Cafe Furniture

Cafe furniture is becoming less distinguishable from restaurant furniture as the ‘casual dining’ sector has mushroomed. Nonetheless, it still tends to be more robust and more practical, with less upholstery than typical restaurant furniture.

Cafe furniture is largely dining chairs and tables (often with bar stools and fixed seating too). Cafe dining chairs include side chairs (ie no arms) and armchairs; cafe tables consist of tops and bases, which are ordered as separate items; the bases are almost always pedestals, which allows seating flexibility. 

After setting a budget, perhaps the place to start when buying commercial cafe furniture is deciding the number of covers; this will inevitably impact on the size of the tables and may also affect the choice of chairs - some chairs have bigger footprint than others; other chairs may not tuck under the table top, so taking too much space.

Some cafes require furniture that is almost bulletproof; chairs that won’t break and tops that won’t mark easily; how robust the furniture needs to be is an important consideration.

There are many different styles of cafe interiors and we frequently sell everything from classic French & Italian cafe furniture to modern and retro cafe furniture. Well-chosen designs can utterly transform an otherwise unexceptional interior - most cafe chairs are wooden (plastic is also popular), with stickback and bentwood chairs among our best sellers, often in bright finishes. Laminate cafe table tops are popular, being robust and low-maintenance; they are available in many colours and finishes, with a range of edge options.

Possible pitfalls include choosing table tops and bases that cannot be connected easily, problems with fire regulations, issues with chair glides and how best to specify outdoor furniture; please do get in touch with us for advice about these and everything about cafe furniture.

  • bentwood chairs in natural finish in front of a slatted wooden banquette and green avocado hued tiles
  • Stickback chairs combine with laminate tables with exposed plywood edge and vibrant green Da Vinci chairs in this John Lewis cafe
  • Barstools and booth seating against grey walls and tiles with neon sign that says Do What Comes Naturally
  • Upholstered and stickback chairs in pink and blue against a floral mural
  • Blue bentwood chairs and blue metal tables combine with pale pink walls and a natural-finish wooden seating island

Cafe Chairs

Cafe Table Tops

Cafe Table Bases

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