Let’s face it, cafe furniture doesn’t come cheap so when you’re looking to create a new outside space, it can be a big investment. That said, if you get it right, it can bring in the customers which in turn will seriously increase your profits. With this in mind, here are 5 top tips to maximise your outdoor cafe furniture.
First impressions count
Remember, your outdoor cafe furniture is likely to be the first thing people notice about your cafe, so it needs to hit the right notes. Good cafe furniture needs to have that fine balance of comfort, practicality, and style. In addition make sure you use the space wisely. Do you have sufficient seating to maximise the space without over-crowding? In hot weather is there sufficient shade? Do you have a good mix of small/larger tables? Is there sufficient signage to show your menu? All of these questions should be addressed if you want to make a good first impression.
Storage and maintenance
If your outdoor area isn’t covered it’s essential that you consider stackable and/or foldable options. Being able to store them somewhere safe will protect them from the weather and/or possible theft. In addition if your cafe furniture is likely to be open to the elements for long periods of time, make sure it’s commercial grade and fit for purpose. Maintenance should be low so avoid real wood that might fade, warp, or crack, in favour of stronger durable materials such as powder coated steel, polypropylene, or laminates. After all, you really don’t want to be replacing tables and chairs within a few years.
Okay so trends come and go. With this in mind it would be a real shame to spend a small fortune on cafe furniture, just because it happens to be ‘en vogue’, only to become yesterday’s news within 6 months. Instead think long-term and look for something that will stand the test of time. That doesn’t mean that your cafe furniture has to be boring and drab. On the contrary there are plenty of cafe furniture styles that not only look good, but are timeless.
Don’t forget to accessorise
Your outdoor cafe furniture should reflect the style, design, or theme that you have inside your cafe. This is especially true if your outside space isn’t directly in front of your cafe. Consider how you’ll get customers to make that connection. One of the best ways is to accessorise. Think about chair cushions, planting, candles/outdoor lighting, and place settings.
Create a wow factor
A good outside space has the ability to turn heads and lure people in. That’s what you should be looking to do. If the space is large enough why not add some stylish sofas complete with patio heating if the weather gets cooler. How about some stylish planting in the form of box hedging, or how about a continuation of a theme that you have in your indoor space such as modern Mediterranean, industrial, or rustic chic. Do whatever it takes to make your cafe furniture stand out from the competition.
At Cafe Chairs Melbourne, as well as offering the occasional styling tip, we supply high quality, commercial-grade cafe furniture at unbeatable prices. Log on to take a closer look or give us a call on 07 3205 1616 for further help. We look forward to supplying you with the right cafe furniture for your needs.