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There’s an old saying : All that glitters is not gold. Which is true enough, as solid gold furniture is neither practical or tasteful. However, for the hospitality trade, shiny finishes for commercial furniture are still highly desired. Metallic surfaces for tables and chairs feature in many indoor and outdoor design schemes.
Warner Contract Furniture is known for our great range of contract quality products and our excellent great service. We’re always looking for new products that will help you provide a great drinking and dining experience to your customers.
We are happy to go the extra mile to advise bar, cafe and restaurant owners. And our new Brass Powder Coated Table Base is a prime example. We’ve worked closely with a powder-coating specialist to create a unique product.
Take a shine to our New Range of Brass Table Bases & Brass Edged TopsOur new brass powder coated finish can be applied to most of our table bases, however it works best on stainless steel. We can also manufacture laminate table tops with brass edging to match our bases.
How we can help
Our sales team have the know-how to help you find the best contract furnishing solution for your bar, cafe, restaurant, hotel or activity centre.
We are continually adding new products to our range but if you can’t find what you’re looking for let us know. Our commercial furniture contacts and in-house team relish a challenge.
Standard delivery time is just 3-5 working days as we source the majority of our stock within the UK. We also offer an express service which delivers in just 24 hours.
Call us on 0161 408 2390 or email our sales department email@example.com to get a quote.
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Commercial interior design trends come and go but some design schemes have definite staying power. One of the most enduring and appealing designs for commercial interiors is undoubtedly the retro or vintage theme.
Some cafes and restaurants embrace the full 50s American diner look with primary colours and lots of chrome. But retro can also include everything from cool, mid-century modernism, to the industrial metallic designs of the 80s, and the more recent trend for eclectic shabby chic.
Others go for a mixture of different retro styles, mixing and matching to create inviting – and Instagramable – spaces for their customers and guests.
Whatever your particular retro preference – Warner Contract Furniture can help thanks to our wide range of high quality, competitively priced commercial furniture. All of our products are built to contract standards. We offer discounts for bulk orders and because most of our furniture is stocked in the UK, we can offer superfast delivery.
So, if you’re thinking of updating the look of your cafe, restaurant, bar, club, hotel, conference or leisure centre, then here are a few ideas from which might help to get you started.
We’ll always have Paris…
One of our best-selling chairs is the Paris Industrial Cafe Chair – and it’s easy to see why. The sturdy Paris is made from quality steel and comes in three colours: a grey powder-coated finish, a darker gun metal grey, and a vintage copper finish.
All three colours can be matched with a variety of different table styles to provide a classy retro look to any cafe, bar or restaurant.
The Paris range includes matching high and low bar stools. The Paris High Stool stands 765mm high and is available in grey, gun metal grey, vintage copper plus a polished copper finish. The Paris Low Stool has a height of 455mm and comes in grey and the darker gun metal grey.
Another very popular choice in our range of cafe chairs is the Trieste Vintage Retro Chair and matching Trieste High Stool. Sporting a look that combines memories of old school chairs and industrial chic, the Trieste will complement most retro-designed cafes and bars.
It’s a classic design made with a strong steel frame supporting a dark wood-veneered seat and back both of which have a contract lacquer finish. The high stool stands 745mm high.
Vintage Comfort and Style
Our Milo Vintage Dining Chair has the streamlined look of 1950s Americana with contoured seating and tapering legs. It’s practical and versatile enough to fit in with many retro restaurant and bar design schemes.
Another eye-catchingly stylish retro option is our Zeta Vintage Dining Chair. Featuring a hard-wearing metal frame and upholstered leather seat, the Zeta blends the best of contemporary and retro design and looks good in cafes, restaurants and bars.
The 60s may have been a wild decade but they also saw the introduction of classic furniture design that has stood the test of time. Upholstered leather chairs supported by elegant metal legs add a touch of class to any retro themed restaurant, hotel, or bar.
We have three effortlessly elegant leather dining chairs that offer comfort and durability with a dash of 60s charm. You can imagine Sean Connery’s James Bond sitting in any of them in a hotel lobby or restaurant, before dashing out to his Aston Martin.
First up is our Vintage Leather Dining Chair, with its distinctive and classy upholstered seat in mid-brown leather. Then we have our Classic Leather Dining Chair which sports a stylish seat of tan leather. And our Retro Leather Dining Chair offers a more funky variation with its horizontal ‘corrugated’ leather seat.
To complement your retro theme we also offer Vintage Leather Bar Stools (height 790mm) which look great in a line at a bar as well as arranged around a poseur table. They even look good in a retro themed cafe. The deep upholstered cushions provide the perfect perch for your customers.
Turning the Tables
Of course, if you’re looking at chairs for your customers you’ll probably also be interested in our range of commercial tables and table bases as well as table tops, especially if you are serving food.
Our Trieste Dining Table Legs were designed to complement our Trieste Chairs and Stools (see above) and can fit in with a wide range of vintage or retro themed bar, cafe or restaurant interiors.
The legs are 720mm high and are sold in packs of four. We aslo have a wide range of table tops that you can match the legs to, depending on your particular design theme. Options include laminates, solid wood and polished metal table tops in a number of sizes and in round, square or rectangular shapes.
Warner Contract Furniture sources a broad and diverse range of commercial furniture to suit the needs of the hospitality industry. Our sales team have the expertise and knowledge to help you find the very best furnishing solution for your bar, cafe, restaurant, hotel or activity centre.
We are continually adding new products to our website but would love to hear from you if you can’t see exactly what you’re looking for. We have long-standing relationships with furniture manufacturers and an expert in-house team that will rise to the challenge.
Our standard delivery time is just 3-5 working days as most of our stock is sourced within the UK. This is fast but we can deliver an even faster turnaround for customers who are working against the clock.
Our express service takes just 24 hours – although our current fastest record is an amazing 18 hours to kit out a cafe.
Call our sales team today on 0161 408 2390 or email our sales department firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to discuss your requirements and give you a quotation.
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Every year businesses seem to be getting ready for the Christmas Period earlier and earlier. Before you’ve had time to blow out the candles in your decorative pumpkins and the ashes from your Guy Fawkes Night bonfire have gone cold, it’s time to start the preparations for the Yuletide Season. Regardless of what your own feelings are on the ever-increasing lead up to Christmas, there’s no question that the festive period is a time when lots of pubs and restaurants can expect a welcome surge in business.
So how best can you prepare your hospitality venue for Christmas? While some festive cheer can always be achieved with decorations, now might be the time to start thinking about how some fab new furniture could not only boost your Christmas business but lift your pub or restaurant, ready for the New Year and beyond too!
A Chair is for Life, Not just Christmas…
When we say chairs, we are talking about a very broad category: seating in your pub or restaurant can take many different forms from the humble bar stool to easy chairs, sofas and more standard dining room chairs. Simply put, seating in your venue is largely a matter of opinion. If you are looking to refresh the look and feel of your bar or restaurant area for Christmas then a key consideration is style & practicality.
At Warner Contract Furniture we offer a huge range of seating options which will simply dazzle the new customers coming through your door over the holiday season. Just like Christmas, your choice of chairs can reflect a traditional or a more contemporary theme: our beautiful, comfortable armchairs and sofas are the perfect place for your customers to relax with a Yuletide drink in front of a cheery log fire. With a huge range of materials and fabrics, our handmade sofas can be customised to your exact specifications, enabling you to truly create a bespoke interior design for your public house or eatery.
For the bar area of your business how about changing things up a little with our range of practical but attractive bar stools and chairs? Here you can again choose from a huge selection of styles, including retro, cosmopolitan and classic designs – all of which are manufactured to provide years of high performance, low maintenance service.
For restaurants, Warner is proud to carry a fantastic stock of smart and practical dining chairs. With customers keen to find somewhere for the office Christmas meal, seating them in style will be a big plus point for your business!
Tables of Comfort and Joy
Whether your customers are looking for a place to rest their drink while they catch up with friends or sit down to a full Christmas meal with family or work colleagues, we have a table which is perfect for your needs. Just as your Xmas menu reflects a range of dishes and preferences our selection of dining room or bar area tables will give you a huge choice of styles, designs, materials and sizes.
If your customers like to enjoy a Christmas tipple away from the bar, Warner has a host of low-level tables coffee tables, standard dining tables and even high-level poseur tables – all of which are manufactured with longevity and ease of maintenance in mind. With the ability to mix and match in terms of table tops you can choose from smooth, sleek laminate, an eye-catching metallic version or the old world charm of simple wood surfaces.
Whatever your perfect Christmas, Warner Contract Furniture is on hand to offer top quality items with speedy delivery and friendly, expert advice you can rely on.
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We’ve all faced the problem of how to dispose of large items of furniture once they have reached the end of their natural lifespan. However, it’s one thing to be faced with a single saggy sofa or slightly tatty table but what can you do if you’re a business with fifty tables and two hundred chairs to get rid of?
Well, you can relax: we’ve put together four fantastic ways to dispose of your unwanted business furniture items (and none of them involves throwing them out of the back of a van under the cover of darkness to slowly decompose by the roadside). Better yet you can even make a little money &/or good karma from it too!
1) Call in the experts
The most obvious answer is to simply bite the bullet and call in a professional waste disposal or recycling company to come and take them off your hands. Even assuming you have the means to transport them all to your local council recycling centre it’s highly likely that the council will charge you a not inconsiderable sum to dispose or recycle them – faced with all the hassle of doing it yourself, you might well opt to turn the whole thing over to a local firm who can step in and take it all away without further bother. Check out local listings or the internet to find out the firms in your area and compare costs before signing on the dotted line.
2) Sell it
Online auction and sales websites, such as eBay or Gumtree have now made it possible to offload a number of goods which previously would have been condemned to rot away for decades in a landfill site. This is a great idea if your items are in reasonable to good condition and you have the time to spare. The benefits are obvious in that you can recoup a little of your original outlay and have the pleasure of knowing that your furniture is getting a second lease of life. That said, not many businesses think of picking up second-hand furniture on eBay or Gumtree so getting rid of dozens of tables and chairs or sofas might prove tricky.
3) Donate it
Charities that rely on public donations, such as the British Heart Foundation or Salvation Army, are always delighted to be offered good quality items of furniture. The bonus here is that not only are giving something back to the community but they will often be pleased to pick up the items for no charge. Once again though the emphasis is on good quality – while charities are always on the lookout for decent donations use your own judgement as to whether that ratty old sofa is fit for resale or recycling. We recommend a great website called https://www.freecycle.org/
4) Repurpose it
“Upcycling” has seen a growing popularity for the last couple of decades, with people being happy to repurpose old items to take on bold new roles. Chairs, tables and even sofas can be repainted, reupholstered and rejuvenated for follow-on sales. There are many businesses across the UK who are more than happy to clear your premises of unwanted items (some for no charge) with an eye toward giving it a fresh lease of life. This is a great idea even if your items aren’t in ‘showroom new’ condition – a host of sins can be concealed by a smart new coat of paint or varnish in the hands of experts.
Love it or loathe it, Brexit is coming. With less than a year remaining until the UK leaves the EU, opinions on its current and future impact are still as sharply divided as ever. While Brexit is a topic which is sure to bring out strong views – both for and against – its reality cannot be denied. So how is this monumental shift in our relationship with Europe going to affect the leisure and hospitality industries? Prophets of doom and those heralding a new dawn continue to trade arguments, forecasts and statistics. In truth, the results (as ever) are likely to fall somewhere in between the two extremes…
Broadly speaking there are three major factors which are likely to heavily influence how Brexit affects the leisure and hospitality industries: the effect on tourism, restrictions on the free movement of people and the general impact on the UK economy. While it’s impossible to accurately predict outcomes when we still haven’t seen the final shape of the UK/EU Brexit agreement, there’s no shortage of different statistics and expert opinions.
Brexit and Tourism: Wish you were here?
Perhaps surprisingly, statistics from the end of 2017 indicate that tourism into the UK actually saw a 4.6% increase from 2016 to 2017. A total of some 40.3 million overseas visitors flocked to the UK, even after the crucial June 2016 Brexit vote. For the leisure and hospitality industries, including bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels this upward trend in the face of our split from Europe, makes for comforting reading. With tourism being a major factor in many UK businesses, the fact that visitors to the UK haven’t been put off is a welcome relief from the worry that Brexit would see tourism levels crash. While the 2018 figures aren’t yet available it’s a comfort to many hospitality and leisure business owners that the trend appears to be upward. Conversely, hotels in London were reporting a significant downturn in their occupancy rates toward the end of last year. Whether this represents the black lining in the silver cloud of tourism remains to be seen.
Overall, there seems to be room for optimism that the crash in overseas visitor numbers that had been predicted has not materialised so far. For many bars and restaurants in popular holiday destinations such as London, Edinburgh and other major cities this is good news: tourists account for a significant proportion of customers, with any significant decreases meaning thin times ahead for many businesses.
Conversely, there may also have been a positive bounce back from native tourism. Fewer Britons travelled abroad last year, choosing instead to opt for “staycations” here in the UK. More people visiting parts of Britain from inside the country again is good news for the leisure and hospitality businesses.
Brexit and overseas employees: EU workers welcome?
Perhaps one of the most significant areas of concern for UK businesses has been the impact of Brexit on the availability of overseas staff seeking employment. Across Britain, European Union workers represent a significant proportion of employees in a number of sectors, most notably hospitality and leisure businesses. It’s already been widely reported that net EU migration into the UK fell sharply in the wake of Brexit. Farmers and related businesses have made no secret of the fact that they are finding it increasingly difficult to attract people from overseas, especially in crop picking and harvesting, where EU workers represented the majority of employees for many years.
So, with EU workers playing an important part in many serving, catering, cleaning and hospitality positions how has Brexit impacted recruitment? In some quarters, not well at all. In London especially, many employment agencies have confirmed that they are finding it increasingly difficult to fill vacancies for busy bars, restaurants and hotels. Following the Brexit vote many EU workers chose to leave the UK, presenting employers with a human resource issue they are still struggling with. However, there are signs that the proportion of British workers in such positions is starting to rise again with many confident that this and an uptake of people from outside the EU will eventually restore the status quo.
Brexit and the UK economy: Boom, bust or business as usual?
Uncertainty is never good for business. With the details of the final deal yet to be revealed the markets are still unsure as to how Brexit will impact the overall UK economy. However, while the exchange rate for the pound crashed the day after the Brexit referendum, the latest figures show that, in general, it has regained a lot of ground it lost against both the dollar and the Euro. With a thriving economy essential to the success of any business, both wages and higher rates of disposable income mean that customers have more money in their pockets to spend. So which way will the economy turn? This is perhaps the hardest question posed by Brexit for the hospitality and leisure venues – and the hardest to predict. Opinions range from financial Armageddon to a new golden age, depending very much on who you speak to. As stated at the start of this article, the answer is likely to fall between those two extremes, with both wildly optimistic and wildly pessimistic predictions being significantly less likely to come to pass than a more probable moderate impact.
Times of change bring opportunities, as well as challenges. For businesses in the leisure and hospitality, Brexit represents probably the biggest economic sea change to be encountered for many years. However, instead of a total disaster or an unparalleled triumph, the most likely outcome will simply be…change. Big changes perhaps, but UK businesses have become adept at evolving to take into account changing economic conditions and resources. Whatever, the outcome of the Brexit negotiations it should be remembered that people will still want to enjoy a drink after work or a meal with friends. Tourists will still come to the UK and people will still need the kind of job flexibility that the leisure and hospitality sectors offer. Whatever your views or opinions that much is likely to remain true after 29th March 2019.
As the year starts to wane, here at Warner Contract Furniture we’ve once again been gazing into the depths of our crystal ball to discover what are going to be the top trends for commercial interior design in 2018. Whether you are planning to open a new hospitality business or looking to refresh your current layout with a few ‘on trend’ tweaks then we have the hot ticket information on what are going to be the important themes next year.
Home sweet home
Interior design is very much centred on a return to ‘home and hearth’ with a big shift toward cosy warmth when it comes to colours, furniture and overall style choices. Cold, clinical design choices are very much on the way out with people looking for a more welcoming and comfortable approach. Home-style charm is going to be an important element for any commercial interior design in 2018 – with ostentatious displays of wealth or finery being frowned on. Frugality could be the buzzword here, with less very much meaning more to contemporary designs. While simple elegance is always in vogue there is a big focus on creating welcoming spaces which look to embrace your customers with warmth, feeling and perhaps a little eccentricity rather than the slick, polished or standoffish interior designs seen in previous years.
Reuse, recycle and reduce
In keeping with the overall 2018 feel of domestic homeliness recycled materials are well favoured for all types of furniture and assortments in your business. Reclaimed wood, metals and natural textures are likely to go well with an overall design that is both welcoming and eco-friendly. Just as flamboyant gestures around wealth and opulence are on the way out, the trend for 2018 is moving firmly toward a more frugal approach where materials have been up-cycled or repurposed from their original function. This may well also help with bringing a sense of charming eccentricity to your hospitality spaces.
With 2018 interior design trends leaning heavily toward Mother Nature it should be no surprise that there’s a big move toward more greenery in all areas. From the simple and humble pot plant to expansive, lush foliage there’s a whole world of opportunity for using both plant and plant-images in your style choices. Branching out with some fun planters is likely to generate the “au naturel” atmosphere – not to mention some extra O2 – to your interior design choices.
Matching the overarching theme of warmth and cosiness for2018 textiles are heading down the plush and plump route – emphasising comfort and homely relaxation. Big, puffy sofas and armchairs which you can simply melt into are making a comeback for areas where patrons will be welcomed or simply enjoy a drink and a chat with friends. If your tastes are more toward more rigid furniture then why not try enhancing the comfort factor with the addition of some extra upholstery or even a few, well-stuffed cushions.
The feel of textures for 2018 is leaning toward natural fibres, although plush, velvety finishes are also likely to compliment your other choices if you are looking to combine both elegance and warmth.
With all that we’ve said with regard to cosy homeliness and the trend in 2018 toward plush comfort and warmth, you might well be wondering what place harder materials, such as ceramics, glass and metal, have to play in your commercial interior design. Don’t panic: as long as you keep to the theme of warmth you’ll be fine. For example, terracotta, marble or natural stone are an ideal choice for tiles and rustic pottery vases, while glass should be visibly recycled or reused in an imaginative way, in keeping with the ‘reduce, recycle and reduce’ elements mentioned above. Finally, warm metals such as gold, rose gold or brass will match in well, while silver can add a touch of brightness if required.
Darkness and light
The heavy emphasis in 2018 on cosy, warm spaces that remind you of home might lead you to think that dim lighting is the order of the day – not at all. Bright lighting designs are a great way to lift the potential gloom with the surprising contrast of things like natural woods and ceramics positively glowing under high-intensity lighting. In general these should be more toward the focused luminescence of spotlights and LEDs rather than the flat, far less interesting (or complimentary) fluorescent strip lighting.
You might well feel yourself being drawn to accenting gloomier corners or hard to light areas with the inclusion of a few, well-chosen desk or table lamps. ‘Over the shoulder’ reading lamps might also make an attractive and intriguing lighting design for bar areas or lounges.
The hot colours for 2018…
It will probably come as no surprise that the colour palette of choice for 2018 sits firmly in the warm part of the spectrum, with reds and associated ‘fire’ colours, such as oranges, warm yellows and even pinks, definitely in vogue. As red is traditionally associated with heat, positivity and energy this is the colour to bring a positive vibe to your commercial interior designs in 2018. Try a variety of tones from a range of warm colours to prevent an overall flat colour experience. Complimentary shades of red can work well together – from a bright splash of colour to lift a range of more neutral natural colours or used in a wider area to bring a sense of visual highs and lows to your space.
…cool alternate colour choices
For those looking for something a little cleaner and fresher in the interior design a great alternative is the whimsical and warm shade of teal. Although, this sits in the opposite side of the spectrum to the ‘on trend’ colours of red, orange and yellow it is blessed with being a sophisticated and elegant hue – without being cold or standoffish as some of the other turquoise tones can be. Used in a clever way, in concert with natural textures and materials, this is a colour which will elevate your public areas without overpowering them.
Britain is, without doubt, a nation of pet lovers. From our beloved family pets to indispensible companions we lavish affection – and money – on our four legged friends. Traditionally the hospitality industry has had a rather stand-offish relationship with animals, with only service dogs readily welcomed into the inner sanctum of eateries (while lesser dogs have to make do with a single bowl of water strategically positioned outside). However, the tide is turning. Recently several enterprising hospitality businesses have begun to open their doors to pets as well as their owners – cleverly tapping into the highly lucrative market of over 30 million people which has been ignored for years. A great example of this is Central Bark – a dog-friendly cafe which is enjoying great success in Manchester while “cat cafes” are busy catering to the feline trade.
So how can you make your cafe, bistro or other hospitality venue is a pet friendly zone? We’ve done a little research and come up with a few ideas to give you ‘paws’ for thought (sorry – we couldn’t resist).
Doggy dining and catty cuisine
While certain animals have been on the menu for years, having to cater for our four-legged friends is recent innovation. However, that’s not to say there aren’t lots of ways you can easily introduce pet-pleasing treats onto your normal bill of fayre. Enterprising cafes and bistros are starting to produce special dog or cat-friendly menu choices with ingredients which are appropriate for the dietary requirements of this new trade. Specially prepared ice-creams and shakes are being marketed for dogs to enjoy in hot weather, while a few high end restaurants in London are beginning to introduce top-quality beef biscuits and even puppy granola!
Introducing a pet-menu is certainly a fun and highly marketable way of luring in customers who are happy to pay a premium for the privilege of dining with their furry friends!
Pet friendly fur-cilities
While some people might not object to Rover or Tiddles joining them at the kitchen table, hygiene regulations mean that pets’ eating from the same tables as human customers is a non-starter. Therefore, you could introduce a special space on the floor nearby for doggy diners – complete with attractive bowls and an easily cleanable plastic feeding mat to protect flooring from pooches with messy eating habits. While animals are naturally banned from areas where food is being prepared consideration should also be given to other diners who may not relish the idea of sharing their eating space with someone else’s pet – In this case a separate dining area for dogs or cats and their owners is likely a necessity.
Of course, just as is the case with human customers, pets require adequate toilet facilities. Consequently, your venue should have space for animals to enjoy a little ‘private time’ – preferably outside with adequate facilities for owners to clean up adequately afterwards. In addition a safe outside space where dogs can play with a few appropriate toys will also set tails wagging.
Needless to say the wisdom of allowing cats AND dogs to dine together is questionable, at best. Therefore, you’re going to have to pick a side. In terms of staff, consideration should also be given to a range of potential problems, including allergies, phobias and even the prospect of increased insurance to cover the possibility of one of your new pet customers deciding to register their dissatisfaction with the service by biting the serving staff…
Giving your hospitality venue a ‘unique’ appearance and feel is one of the key elements of a successful business. The interior design of your restaurant, cafe, bistro, bar or dining area speaks volumes about both your business and the customers you want to attract – another speaks louder about your choice of style than the use of statement furniture.
Often the preserve of very high end or boutique style hospitality businesses, the use of statement furniture is a fantastic way of differentiating yourself from standardised, homogenous chair and table selections and creating a look which is unique to you.
But what is statement furniture and how can you use it to add a splash of colour and character to your dining area?
Making a Statement
Statement furniture is anything which cries out “Look at me! Look at me!” – A table made from tinfoil, a chair modelled from parts of a motorcycle; a footstool in the shape of a giant ladybird… the list is endless. They are the items that make people stop dead in tracks – mesmerised with the wonderful uniqueness of such a standout piece of furniture. Of course, by their very nature, statement furniture is not for the faint-hearted but a choice for those who like to push the envelope – the rule breakers and attention seekers. Nothing provides a wow-factor reaction better than the unusual, incongruous or starkly different.
That being said a restaurant filled to the brim with oddly mismatched furniture carries with it the danger of merely appearing as disorganised chaos – rather than a bold design idea. To get the best results statement furniture should be used sparingly, like a dash of Tabasco in a recipe: adding spice and colour to enhance the dish – not to overpower it completely.
Using Statement Furniture in Your Restaurant
Statement furniture tends towards ornate – even glamorous – styles. Hence it tends to work best in surroundings where there is a heavy artistic influence. Elegance is the watchword here with designs for chairs and tables which accent the sophistication of your dining area being of prime importance.
While statement furniture is there to stand out, maintaining consistency of design in your commercial furniture choices is also important. In addition, you should never lose sight of the fact that chairs and tables are – first and foremost – for customers to use in comfort. Therefore, statement furniture should be seen as a balance of design and practicality.
A simple but highly effective way to achieve visual impact in a dining area is through the use of contrasting colour. For example, a single red dining chair in a setup with a plain ivory table and chairs is an easy but powerful way to draw the eye without it being functionally any different. Another idea might be to use rustic wooden bench style seating in place of individual dining chairs or, for the truly opulent feel of Arabia the use of sumptuous cushions surrounding a low level table.
When it comes to statement furniture in your dining area the only limit is your imagination.
The choice of seating for your cafe or bistro is likely to be governed by three critical considerations: cost, practicality and style. For those who are looking for commercial furniture which provides the best balance between all three of these elements there are two clear options for your selection of cafe chairs: plastic or aluminium.
But which of these is most suitable for your needs? While Harry Hill might decide the matter with his usual cry of “Fight!” we’ve outlined below a few of the prime considerations for each of these cafe seating heavyweights:
Plastic Cafe Chairs
Polypropylene seating has a number of benefits for those looking for a hardwearing and practical cafe chair choice – especially if your bistro or eatery has an outdoor seating area.
Firstly, modern plastic chairs are highly robust – able to happily shrug off knocks, bangs and impacts that commercial furniture is far more likely to receive while in constant usage. Forget those memories of the flimsy plastic garden furniture of yesteryear – polypropylene cafe chairs are a far cry from the wobbly and breakage-prone seating you remember. With high density construction these are a seating option that can take a beating and still come out looking good.
Polypropylene plastic seating is also both lightweight and naturally water-resistant – the latter of which enables it to shrug off the effects of the kind of sudden downpour the British weather tends to specialise in, while the former means that they can be moved, rearranged and stored with ease.
Available in an array of colours, attractive styles and practical finishes there’s sure to be a plastic cafe chair to match your interior (or exterior) design ideas. If there’s a downside it tends to be in the fact that plastic has somewhat of an image problem – frequently being considered a ‘cheap’ option. However, with modern manufacturing techniques and stylish designs this is fast becoming a non-issue. If you’re looking for a great balance between practicality, cost and longevity then plastic cafe chairs are a serious contender.
Aluminium Cafe Chairs
Somewhat of a stalwart for outdoor seating areas, patios and Al Fresco dining spaces, aluminium chairs are a familiar sight in the hospitality industry. Popular for their robust, yet lightweight construction, metal commercial furniture is the ‘go-to’ choice for many cafes and bistros when it comes to chairs that look equally good inside a venue as outside.
Aluminium chairs are available in a range of styles – either with an all metal construction or incorporating other materials, such as wood, fabric or rattan, when it comes to the seat and back rest. This allows for a wonderful ability to tailor your choice of appearance to achieve a look which elevates your cafe and bistro from a casual eating place to something a little more individual.
With such a range of positive advantages in their corner drawbacks for aluminium cafe chairs are few and far between, with only their slightly more expensive cost and lightweight nature in windy conditions counting against them.
In a bid to suceed in the increasingly competitive hospitality industry, the UK has seen a rise in the number of restaurants offering a truly one of a kind dining experience, with 44% of eateries now considering their venue as a provider of concept dining to their customers. From the dizzying heights, eating your meal at a table suspended from a crane to enjoying surprise menus served by blind waiters, there really is no shortage of choice. Whether you are looking to undergo a full refurbishment or just want to refresh your interior, we have furniture to suit all budgets.
We have outlined below some of our favourite unique cafes, bars and restaurants nationwide and how you can take inspiration to apply to your own venue.
Boho Utopia, Manchester
Boho Utopia is an independently run, creative coffee shop with boho-chic contrasting furniture and a statement feature wall.
Inspiration for your venue:
Statement furniture is a massive upcoming trend for 2017/18. Using bold, contrasting colours in your décor adds a welcoming atmosphere for your customers and is a trend that is here to stay! View our commercial furniture.
This West End cocktail bar boasts a highly popular Pan-Asian menu with futuristic décor and breath-taking cabaret, trapeze and other circus performances. The entertainers dance on glittering tables and dance alongside diners throughout their meals.
Inspiration for your venue:
Providing entertainment alongside your food and drinks creates suspense and attracts diners looking for a new experience. Live music from local bands/artists is a great way to set ambiance and attract locals looking to support their community.
Located in the stunning South West Italy, this unique venue has been enjoyed since the 1700’s. Diners can expect a meal on a cliff ledge lit by the reflection of the sunset off of the Adriatic Sea.
Inspiration for your venue:
Customers love to see their surroundings; it really enhances the overall dining experience. Take the opportunity to decorate your natural outdoor dining space. View our outdoor contract furniture collection.
Kitty Café, Various Locations
With an estimated 30 million pet owners in the UK, it’s true that the nation is feline good when it comes to dining with our furry friends. Cat Cafés offer a purr-fect retreat, where you can enjoy coffee, cake and cats!
Inspiration for your venue:
You’d be surprised how much custom you are turning away, if you’re not a pet friendly venue. Strategically place water bowls in designated pet areas and check out our variety of hardwearing, durable furniture perfect for pet-friendly venues on our website!
Jamie Oliver’s Italian, Manchester
This City Centre based Italian is the true definition of luxury. Previously trading as a bank, some of the original features are still present in the building today, including the bank vault, which can be hired for functions and events.
Inspiration for your venue:
Make the most of any existing rooms and features that are unusual or eye-catching. Remember, we now supply bespoke fabric and leather sofas which can be made to match your colour schemes and brand, and perfectly complete any room!
Gloucester Studio, Gloucester.
Former MasterChef contestant Kathryn Minchew has transformed her ordinary garden shed into an extra-ordinary eight-seater restaurant. Once guests have been welcomed and seated, Kathryn cooks excellent quality food over an open fire to be enjoyed in this intimate and romantic setting.
Inspiration for your venue:
Venues come in all shapes and sizes – but maximising your space is what’s important. We have a range of furniture on our website from stacking chairs to small stools that are perfect for space conscious settings.
‘Secret’ Bars, Various Locations
From The Laundrette and 17 below, both in Manchester, to The Boiler Room in Nottingham, ‘secret’ bars are popping up all over the country. The blink and you’ll miss it venues are truly exclusive for those in the know and offer unique food and cocktails (see right) to tantalise your tastebuds.
Inspiration for your venue:
Offering ‘exclusives’ peaks the interest of diners. Introducing surprise additions to your dining area or new cocktails to the menu for a limited time only will see the public flooding through your doors.
Warner Contracts Ltd. are a market leading supplier of indoor and outdoor commercial furniture, with bespoke manufacturing capabilities and a broad selectoin to choose from. All our furniture is tested in accordance with contract furniture regulations, to ensure you receive the best, hardwearing and durable furniture that will stand the test of time and last throughout heavy contract use. If you would like to receive a competitive quote please contact a member of our sales team by calling 0161 408 2390 or emailing email@example.com