Selecting café furniture isn’t like selecting furniture for your home. Less emphasis should be placed on choosing what catches your eye and more should be placed upon practical solutions that maximise the space you have. After all you could serve the best food and coffee in the world, but if you can’t get enough ‘backsides on seats’ so to speak then you’re going to be turning customers away and ultimately aren’t going to be making any money. So how do you go about making the most out of your café furniture layout to aid profitability? Here are 3 simple steps that just might help.
Know your limitations
One of the main problems regarding space (and this is the same for any business) is that there’s only so much of it. Therefore you need to know its limitations. With this in mind, try to consider a seating plan taking into account things like
- Fixed structures including windows, bar areas and counters
- Doors and which way they open
- Emergency exits and clear routes to them
- Movement in and around tables
- Movement to and from toilets
Once you have this in mind or jotted down on paper then you can start to plan your seating accordingly.
Make use of the space
If you think of space as revenue then this is how you need to view your seating. For instance if you fail to utilise all of your available space then it could be costing you money. Problem areas include awkward corners and recesses where a standard table won’t fit. If this is the case, then consider smaller round tables, bar stools or even Ottomans. This also helps the problem of single café goers taking up seating at a table for four.
Multi-functional is the name of the game
The secret to getting ‘backsides on seats’ is multifunctional furniture. For instance it might not pay you to fill your space with larger tables when two smaller tables can be pushed together if necessary. If a larger table is taken up by just two people per se, it might be considered a wasted table. However if a larger crowd come in, it’s far more effective to push several tables together to accommodate them. Ottomans are another great example of multifunctional furniture. They can be placed under low tables and wheeled out as and when the needs of the business dictates. In addition, they can also be used as makeshift table tops as well as seating.
As you can see, selecting the right café furniture for your business can make all the difference. With this in mind here at Cafe Chairs Melbourne we have a wide variety of café furniture to suit all styles, designs, and budgets. Contact us on (07) 3205 1616 or visit our website at cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane, then why not pay us a visit in person.