If this is your very first business venture, then your nerves, excitement, and downright uncertainty must be through the roof!
Getting a business started is undoubtedly, a high pressure time for you, your partner, and those who are right next to you trying to help where possible.
Like myself, if you have ventured into the hospitality industry and you’re setting up a cafe for the first time, you’re going to want to make sure that every minor detail is accounted.
For your business to get started, furniture is a must, however, it’s also one of the most over-looked element of opening a cafe.
Everything about the furniture needs to be considered, from how it looks, to how it feels, to how it will be moved into your premises.
Even if you think you have this covered, I have some all important tips that may save you some time and money in the long run.
Tip 1: Colours, Materials, and Design
When choosing furniture for your home, it’s easy because you know what you like, whether it be comfort, colour, or design. When choosing furniture for your business, it proves to be a little more tricky. When choosing furniture for your cafe business, make sure to have considered the following areas.
The colours you choose should be subtle, or in line with the colour scheme of your cafe’s decor and design. A best practice tip is to never make the chairs or tables the statement piece, as these are the most expensive to replace if you choose to re-design in a few years. Furniture colours such as black, charcoal, grey, white, cream, bone, and browns are ideal for public eating areas.
The materials you choose for your cafe furniture refers to the type of elements your furniture will be made from. The materials you choose should be chosen with your audience in mind.
For example, if you are opening a child-friendly cafe, fabric seats or cushions are not ideal as these surfaces will be prone to high-contact with foods and drink. In this case, vinyl or plastic chairs, or easy-to-clean stone or metal tables are a good option. Although tables with wood tops can provide a warm, homely, and at times, luxurious feel, these tables are not idea for child-friendly eateries, as crayon and other colour pen markings are difficult or impossible to remove.
Before you commit to a particular number of tables and chairs, you need to sit down with a scale of your cafe’s floor-plan. With scaled tables and chairs, you need to create the perfect layout for your cafe, so that when it comes to moving the furniture in to the premises, the process is organised and seamless.
Tip 2: Getting The Best Value
This is a quick and to-the-point tip. If you’re buying brand new tables, chairs, bar-stools, and possibly lounges, you best find these pieces all from the one store. Unless you find an out-of-this-world deal elsewhere, the best way to save money and time is to buy your furniture from the one place. This way, you will most-likely receive a better price offer for all the goods you purchase.
Tip 3: Moving In
Although it may be tempting to get the furniture delivered as soon as possible, it’s important to wait until after the builders-clean. Protect your new furniture and keep it dust, odor, and mark free by keeping it stored at the furniture company’s warehouse, you’re own warehouse or a hired warehouse. If you have chosen to buy pieces from separate companies, you are better off hiring storage area, and getting everything delivered to the one space, so that you can take stock of all your purchases, and then move it in on the one day – stress free!
Although finding the perfect furniture for your cafe and ensuring it is all moved in at the right time can take a little organisation, it will all pay off in the end. Make sure to put in the ground work and plan for a seamless cafe opening.