There’s so much to do when opening a new cafe or taking care of the day to day running, that sometimes your cafe furniture is almost an after thought. Because of time restraints you may find yourself ordering cafe furniture without putting that much thought into the decision apart from the price tag, the style of furniture, and where and when it can be delivered. You may be under a lot of pressure to open your cafe or bar, such as arranging bank loans and hiring staff. It’s important to be aware, however, that hasty decisions when buying furniture can lead to even more costs such as in maintenance or replacement. We’ve put together a few suggestions as to how you can end problems with cafe furniture and possibly save yourself money too.
1. Choose the right product
It’s important to bear in mind who your target customer is when ordering your new furniture. It takes an experienced person to guage the target clientele so that the right choice of furniture products can be made. Without having in mind the type of furniture that’s needed, it’s impossible to compare prices on a like for like basis. It’s important too, to choose the right type of materials for the style or theme of your cafe/bar. If for example you’ve decided on an industrial theme then there’s no point in choosing elegant bentwood furniture since it will look totally out of place. It’s also important to bear in mind that you need to choose commercial furniture since this is designed to be more durable and to be used more, than say a sofa in your home might be. It’s a good idea to take a look at our range of AFRDI furniture since this has passed a number of rigorous tests from durability to ease of use, construction, and safety. Surprisingly, making the right choice doesn’t always equate to paying the highest prices either!
2. Pick the right vendor
It’s almost as important to make the right choice of vendor as it is to pick the right furniture. One company may be showing lower prices on their website but if they don’t give any specifications or construction details, then it can make for a risky purchase. Be sure to get references and check out the testimonials on a potential vendor’s website. Better still, call into their showroom and try out the products and ask any questions to get a better feel for their knowledge and the quality of the furniture.
3. Use the furniture properly
To keep your furniture in good shape and to prevent your warranty from being null and void, be sure to only use the furniture in the manner in which it was intended. Do not use a chair as a ladder or a table top as a work bench, and also make sure that your furniture is lifted and moved rather than being dragged from one place to another.
All too often furniture maintenance is ignored until it’s too late and the only option is replacement. Be sure to ask for written instructions on the care of any cafe or bar furniture that you purchase so that you’re aware of how often to check that nuts and bolts and hardware are sound and not in need of any attention. Remember with proper maintenance your initial furniture outlay of $10,000 could last 10 years instead of 3, so be sure to have a maintenance plan in place and keep to it.
It may take extra time to solve these furniture problems before they happen, but the effort spent doing your research is without doubt worth it and could save you a lot of time and money in months to come. Here at Cafe Solutions Brisbane all of our furniture is designed for commercial use and is shown with a full set of specifications and advice on where it can be used. If you need any further information on any of our products then give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 where our friendly knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist.