Furnishing a cafe, bistro, or restaurant is one of the most important aspects to get right and what’s more it doesn’t come cheap. Therefore you need to make sure the furniture you’re buying offers what amounts to great value for money. With this in mind, here are some important questions you really should be asking your furniture supplier before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Is this furniture commercial grade?
It may seem a little obvious but you’d be amazed at how many hospitality businesses spend oodles of cash on furniture that simply isn’t up to the grade. Instead commercial grade furniture that’s built to last is key. So how do you know if it’s built to last? The answer….if it’s been AFRDI tested. In a series of tests run by the Australasian Furniture Research and Development Institute furniture is put through it’s paces. Only those that have made the grade get the AFRDI seal of approval and can survive pretty much anything a busy cafe can throw at it.
What kind of warranty does the furniture have?
A warranty is your cover against product malfunction, but is it worth the paper it’s written on? For example it’s no good having a ten year guarantee if it doesn’t even cover the basics such as manufacturing defects. In addition you should also know exactly what might void your warranty. For example if you buy furniture that’s fit for indoor use only, and you proceed to use it outside, then you can be safe in the knowledge that your warranty won’t be covered. That aside, it’s well worth asking the question.
How much are shipping costs?
This is certainly one way to get caught out if you’re not careful. Although your furniture might seem like a really good deal on the surface you might find that it ends up costing you a fortune in shipping fees. Therefore make sure that you ask the question before you purchase and then you can budget accordingly.
What is your returns policy?
Understandably many companies won’t change furniture just because you decide that you don’t really like it. However they will and should cover the cost of damaged goods in transit. You also might want to check if the shipping costs are included in this or not, as some companies do and some companies don’t.
At Cafe Solutions we’re a reputable commercial cafe furniture supplier. We invite you to check out our website at www.cafesolutions.com.au where we have a list of the most important FAQ’s you’ll need to know. Conversely if you have any questions before purchase then please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and friendly team on 1300 7000 75 and give yourself total peace-of-mind.