If you’re setting up a new cafe then not only does it need to look visually appealing but also needs to be functional and comfortable with a good flow from one area to another. In this respect your cafe seating plays an important role in the broader design concept and this includes chairs, stools, booths and sofas.
Whether you’re buying seating for the first time for your new cafe, upgrading existing furniture, or even adding new pieces to what you already have, then here are some important factors to keep in mind:
Size of your space – If your cafe is, how shall we say, on the modest side, then booth seating could be your best choice, instead of tables and chairs which take up way more room. Compact booth seating can line the sides of your walls and even sit back to back elsewhere. Not only does it offer a better flow but also allows easier access for both customers and waiting staff. Understand your space and choose your seating accordingly.
Cafe design – When choosing your cafe design you’ll need to bear in mind who your clientele are likely to be as this will be a deciding factor in your choice of cafe furniture. If you run a moderate sized cafe that caters mainly to families with kids, then booth seating is a good choice as it allows them to all sit together and for parents to keep a close eye on younger children. If, on the other hand, you have a larger cafe which is popular with young professionals and freelancers, then consider larger upholstered chairs, with some tub chairs or sofas placed in waiting areas.
Your budget – The money soon adds up when you start to choose several types of seating and, if you’re just starting up then you probably don’t have a large budget to begin with with. Keep temptation at bay and determine whether you want to splurge all of your cash on a few flashy designer chairs or whether you can find something that’s equally as functional, appealing, and considerably cheaper.
Things to consider when buying cafe furniture – Try to steer clear of furniture with lots of intricacies in its design as these will collect dust and debris and be more difficult to clean. If you’re choosing upholstered furniture then check if the fabric is stain resistant. If not you might want to consider factoring the cost of professional cleaning at least once a year, or choose chairs with vinyl seat cushions that can be wiped clean quickly and easily.
Always choose commercial furniture – the main reason that commercial furniture is usually more expensive than that for residential use is because it’s designed to be used frequently throughout the day.
Most quality commercial furniture is supplied with a minimum of one year’s warranty so bear this in mind before settling on your choice. When it comes to cafe furniture it’s best to pay as much as you can in your budget and be sure to maintain it well, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
With many years experience in the hospitality industry we’re well equipped to offer expert advice and guidance should you require it. Why not browse or online store or visit our showroom to check out our quality commercial furniture. If you need any more information on any of our products then please give us a call on (03) 9088 4163 and we’ll be pleased to assist.