Does It Really Matter What Cafe Chairs Are Made From?

ribbon chair in orangeCafe chairs are arguably one of the most important aspects of your cafe’s décor since they personalise your space, express your style, and make it comfortable for your clientele. As an element of good design which also creates the right ambience for your café, then your choice of chairs is really important. Because you’re investing a lot of money in buying café chairs both for your interior and exterior space, then it’s important to choose wisely. However, with so many different styles and materials used in café chairs, how do you know which is the best choice?

Here are some pros and cons for wooden, plastic, and metal chairs to help you in your search.

Wooden chairs

Wooden chairs are often favoured by café owners because they have a natural appeal and being available in plenty of different colours and styles, it’s easy to go modern or traditional with your design. However, when buying wooden chairs, it’s vital that they feel strong and sturdy. You don’t want to be buying a chair that feels wobbly as if it might break at any time. They also need to feel comfortable when you sit on them. Once café owners used to choose uncomfortable chairs so that they could quickly turn around their tables, but thankfully those days are long gone. In fact with many people using cafes to hold business meetings or to sit and work on their laptops, the opposite is now the case. Wooden chairs may be hard to the touch but if they have a moulded seat they can be just as comfortable as a padded chair. You can of course add cushions to the seats to make them more padded and this is a great way of introducing an accent colour into your décor. On the downside wooden chairs can get scratched and may need refinishing every year to keep them looking pristine.

Plastic chairs

Today’s plastic chairs are made from polypropylene which can be moulded and shaped into some pretty amazing designs. They’re also available in a rainbow of colours and are sure to brighten up the dullest of spaces. You won’t have to spend that much on plastic chairs to find ones which are waterproof and weatherproof, which means they can be used throughout the seasons. Other advantages are that they’re light to move around and stackable for convenient storage. If they don’t last as long as you hoped then at least you won’t have spent a fortune on them and you won’t feel so bad about replacing them. They’re also low maintenance and simply require a wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any dust and marks.

Metal chairs

Metal chairs are great for adding an industrial feel to your café or bistro. Since metal chairs are often powder coated you can choose from a wide range of vibrant colours and shimmering metallics, so there’s no need for them to look harsh. Usually these chairs are pretty much indestructible and often look better as they age, with the odd dent or two adding character to them. It pays to choose metal chairs which have been treated as not all of them can be used outside without rusting.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we’ve got a wide range of café chairs to suit all tastes and budgets. From designer plastic to Tolix and Bentwood, we’ve got chairs in all colours and materials, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Why not browse our online store or if you’re in the Brendale area then call into our warehouse and you can try some chairs out. If you need more information or advice about any of our products then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and we’ll do all we can to assist.