Pub furniture, once cheap and usually dark wood, was transformed with the emergence of gastro-pubs and is now similar to much of the casual dining sector, with more barstools and fixed seating. Pub furniture largely consists of pub dining chairs and tables - pub tables now usually 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 pub furniture is deciding the number of covers; this will inevitably impact on the size of the pub tables and may also affect the choice of pub chairs - some chairs have a bigger footprint than others; other chairs may not tuck under the table top, so taking too much space.
Pub bar stools are usually 750-800mm which allows a comfortable drinking or eating position at standard height bars.The weight of stools can be important, often to ensure they are not moved far from a bar. Metal or plastic kickbacks are available with most stools to stop the footrests from chipping.
Some pubs require furniture that is almost bulletproof; pub chairs that won’t break and table tops that won’t mark easily; how robust the furniture needs to be is an important consideration.
Well-chosen designs can utterly transform an otherwise unexceptional interior - most pub chairs are still wooden, although designs have become more contemporary.
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 pub furniture.
Below is our selection of the best pub furniture.
The Chequers Inn is an 18th century pub and restaurant serving up hearty food, craft beers, wine and cocktails; it's the perfect example of a charming English country pub with a fantastic food offering.
The Botanist is a place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls, and resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. Our Rossini Armchairs with their handcrafted rattan frame are the perfect travel companion for this old world beau.
Colourful interiors with murals of Midcentury Manhattanesque ladies who inject a touch of glamour to the contemporary feel.
The Dirty Martini designs are so distinctive with their hallmark faces, neon lights & geometric patterns the brand is instantly recognisable. This venue has some particularly interesting table top choices.
Enter the cornucopia of botanical interior design that is The Lost & Found Leeds Club. Paisley fabrics and patterned floors feature with a fabulous spectrum of chairs.
Legal fire safety requirements for contract furniture can be confusing because it's covered by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and not the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations (FFFSR) which covers domestic use. Here is an important summary for commercial designers.
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.
Wooden table tops are robust, last for ages, look better with a bit of wear and can be made to match pretty much any interior design scheme. We detail the pros and cons of different types of wooden table tops including beech, ash, oak & teak as well as the benefits of veneers and engineered wood.
Table bases are usually ordered separately from table tops. They are available in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials, and finishes. We list the benefits of pedestal bases for hospitality settings, the options for finish and how to avoid those annoying wobbly tables as well as technical tips.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of the most common types of dining chair materials used in hospitality settings. Which will suit your needs best? Metal, wood, plastic and upholstered chairs all have different pros and cons when used in hospitality spaces find out more.
Most designers are concerned with the overall seat height of a barstool, but the dimensions to and from the foot rail play a crucial role in the comfort of a barstool. We've found the following dimensions ideal for contract use.