Tub chairs provide that perfect balance between the utilitarian qualities of say a Tolix Chair or bar stool and the comfort and luxuriousness of a full-sized sofa. As such they can be the perfect accompaniment with which to enhance the ambience of your cafe, bistro, or restaurant. While it’s true that tub chairs have a certain colonial quality about them, if used in the right way they also blend perfectly with contemporary modern designs too, meaning that they’re a chair to suit all styles, themes, and designs. It’s no surprise then that tub chairs are incredibly popular, so if you’re looking for that perfect tub chair to match your décor and clientele, here are some important factors to consider before splashing the cash.
How many will you need?
Tub chairs don’t come particularly cheap, especially when you compare them to other forms of cafe furniture anyway, so getting the right balance is important. If you want a relaxing area where cafe goers can read the paper, sip on a pumpkin spiced latte, and simply chill out during their lunch hour or after a long hard day, then tub chairs are ideal. However too many and it might mean that for those who want to sample your cakes, pastries, and sandwiches at a conventional cafe table, they might be put off and may even go somewhere else. Instead why not have a designated area within your cafe and intersperse quality tub chairs with a few Ottomans or smaller coffee tables for that intimate feel. This way you’ll get the look and feel you’re after without it costing you an arm and a leg.
Branded or non-branded
I’ve already mentioned that tub chairs don’t come particularly cheap but even so, there does seem to be quite a price difference between the top-of-the-range branded tub chairs and the bottom-of-the- range cheaper varieties. So our advice would be to look for hard wearing commercial grade (this is highly important) tub chairs. This way you aren’t paying top dollar but you are paying for quality. After all your customers probably won’t know or even care if it’s branded furniture as long as it’s comfortable and does exactly what it says on the box, but your wallet will right?
Comfort is key
Do you remember back in the day when café’s used to be full of what can only be described as 30 minute chairs? Arguably it was said that cafe owners used to use them because after 30 minutes they were virtually unusable. As a result customers used to move on and make way for the next poor soul. This was done to stop anyone from nursing a solitary cup of coffee all day, thus making way for new clientele. Nowadays however things have changed and believe it or not one of the most important factors that customers look for in their ideal cafe apart from great food, great coffee (naturally), and a great ambience, is a comfy chair. It really is a big deal so if you’re going to buy tub chairs you might want to think about testing them out first. Sit in one and see just what it’s like. If it’s good enough for you and doesn’t make your bum go numb after a while, then it’s likely to be good enough for paying customers.
So there you have it, 3 important factors to take into consideration if you’re looking to browse and buy tub chairs. Here at Cafe solutions we supply a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture including tub chairs. Although you can order online directly from us, we also have a warehouse in the Brendale area of Brisbane where you can try before you buy. To find out more, contact us on 07 3205 1616. We’re confident that you won’t be disappointed.