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.

Sometimes Smaller Is Best

When it comes to choosing cafe tables most cafe owners tend to ignore the small 600mm table in favour of its larger counterparts for the simple fact that it can seat more people. We guess the reasoning behind this decision is that more people equals more profits, but larger tables don’t always equate to this. You see, the 600mm table may be small, it may only seat two people, but it has something the larger tables don’t have and that’s versatility.

Fits awkward spaces

Few cafes have perfectly square or round dining spaces – in fact many of them have spaces which are quite irregular in shape, often with recesses and awkward corners, or narrowing down at one end. If you were to try and fill these spaces with just one size of table, say 700mm then there would be several areas where it would be impossible to fit a table in – leading to wasted space and less potential to accommodate more customers. A 600mm round table on the other hand, fits effortlessly into small recesses and awkward corners fitting in sole diners and couples and maximising your floor space so that you can seat even more people. As you know, more seats on bums means more sales and an increase in revenue – now that’s got to be a good thing, right?

Frees up larger tables

Small bistro tables such as our 600mm tables do a great job of freeing up larger tables which are intended for 4 people yet in many cases are taken by 1 or 2 people, for the simple reason there is no other choice. Most people don’t like to eat with strangers which means your table for 4 is only being used for 2 or less people a lot of the time. By mixing table sizes you have greater capacity to cater for individuals, couples, and groups, thereby increasing your turnover.

Perfect for pavement dining

Small tables are also perfect for pavement dining since they are small and compact and take up far less space than a big table. In addition, it’s easy to push 2 or more small tables together if needs be to make up a table that is large enough for a group.

Far from boring

Our small tables come in a wide variety of colours and wood patterns making them sufficiently versatile to fit into the majority of decors and themes. What’s more they can be marched with stools or chairs to create a mix of casual and more formal dining spaces. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, they’re also weatherproof, and scratch and heat resistant. Low maintenance and light enough to move around with ease, our 600mm tables deserve a place in all cafes and bistros.

Are you ready to shop 600mm tables yet?

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide range of 600mm tables so why not consider how they could fit into your cafe. You’ll be surprised at just how useful they really are.

What Makes A Great Cafe Table?

Although some cafes just provide counters and standing space, the majority of customers prefer a cafe table. Why? A cafe table is somewhere to place your mug of coffee. It’s your own bit of space in what can be a very busy environment. It’s also somewhere to lean, somewhere to relax, a table on which to have your mobile phone in full view to save keep getting it out of your pocket. It’s also a table around which you can huddle with family or friends as well as make-shift office space for freelancers.

If these aren’t enough reasons, cafe tables also look great and complement your seating, maximise your space, and encourage customers to stay for longer and feel more comfortable. So much so, that they’ll probably even order some food.

So what makes a good cafe table?

The answer to this quite simply is variety. People come to coffee houses for all manner of reasons. Some just want a quick drink and then to be off. Others may be holding an informal business meeting, and some may be catching up with friends for a chat after finishing work.

It’s important to understand your customer’s requirements and offer a variety of tables/seating to suit their needs.

Dry bar tables

Dry bar tables are perfect for optimising your floor space and are ideal for solo diners or couples who have just called in on a whim to grab a quick drink and maybe some food, before going on their way. Have these tables placed near to your door so that customers can enter and leave without having to navigate around a maze of tables and chairs. In your busiest times, you can also use dry bar tables as a place to rest customer drinks when it’s standing room only.

Booth seating

Families or small groups of friends love booth seating since it offers more private space and allows them to supervise their children and be on hand to help cut up their food at the table. They take up less space than regular cafe tables and could be utilised down one side of your seating area

Choice of table sizes

Using a variety of table sizes makes the most of your floor space and allows for increased flexibility. If for example a group of say 6 people come into your cafe, then you might need to move two tables close together to accommodate them, which is why it’s best to have some smaller tables that you can easily place alongside larger ones. 600mm tables are commonly referred to as a ‘table for two’ and these are great for solo diners too, and saves them from taking up a table intended for 4 people.

Communal tables

Communal dining is also a popular choice and these long tables can easily be used alongside one wall. Not only does it make sense to have these tables for parties and special events, but again it means that single diners can easily squeeze in and who knows, meet a new friend in the process. Remember to use side chairs or stools so that you can seat more people without them bashing each other’s elbows when eating.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide assortment of indoor add outdoor tables in different styles, materials, and colours, Why not browse our online store or call into our showroom to see them for yourself. Meanwhile if you need any further information on any of our products just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 and we’ll be pleased to help.

Isn’t It About Time You Considered FLAT Technology?

If you’re anything like me then no matter which table you choose to sit at in a cafe you always end up with a wobbly table. It’s the bane of cafe owners and it also drives me crazy. I’ve chosen to sit and relax with a cup of coffee and the last thing I want is to be worrying about half of its content sloshing into the saucer! The thing is, in this day and age there’s no longer any excuse for any cafe owner to expect their customers and staff to have to put up with tables that are unstable and wobbly, and that’s thanks to the ingenious invention of ‘FLAT technology’.

What exactly is FLAT technology?

FLAT technology is an innovative, world wide award winning product which stabilises tables automatically and also allows owners to align their tables on any surface seamlessly. It works by pumping hydraulic fluid through a small series of pipes which are hidden inside a FLAT table base. The ingenious technology responds instantly by adjusting the table feet ensuring it is stable on any surface and cleverly locking them into place. No matter how many times the tables are moved, the technology will re-adjust the table feet, stabilise the table, and lock them back into position. By using these table bases it’s also quicker than ever before to align a series of table tops without suffering from that annoying ‘lip’ that always occurs.

The good news is we are an authorised dealer for FLAT table bases and hold a wide stock of tables bases to meet all your commercial needs. But that’s not all……

FLAT Equalizers

For customers who don’t want to invest in a whole new set of table bases we also now stock FLAT technology table feet equalizers which stabilise an owners existing tables on an uneven surface, putting an end to wobbly tables for good. These equalizers are fitted in seconds and don’t require any handyman skills or even any tools. They stabilise the table quickly and easily simply by a light press on the tabletop. Supplied with a variety of thread sizes they’ll fit virtually any table that has screw in feet. Simply remove the feet and screw in the FLAT equalizers. Job done!

Our customers have never looked back since purchasing FLAT products and say that it saves their staff time in the morning, since they no longer have to go around levelling up tables with rubber wedges, which gives them more time to concentrate on delivering a better level of customer service.

If you’re interested in making your staff and your customers happier by putting an end to wobbly tables then why not come and see how they work for yourself by visiting our showroom in Brendale. Or if you need more information about any of our products then please give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.

The Isotop Table – What Is It And Why Buy It?

isotop-tablesThe problem with busy café’s is that they’re always full of people!

Okay, so while it isn’t a problem for the venue owner or indeed the customers who ether love the buzz, or the coffee, or both, it can be a problem for cafe furniture. Let’s put it this way, someone who had way too much time on their hands worked out that your average cafe table was used approximately 14.75 times a day. When you compare this to your kitchen or dining table at home which is used once or twice a day, then it’s easy to see just how strong cafe furniture needs to be.

Even so and despite this, cafe furniture can take quite a hammering. In fact, according to one source the average life of cafe furniture (this is commercial-grade don’t forget) is somewhere between 5-8 years. That’s one heck of an outlay every few years that you could probably do without. With this in mind how do you find cafe furniture that looks stylish and is built to last? More importantly, is there such a thing?

Enter the Isotop table….

What makes the Isotop table so special is its design. Multiple layers of thin wood fibre are glued together using a super-stick resin. This is then compressed under great strength to form a block which is then kiln-dried. Finally a decorative top layer is applied and the whole thing is then treated.

In essence what you end up with is a table that’s resistant to staining, scratching, damp, heat, and chemicals. In other words it’s virtually indestructible. So not only do you end up with a table that can be used both inside and out, it’s designed to take just about anything a busy cafe can throw at it.

But wait there’s more!

Isotop tables aren’t just function over form. Instead they come in a huge array of styles and designs ranging from sumptuous rich wood effects through to lifelike stone and marble table tops, and even some complete with wacky designs. In other words if your cafe has a particular style, theme, or design (no matter how way out it may be) there’s an Isotop table with your name on it.

The bottom line is that the next time you’re in the market for cafe furniture and you see the words ‘strong‘ and ‘durable‘ in the description, then you’d better make sure it’s a description for an Isotop table. Anything less and you could be shelling out more of your hard earned cash to buy replacements in as little as 5 year’s time.

At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a large selection of Isotop tables and table tops for you to browse and buy. Coming in an array of sizes and at seriously competitive prices, why not log on and take a look. Alternatively if it’s something you’ve seen somewhere else, that’s not on our website then contact us on 07 3205 1616 and we’ll do our very best to source it for you.

How To Choose The Right Cafe Table Base

cafe table baseCafe furniture table bases come in various shapes, sizes, and weight so choosing the right type for your business can be a tricky task with plenty of styles to choose from. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide range of table bases so we’ve put together some tips to help narrow down your options.

Style

Round bases

Round bases are one of the most popular styles of cafe table base and are best suited to round table tops. They offer more stability to a round table than a square base does, and also provide a flat area for customers to place their feet.

Square bases

These are a good choice for a large table that needs two bases. Owing to their large surface they offer greater stability and space for feet.

X-Shaped bases

These are a preferred shape of base when space is limited since they allow more room for chairs to be pushed in under the table.

Tripod bases

Similar to X-shaped bases these again offer more room for chairs to be pushed beneath the table. However, because of their smaller surface area they don’t offer as much stability as round or square bases.

Bolt down bases

As their name suggests these bases bold down onto the ground preventing table movement and offering a secure connection. It does mean however that the table position is permanent, so they are limiting in that respect. In addition they also allow for good mobility access.

FLAT bases

These bases utilise FLAT technology which means that the table legs automatically adjust and lock in place to keep a table stable on any type of surface, smooth or uneven.

Height

Cafe table bases also come in various heights, depending on the purpose of the table. These include coffee table height of 450mm, cafe table height of 720mm, and dry bar table height of 1050mm.

Material

Cafe table bases are made from differing materials with the most common being stainless steel, aluminium, cast iron, and wood. Stainless steel is one of the best choices because it is rust resistant and can therefore be used inside and outdoors. Aluminium is also a good choice because it’s light in weight but very durable.

Finish

Most people tend to think first of all about the type of finish for their table base. The most common finishes are chrome, brushed steel, or black, although many of them are finished with a powder coating too. Black is great for a traditional finish or looks fantastic with white if you’re looking to create impact. Brushed steel offers more of a contemporary finish and looks amazing with light ash wood as well as coloured resin table tops.

If you need any help in choosing the right table bases for your needs then just give us a call on 07 3205 1616 or pop into our showroom in Brendale and we’ll be delighted to assist.

No More Eating Alone With The Return Of Communal Cafe Tables

cafe communal tablesThe days are long gone when communal tables were used by beer halls, tapas bars and the odd farm-to-table restaurant. Now cafes and bistros up and down the country are starting to embrace communal eating and drinking. However, up until a few years back café’s never thought that their clientele would entertain sharing an espresso with a total stranger, so why the change?

The whole cafe experience has changed

Even going back just a decade or so, a great cafe was judged solely on the quality of its coffee and home made fayre. While this is still the case it’s no longer the ‘be all and end all.’ Nowadays whether it’s a cafe, bistro, or restaurant, people go for the experience of being in a place that’s unique, that’s different, and somewhere that stands out from the crowd. Therefore it’s no longer about the crisp white tablecloth and five star service, instead it’s about being amongst others that are equally ‘in the know’. People want something different and if that means sharing a table with a random group of complete strangers, then so be it.

A communal table doesn’t have to be….well….a communal table

One of the benefits of communal tables in café’s are that they can easily be transformed into communal workspaces. Many people work in similar office environments so it’s a familiar concept to many, whereas sitting next to a random stranger who isn’t staring deep into their laptop might make some people feel a little awkward. In other words communal cafe tables can readily become that so called ‘third place’ with little or no adjustment.

Competition is fierce

Since the recession, competition is fierce and for every new cafe opening up, two will be pouring their last espressos for the final time This means that every penny and every person counts. The question is, how do you get more bums on seats when you only have limited floor space? The answer communal tables!

The truth is that communal tables are a double win for café’s and restaurants. Firstly – adding more seating means more room for customers and therefore (hopefully) more profits and secondly – a tightly packed space crammed with people creates an infectious energy which in turn draws in more customers. On top of this, and as an added bonus, customers have the opportunity to meet new friends or even a cute stranger.

Love them or hate them it seems that communal tables are here to stay – Well for the foreseeable future anyway!

If you’re looking for communal tables for your establishment then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a multitude of cafe furniture available for you to browse and buy. All at great prices that won’t break the budget. Log onto our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au to take a closer look. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane, then why not pop into our showroom and take a closer look first hand.

Embrace Communal Dining With Large Cafe Tables

Communal dining has been in existence for as long as there has been chairs and tables. Would the last supper for example, have taken place without communal dining? The fact is that love it or loathe it, being sandwiched between strangers while eating your meal or drinking your espresso, alongside people you don’t even know remains popular. True, it mightn’t sit well with everyone but restaurant chains from Mcdonalds through to Red Rooster have embraced the ethos of communal dining in a big way.

It could be argued that having large shared tables in your cafe, bistro, or restaurant creates an amiable ‘welcome all’ policy which is undoubtedly inviting for many, but not only this – from a business perspective, communal dining allows you to maximise your seating potential and therefore boosts your profits.

The problem is that it’s a risky strategy because not only do you run the gauntlet of alienating those who just aren’t comfortable with the whole concept, but also you’re faced with the fact that large tables take up quite a lot of space, so that’s a lot of potential revenue lost in terms of space if you get it horribly wrong. So what do you do?

Do your homework

If you like the idea of communal tables then do your homework first. Why not run a quick survey on passers by and ask them what they think. Check out other café’s in the area and see what they’re doing; or better still, go and have a coffee and get chatting to individuals inside and ask their outright opinion. After all, they’re the ones you’re trying to entice into your establishment right?

Run an experiment

Rather than turn your whole cafe into a communal dining establishment why not dip your toe in the water and create a small communal section. Monitor it and watch how it goes. Get regular feedback and say after a couple of months, try and qualify the results. Based on this you might want to turn your whole cafe into a communal dining experience. If so, then you’ve also now got an edge. Why? Because your cafe is different and that means that you stand out from the crowd.

If you like the idea of larger tables for communal dining purposes then you should take a look at Cafe Furniture Brisbane. We stock a wide range of commercial grade cafe furniture including larger tables at great value for money prices. To find out more visit our site at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us directly on 07 3205 1616. Alternatively, if you’re passing the Brendale area of Brisbane the you can always pop into our warehouse and take a look for yourself.

Discussing the Pros and Cons Of Resin Tables and Table Tops

1200 Isotop Shesman table topIf you’re in the market for cafe furniture then chances are that you don’t have to look very far before you come across resin. It’s no surprise then that resin remains one of the most popular choices of furniture materials amongst cafe owners and not without good reason. With this in mind, let’s take a look a the pros and cons of resin tables and table tops.

First the pros…

Wide variety of styles designs and colours

One of the best things about resin table tops are that they can be made to resemble just about any material. As such they can have that glossy sheen and rich wood appearance of say, cherry, maple, teak or oak, that tactile feel of say granite or marble, or the contemporary look and vibrant colour of polypropylene. Ultimately this means that you’re sure to find the right kind of table top to fit in with your style, colour scheme, design, or theme. Even if you can’t find the exact colour, style, or design you’re after, then there’s a good chance that it can be made to your specification.

Built to last

Resin tables such as those made by German manufacturer Werzalit are about as indestructible as tables and table tops get. They can withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees Celsius, they’re impact resistant, scratch proof, water proof and pretty much every other kind of proof that you need in a commercial grade piece of cafe furniture.

They’re easily maintained

Unlike solid wood furniture, laminate, or veneer table tops, resin furniture is easily maintained. You don’t need any expensive varnishes or specialist cleaning materials. Instead a cloth and a small amount of warm soapy water is sufficient to keep any resin table top looking clean. Buff off with some furniture polish and a soft rag for that continued shine and you’ll have a table that looks like new, whether it’s one, two, or 5 years old.

They’re lightweight

Compared to granite, marble, and solid wood table tops, resin table tops are very lightweight. Depending upon the size they can weigh anywhere between 9 and 13kgs, which isn’t overly heavy for a robust table of this nature. For this reason it can easily be moved around by a single person to suit the needs of your business.

And now for the Cons....

Not perfect for joining together

Many (not all) resin tables come with bevelled edges for safety purposes. This means that they aren’t ideal if you’re looking to place several smaller tables together to make one larger one. That said they do come in a wide variety of sizes too, so maybe this isn’t so much of a problem.

It’s not the proper material

Okay so even though resin tables and table tops can resemble materials such as wood, marble, and granite extremely well, it isn’t the real deal. However reflected in this is the fact that you aren’t paying ‘real deal’ wood, granite, and marble prices either. While it’s clear that resin tables aren’t going to suit every connoisseur, they do suit many restaurant, cafe, and bistro owners who know exactly what they want in a commercial grade table.

If you’d like to find out more about resin tables and table tops then you’ve come to the right place. At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a huge range of Werzalit and Isotop resin table tops for you to choose from, so why not log on to www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au and take a closer look yourself. Alternatively if you can’t find what you’re after, then give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and talk to our friendly, experienced team who can assist.

Why Opt For Isotop Tables?

Whether you’re looking to change your existing cafè tables to fit in with a new theme or design or whether you are opening a new venue and are looking for cafè furniture that’s going to last, you might want to strongly consider Isotop tables. You can purchase them in tabletop form if you’re looking to mix and match tops and bases, or alternatively you can purchase complete tables. Whichever form you choose, they remain the perfect option for any cafè, bar or restaurant and here’s why?

Durability

Most cafè tables are advertised as being strong and durable, but when you buy Isotop tables they really are. Firstly they’re stain resistant. In other words they’re impermeable against virtually any type of sticky or corrosive substance, from solids through to liquids. Isotop tables are also heat resistant which means they have no adverse effect from hot foods, plates, or even pans and what’s more they’re resistant to cigarette burns too. In one test a lit cigarette was left on an Isotop table and it burned out without marking the table at all. How’s that for durability? Finally Isotop tables are proven to be weather proof so they don’t fade, crack, warp, or rust when confronted by sun and rain.

Low maintenance

Because Isotop tables are treated they don’t need any special cleaning materials or treatments to keep them looking as good as new. Instead all that’s needed to keep them in top condition is a damp cloth and some soapy water. This will easily remove any stains or sticky substances quickly and efficiently.

Stability

Isotop tables are manufactured to maintain the perfect stability. Firstly they’re not too heavy so that they can be moved around as and when the needs of your business dictates. However, conversely, they’re not too light so that they can easily be blown over by a gust of wind when placed outdoors. In fact you could say that Isotop tables have the perfect balance between lightness and heaviness.

Creative finishes

If you want variety then you’ve got it with Isotop tables. They come in a huge variety of styles, designs, and finishes, from marble effect and timber look to granite style, smooth satin, and a comprehensive range of colours. Isotop tables also have a multitude of sizes from 1200mm oblong tables sufficient to seat 8-10 people through to intimate 600mm round tables perfect for two. All tables come with rounded corners and perfectly contoured edges which, while being incredibly tactile, are also there to prevent any safety issues.

If you’d like to find out more about Isotop tables and table tops then visit our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au. At the moment we have a sale on a wide range of products including Isotop tables so why not check us out and bag yourself a bargain in the process.