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.

Revisiting 2018 Style and Design Predictions

Can you believe we’re just a couple of weeks away from June and almost half way through the year. Where does time go? I started thinking about some of the style predictions that were being branded around at the early part of the year and thought I’d while away a little time refreshing my memory. I wonder are you using any of them in your cafe? If you want to spruce up your cafe or update a few design elements, it’s never too late. Who knows it could encourage more customers through your doors. So for anyone who missed them the first time round:

Here are the 2018 style and design predictions

 

Purple Power

Pantone’s chosen colour of the year was Ultra Violet. It was a bold choice and certainly not for everyone, but we interpreted it more as pops of purple or softer shades of lavender or even pretty plum. Recognised as a regal colour, purple could be used on a statement wall paired with lustrous metallics and florals for a look that is rich and inviting.

Floral prints

We’ve definitely noticed a rise in floral prints this year that have taken their inspiration from nature by incorporating flowers, leaves, butterflies, and birds. It’s a good choice for upholstered seats, curtains or blinds, even screens, and a great way of bringing the outdoors in. When it comes to floral prints, the bigger the better, so why not take advantage of the gorgeous wallpapers available within this theme and create a stunning statement wall in your cafe/bar.

Rounded softer shapes

2018 was predicted to be the year of plumper, softly rounded shapes, especially in furniture. The prime focus is on comfort and they’re designed for snuggling into. Think squishy sofas and tub chairs. These softer shapes and rounder silhouettes also lend themselves to a more casual, homely vibe – so perfect for lounging areas in in your cafe.

Sage

Sage was being branded as the new ‘neutral’. Although white and grey are still popular choices sage has more of an earthy feel to it. Reminiscent of nature and a step down from mint, sage is instantly relaxing while being a colourful decorative feature.

Dark wood

The Scandinavian trend of recent years has seen furniture manufacturers embracing the natural look of timber in a big way. While light wood will always hava a place, especially in modern design, this year has also seen the rise of darker tones of wood. Furniture fashioned from mahogany or walnut is the idealway to add a touch of retro glamour to your cafe interior while maintaining that modern luxury feel.

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.

Sustainability

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.

Variety

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.

Versatility

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.

What To Look for In A Cafe Table

One of the most important items of furniture for any cafe is the tables. After all, they’re pretty much a necessity, and since they take up much of your space, they’re often the first thing that customers notice. But if you’re seeking new cafe tables, then what should you be looking for? We’ve put together a check list to follow which will help you make up your mind.

  • Durability – Naturally if you’re splashing the cash on new cafe tables then you want ones that are going to last, since you don’t want to be changing them six months down the line. It may be stating the obvious, but it’s important that you choose cafe tables which are designed for commercial use. Yes, we know you can find cheaper ones for home use, but trust us, they’re not designed for frequent use on a daily basis.

  • Indoor/outdoor use – When choosing your new cafe tables it kind of makes sense to choose ones that can be used indoors and outside, that way all your bases are covered, and if a large party suddenly arrives that wants to sit outside, for example, and all the tables are full, you can always utilise any spare tables from inside.

  • Easy maintenance – when a cafe is busy then waiting staff need to be on the ball and quickly clearing and wiping tables for the next set of customers. Try and choose a table top that can be easily wiped down using something as simple as household cleanser and a damp cloth. In addition, a table top that is stain resistant and heatproof will also make life much easier for you.

  • Flexibility – Wouldn’t it be great if you could find the same design of table in an assortment of sizes, so that you could keep consistent styling throughout your venue but switch up table heights for different seating areas. Well the good news is that many of the top manufacturers in the hospitaliy industry do offer a choice of shapes and sizes in all of their table top designs, so keep an eye out for these.

  • Weather resistant – The chances are that if you have an outdoor terrace or pavement dining area you want to be able to leave your tables outside for the best part of the year, to make the most of passing trade. For this to be possible, it’s important to choose table tops that are weather resistant and UV stabilised. This means that despite the harsh Austraian climate, they won’t crack, splinter, or rot nor will they fade and lose their colour.

Think it sounds like a tall order to find all of the above requirements in a cafe table? Then why not take a look at our wide range of Isotop tables. These compact tables are manufactured using the latest in German laminate technology and meet all of the above criteria. Available in numerous gorgeous colours and patterns and a variety of sizes, the hardest part could be deciding which design to choose.

Oh…… I nearly forgot to mention, we’re currently running a discount of 10% off all Isotop table tops, so don’t delay or you could miss out.

Top Tips On Decorating Your Cafe With Pantone’s Colour Of The Year – Ultra Violet

We blogged a while back about cafe trends to expect for the year of 2018 but I’m not sure we touched on colour. We like to stay up to date not just on cafe furniture but colours too, and for a bit of fun like to check out Pantone’s colour of the year, which in this case is Ultra Violet.

There’s no doubt that this is a big bold colour and while yes, it’s dramatic, it’s not so dramatic or garish that you can’t incorporate it into your cafe or bistro for impact, even in small doses. Last year was a time when ‘neutral’ seemed to be a buzz word, so in a way it’s refreshing to see a lush colour that you can actually get excited about. This rich vibrant colour is a great alternative to those neutral tones and adds a warm and whimsical feeling. So, how can you use it in your cafe or bistro? Well here are a few suggestions:

Think about the room itself

Purple is a soothing colour and is perfect for creating a calm space. Why not consider using it in your cafe’s lounge area complete with a couple of squashy sofas and some tub chairs. Because it’s such a bold colour you can also try using it in rooms that aren’t intended for lingering. For example, if you have a foyer, try using it there just for impact on entry. So as to avoid purple lending a gloomy feel, match it with plenty of natural light and neutrals.

Consider the effect

The best thing about design is the lack of rules. If you want your purple to be clearly visible then add it to more of your public areas. If you’d rather it was a surprise then how about using it in your rest rooms. If you decide to paint an entire wall or the whole room, then pair it with light coloured furniture to accent the rest of your space. Alternatively if you choose neutral shades for your walls, then use the purple in your accessories to make your design pop.

Mix and match with other colours

While this bold colour looks great on its own it also looks good with other colours. For instance you could create a rich regal look by pairing it with lighter shades of blue, rich orange shades, and light wood finishes. Or you could layer it with other shades of purple and blue, to make a space seem intentionally intense.

Use it outdoors

Finally, how about incorporating purple into your outdoor dining areas. This fabulous colour is most likely to be found in polypropylene chairs which look wonderful paired with fresh, crisp white tops. Or how about using some purple plant pots brimming with flowers or greenery to add a pop of colour and attract the attention of passers by.

Sure, ultra violet is a bold colour hallenging colour but as suggested above, a little goes a long way and you can have fun planning how you too can incororate it into your interior space.

What To Look For When Choosing Cafe Furniture

When it comes to choosing cafe furniture then naturally the style, size, and colour varies according to the facility, the theme, and the functionality that it’s intended for. However there are 5 crucial elements that all cafe and bistro furniture should incorporate, and these are what you need to focus on before making your choice.

Strong construction

Any cafe or bistro furniture that you’re considering for your venue should be designed primarily for commercial use. Unlike furniture that you buy for your home, commercially built furniture is constructed differently to allow for continual use and can withstand the daily rigours of a bustling cafe or bistro. In fact, much of our furniture has been AFRDI tested and certified which means that it is fit for purpose and is indeed a quality product.

Timeless design

While you may be attracted by a quirky design or vivid colour, you could find that you soon get fed up with it or that your customers don’t like it. To avoid the need to keep updating your cafe furniture, it’s a wise move to stick to designs which have proven to be popular within the industry for decades and continue to be so. We’re talking styles such as Bentwood and Tolix chairs which remain popular and are available in a variety of designs, as well as wicker Parisian chairs, which also have a large following and give a lovely Mediterranean vibe. These designs are timeless and yet have the ability to look up to date at all times.

Compatible with your décor

Speaking of designs it makes sense to purchase chairs which fit in well with your décor or theme. You can do this by considering the material they’re made from. If you have an industrial interior for instance, then Tolix chairs are a perfect fit. Made from all metal or metal with a wooden seat, these iconic chairs fit with a theme which is all about raw, natural materials. If, on the other hand, your cafe has a traditional or classic style, then Bentwood chairs would be a good fit. With their sensual curves and gorgeous dark or light wood finish they always look amazing.

High quality finish

Whatever furniture you choose ensure that the finish is good especially if you’re looking to buy outdoor furniture. We’d recommend aluminium or polypropylene for outdoor use since this is waterproof, weather resistant, and easy to care for in the harsh Australian climate. Polypropylene in particular comes in a wide variety of exciting styles and gorgeous colours, so it’s great for an outdoor patio and sure to attract passers by.

Reasonable cost

Ultimately your choice may come down to price so take a look at the price tag but don’t compromise on quality. Cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality as some of our lowest priced furniture has passed AFRDI testing with flying colours.

 

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock an extensive range of cafe and bistro furniture and because we deal direct with the manufacturers we’re able to keep our prices low. Why not browse our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, or visit our showroom where you can try out the goods for yourself. 

Cafe Trends For 2018

Cafe trends come and go and some you may embrace wheareas others you won’t. We’ve taken a closer look at 4 trends you can expect to see in cafes throughout 2018. See what you think …….

Remote controlled lighting

It seems that the rustic look is to be replaced with sleek surfaces and rich woods adorned by greenery, but if that’s not to your taste then you might just want to change your lighting. All the top designers are in agreement that bespoke lighting is most definitely the trend to embrace this year. We’re not talking just about the style of lights but more about the fact that technology will play a huge part in lighting, enabing the user to take control of their lighting either through an app or remote control. Single bulbs in any space will be able to turned on and off, dimmed down, or even changed colour with absolute ease. How exciting does that sound!

Retro finishes

Chrome was very much the material of choice in the 60’s and 70’s and now it’s making a comeback in cafe and restaurant interiors. Expect to see this flashy metal replacing the more traditional brass finish that’s often seen in canopies and soffits over the bar.

Do you remember linoleum? Yes, the sort of flooring that was probably in your grand parent’s house. Well, if the designers are to be believed, then lino will be BIG with a wide choice of colours and patterns.

Greenery

There’s been a rise in the amount of greenery and plants making their way into cafes and restaurants over the last few years and this is a trend that’s not about to disappear. Research has shown that being surrounded by greenery can have positive effects on our health so it’s likely that more interior designs will feature ornamental plants. At the same time, as well as being nice to look at, we can expect herbs to be on show in restaurants and cafes, and widely being used on the menu.

Instagrammability

With social media playing a large part in getting your cafe or restaurant noticed, and Instagram in particular having become so popular, cafe and restaurant owners aren’t just going to create food that looks great. Instead they’ll also be looking to add objects of interest, stunning patterned floors, and even neon signs in order to produce that perfect Instagram moment that gives their venue more recognition.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane besides giving design hints and tips we also stock a wide range of cafe furniture and equipment to help stand your cafe out from the crowd. Why not browse our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, or even drop by our showroom and get inspired.