Most café furniture retailers offer the option of mixing and matching table tops with bases to create a custom table. But with so many styles and sizes of table base available, it can be difficult knowing what goes with what. We’ve put together a short guide to help, so have a read through, and hopefully, by the end you’ll have a better idea of which table base to choose.
Types of café table bases
- Round – This type of table base is intended to be used with round table tops. Not only is it better matched aesthetically, but it gives better overall support to the table as a whole. In addition, it provides more room for your customers to stretch out their legs.
- Square bases – These are a good match for larger rectangular tables which often require two bases. Furthermore, they help to spread the load more evenly and provide better stability.
- X-bases – Cross shaped bases are more popular with our customers because less room is taken up than with square or round bases. This, in turn, provides more room for chairs or stools to be pushed in under the table top when they’re not being used. They’re also a good solution for those with a small dining area.
- Tripod bases – These are very similar to cross-shaped bases and provide more space for chairs to be placed around the table. However, because their surface area is smaller, they tend not to provide as much stability as square or round bases. On the positive side, however, they can be used with any shape of table top.
- Bolt down bases – As their name suggests, these table bases bold into the ground and are covered with a metal plate. They provide a permanent position for a table which puts an end to wobbly tables and also prevents customers from moving around tables as they please. Another pleasing factor of this table base design is that there is more room for people using mobility scooters or wheelchairs to sit closer to the table. It needs to be noted, however, that you won’t be able to change your table layout once your bases are bolted into the ground.
- FLAT table bases – These innovative bases use a system of hydraulics to automatically level the table on whatever surface it is standing on, so there is absolutely no wobble.
If you don’t want the expense of buying new FLAT table bases, you can buy individual FLAT equalisers which are fitted directly to an existing table base.
How many table bases should I buy?
This really depends on the size and shape of your table tops. Most bases will indicate the size of the table top that it can support, so be sure to check this out. As we mentioned above, larger tables often require 2 bases but, if you’re not sure, your furniture retailer should be able to assist.
Here at Café Chairs Melbourne, we stock a variety of table bases which fit most table tops. If you’re in any doubt as to which bases you need, then just give us a call and we’ll be able to help.