Tiny, yet mighty, low bar stools have seen a large spike in popularity over recent years. It’s hardly surprising since these items represent a functional range of furniture only sitting at a lower height, making them the ideal accompaniment to cafe tables.
We’re huge fans of low stools and have put together 5 ways that you can use them in your cafe, some of which you may not have considered.
Paired with communal tables
Communal tables are springing up all over the place in dining establishments in Australia and personally we like to see low stools replace bulky benches that often accompany them. Firstly they make the table appear more spacious and secondly they’re easier to move around.
Stools are less formal than chairs and immediately purvey that casual atmosphere which is what communal dining is all about. Compared to benches, low stools have a much smaller footprint and allow each individual their own, albeit small, personal space.
2. Great for high traffic areas
Low stools are often used with small bistro style tables which, without actually spelling it out, tend to indicate that these are intended for short stay customers. As such they’re a great idea for a convenient seating option. Most cafes and restaurants have areas where customers need to linger while their coffee is being made and their order bagged up. Again, their small footprint makes this seating combo perfect for people waiting to pick up a pizza or coffee, and who don’t plan on being there long.
3. Adds personality to a neutral space
Low stools can be found in some really bright funky colours which pack a punch and make a bold statement. For this reason they’re ideal to use in neutral areas that need some life breathing into them. Since typically they cost less than chairs, they shouldn’t break the bank either. There’s nothing dull about our small replica Tolix stools. Whether you opt for bright red or burnt orange, you have to agree they’re both functional and fun.
4. Reduce visual distractions
We love to see murals or bold graphics on cafe walls but all too often the effect is spoiled by the back of chairs blocking out a large part of the image. Low stools could be used in these applications to avoid visual distraction and allow the picture to take centre stage.
5. Perfect for multi-use spaces
Finally, cafes need furniture that can be swapped around to cater for the needs of their customers at different times of the day for instance. Lower stools are that much easier to handle and re-arrange if an extra guest wants to join a table of friends; alternatively if you’ve got the room outside, you can quickly bring out a few stools and grab a spare table to move along the queue of people waiting to be served at your busiest times.
Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we’ve got plenty of low stools to choose from as well as other types of cafe furniture. So why not browse our online store or drop by our showroom where you’re assured of a warm welcome.