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Cafe Furniture: What You Should Know Before Buying

Aug 13, 2008
With the boom of the cafe industry came the clamor for furniture that will be suitable for this kind of business. Cafe owners search far and wide, hoping to find the perfect pieces that will beautify their cafe, knowing that furniture contribute largely to the success of a coffee business.

As a cafe owner, you know that durability and quality are the top qualities to look for when buying furniture. But aside from these two, there are many other things that you should keep in mind when you go furniture shopping. Here is a list of things that you should know before you buy cafe furniture.

1. Colors have effects on people. Most people think that colors are aspect of design meant simply to please the eyes. What most of us do not know is that colors have psychological effects on people's feelings. Knowing what the effects of colors are in people will make it easier for you to make your choice. For instance, you should know that shades of brown, yellow and orange on your wall will give your cafe a warm and inviting ambience while blue is not a good idea for table tops because this is the least appetizing color.

2. People go to cafes to relax and unwind. Knowing this will tell you that it is essential to buy furniture that will provide customers with utmost comfort and relaxation. It is smart to invest on couches, a common find in many cafes, because they are comfortable to sit on and allows customers to unwind and chill out.

3. Ambience matters. You should know that coffee is not the only thing that encourages people to go back to your cafe. The atmosphere also plays a vital role in drawing and attracting customers to your business. Your furniture should give off an inviting, relaxing and light atmosphere, which can make customers' stay worthwhile and enjoyable.

4. Furniture should blend well with the theme of the cafe as well as with the design and color of the interior. If the theme of your cafe is ultramodern, you have to buy pieces that are made of leather and metal and have colors black or red, whereas if your cafe has a rustic theme, orange and brown are ideal colors.

5. Form is just as important as function. When buying furniture whether for commercial or private use, you should always strive to achieve balance between form and function, which work hand in hand in making the furniture a worthy investment. Choose pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but will also be highly functional.

6. Furniture will be subjected to daily wear and tear. Because of this, it's crucial that you only invest on the highest quality of furniture that will assure you of durability and permanence. Some of the ways to assure this is to buy only from reputable furniture suppliers and to examine carefully parts of the furniture before purchase.

7. Extremely cheap furniture usually means poor quality. If you think you're saving a few dollars by opting for cheaper furniture, you're wrong. You may end up spending even more because this pieces which are usually poor in quality, easily get damaged. You will have to spend a lot of money and time for repairs and replacements, which could have been avoided if you have prioritized quality over price in the first place.

8. Furniture contributes to the efficiency of the staff. Excellent furniture will maximize the productivity of the staff so it's best that you opt for these pieces that will enable them to give competent service to the customers.
Finding the pieces that will fit perfectly with your cafe may not be that easy. It will entail you to spend time and money as well as require you to be resourceful, creative, and patient. But you can be sure that all your efforts will be worth it since furniture will be a big factor to the success of your business.
About the Author
Tony has written several books on cafe chairs, cafe tables and cafe furniture. He also enjoys to write about hotel furniture and gardening.
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