Opening a cafe is a tough task, there are so many things going on that cafe furniture might end up on the bottom of your list. Your coffee shop might have the best tasting coffee but without proper cafe furniture to back it up, you’re going to have a rough time! Here at B Seated Global we have put together a guide to achieve the perfect cafe furniture to help transform your cafe into a unique and memorable experience for every customer!
Choosing the right productsEvery cafe needs its own theme. Whether it's modern or contemporary, it's important to consider if the furniture is for a practical, aesthetic, indoor or outdoor use. [caption id="attachment_1592" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Koi Dessert Bar's Cafe Furniture[/caption]
Cafe FurnitureCafe Chairs are an important part of your venue, as they will determine what type of customers you are after. For example, in a CBD district, your customers will likely be staff looking for a quick coffee before heading back to work. In this case, an industrial metal chair is a good choice, as it offers a fast paced environment and quick turnaround as these chairs are designed to be sat on for short periods of time. Here are some of our favourites that we believe can be used for any type of cafe! [caption id="attachment_1552" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Wooden Furniture at Fratelli Fresh[/caption]
Bentwood ChairsBentwood Chairs fit into any venue with ease and simplicity. Our most popular Bentwood, the A-18’s are perfect if you are looking for a chair that is elegant at any time of the year. If your cafe is sticking to a certain colour palette, our A-14's are completely customisable right down to the colour of the chair sock. B Seated has worked on many projects that feature Bentwood chairs, including The Mill Hotel, Three Beans Macquarie and The Atrium at the Grounds of Alexandria. [caption id="attachment_1562" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Custom Bentwood Chairs at Three Beans Macquarie[/caption]
Outdoor Bistro ChairsOften made out of wicker or rattan, our range of Outdoor French Bistro Chairs are perfect if you need that extra bit of creativity and sophistication in your cafe. These are a great option if your cafe is very mobile as these chairs are durable and stackable. View some of our outdoor bistro chairs at The Potting Shed at the Grounds of Alexandria and Henrys Cronulla. [caption id="attachment_1559" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Outdoor French Bistro Chairs at Henry's Cronulla[/caption]
Metal ChairsMost popular in CBD districts, Metal Chairs transforms your cafe into a high traffic environment. Often paired with wooden tables and wooden furniture, a metal chair transforms the atmosphere to an industrial and vintage feel. Some examples of striking metal chairs are our Orin Tub Chair and Lenny Chair. [caption id="attachment_1568" align="aligncenter" width="300"](image) Orin Tub Chair[/caption]
Cafe TablesIn order for your cafe to stand out, you need unique cafe tables that combine size, space and functionality. A strong, durable and high quality timber table will go a long way and can even double as a workstation for your customers. Other options such as our Slatted Table Tops and Compact Laminate Table Tops are also sophisticated options for outdoor use. [caption id="attachment_1591" align="aligncenter" width="840"](image) Unique Cafe Furniture at Corbett and Claude[/caption]
Table SizeChoosing the right size of the table is necessary because it directs your customers to the type of seating they are after. For example, our Hairpin Leg Dining Table is 80 cm, which is more suitable for people that are after a larger meal with entrees and drinks. On the other hand, if you are looking for something for people to place their coffees on, our 48 cm Aky Curve Coffee Table is an excellent choice.
Table SpaceIt is important to consider the size of your tables because you want your customers to be able to freely move around. We advise that you leave a space between 0.8m - 1m between each table to ensure that people can pull our their chairs and manoeuvre around without any problems. [caption id="attachment_1593" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Cafe Chairs and Tables at The Mill Hotel[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1561" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Table Space at Long Shot Cafe[/caption] Solid Timber Table Tops are one of the most popular tables for coffee shops and cafes. You can combine a timber top with almost every any kind of cafe chairs from metal to timber to rattan. Solid timber table tops are extremely versatile which means you can buy the table base and top separately to mix and match to your liking. We recommended our Herringbone Solid Timber Table Tops, which are stylish, durable and entirely customisable with parquetry design options available. [caption id="attachment_1563" align="aligncenter" width="460"](image) Herringbone Solid Timber Table Top[/caption]
You make the coffee, we provide the furniture!Commercial furniture is a must for your cafe. Here at B Seated, we are happy to provide any help you have with your cafe furniture needs, as long as you provide us with some coffee!
Creating and finding the perfect bar stool for your venue is a big task. There are many aspects to take into account when finding your perfect stool. At BSeated we think we have mastered the art of finding that perfect bar stool. Below are Hints and Tips for you to find the bar stool that will stand the test of time. [caption id="attachment_1451" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Bar Stools at Manly Wharf Hotel[/caption]
Choosing Bar Stool HeightBar stools vary in height and therefore it is important to understand what size suits your space. Importantly, stool heights are measured from the floor to the seat and not the backrest. There are three bar stool size categories: residential kitchen counter bar stool height, commercial bar stool height, and low stools. Residential Kitchen Counter Bar Stool Height Most kitchen bench tops are 95 cm high. We recommend the seat height of your bar stool or counter stool be 65 cm high. You will have the perfect amount of space to comfortably cross your legs under the kitchen bench.
Commercial Bar Stool Height The bar height in your cafe, restaurant, pub, hotel, or other commercial venues will commonly be 105 cm. We recommend the seat height of your bar stool be 75 cm. Low stools are also recommended to be 45 cm.[caption id="attachment_1461" align="aligncenter" width="300"](image) Bar Stools at Macchiato[/caption] Rule of Thumb for Bar Stool Heights The rule of thumb to always have the perfect bar stool height is to give 30 cm between the top of the bar stool seat height and the bottom of your bench. For example, if the top of your table is 105cm, using the rule of thumb your seat height will be 75 cm. This rule can also be applied to shorter bar tables to accommodate height.
Choosing The Right Style[caption id="attachment_1471" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Bar Stools at Chiara[/caption]
ClassicBentwood bar stools are a timeless classic that is very popular in many establishments as they are instantly recognizable and iconic. With the use of beautiful timber stains you can choose a walnut, white wash or coloured pantone colour for a bit of fun on a classic design. Examples of classic barstools are our Bst-18 Bar Stool and the Beville Bar Stool which doesn’t have a back but features that classic bentwood design. BSeated projects that have used the bentwood bar stools include Collins Square, Sarita's at the Rocksia and Gregory Hills Hotel. [caption id="attachment_1462" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Bentwood Bar Stools at Collins Square[/caption]
IndustrialMany venues have adopted this style over the last 5 years, it was hugely influenced by bars in New York and the trendy new Brooklyn area where aged metals and leathers were used to give bar stools a vintage approach. In heavy usage pubs and bars, industrial bar stools are recommended as they are heavier, more robust and durable. We customise a large range of industrial bar stools with the options of different plywoods combined with gunmetal and copper frames. Our Sea Salt Bar Stools are great examples of this industrial style. BSeated projects that have used industrial barstools include The Bayview Hotel and Walt & Burley. [caption id="attachment_1464" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Sea Salt Bar Stools at Bayview Hotel[/caption]
ContemporaryScandinavian design are a simple, minimal and functional look that emerged in the 1950’s in Nordic countries. This style is perfect for people that are after simplistic clean lines and minimal colours. Contemporary bar stools are made of light blonde timbers with simple angles, low backs and upholstered seat pads. Some examples of contemporary bar stools are the Triangle Bentwood Bar Stool and The Ola Bar Stool. [caption id="attachment_1473" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Contemporary Bar Stools at King Pin Casino[/caption]
Parisian RattanInspired by the streets of France, Parisian style is extremely popular within the hospitality industry because it creates an instant atmosphere of warmth and fun. With the material as rattan, the simple yet elegant designs lend them to be easily placed in homes as well as commercial settings [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Parisian Rattan Bar Stools at Ivanhoe Hotel[/caption]
Other things to consider:Thickness of Upholstered Seat Pad Before determining the thickness of the seat pad, you must remember that the seat padding will always sink down once sat on. Commonly, the thickness of seat pads are 3 cm. If the height of your counter is 105 cm, the bar stool seat height will be 75 cm and your thickness would be 3 cm adding up to 78 cm. What type of floors are the stools going on? If you have timber floor boards or polished concrete, we recommended that you use a felt covered nylon stopper as this protects the floors from any damage. For carpets, you can't go wrong with a simple nylon stopper. Wood, metal or plastic? Pub furniture is often made out of wood or metal but we also offer some styles in plastic. Our bar stools can be customized with armrests, without backs and with or without padding on the seat. We also offer a range of extra tall and extra short bar stools. [caption id="attachment_1489" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Bar Stools at Bodega 1904 Tramsheds[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="919"](image) Bear Bar Stools at Bull & Bear[/caption] You will find what you are looking for As you can see, we offer many options and will guarantee to find a style to match your decor perfectly. BSeated Global specialise in bespoke commercial furniture solutions. We can tailor to almost any piece of furniture to your specific requirements. Feel free to get in touch with our experts!