As a café customer there really is something rather special about being able to sit outside on a gorgeous spring or summer day with a long cold drink and watch the world go by. You could say it’s one of life’s little pleasures. One of the key things that contributes to a fabulous alfresco experience is the furniture. Get it right and your establishment could be the ‘place to go’ for a spot of people watching. However get it wrong and you could end up with an empty terrace. With this in mind here’s some great ideas on how to make the most of your outside space and your alfresco dining furniture.
Get the spacing right
Whether you decide to arrange your tables in perfect rows or dot them about in a relaxed arrangement, one thing to remember is that you need to get the spacing right. It allows your staff to navigate the area with consummate ease whilst giving your customers just the right amount of personal space. If the tables are too far apart, it can give your clientèle a feeling of alienation especially if they are seated quite a way from your indoor area. If however you go with the ‘more is better‘ attitude to outdoor furniture, then it can feel cluttered and invasive.
Make a great impression
If you’re fortunate enough to have an outside space, then no matter whether it’s a small pavement area or a large expanse of sun-filled terrace then you really need to make it count. Remember this is your chance to make a great first impression. If you have a theme, style or design, then it’s probably a good idea to continue this same styling outside. For instance, if you’re going with a contemporary Mediterranean vibe, then why not opt for aluminium and beechwood chairs and tables. Alternatively if you’re going for a relaxed casual look then nothing is more inviting than some strategically placed wicker sofas with comfy cushions. Throw in a couple of large parasols or sun shades to complete the look
Do your research
Today’s alfresco dining furniture options are endless. Bar stools, café-style furniture, rattan, bamboo or wicker sofas and even chaise lounges are all great options. What’s more they come in a wide variety of colours, styles and materials. So think about practicalities like what’s easy to clean, what’s durable, and most importantly what would suit your clientèle best. Once you’ve figured this out all you’ve got to do is to entice your clientèle in with great food and drink and above all great service.
Here at Cafe Solutions we have a wide range of outdoor and indoor café furniture to suit all tastes, budgets and styles, so why not give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 or check out the website at www.cafesolutions.com.au and see for yourself the wide selection of great alfresco dining ideas that we have to offer.