Perhaps they’re not the first thing you consider when opening a café, but the tables you choose are really important. Tables provide a place for your customers to enjoy their food and drink, and it’s the table they will constantly see whilst in your café, so it’s likely to leave a lasting impression.

In order to help you choose wisely when it comes to café tables, here are a few issues you may want to consider before purchasing:

1. The mood you want to create

The furniture you choose will really define the style of your cafe, and as tables fill up the bulk of the space, they can set the mood you want to create. To help you choose the style you want for your café, think about places you go and what you like and dislike about them. Talk to friends and start a mood board with favourite images and ideas about restaurant design from magazines and blogs. Once you’re clear about the style, choose the tables accordingly. If you can’t find the exact table you’re looking for, don’t forget—you can mix table-tops and bases to ensure you get the right fit. It’s also possible to have tables custom made, guaranteeing yours are unique and won’t be found gracing the floor of the café down the road.

2. Tables built to last

Style is clearly important when choosing tables, but thinking about durability is also vital. The tables will get used a lot and so you want to make sure they can withstand all kinds of knocks and spills.

Café tables manufactured with solid steel and heavy bars will be strong and tough, though that can also mean they’ll be heavy to lift, which may be a positive or a negative. If you’d rather use wooden tables, you can treat them with a protective varnish, meaning they will last longer and can be placed outside, at least temporarily. For tables specifically for outside use, it might be a good idea to choose ones made with resin composite. These café tables provide long lasting durability against weather conditions and come in lots of different colours. Make sure your cafe tables are stain, burn, fade and scratch resistant and designed with ease of cleaning in mind.

Solid Hardwood Bar Tables

Solid Hardwood Bar Tables

3. Size and Shape

Café tables come in lots of different shapes and sizes, so finding the right ones for your café shouldn’t be too difficult. Square topped tables are more popular than round, both because they are a better shape for place settings and because they can be pushed together to make larger tables. Often cafés choose big tables for the corners; that provides a space for large groups and also makes the layout a little more varied. Whilst it is tempting to fit as many tables as possible into your space, don’t forget to make sure there is enough room between them for customers and staff to move around, even when every table is at full capacity.