Bar Stools – Your FAQ’s Answered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can I find cheap stools for my cafe?

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

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

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

How To Fit Low Stools Into Your Next Cafe Makeover

Low stools have gained in popularity in cafes and bars all over Australia and besides looking cute, they’re surprisingly versatile. We love ’em and once you’ve read this blog and discovered ways of using them in your venue, then we’re pretty sure you’ll love them too. With that in mind here’s 5 great ways to use low stools.

Sociable tables

If you’re one of the cafes embracing the communal table style of dining out, then low stools are perfect for you. Low stools have a casual look and feel to them, which is really what communal tables are about – casual dining with friends and/or strangers. Not just that, have you ever tried to scramble over a bench seat in a short skirt and heels…… Placing low stools around communal tables makes it easier for people to leave the table and for others to take their place. What’s more they take away the bulk of a large table making the area seem more spacious.

Multi-use spaces

One of the best things about low stools is that you can use them within a variety of areas in your cafe to suit the needs of your customers. Low stools are much smaller in stature than chairs and because they’re lightweight it’s easier to move them round without with the minimum of fuss.

High traffic areas

Low stools are often placed around small bistro tables and this is usually a sign that you’re not intended to hang around too long. This makes them ideal for waiting areas if perhaps you operate a take-away service. Customers can be directed to a designated area where they can take a seat while they wait. Their small footprint makes them less invasive than larger chairs, and is ideal for anyone wanting just to pick up a coffee and not intending on staying longer than they need.

Less visually distracting

If you’ve commissioned a gorgeous piece of artwork for a statement wall in your venue then larger chairs and furniture can distract from customers being able to appreciate it in its entirety. Low stools allow your guests to concentrate on the finer details of your artwork while all the time being seated.

Adds personality

Finally, low stools can be used to add personality to what would otherwise be a bland, neutral space. Typically they cost less than most other furniture and it’s amazing how a bold splash of colour from a few low stools can totally transform the look and mood of this space.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got plenty of low stools to feast your eyes on and in a great range of colours and materials too. Why not browse our online store, download our latest furniture catalogue, or pop into our showroom to take a look for yourself. Low stools are a fun way to give your venue a quick makeover and as we’ve shown they’re incredibly versatile too.

3 Things To Consider When Choosing A Barstool For Your Cafe

cross back bentwood bar stoolSo you have a cafe venue that you’re looking to furnish or upgrade and are considering buying bar stools. The advantages of bar stools over cafe chairs are well documented. Firstly they’re versatile and can be utilised in a number of ways including seating around dry bar tables or under benches, or of course at a bar itself. Secondly they also give you the opportunity to maximise your seating capacity better than standard chairs because they don’t take up so much space. Finally bar stools are a great way for cafes to define a modern casual look where people can come in and grab a coffee in a non-formal environment.

Now you know the advantages of bar stools, let’s take a look at 3 important things to consider when buying them.

Height

This is without doubt the number one factor you have to get right. Bar stools come in different sizes. Get it wrong and people will either be knocking their knees on the bar base, or alternatively they mightn’t be able to reach the bar comfortably. Just to confuse you more there are bar stools for different jobs. There are bench height bar stools, chair height bar stools, as well as commercial style full-scale bar stools, depending upon your needs. These start at 45cms for a chair height bar stool through to tall bar stools at 100cms plus. In order to get the right height you’ll need to leave between 25 and 30cms of space between the bar top and the seat. This gives sufficient space for people to sit comfortably.

Arm rests or not?

Although you might consider bar stools with arm rests to be more comfortable, the fact is that stools with armrests will take up more space so this is something you’ll need to consider. They won’t for instance tuck right in under counters and need to be pulled further away from the space. In other words if you’re considering comfort a top priority then think about stools with arm rests but if your main priority is optimising your floor space, then consider the wide variety or armless bar stools that are available.

Adjustable or static?

The final consideration (apart from the design of course) is whether you want adjustable or static bar stools. While adjustable stools give you the flexibility you need, they can be more expensive than static bar stools, plus there are more working parts that need on-going maintenance. Conversely static non-adjustable chairs may give you less scope for flexibility but they’re often cheaper and because there’s less that can go wrong, they tend to last longer.

So there you have it. 3 considerations you need to take into account when buying the right bar stool for your cafe. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide variety of bar stools available in differing heights styles and designs. Why not take a look at our website or give us a call on 07 3205 1616 for more information. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area, why not pop into our showroom to take a look first hand.

Introducing The Tall Hairpin Stool – The Only Hairpin You’re Unlikely To Lose!

Hairpin-TimberWhile it’s true that you want your cafe bar stools to have the practical necessities like strength, durability, and affordability, you also want them to look stylish, and to turn heads and attract comment. Well, the tall hairpin stool does all of these things and much more besides.

Cleverly designed to resemble a hairpin, this is one hairpin you aren’t likely to lose. Ideal for use at a long tapas-style bar area, or for seating around high dry-bar tables, this is one design that can give your cafe a contemporary edge over your competitors. Yes it’s space saving, stackable and comfortable to sit on, but none of that is important if it doesn’t look the part. One look at this and you’ll see that it does.

Crafted with a steel frame the hairpin stool is finished with a light or dark elm seat, The contrast of the starkness of the metal set against the warming richness of the wood brings out the best of a contemporary industrial setting complete with exposed brickwork and steel. Imagine the hairpin bar stool interspersed with a collection of gun-metal grey Tolix bar stools and wrought iron Detroit stools for an uber-cool contemporary look.

Alternatively the modernistic design of the tall hairpin stool wouldn’t look out of place in a rustic setting. The contrast between the contemporary slick design and a rough wooden floor or simple wooden tables for examples is the perfect match. Throw in some distressed furniture and colour-washed panelling and you have the ideal accompaniment for a great shabby-chic look.

Because it isn’t overly ornate or gaudy it has great design appeal. In fact the flexibility of this particular stool is one of its main assets and as such it fits perfectly in to a wide variety of differing styles and themes. For example, it would look just as good in a rustic corner cafe as it would in a high-end city bistro, or alternatively it would be the perfect enhancer for a minimalist look but at the same time it wouldn’t look out of place in an upmarket 70’s retro theme complete with lots of dark wood and splashes of sage green and taupe. That really is the beauty of it.

To find out more about this great looking bar stool visit our website at Cafe Furniture Brisbane. Here you can browse this, plus our entire collection of competitively-priced, commercial-grade cafe furniture at your leisure. In the meantime if you have any questions at all about any of our furniture, give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and talk to our experienced team who are more than happy to assist.

Should You Choose Backless Or Traditional Bar Stools?

ribbon stool in blackChoosing stools for your cafe or bar can be a daunting and exhausting task since there are so many styles of commercial stools to choose from, each slightly different from the other, making it a difficult decision to know which is best for your venue. When choosing backless or traditional stools there are a few points to consider. Let’s take a look:

Appearance

One of the most obvious differences between these two types of stools is their appearance, since one has a back and the other clearly doesn’t. Whichever you choose, be aware that there are plenty of styles to choose from so it pays to have a clear picture in your head to narrow down your search.

One of the most important things is make sure that whichever style you choose complements the décor of your theme and/or other furniture without clashing. For example a backless stainless steel stool will look totally out of place in a cafe that is full of classic bentwood or ladder back furniture. Equally a cross back Bentwood stool will look out of place in a cafe filled with colourful PP chairs and tables. In addition, if you already have short backless stools grouped around your tables then tall high backed stools sat at your bar may also look out of place and disproportionate.

Comfort

Another consideration is the level of comfort that your customers will be expecting from either your backless or traditional bar stools. Although a backless bar stool is better suited for manoeuvrability and space for customers as they enter or leave your dining area, they don’t offer as much support as their traditional counterparts and customer may find your stools give them backache if sat for a longer period of time. Another point you may want to consider is that stools with backs often have a padded seat for comfort, whereas that feature is not so common in a backless stool.

Naturally whichever type of stool you choose is down to personal choice and it’s a nigh on impossible task to choose something which meets all the needs and requirements of all your customers.

We stock a wide variety of commercial bar stools, both backless and traditional so you may well find just what you’re looking for. We’re holding an end of financial year sale throughout June with 10-60% off the full price of items, so there couldn’t be a better time to begin your bar stool search. If you happen to be in the Brendale area then why not call into our showroom and try out some of the stools for size. Meanwhile if you need any advice or information about any of our products on our website then just give us a call on 07 3205 1616 ad our knowledgeable friendly staff will be only too happy to assist.

3 Facts You Might Not Know About The Iconic Tolix Bar Stool

tall round black Tolix stoolIf you know anything about cafe furniture then you’re sure to have heard of the Tolix Stool. These galvanised creations were so popular when they were first introduced back in the 1930’s that they epitomised the essence of the cafe around this time. Strong, durable, and industrial they’re still a popular form of cafe furniture even today. While this is common knowledge, here are 3 interesting facts you might not know about the iconic Tolix bar stool.

Café’s weren’t the first choice for the Tolix Stool

In 1925 when Xavier Pauchard produced his first Tolix chair, its simplistic, robust design wasn’t considered stylish enough to grace Parisian café’s because it was never really intended to be for that purpose. Instead because of its lightness, compactness, and low manufacturing price, it became the perfect furniture for factories, offices, ships, hospitals, and even schools. It wasn’t until 1932, seven years after he produced the first Tolix chairs that the legendary ‘A’ chair became the seating of choice for many cafe owners. The chair went on to become a legend and is now proudly displayed in many design museums throughout the world. It really was industrial furniture at it’s best.

Tolix don’t just make chairs

Immediately after the First World War Pauchard found himself manufacturing many household items using a new-fangled galvanisation process. From lockers and storage units to shelving units and trestles these items were the mainstay of the company until the mass production of the Tolix stool took over. Now the company have revived these products and as well as Tolix stools and chairs you can also buy Tolix coffee tables, Tolix desks, and even Tolix galvanised umbrella holders. By the way, if you do happen to come across an original Tolix household item from that period just after the war, it could be worth quite a sum of money. For example an original Tolix table from about this period in good condition recently sold for €4500.

First form of mass production in the world

Aside from the Ford Motor Company the Tolix Stool was one of the first forms of mass production in the world. Because the chair only had eight component parts and around 15 processes, Pauchard developed a system that could churn out over 170 chairs per day. That’s nearly 60,000 per year. When you think that this was the early 1930’s when industrial scale manufacturing was in it’s infancy, that’s a tremendous feat.

If you’re searching for Tolix Stools and chairs for your venue but can’t justify paying top prices, then here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a vast array of replica Tolix style furniture at seriously competitive prices. In fact, as a newly arrived shipment we’ve just received the latest round style Tolix stools which are available in a variety of sizes and colours. Why not begin your search right now and find just what you’re looking for. Alternatively if you need some assistance contact our friendly team on 07 3205 1616 who are more than happy to help.

Tips On Choosing Cafe Bar Stools

Jax stoolBar stools are a great item of furniture to have in your cafe because they are extremely versatile. Not only do they help to maximise your floor space by slotting into areas where it’s difficult to fit a chair but they also add variety to your seating choices, which is something that your customers will appreciate.

Nowadays cafes are used as makeshift offices, a place to meeting friends, a casual place in which to hold a business meeting, and more besides. It makes sense therefore that a cafe needs to offer a variety of seating to suit individual needs.

Bar stools are perfect for informal gatherings and for lone diners to sit without taking up the space of a table intended for 4. Because they come in a variety of heights and styles, there’s a stool for every occasion and every location. So how do you know which stools to choose for your cafe? Let’s take a look:

Getting the size right

Stools typically come in three main sizes, small, medium, and tall. The small stools stand at around 45 cms in height and are perfect for pairing with a standard cafe table. Medium stools stand at around 65-70cm and are suitable for use with a counter. Tall stools measure in at around 75-80 cms from the seat to the ground and are for use with lofty bar tables.

What style should you choose?

Once you’ve worked out the height you need then it’s time to think about the style. Really this is a matter of personal preference but you could start by deciding whether you want your stool to have a back or not and whether or not you would like it to swivel. Once this is decided you need to choose between modern or traditional. This is likely to be determined by the style of your cafe.

What should it be made from?

Stools come in a wide range of materials including wood, steel, chrome, and rattan. Wood is a good choice but it may require some maintenance such as staining once a year, particularly if they’re used outside. Steel is another good option since it’s a lightweight material which is easy to move around, and yet it’s very durable. If the steel is powder coated then you’ll find that you’ve got a rainbow of colours and finishes to choose from, so you can easily match them to your décor.

Fabric

If your stool is upholstered then make sure that the fabric is washable or that it can be easily wiped free of stains. Vinyl is a useful covering for stool seats as it can be quickly wiped down, making it low in maintenance.

Once you’ve worked your way through the various options to narrow down your search then it should be far easier to find the perfect bar stools for your cafe. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got plenty of stools for you to choose from, including our latest addition, the Jax stool. This simplistic stool has clean cut lines and a strong boxy shape. With an integrated foot rest and a well padded seat, it makes for a comfortable seating experience, that easy on the eye and low maintenance too.

Why not browse our online store or visit our Brendale warehouse so see the products for yourself. If you need any help or information then please just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616.

Get The Name Of Your Business Out There With Our Drum Bar Stools

ottoman-blackCafes tend to be informal places where friends can meet up for a chat over a steaming cup of coffee and a tasty slice of cake. What better way to create an informal atmosphere than by offering your customers a variety of seating. Stools in particular are great at creating a casual dining space and what’s more because they fit into small corners with ease, they’re a good way of maximising your floor space too.

Funky and fun

Our drum bar stools are a little different from the bar stools you might already have in your cafe or bar since, as the name suggests, they’re shaped to look like a drum. Strong and sturdy, and made from powder coated steel these stools will fit effortlessly into an industrial theme or a rustic style of cafe.

Steel is a great choice of material for cafe seating because it’s lightweight and easy to move around from one place to another, whilst being incredibly strong too. The powder coating helps to protect these stools from marks and scratches and also means you could use them outdoors, although we recommend that you bring them in at the end of the day.

Imaginative way to advertise

Great to look at with a striped design and a soft, vinyl cushion, incorporated into the stool, these eye-catching stools are as pleasing on the eye as they are useful. One of the advantages of this type of stool is that you can use the plain white section of the base to have your company’s name stencilled, making it a fun way to get your name out there. Imagine some of these stools placed outside your cafe or bar. They’re sure to catch the attention of passers-by who are likely to remember the name of your cafe too, and be able to recommend it to friends. Imagine also, if you were hosting an event and these stools were on show with your company’s name emblazoned all over them, the guests are sure to remember the name, especially if the event was a huge success.

These stools would also be a great way of promoting your cafe on Facebook or Instagram as you could upload a picture of your stools with the name of your cafe clearly displayed. You could then attract more interest with a special dish of the week or offer price for a coffee and a slice of cake, when purchased together for example.

Strong and practical, these drum bar stools can be used in all sorts of ways to get your brand noticed. So why not order yours today. If you’d like more information on these or any of our other products then please feel free to call us on 07 3205 1616 or, if you happen to be in Brendale, then pop into our warehouse and see our furniture for yourself.

Tolix Stools And Chairs – Aren’t They So Last Year?

tolsYou might be forgiven for thinking that the humble Tolix bar stool no longer has a place in 21st century café’s, restaurants and bistro’s but you’d be wrong. The fact is that hard wearing non-fussy, minimalist furniture is making a comeback and instead out has gone the ‘decorative for decorative’s sake’ style of seating that we’ve grown accustomed to. But why do Tolix stools and chairs remain popular?

They’ve stood the test of time

You may or may not know that Tolix stools have been at the forefront of cafe furniture since 1934 when Xavier Pauchard first unleashed his simple design on the world. Before long café’s and bistro’s al over the world from Paris to Peking were buying then up. Although sales have dropped slightly since their heyday in the 40’s and 50’s, they’re still produced in the same way using the same methods. For anyone purchasing these stools or chairs today, they’re buying into a legacy which isn’t likely to go out of business anytime soon. As a result, replacements and parts (in the unlikely event that you need them) will never be a problem.

They’re so flexible

Have you noticed how so called ‘stunningly designed chairs’ don’t seem to last? That’s because fashions and tastes come and go. What was once seen as head turning and innovative might now be seen as “What were they thinking?” Conversely a Tolix stool or chair isn’t likely to offend anyone. It’s never going to win any intricate design awards but that’s not what it’s about. Instead it’s rugged, it’s reliable, in fact it’s a real chair of the people! Because of its less-than-fussy design it has the ability to fit in with a wide variety of cafe styles from rustic chic to contemporary industrial. It’s this overall flexibility and willingness to fit in that makes the Tolix stool and chair such a great buy.

Build quality

If you’re under the impression that a Tolix stool looks rugged and well made, well that’s because it is. Just like a Japanese car it’s solid and reliable and won’t let you down! There are no fancy curves or decorative ornateness here. Instead, good old fashioned chunks of metal that create solid lines and struts are the order of the day. In fact if you look on Ebay, Craigslist and even Etsy you’ll find a whole host of original Tolix stools for sale. Sure they might need a lick of paint, but chances are they’ll be in their original state of design with no repairs. How many other styles of chair can you say that about?

In truth, having cafe furniture that’s been 80 years in the making, that still fits in with today’s designs and styles, and that’s built to last for another 80 years or more, has to be a great overall investment in your business and besides that, your customers will love them too.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we supply a wide range of commercial-grade cafe furniture including our very popular replica Tolix stools and chairs. They’re made to the same specifications as the originals and are similar in everything but name and of course the price. To see more we invite you to check out our online store at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au. Alternatively if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need assistance then give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and talk to our friendly and experienced team who can help.

How To Choose Cafe Stools

tolsFinding the right bar stools for your café or restaurant isn’t as easy a task as choosing stools for your home and as such there are several points to consider. For example you need to have in mind what height, colour, and style you are looking for, as well as its function. Let’s take a look at the main points in more detail:

Comfort – If you’re going all out for customer comfort then you might want to choose a bar stool that has a padded seat and a back rest to help the customer’s posture. If a person is likely to be sitting for some time then make sure the stool also has a built in foot rest so that legs aren’t left dangling.

Serviceability – If your café has a high customer footfall then you’ll need to consider stools that are durable and strong. We stock a wide range of AFRDI tested furniture which is a sure indication that your stools can withstand all the daily rigours that café life entails. At the very least take care to only purchase stools which are designed for commercial use as any other type of stool is likely to need replacing a few months down the line.

Style – Stools come in a wide range of styles and in order to choose what’s right for you, it’s a good idea to look at your clientele as well as your décor. If your café has an industrial theme then our replica Tolix stools or our Helen stools which are made from powder coated steel fit the bill nicely. With a wide choice of colours and heights, you’re sure to find just what you need. For more traditional cafes with a classic theme then you might be interested in our ladder back stools which also have a padded seat, or our cross back Bentwood stool which is stylish and elegant.

Size – Stools often come in a variety of heights so it’s important to choose a height which allows for a customer’s knees to clear the counter. As a guideline allow for 9 to 13 inches between the top of the stool and the table top. Counter stools are designed to be paired with standard counter heights which are usually 36 inches. Therefore a counter stool should be between 24 and 26 inches in height. Bar stools are typically 29 to 31 inches tall when measuring from the floor to the seat and designed to be paired with a countertop which is 41 to 43 inches high when measured from the floor.

How many – It’s important to determine the areas where you will be using bar stools and to measure carefully so that you know which height of stools and how many you need for various areas.

We’ve got a wide range of bar stools made from both wood and powder coated steel in a fantastic assortment of colours and styles. Why not browse our online store of pop along to our Brendale Showroom if you’re in the area. If you need any further information then don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3205 1616.