber top

This communal table with a walnut timber top is one of our firm favourites. Sleek and stylish it’s perfect for today’s trend of seating customers altogether, which many younger cafe goers really appreciate. The walnut timber top sits on a matte black powder coated aluminium frame and would work well in an industrially themed cafe with Tolix chairs or stools grouped around it. View it here

Tolix meeting table with timber top and steel frame

We make no bones about it – we absolutely love Tolix and this meeting table is no exception! Boasting a simplistic style with a timber top, glossy black steel frame, and slightly splayed legs, it would work well both in a traditional and contemporary setting. Steel is a great choice for cafes because it’s incredibly strong, yet light in weight so you can move your tables around easily. If you want to add a splash of colour then we’d recommend pairing it with our steel cabaret chairs which are currently on offer or any of our Tolix chairs. Both are available in funky vibrant colours which are sure to turn heads. Take a look at it here

Round 600mm Cement Table with silver Roma base

Every cafe should have some of these 600mm round or rectangle tables which come in many different colours. They’re small and compact and ideal for maximising your floor space. They also make the perfect table for solo diners or couples, freeing up your larger tables. This cement table is bang on trend and looks gorgeous with its sleek silver base. It looks great with white or black chairs for a monochrome look. See it here. 

Dry Bar Table in Rustic Maple with black Roma base

We had to include a dry bar table on our list of favourite tables. Standing tall and lofty they tower over other tables to add visual interest and are ideal for placing in corners or on an outside terrace with or without chairs. Also known as a poseur table, they’re great to bring out at your busiest times allowing people to stand chatting and be able to place their drinks on the adjacent dry bar table. They also look fab with our tall bar stools. See our dry bar table here. 

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we don’t just sell tables. We have a wide range of chairs, stools, and other accessories We also have a showroom where you can see our products first hand.

Looking for A Great Cafe Chair?

Choosing your cafe furniture is probably one of your most important decisions since your choice can make or break your business. Cafe-goers can afford to be picky since there is so much competition and while a tasty cup of coffee is important, so too is the furniture a customer has to sit on.

Timeless design

If a good chair design can be judged by time then Michael Thonet’s No. 18 chair has to be considered as one of Europe’s most popular chairs with a design that has remained the same for over 100 years and which is still made today in one of the existing Thonet factories in Europe.

Thonet chairs have been in existence since the 19th century with Bentwood furniture being a great example of what can be achieved through design. The very shape of it symbolises and expresses the process of manufacturing which lays behind it. The No. 18 chair, also referred to as the Viennese cafe chair, used a simple process of steaming wood in order to bend and shape it into the sinuous curves which make up Bentwood chairs.

Popular for the masses

In essence, the chair was born out of frugality. In 1876 Thonet wanted to make a chair that everyone would be able to benefit from. Technically the chair was extremely simple being made from just 6 pieces of wood which were steam-bent and secured in place with hardened resin. The chairs were quick and easy to produce, strong and durable, and easy to transport in large quantities. Instead of just the wealthy owning chairs, suddenly this chair was available to the masses. While the chair enjoyed great success, its popularity waned, particularly after the 1st and 2nd World Wars when Austria, the country of manufacture, was unable to carry on churning out the numbers they had been doing. That coupled with a trend for modern furniture saw a decline in the number of No. 18 chairs available. However, this all changed with the turn of the 21st century and in 1972 it was Lisa Minnelli who bought life back to this forgotten chair when she was seen dancing provocatively around it in the 1972 film ‘Cabaret’ during her Mein Herr routine. Suddenly the demand for all things retro, including the Viennese cafe chair went through the roof – Bentwood was back!

A modern twist

Our No. 18 steel cabaret chair puts a modern spin on the iconic chair of the 19th century, being made from steel rather than wood and finished with a powder coating to make it stronger than ever. Available in a range of gorgeous colours including black, white, yellow, forest green and red, there’s sure to be a cabaret chair to suit your venue. Lightweight and readily assembled they’re the perfect choices for cafes and with their timeless design, you won’t find them going out of fashion in six months time! Better still, we’re currently running a cabaret chair sale, but hurry because they’re flying off the shelves.