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.

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.

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.