Are you looking for an outdoor chair? If so, we can help. Here at Café Solutions, we stock a wide range of outdoor chairs that are suitable for cafes, bars, and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a modern or a traditional chair, we’re sure to have just what you need.
That said, what is it you need? What should you look for in an outdoor chair?
Things to look for in an outdoor chair
Comfort is one of the key factors when choosing any type of café furniture. Quite simply, if your customers are not sitting comfortably then they are not going to stay around for any longer than they need to.
Naturally, there are varying degrees of comfort, but at most you should choose an outdoor chair that offers a comfortable backrest and a generously sized seat. Options to make the chair more comfortable could include armrests and a padded seat.
Strength and durability
Outdoor chairs for cafes need to be strong after all, they are going to be sat on a great many times by plenty of different people, throughout the season. Always choose commercial grade furniture for your café or bar even if you are tempted by the lower price of residential furniture.
Commercial furniture is constructed differently from residential furniture to make it stronger and more durable. In fact, much of our furniture has passed AFRDI testing which shows that it is fit for purpose.
Outdoor chair suitability
While this may sound pretty obvious, you’ll be surprised at the number of people who use indoor furniture outside and wonder why they need to replace it a few months down the line.
Our outdoor furniture is clearly described as being suitable for outdoor use, although on some occasions, it may be that it needs to kept under a shade when it’s outside to protect it from the elements.
Now you know what qualities an outdoor chair should have, what sort of material should it be made from?
Materials for outdoor chairs
Outdoor chairs can be made from a variety of materials including metal, rattan, and polypropylene. Each has its own pros and cons so, at the end of the day, it might just boil down to your personal preference.
Metal outdoor chairs
Aluminium is an ideal material for outdoor use because it doesn’t corrode and will retain its shiny appearance. In addition, an aluminium chair is lightweight yet strong and can be easily moved around to meet the needs of your customers.
An aluminium chair can be paired with an aluminium table for a look that is modern and sleek. Alternatively, it works well with black marble table tops for a smart, stylish aesthetic.
Outdoor rattan chairs
Traditionally, rattan chairs were made from natural grasses and fibres but unfortunately, they split, unravelled, and rotted when left outside for longer periods of time. Modern-day rattan chairs are typically made with a light metal frame and a woven nylon seat and backrest. They retain the charm of a traditional rattan chair but are more suited to frequent everyday outdoor use. Furthermore, maintenance is much easier and requires little more than a wipe over with a damp cloth and mild cleansing agent.
Polypropylene chairs are designed mostly for outdoor use only and because they are relatively inexpensive, they offer a cheap and easy way of setting up an outdoor dining area.
We stock a wide range of polypropylene chairs, many of which are designer inspired, without the hefty price tag! The beauty of polypropylene chairs is the huge variety there is to choose from. Unlike the old days when plastic chairs came in white or green, nowadays you can find these chairs in every colour imaginable.
Now you know the options for an outdoor chair, why not head over to our online store where you can browse and find your favourite. We also have 3 showrooms in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney where you can take a closer look at our outdoor chairs and try them out for comfort.