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Most of us give little thought when we plonk our bottoms onto cafe chairs. Cafe chairs are so often an afterthought when they really should be a priority. If you’re looking for cafe chairs then here are some tips on choosing cafe chairs to help you avoid making a decision you come to regret.
Common chair needs
While all cafes have different chairs needs, when it comes to choosing cafe chairs there are certain points to know that remain the same.
When a customer is sitting on a cafe chair or stool, the whole of their bottom needs to fit on it. Ideally, the depth of the seat should be around 40-45 cm and the underside of the table top should be about 30 cm from the top of the seat to ensure there is adequate room for a customer’s knees.
There are also certain chair qualities that you need to consider when choosing cafe chairs for your venue.
Naturally, a guest’s comfort and safety should be your top priority and ensuring your chosen chair is durable and stable for the duration of their stay is an absolute must. This includes how well your chairs maintain their looks during their lifespan.
You also want to consider how easy your chairs can be maintained as the last thing you want is to have chairs out of action on a regular basis.
While your chairs should be both durable and comfortable, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. When it comes to choosing cafe chairs, the aesthetics are just as important since customers are drawn in by great looking furniture.
Types of cafe chairs
Nowadays there are a multitude of chair styles to choose from but we’re going to focus on the most common cafe chair styles.
Banquet chairs are fairly simple in style and lightweight. This is because they’re designed to be used for functions where large amounts of people need to be seated and usually they’re stacked and stored until such time as they’re transported to a function room or venue.
Side chairs are another basic style of chair that are straight backed and have no arms. They’re commonly used in cafes because they take up less room than an armchair and are ideal for placing around communal tables or benches.
Industrial chairs are made from metal or a combination of wood and metal. They’re perfect for use in venues boasting an industrial design but can also be used to create a vintage look and feel.
Ladderback chairs are great for traditional cafes and consist of a padded seat with a slatted back.
Now you know more about the type of chairs available, when it comes to choosing cafe chairs you want to give consideration to the theme or style of your cafe and the ambience you’re trying to create.
A simple way to choose your chairs to fit into the style and design of your cafe is to match them to like-for-like materials in your furniture. If you’re going for a western or southern vibe consider mixing wood and wicker. For a more cutting edge look, consider transparent or metal chairs.
Common materials used in cafe furniture include:
- Nylon Rattan
- Cast iron
Now you know more about choosing cafe chairs why not head to our online store where you’ll find a wide range of cafe furniture to suit all tastes and budgets. alternatively, you can visit our showroom in Brisbane to get a feel for the quality of furniture that we provide.