Commercial Outdoor Furniture
Commercial outdoor furniture can be supplied in a huge variety of designs and finishes; some is also available in retail outlets, some is available to order only (often with significant minimum orders), whilst some has specific ‘contract’ specification, usually making it more robust. A small proportion of commercial outdoor furniture is built for marine environments, where salt in the air is particularly corrosive.
UK hospitality operators have to consider the winter months when their commercial outdoor furniture often remains unused; if it is not stored inside, it is likely to deteriorate; for this reason, it can be preferable to opt for stacking chairs and tables with flip-tops (which nest together) for compact storage. A few four-legged tables can neatly stack on top of each other.
Other considerations that are easy to overlook are the colour and finish of table tops (in particular) - black finishes can get too hot to touch in direct sunlight, while some metals and white surface cause unpleasantly bright reflections.
Materials matter too - hardwood is one of our favourite outdoor materials, as it ages beautifully, although it also needs regular care - usually a wash-down then a re-oil. Convincing wood-looking plastic alternatives are also available. Plastic is rightly popular, but dark colours can bleach in direct sun (the correct UV specification can minimise this). Look out for drainage holes - without these, water can puddle and leave a muddy watermark. Cast iron is usually used in pedestal table bases; they give great stability, are long-lasting and they are good at resisting the wind. But pedestal bases mean you can't also have a central parasol hole.
Occasionally commercial outdoor furniture needs to be secured - the easiest solution is choosing a design that includes an opening through which a security chain can be lead.
Below is our selection of the best commercial outdoor furniture.
The design features contemporary industrial touches alongside traditional heritage design cues - we supplied traditional Windsor chairs in natural matt ash finish and industrial style inox table bases in brushed stainless steel to further this effect.
The Bracebridge is set in the stunning 2,400 acre Sutton Park - with equally stunning food and interiors to match.
Designed by Fusion DNA, Devonshire Terrace has the added benefit of a glass-domed roof for al fresco socialising all year round which has resulted in a fabulous selection of outdoor furniture. The pieces chosen exude the signature Drake & Morgan contemporary comfort
A clean, white, ultra-modern design with a great selection of contemporary furniture and spectacular courtyard adorned with fragrant white Japanese Wisteria by a local artisan florist.
Our Hanoi bar stool & Morelia lounge chair are just some of the furniture choices that combine with the walnut paneling & herringbone parquet to give this cinema its truly retro interiors.
For outdoor furniture choosing the right colours and materials matters even more than for indoor hospitality furniture. Black furniture can get too hot in prolonged direct sunlight, but it is equally important to avoid white table tops, which can cause an unbearable glare in the same circumstances.
The right table size depends on how many covers are required on each table and what the table is used for; fine dining or drinking will differ. Drinking requires less space than quick meals; fine dining requires the most space. To calculate how many covers will fit in a restaurant use this diagram.
A bit of extra care will allow your outdoor furniture to look for longer. Plastic furniture, woven furniture, metal furniture, teak furniture and outdoor cushions all have different care requirements. Make sure you know which you need as some products can be damaging to certain materials.
Table base heights are often decided after a seat is selected. If you want the diner's legs to fit under the table you must leave 250-300mm of space between the top of the chair seat and the bottom of the table top. Get the correct measurements for dining, counter & poseur heights with this diagram