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.

8 Of The Best Cafe Furniture Tips and Ideas

Cafe furniture is arguably one of your most important considerations because:

  1. It sets the tone of your cafe

  2. It plays an important role in determining the ‘flow’ of your customers and your staff

  3. If your furniture is uncomfortable customers will not come back

We’ve put together some ideas to help you decide what kind of cafe furniture you need and where to put it.

Do not cram your customers in

If there’s one thing we learned simply from visiting numerous cafes, no-one likes to feel hemmed in. It can be tempting to squeeze another couple of tables in so you can cater for more people but it’s a big mistake to do so. Tables that are too close together make it difficult for waiting staff to move freely between tables and it also makes customers feel that everything they’re saying can be overheard.

Consider a communal table or booths

This leads on from the point above. If you’re looking to maximise your floor space then installing booths or using one or more communal tables could be a solution. Booths take up less space than tables and chairs and give your customers a feeling of privacy. Communal tables work really well alongside private tables for 2 and 4 people. They offer variety and options for your customers whether it be a solo diner, small group, or large party. Millennials in particular love the social buzz that’s created by communal seating.

Adding a carpet or rug gives a homely feel

Modern-day cafes can be extremely noisy places owing to their hard, reflective surfaces. If you have a communal table then why not place a rug beneath it to ‘centre’ it in the room and reduce your noise levels?

Avoid straight rows of furniture

Mixing up your tables and chairs makes for interesting seating arrangements and is more pleasing to the eye. You can also change the look and feel of your cafe by changing your furniture around periodically. Straight rows of tables and chairs, on the other hand, feel more like a prison visiting room and really isn’t very appealing.

Your furniture doesn’t all have to match

Unlike the coffee and restaurant chains, there is no need to fill your interior with matching furniture. Indeed, utilising a mix of styles and colours will give your cafe more personality, and a natural, homely feel. Be careful, however, to ensure that your colours complement each other and don’t clash as this could give your customers a headache:-)

Always buy commercial furniture

It can be tempting to choose domestic furniture as in most cases it’s cheaper. However, this is false economy since it won’t be as durable or long-lasting as commercial furniture which has passed a series of extensive tests to make sure that it’s fit for purpose.

Use any space outside your cafe

If your cafe has pavement space at the front then take advantage of it to advertise your brand and tempt passers-by. People love nothing better than sitting outside watching the world go by and the sight of a few customers sitting enjoying themselves will soon encourage others to join them.

Have fun

Above all have fun when decorating your cafe and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. A cafe that has been lovingly furnished and is full of character will stand out from others in the crowd.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of cafe furniture from traditional to contemporary and in a variety of styles, materials, and colours. Why not visit our showroom to see for yourself or browse our online store?

How to Get Your Cafe Ready For Summer

Well, Spring has finally arrived and we’re well on the way to Summer. This can be a difficult time for cafes with only limited outdoor seating, or none at all, as most customers enjoy sitting outside taking in the sunshine, which can leave empty cafes all over Brisbane.

So the question is how can you still attract customers to your cafe despite the sun? We’ve put together a few tips to get your cafe ready for the summer by tweaking your menu in order to maximise your profits.

Summer drinks

Milkshakes and frappes are massively in demand in the summer months but do require a commercial blender to get those lush frothy results. Frappe mix can be a little expensive if you don’t offer them as standard so it may be a better option to serve a variety of milkshakes instead. Roband milkshakes mixers are one of the best on the market for giving perfect results every time.

Other drink options include:

Iced coffee

These can be created quite simply by pouring espresso and cold milk over ice or you can go to town and add a scoop of ice cream which can be blended like a milkshake before pouring over the ice. You can also ring the changes with coffee syrups and different flavours of ice creams, eliminating the need for any expensive mixes. What’s more you can charge more for these than your normal lattes, meaning that they’re good for your bottom line.

Fruit smoothies

These delicious drinks are really popular and healthy too and can be made in a variety of ways using fresh fruit, milk, yoghurts, oats, and ice. Whatever method you decide upon, make sure you promote their health benefits like crazy.

Iced Tea

Iced tea is refreshing and with a little imagination, you can play around with flavours, types of tea, and herbals which will have customers coming back for more. One way to make iced tea is with syrup, cold water and heaps of ice. However, you can also brew up multiple tea bags in a small amount of hot water and top with ice and water. It’s an extremely cost-effective drink to make and you can also charge more than for a regular cup of tea:)

Most importantly, be sure to offer all of your summer drinks in a takeaway form so that customers can enjoy them on the hop. By introducing some stylish summer crockery and new exciting flavours, your cafe will soon be heaving with summer customers.

Summer Snacks

Less is definitely more when it comes to summer snacks. Generally speaking, people don’t want heavy cakes at this time of the year especially if they’ve ordered a calorific milkshake. You might want to tweak your snacks and make your menu lighter with less chocolate which only melts anyway! Try and include a few unique offerings which other cafes don’t have on their menus.

Good quality ice cream desserts and sorbets will make your cafe a summer destination and help to increase the spend per head. Try swapping out the cakes in your cabinets for lighter products such as cheesecakes and flapjacks.

Finally, salads are a great thing to add to your menu but make sure they aren’t boring. Try using pasta, couscous, seeds, and exotic dressings and promote them as takeaway options too. Customers will be keen to purchase these and eat them in the park during their lunch break.

Hopefully, these tips have given you a few ideas for attracting new customers during the summer. Meanwhile, if you do have a terrace then now’s the time to jazz it up for the months ahead. We’re offering 10% off all our polypropylene chairs so there’s never been a better time to update your cafe furniture.

5 Things To Look For In Top Quality Cafe Furniture

While cafe furniture varies in style and size there are some universal features that you should look for and it’s these that you should focus your attention on to ensure that you’re making a good investment for your cafe. So with that in mind, let’s take a closer look.

Durability

All cafe and bistro furniture should be strong with a high assembly build. While this is important for any type of furniture, it’s even more important for cafe furniture which needs to be able to withstand all the daily rigours of a busy environment. To ensure your cafe furniture lasts for several years always buy commercial furniture which is intended for the hospitality industry and purchase from a reputable retailer.

Good quality

Another thing to bear in mind is the design of your cafe furniture. While you may serve the best coffee in town, if your furniture is looking old and battered, then customers are likely to go elsewhere. As well as replacing any worn out furniture make sure that your table and chair sets look up to date and inviting in their appearance.

Complements your interior

With so many designs it can be difficult to know which to choose and what would fit well into the interior of your cafe. The best advice we can give you in this respect is to focus first on what type of material you want your furniture to be made from. If for instance, your cafe has a traditional look about it with a classic unpretentious style, then we’d suggest you stick to wooden furniture or laminate. Classic styles like bentwood and ladderback work well together with timber table tops. If you’re trying to create a modern, light and airy ambience then consider Parisian chairs with stainless steel tabletops, which can be used indoor and outside to create a seamless flow from one area to another.

High quality and good finish

When shopping for wooden or MDF furniture make sure that it’s good quality and well finished. If you’re using it outside then ensure that it’s waterproof and UV resistant. Our Isotop table tops are a good alternative to solid timber since they’re constructed from an innovative material which combines plantation wood chip with resin and wax which are precisely moulded together and given a durable laminate surface which looks just like timber only it’s way more durable and effective for cafe use. Waterproof, UV resistant, and heat and stain resistant too, they’re suitable for indoor and outdoor use and can be wiped clean just with a damp cloth.

Affordable cost

While you shouldn’t compromise on the quality of your cafe furniture it doesn’t mean that you can’t look around for furniture with an affordable price tag. Online retailers typically offer a better selection of furniture together with cheaper prices and this is because they deal direct with the manufacturers and don’t have the high costs associated with a brick and mortar business.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane, we stock a wide range of quality commercial cafe furniture to suit all tastes and budgets. You can browse our online store or better still why not visit our showroom in Brendale to try out the products for yourself?

Tips For Choosing The Right Cafe Table Tops

Since cafe tables take up the most space in your cafe and are one of the first things that customers see when they come through your doors it’s important to make the right choice. But how do you choose a cafe table? What should you be looking for? We’ve put together a quick guide to assist you when choosing new cafe table tops for your venue.

Size

It makes sense that before considering the material and colour of your table tops that you determine what size you’re looking for. Most ranges come in a variety of sizes which is always helpful if you want to mix and match sizes for different seating areas.

The size of top you choose depends on how much space you have to work with, the type of food that you’re serving, and the amount of customers you want to be able to cater for. For most cafes, a table size of 700 mm should be more than large enough although you might want to include some 600mm table for two sizes, to fill any awkward gaps or recesses.

Square or rectangular tables are usually the best choice because they can be pushed together to make larger tables for groups. Of course, if you have the space, you can always include a communal table for groups.

Materials

First of all, can we just say that besides choosing which material you want for your tabletops the most important thing is to only buy those that are intended for commercial use since domestic table tops will not withstand all the rigours of a bustling cafe.

Basically, there are two main choices for your tabletops – solid wood and particleboard surrounded with a melamine or laminate face. Don’t be concerned that the latter may not be sufficiently durable, because that is simply not the case. Our Isotop table tops, for example, are amongst the most durable cafe table tops that you’ll ever find and have the look of a wooden top at a fraction of the price.

Heat resistance

Do you really need tables that are heat resistant? When it comes to wooden table tops or laminate ones, while they can withstand warm plates, as a rule of thumb if the late is too hot to be held in your hands then it’s too hot to place straight onto your table tops. Wooden table tops may be hardwearing and durable but they will mark if you put something down on them that is too hot. If you don’t want to use tablecloths then we suggest that you use placemats on your table surfaces.

The exception to this is our Isotop table tops which are able to withstand plates straight from the oven and which can also withstand damage from smouldering cigarettes.

Maintenance

Another consideration is the cleaning of your table tops. If you have a high turnover then you want tables that can be quickly wiped clean in between customers with nothing more than a damp cloth and gentle cleansing spray. While this works well with laminate and Isotop table tops, the same can’t be said for wooden table tops which may require regular staining and varnish to help them avoid marks and stains from regular use.

If you’re in need of new cafe table tops then look no further than Cafe Furniture Brisbane. We stock a wide range of table tops in a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and colours. Best of all, they’re currently discounted by 20% so you can save yourself some money too. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to check them out for yourself?