Buying new cafe table tops can seem a little daunting with so many to choose from and since tables are one of the first things that your customers see, it’s important to get it right. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to assist you with your purchase.
Before you even start looking at materials and colours you need to know what size table top you need. This typically depends on your type of clientele, how many tables you’re hoping to fit into your dining area, and even on the type of food that you’ll be serving. Make sure your table tops allow for the sort of food you’ll be serving as well as being comfortable for your guests to sit around. Square table tops are very popular because it’s easy to push these together if you need to create a larger table for a group of diners, for instance. So in effect they can seat from 2 to 6 or 8 people when configured differently.
Before worrying about the type of material it’s important to make sure that your table tops are indeed intended for commercial use since anything else will not withstand the daily rigours fo a busy establishment.
The main differences between the types of table top is that some are hardwood whereas laminate tables are often made from MDF or particle board faced with a laminate or melamine surface. In our opinion these are usually the best sort of table tops for cafes because they’re designed to look like other materials such as timber, granite, marble etc. but have an extremely hard wearing and durable surface at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
This can be a little tricky since it depends onf your décor and other furnishings. Some of our customers like to marry their table tops with their flooring whereas others prefer a mix and match approach. Just bear in mind that darker colours create depth and character whereas lighter colours make the space appear larger and more airy, so are good for a smaller space.
Heat resistant table tops are an ideal choice for cafes since they dispel with the need for table cloths or placemats. While timber table tops look lovely they will mark easily without a cover to protect them. Laminate table tops such as Isotop can withstand hot plates and are even impervious to cigarette burns. Even better clean up and wipe down is simple using just a damp cloth and mild cleansing agent.
At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we stock a wide range of Isotop table tops with plenty of sizes, shapes, and colours/patterns to choose from. If you’d like to see them first hand then why not call by our showroom and take a look?