If you’re in the throes of opening a new cafe then you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the amount of things to consider and the many decisions you have to make. Not only do you have to source your coffee and plan your menu, but you also have to furnish your cafe and make it look appealing to customers. As a potential new cafe owner you may not realise that there is a difference between the tables and chairs you may use in your dining room at home and the commercial furniture that is intended for the hospitality industry. We thought we’d put together 4 of the best reasons to consider buying commercial furniture right from the get-go.
When you’re buying a new table and chairs for your dining room at home the main objective is that it fits the space and complements your décor. So it’s hardly surprising that you would think the same applies when buying table and chair sets for your cafe. Why is it so different? Well although that one dining set at home may look great, it could look dreadful when placed next to another 10 of the same. Commercial furniture is designed differently so that it creates a great look overall. Cafe chairs are often designed lower so that the first thing you see isn’t a row of chair backs. Chair widths, table heights, and table bases are all part and parcel of the custom design that goes into a cafe or restaurant.
Commercial furniture is designed to be stronger, after all compare the number of times you sit at your dining table to the amount of use that a cafe table and chairs gets used. Much of our furniture at Cafe Chairs Melbourne has been AFRDI certified which means that it has passed numerous tests for strength and durability, so you can have confidence when buying it.
Many of the vibrant patterns and textures that you find on residential chairs may look great at home but for commercial furniture they probably wouldn’t be sufficiently hard wearing or practical. Vinyl cushions are often used in cafe chairs for the simple reason they can be wiped down with just a damp cloth to remove any marks or debris. Most cafe table tops are designed to withstand heat and scratches, and are also UV treated so they can be used outdoors too without fading. All of these finishes are intended to ensure the furniture lasts longer and needs the minimum of maintenance.
Typically a homeowner may have saved for several months for a table and chairs for their dining room and the main criteria is that it’s large enough for their needs and matches the rest of their furniture. A cafe owner’s budget is quite different and while they may want the furniture to match the style of their cafe, it also has to meet the needs of their clientele, and not exceed their overall budget. A cafe owners has to consider the cost of every purchase and the ROI that can be expected, which is not necessarily the same for the homeowner. Durability is on an equal footing with budget, since a cafe owner does not want to be replacing their furniture six months down the line because it is broken or showing signs of wear and tear.
Here at Cafe Chairs Melbourne we have a wide range of commercial cafe furniture so why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to see it for yourself. If you need any more information on any of our products just give our friendly team a call on 03 9088 4163 and they’ll be happy to answer your questions.