Let’s face it, finding the right outdoor furniture for your venue is no easy task. With a multitude of styles, colours, designs, and materials all at hugely differing prices, it’s enough to make your head spin. The trouble is that your outdoor furniture is the first thing that people notice when they walk up to your venue and ultimately this means the first chance to make a great (or alternatively, bad) impression. No pressure then!
Luckily, here at Cafe furniture Brisbane, we’ve composed a quick guide to help you through the process. So without further ado, let’s kick it off.
Like everything in life, you get what you pay for and the same goes for commercial outdoor furniture. For this reason try and buy the best that you can afford. It probably isn’t the smartest business decision to opt for furniture because it’s seriously cheap. Chances are that it won’t last 5 minutes and you’ll end up replacing it again shortly. Therefore if you’re going to buy commercial grade furniture with the view to it lasting then purchase a quality make or brand.
Don’t go for ‘same old, same old’
As a cafe owner you’ve probably got a plethora of competition right on your doorstep so the need to stand out from the crowd is paramount. One way to do this is to purchase unique or quirky outdoor furniture that other cafe’s don’t have. It might be a combination of materials such as wood laminate and chrome that glints in the sunlight, or a shocking pink polypropylene number that turns the heads of passers-by. As stated earlier this is the first chance to make an impression, so it might as well be one that your customers talk about.
Don’t buy before you try
There’s nothing worse than picking outdoor furniture that you feel would blend in perfectly with your theme, yet stands out from the crowd, if it just isn’t comfortable to sit on. Very soon you’ll end up with loads of disgruntled customers who probably won’t be sticking around for very long. That’s why it’s important to try before you buy. Test it, sit on it, feel it. If you’re happy, then it’s likely that your customers will be too. Even if you’re considering purchasing online, you should be able to find that make and model in a bricks and mortar shop and then if you like it, see if you can purchase it at a reputable online store, at a cheaper price.
Make sure it’s of commercial grade
I know this seems a bit of an obvious statement but outdoor furniture designed for your patio at home is completely different from furniture designed for hundreds of paying customers to sit on. If you try to put ‘home style’ furniture out on your terrace area I guarantee it will last no more than half a season. Why, because it isn’t built for that amount of wear and tear. Conversely commercial grade furniture particularly that which has been AFRDI tested will handle pretty much anything you can throw at it.
So there you have it! If you follow these 4 simple tips, you won’t go far wrong. At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we only ever supply commercial grade furniture most of which has been AFRDI tested. Why not check out our website at cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us directly on 07 3205 1616 to see just what we have to offer. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane we also have a large showroom where you can see the furniture first hand.