How to choose cafe furniture?
After you’ve chosen your location, the immediate next task that a future cafe owner has to work on is deciding the cafe’s ambience. Once the atmosphere has been defined, the owner has to decide on furniture. That’s a difficult one!
Because when you buy furniture for a commercial cafe, it has to don many hats – not only must the furniture complement the cafe’s interiors and go with its ambience, but it also is the place where guests will be spending most of their time and so it needs to comfortable and sturdy.
Below we’ve outlined 4 tips that will help you base your buying decisions on reality and get the best for your investment into furniture for your coffee shop:
1. Plan the ambience / theme – The first deciding factor is to figure out the concept of your cafe. This can be based to a significant extent on your location and the type of clientele your cafe is going to cater to.
Is your cafe in the business districts amidst the bustling office-goers? Then you should consider going for a standing-height bar or poseur table.
Or if the cafe is in the relaxed-pace of a shopping district or a sidewalk cafe where people come to chill, then go for comfortable upholstery furniture where your clients can sit comfortably for longer periods of time.
2. Decide number of covers – Once you’ve figured out the concept of your cafe then arriving at the number of covers (i.e., the number of seats) required will become easier to calculate.
You simply have to figure out how large is your seating in your diner and decide on the style and number of tables and chairs keeping the overall space in mind.
If your cafe will cater to small groups of walk-ins, you’ll likely consider keeping smaller tables with seating for 2-4 people. Or if your cafe is expected to cater to large families or groups, you’ll likely need to buy longer dining tables with 4+ covers per table and plan the covers according to the overall space available.
3. Buying commercial grade furniture – Don’t make the mistake of buying residential grade furniture for a commercial environment such as a cafe.
Residential grade furniture is often built for 1-2 hours of gentle use a day and so will often not stand up to the hard-wearing, 10-15 hours/day of unforgiving use in a coffee shop.
Commercial quality products will make sure the joinery, hardware and other potential problem areas are of a sufficient standard for heavy use.
Furthermore, your furniture will be regularly picked / pulled / dragged / stacked; will see food or beverage spillages; and come in regular contact with cleaning liquids. This translates into a significant upkeep and maintenance requirements, which effects the life of furniture substantially.
Try to buy furniture keeping in mind such upkeep and maintenance issues in mind. You may want to choose chairs with handles on backrests for easy pick / pull; ensure use of high quality floor glides on chair legs; use high quality powder coating or electroplating for outdoor furniture in metal; use PU or Vinyl upholstery for seats; ensure cafe chair and table designs that prevent of collection of food crumbs etc
Cafe furniture styles: Furniture designs available at FurnitureRoots:
FurnitureRoots is a leading manufacturer, wholesaler, and supplier of furniture for cafes, coffee shops, coffee bars, outdoor cafes, sidewalk cafes, and French and Italian bistro cafes globally.
With FurnitureRoots’ bespoke capabilities, get furniture in a wide range of designs, including industrial, rustic, vintage/retro, modern, or distressed cafe tables and chairs.
The design of the chairs in a cafe is driven, to a large extent, by the clientele the cafe is aimed at. FurnitureRoots makes a wide range of chair designs catering to a range of requirements. Choose between the elegant and relaxing bentwood chairs to metal chairs that create an industrial and vintage feel to outdoor cafe chairs made of rattan/wicker. Or select between Cafe Benches, Sofas, Counter & Bar Stools, Folding Chairs, and Booth Seating.
Cafe tables consist of tabletops and table bases. These are usually ordered separately; the bases are almost always pedestals which maximize the seating flexibility. FurnitureRoots manufactures and provides your table tops in a choice of wood, metal, glass-top, marble, or granite stone and engineered stone.
FurnitureRoots also provides tables in a variety of shapes. Choose from a range of Round Tables, Square Tables, Live Edge Tables, Small Tables, Tall/High-Top Table.
Take the guesswork out of the equation! With FurnitureRoots’ pre-matched selection of tables and cafe chairs, you don’t have to spend thought or time on mixing and matching tables with chairs. With FurnitureRoots’ wide range of cafe dining sets that are fully customizable, you can be assured of finding furniture that is suits your cafe’s decor perfectly!
FurnitureRoots sells Cafe Furniture at these Locations globally.