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.

Hate Plastic Chairs? 5 Reasons to Change Your Mind

With summer in full swing here in Brisbane outdoor patios are full of happy smiling people enjoying the warmth and the sunshine over a cup of coffee and a delicious muffin. Now is definitely time to get a piece of the action and if you’re not utilising any spare outdoor space then you’re surely missing a trick.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to set up an outdoor area, especially if you take advantage of any sales or promotions that furniture retailers are currently offering. At the moment we’ve got a 10% discount offer on all of our plastic or polypropylene chairs, with the exception of the Specta chair. Perhaps you haven’t considered using plastic chairs before, because let’s face it, they did once have a bit of a stigma and were considered cheap and tacky. Today, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth and if you haven’t checked out plastic chairs recently, then you will be pleasantly surprised.

Today’s polypropylene chairs come in a wide range of exciting styles and colours, and even better they’re extremely affordable. So that said, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of plastic chairs.

Lots of options

Plastic chairs come in a huge range of styles and colours, so whether your tastes are classic or modern, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. If you like a traditional chair then you might be interested in our Belle chair which comes in serene colours of latte, charcoal, black, white, plus red for that extra pop of colour. You can also choose this chair with or without arms to give you even more options. If you’re after something a little more eye-catching and funky, then our Grace chair fits the bill perfectly. The cut out back rest adds interest and with vivid shades of blue, green, and red as well as black, white, and charcoal, it’s sure to cut a dash on any outdoor dining area.

Easy to clean

With kids around, and a few accident prone adults, it’s hardly surprising that spillages occur, so it’s good to know that plastic chairs make easy work of cleaning up. There is no damaged fabric to worry about, and all it takes is a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and non abrasive cleansing agent to keep your chairs looking as good as new.

Lightweight and stackable

Another benefit of plastic chairs is that they are light and easy to move around to fit in with your customers. If an extra couple of people arrive, it’s easy to ‘borrow’ plastic chairs from a neighbouring table. In addition, because most our plastic chairs stack on top of each other, they’re ideal if your storage space is limited.

Durable and weather resistant

The great thing about polypropylene chairs is that they’re mostly made by injecting the resin into a pre-fabricated mould. This means that there are no seams or joints to worry about cracking or splitting, and is why so many different styles can be easily manufactured. In addition, the plastic is designed not to fade, and it won’t crack, warp, or rot, even in the harsh Australian climate.


As already mentioned, polypropylene chairs are extremely affordable with our lowest priced chair currently selling for just over $35. What’s more, some of our plastic chairs such as the Ribbon and Stephanie chair, are designer replicas, so if you like all things designer but tend to shy away because of price, then these could be a great alternative.

So throw up a few tables and parasols, invest in some polypropylene chairs, and make use of that outdoor space while you can. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of cafe furniture so why not download our 2018 catalogue, browse our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to check it out yourself.

Our Favourite Wood Chairs

If you’re looking to create a timeless look in your cafe then nothing does it better than the smooth finish of a classic wood cafe chair. And when you want elegance and durability, nothing beats walnut, oak, or beech minus the stuffiness.

From a dark ebony finish to a colourful upholstered seat, we adore modern wood cafe chairs for the warmth and comfort they can bring to your dining space. We thought we’d share 4 of our favourite wood chairs in celebration of a style that never dies.

Ladder back chair

Ladder back chairs have been in existence for centuries which just goes to show the longevity of a good design. Nice and chunky, this particular ladder back chair is constructed from light oak, which gives it more of a modern aesthetic, with a padded black vinyl cushion. This type of chair is instantly recognisable and in that way it feels comfortable and almost reassuring – a bit like being reunited with an old friend.

No. 18 Bentwood chair with embossed seat

We just had to include a bentwood chair amongst our favourites. We adore the curves which bentwood use both in the backs of their chairs and the sea – which in this case is also embossed for a subtle but decorative effect. Again, this chair is instantly recognisable and one you’ll see in loads of cafes. It presents just the right amount of whimsy and nostalgia, adding a Parisian feel to your dining space.

Bow Chair

Okay, we put our hands up and admit that this chair is a bit of a cheat since it’s designed to look like wood but is in fact constructed from metal with a wood finish. We felt we had to include it, because it of its modernist style with a high rounded back rest and a boxy body. Shown here in walnut with a padded vinyl seat, it’s a thing of beauty and extremely durable too.

Cross back metal chair in light timber

Again, this chair is a bit of a cheat but it is one of our firm favourites because we just love mix material chairs and this one has a steel frame with a timber seat and back rest. Styled in a bentwood fashion the cross back gives it real impact and because of the mixed materials it works well in traditional style decors as well as with industrial decors. Love it!

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide range of cafe chairs to suit all tastes, decor, and budget. Why not take a look in our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to try them out for yourself. If you’ve got any questions for us, then please just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616.

Cafe Chairs – How To Choose The Right One

Choosing cafe chairs can be a daunting task with so many different styles, materials, and colours to choose from. Ultimately the success of your cafe depends on you creating the right ambience and providing a good level of service. Choosing the right seating layout and combination of tables and chairs will not only allow your customers to sit in comfort but also allows for easy manoeuvrability so that staff can move between tables with ease and customers have easy access to toilets and exits. With so many chair designs to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start, so to help narrow down your choice, we’ve put together a couple of points to consider.

Take your theme into account

Most cafes have a particular style or theme which runs throughout their cafe and although it sounds pretty obvious, your choice of chairs needs to reflect your theme. For example if you’ve gone for a sleek minimalistic look with sharp clean cut lines and lots of shiny surfaces and glass, then bulky wooden ladder back chairs are going to look totally out of place. Make sure that you’re completely clear on your theme and then it’s easier to know what you’re looking for in your choice of chairs.

Who are your customers?

Your choice of cafe chairs also depends on the type of clientele you’re hoping to attract and the sort of environment you’re looking to create. For example if you’re in the middle of an industrial estate then your customers are likely to be staff from other units simply looking to grab a quick bite to eat before heading back to work, or it may be their customers looking to have a quick coffee before heading elsewhere. In this case something like a rugged metal replica Tolix chair is a good choice, as it doesn’t lend itself to being sat on for lengthy periods of time. You might even want to investigate options with vinyl seat cushions that can be quickly wiped down should they incur spillages. If, on the other hand, you’re in the middle of town and play host to several freelancers, then your customers are likely to appreciate something more comfortable, perhaps with a padded seat or back and arm rests.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide selection of cafe chairs to choose from. Whether you’re looking for modern or traditional; wood, metal, wicker, or resin; with or without padding; we’ve got it covered. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to try out some seating for yourself.

Design Or Durability – Should You Have To Choose?

There’s no denying that it’s an exciting but also daunting task choosing the furniture for your brand new cafe or revamp. However, many people agonise over whether they should focus on design or durability. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we say why should you have to choose between one or another. We firmly believe that both design and durability should go hand in hand, and this is why all of our cafe furniture is carefully selected with both of these factors in mind.

We totally ‘get it’ that cafe furniture needs to be durable but design is also a large part of our ethos. As a result all of the furniture that we stock is here to make your commercial dining space pop. While all of our products comply to the strictest of design and durability standards, we’ve chosen 2 of our favourite collections which hit the brief.

The Bentwood Collection


Bentwood chairs have long been a cafe staple and are loved for their enduring style. However, because the chairs are extremely light, it’s often misconstrued that they are flimsy. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact Bentwood chairs traditionally get their strength from just one single piece of curved or bent wood which extends from the back of the chair and the rear legs. We’ve got a variety of modern bentwood style chairs to choose from which use other materials such as polypropylene and metal for their frames, adding to the overall durability, so why not take a look and get inspired.

Collection Highlights

  • Available in a choice of styles and materials

  • Different colours to choose from

  • Commercial grade

  • Stackable

  • 12 month warranty

Tolix Chairs


Tolix chairs were first produced in 1934 and are as popular today as they were then. We love them for their iconic shape, fabulous colours, and robust appearance. Our replica Tolix chairs stay true to the original design and offer a cost effective designer look. Manufactured from steel and powder coated, they’re extremely durable and yet light in weight. They look equally at home in an industrial themed cafe as they do a rustic farmhouse kitchen. With so many colours to choose from you can be as playful and creative as you like with your design.

Collection Highlights

  • Available in wide choice of colours and finishes

  • Some chairs have timber seats

  • Commercial grade

  • Stackable

  • 12 month warranty

  • Tolix tables available too

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have an extensive array of cafe furniture for indoor and outdoor use. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom in Brendale to see our products first hand. Meanwhile if you need further information on any of our products please give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and our friendly knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.

What Exactly Is Commercial Cafe Furniture Anyway?

what-is-commercial-furnitureHere at Cafe Furniture Brisbane our sales team are often asked about the difference between residential and commercial furniture. After all a chair is a chair and a table is a table. This is irrespective of whether you buy it from a bricks and mortar furniture showroom or a commercial retailer right? Unfortunately that line of thinking is incorrect for a number of reasons. Let’s take a closer look.

How often do you sit on your kitchen or dining room chairs at home? If you’re like the vast majority of people the answer is probably less than 2 hours a day. Now contrast that to cafe’s, bars, and restaurants where that particular chair is continually in use for anything up to 12-14 hours a day. It’s understandable therefore that getting 6-7 times more use per day than your typical residential chair means that it’s subjected to far more stress.

In addition your chair at home is used by the same people all the time. Whereas in any given day a typical cafe chair can be used by a multitude of people of differing shapes and sizes. For this reason very few residential chairs are built to accommodate weight of up to 160kgs (350lbs). Whereas commercial grade furniture is; and some are built to accommodate even more weight.

Can you tell the difference?

Most people assume that they can tell the difference between commercial-grade and residential furniture simply by looking at them, but the truth is that it has nothing to do with aesthetics. In fact in these days of advanced technology, modern day commercial furniture can appear incredibly design-led and inspiring. Instead the difference lies in the construction. It’s about the materials; it’s about how the piece is bolted, glued, riveted together; and it’s about how practical the furniture is. For example a heavily lacquered real teak wood table looks great, but in a commercial setting it probably wouldn’t last 5 minutes. Spills would cause stains in the lacquer and heat from endless cups of coffee would cause it to bubble. On the contrary commercial cafe furniture might incorporate hard-pressed laminate which can also be made to look like real wood, but at the same time has been treated to prevent warping, buckling, and bubbling.

Longevity vs price

Although commercial-grade furniture can (but not always) cost more than residential furniture it’s worth considering the longevity factor. As we mentioned at the start of this post commercial furniture can easily accommodate 6-7 times more wear and tear than residential furniture, yet it might only be 1.5 to 2 times the price. So in the long term, if you want to save money then you really should consider commercial-grade furniture for your establishment.

If you’re in the market for high quality commercial cafe furniture at great prices then look no further than Cafe Furniture Brisbane. We have over 400 products ranging from Tolix inspired bar stools, rustic ladder-back chairs and sumptuous tub-chairs, through to state-of-the-art polypropylene chairs and fantastic Isotop tables. So why not log on and take a closer look. In addition our highly experienced team are here to answer any questions you may have about our products, so feel free to call them on 07 3205 1616 today.

Introducing Our Funky New Olive Chair

olive3Some things are indisputably beautiful as is our Olive chair. The latest arrival to our wide collection of cafe chairs, this one is shown in a glossy black finish that fits in well with a modern design. A replica of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Vegetal Chair, it’s an exciting way to bring the feel of nature into your modern cafe design, with an elegant refined edge.Just imagine a couple of these stunning chairs sitting opposite a sumptuous black leather sofa, in the relaxing ambience of your cafe. Place these chairs centre stage wherever you want to draw attention to a particular area of your cafe space.

Stackable option

The Olive chair is an accurate replica of the Vegetal chair and uses nature for its inspiration as did the original Ronan and Erwan Bourloullec chair. Its plant like structure made of polypropylene throughout from just one piece of resin has an organic form and modern feel which makes a bold statement wherever you place it. Lightweight, it’s easy to move around from one one place to another and since it stacks, it’s also a good option for those with limited storage space. Easy to care for and low in maintenance, it’s also a chair that can be used indoors or out and its stunning design is sure to capture the attention of anyone passing by.

Get the look

Just imagine how good these olive chairs would look on your terrace placed around jet blacks with gleaming white parasols and planters full of green foliage and white blooms. Modern and trendy, it’s a place that people would want to enjoy and relax in. Or, imagine lining up these olive chairs on your pavement area sat behind gleaming chrome tables beneath large white canopies. They’d be sure to catch the attention of people passing by. They’d look equally as good inside your cafe grouped round large white tables with a glossy black tiled floor and slate lining the walls for a bold, contemporary feel. You could easily change the look from tie to time simply by swapping out accent colours in the form of napkins or condiments, or even picture frames or mirrors.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide range of affordable care furniture in a myriad of styles, materials, and colours. We’re constantly adding to our range with the latest trends as well as keeping iconic favourites such as our Tolix and Bentwood range, close at hand. All of our furniture is designed for commercial use and much of it has passed AFRDI testing. Why not browse our online store or pop into our Brendale showroom to see our products for yourself. If you need any further information on any of our products then please don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3205 1616 and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.

What’s So Special About Replica Furniture?

ribbon chair in greenAt Cafe Furniture Brisbane much of the furniture that we stock are replicas of iconic chairs which were brought to the forefront of design at the time by famous furniture designers. Offering several styles, colours, materials, you’re sure to find one to suit your cafe, bar, or bistro.

Replica furniture has become widely popular in recent years as the interest in modern interior design has grown. However, aside from this replica furniture also offers many benefits, so let’s take a look at a few.

Well made

Our selection of replica furniture represents a collection of some of the best in sleek modern design and since it is constructed in a similar fashion to create the same level of durability as the originals, it means that you can be assured of alternative quality pieces to the originals, at far more affordable prices. In other words you can embrace the designer look without making a huge dent in your budget.

Take our ribbon chair, for example, this thought provoking chair is designed to keep the exact same integrity of the original Masters Chair created by Phillipe Starcke which incorporated three equally iconic chairs from designers Arne Jacobsen, Charles Eames, and Eero Saarinen. Available to buy from us in four fantastic colours, it make a real statement wherever you place it. Crafted from strong, resilient PP that has been UV treated, it can be used indoors or out.

Another popular replica are our Tolix chairs, which are made in the same way as the original chairs designed by Xavier Pauchard and which fit so well into contemporary and traditional spaces. Chairs such as these have remained popular throughout the years because of their design and durability and cafe owners in particular have cottoned on to the fact that not only are they amazingly strong, being made from steel, but they’re also lightweight and can be moved around easily. What’s more they have a unusual characteristic in the fact that a few bumps and dents actually improve their looks.


Replica furniture isn’t chosen purely for its looks. People also buy it knowing that the original was designed to be functional and was carefully planned to suit practically any space. This is the main reason that replica styles remain popular despite new styles coming on to the market.


When the Tolix chair was first introduced it was a basic staple used throughout Paris in schools, hospitals, and cafes, and was even at one time given away by breweries as an incentive for publicans to sell their beer, so relatively speaking it was a cheap as chips. These days, if you can even hunt down an original Tolix chair, it’s likely to have a far heftier price tag and the same goes for most of the iconic chairs which are widely replicated. Thanks to the affordability of replica furniture, you can create a designer look at a fraction of what you’d need to pay for original pieces.

Finding high quality cafe furniture at affordable prices can be challenging but here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we make things easier by offering a great selection of replica furniture at extremely attractive prices. So if you’re interested to find out more about replica cafe furniture why not take a look in our online store or visit our showroom in Brisbane to see it first hand. Meanwhile if you have any questions you can always contact us on 07 3205 1616.

Make Your Cafe More Inviting With A Tub Chair Or Two

tub chair in PU leatherWhether it’s a doctor’s waiting room, a reception area, or a cafe, I’m sure you’ve come across and indeed sat in many a tub chair. They’re not your normal everyday ‘sit bolt upright‘ kind of chair and in cafe’s, restaurants, and bistro’s especially, they create a relaxing space that customers want to sit and chill in. As we’re celebrating this particular chair – well – writing about it anyway – it wouldn’t be right without mentioning a little bit of background history.

First of all, the name – Where did the word ‘tub’ come from?

There are in fact various theories on the origin of the word. One theory came from the fact that the shape of the chair resembles that of a bath tub, hence the name. However the term bath tub originates from the US and the original tub chairs were most definitely European.

The second and more probable theory is that the name was a derivation of the club chair because it was found mainly in Gentleman’s Clubs which were very popular all over England during the latter part of the 18th century. Even today, these chairs are still found in golf club houses all over the world.

Club or tub chairs started off life as early as the 17th century but only as wooden framed chairs without upholstery. They were considered a cheap but relatively comfortable chair that any household at the time afford. It wasn’t until the 18th century however when the top furniture makers of the day started using better, more costlier materials such as solid oak and hand-dyed leathers to make tub chairs that appealed to the great and the good of the time. These chairs were the finest of their time and sold for what today would be the equivalent of thousands of pounds.

Nowadays thankfully quality tub chairs can be purchased for a fraction of the price and are made using PU leather over pine wood, complete with comfortable padded seating. Because the most successful cafe’s are the ones that appeal to a wider customer base, tub chairs can easily create a more intimate, relaxing experience for a customer to sit in and enjoy their newspaper and a great cup of coffee. What’s more in order to create an inviting space you only need a handful of tub chairs so it won’t cost you the earth. So go on, what are you waiting for, make your cafe a relaxing space and let your customers enjoy your finest coffee in a tub chair or two.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we offer top of the range, commercial grade tub chairs at competitive prices. To find out more either visit our website or call us on 07 3205 1616.

The Re-Emergence Of The Polypropylene Stacker Chair

premium chair in orangeI’m sure that anyone who has been to school in the last 40 years or so remembers the polypropylene stacker chair. They were generally one of two colours, either slate grey or a sludgy green, and to all intent and purposes were impossible to sit on for longer than 5 minutes without losing any feeling from the waist down. When the weather was hot you stuck to them like a limpet and when the weather was cold they sent a shock through your system when you sat on them, like stepping into a ice cold bath. All in all, not a very pleasant experience.

Move on 40 years and surprisingly the polypropylene stacking chair is having somewhat of a re-emergence. Now not only are they just found in schools, they’re also being used in some of the most funkiest cafe’s and eateries in the city. So why is this?

Firstly the polypropylene or PP chair is relatively cheap to produce. It can be moulded out of one piece of plastic which is pressed into position, so it’s also quick to produce. Polypropylene as a material is incredibly flexible, so it can easily be moulded into some amazing shapes and designs and finally, it can come in a multitude of colours from battleship grey through to sunburst yellow and burnt orange.

From a design viewpoint, it’s everything you would want in a chair with funky bold designs in some pretty amazing colours, but from a practical point of view the poly-prop stacking chair is even more special. As the name suggests they’re incredibly lightweight and are designed to stack one on top of each other. From a storage perspective or for those with limited storage space, this is ideal. They’re low maintenance in the fact that they simply need wiping down with a damp cloth to keep them looking as good as new, and they’re flexible in that they can be used both indoors and out. Just imagine how eye-catching a row of sunburst yellow chairs would be placed against sleek white tables on an outdoor patio or terrace area?

Flexibility in design

Because of their multitude of colours they provide complete flexibility in design. They look just as good complimenting a Moroccan inspired design with burnt oranges and terracotta’s as they would a classic monochrome theme with chairs in cool white or jet black. Finally how about really going to town and funking it up with vibrant chair collections in azure blues, pillar box reds, sunburst yellows, and shocking pinks?

As you can see the polypropylene stacking chair has come a long way since the school classrooms of the 70’s and 80’s and has gone from something that was uncomfortable and let’s face it… ugly, to the epitome of cutting-edge chic. Who would have thought it?

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a large range of polypropylene stacking cafe chairs in a wide range of colours, so why not log on and take a closer look. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need advice then contact our experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who are happy to assist. Alternatively if you’re passing the Brendale area of Brisbane then you can always pop into our showroom where you can see much of the furniture we have on offer first hand.