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Pub Outdoor Furniture: Your Complete Buying Guide

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As the weather warms up and long summer days with warmer evenings approach, it is likely that you are looking to spruce up your outdoor area as a well-planned outdoor space can significantly increase your business capacity and customer numbers. Innkeepers can increase average spend per head, entice new customers in and keep customers returning simply by creating an inviting and well maintained outdoor space. To many, the exterior of a pub reflects what they might find inside and also what kind of service they can expect so it’s an excellent an opportunity to promote your pub and the kind of business you run to passing trade and regular customers alike!

A key consideration in designing an outdoor area is what type of furniture you will fill the space with. It needs to be visually appealing as well as functional and durable. Choosing furniture purely on price isn’t always a good move and there are other factors to take account of if you want a purchase of furniture to be an investment rather than an expense season after season, year upon year!

If you are considering how you can maximise the potential of our outdoor area then the handy Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide will help you to avoid making expensive and time consuming mistakes in the transformation of your pub garden!

Material

Choose wisely when it comes to what your furniture is made of. There are a number of options when it comes to outdoor tables and chairs but which is right for you?

Wood

Who doesn’t love the look of wood with its unique grains and markings but it often isn’t practical due to requiring lots of maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. There’s nothing worse than having to treat and oil wood or year after year, sand and re-stain or even worse, purchase expensive furniture covers that take valuable time and energy to fit and remove between uses. If you like the look of wood but want furniture that won’t weather, rot and crack like real hardwood furniture will over time then choose synthetic timber furniture that offer the look of wood but require little to no maintenance. Trent Furniture offer a wood effect outdoor chair that features synthetic timber slats and is weather and water resistant for maximum longevity as well as been stackable for convenient storage during the harsher winter months.

[Wood Effect Monaco Range]

Metal

If you want to create a modern look then metal is a good choice and being available in such a wide choice of shapes, sizes and finishes makes it all the more popular with owners, landlords and customers throughout the industry-Just make sure any metal furniture you purchase is weather resistant and treated to resist rust and weathering. Bright silver such as aluminium can be combined with bold colours or natural textures such as wood, slate or brick so it’s a very versatile material for outdoor furniture and can be used in any setting from grassed areas to patios, terraces and decking. Not to mention that as well as strong and sturdy, aluminium is still one of the most light-weight materials for outdoor furniture making it easy to move around and store.

Synthetic Rattan

Synthetic rattan, wicker or resin weave have the unique selling point of being virtually maintenance free and had truly revolutionised the outdoor furniture market. It may be the newest material to make an appearance but it’s hugely popular partly down to the contemporary designs, vast choice of colours and resilience to weather which means they can be used all year round. Use synthetic rattan or wicker furniture to introduce colour to an area or opt for dark greys and blacks for a contemporary twist that looks stylish and sophisticated in any outdoor setting.

Maintenance and Storage

Another key consideration when purchasing outdoor furniture that is linked closely to the material you choose, is maintenance. Minimal maintenance is key, look for simple shapes that are easy to clean and allow excess water to drain off easily in the wetter weather to maximise longevity of your outdoor furniture. Although all materials will be weather resistant, furniture will stay looking its best if it can be stored away during particularly cold and wet months when it would otherwise be exposed to long periods of harsh weather.

Smaller pieces and individual chairs are much easier to move and store than larger bulkier items such as benches and multiple seat suites. Choosing stacking furniture means storage requires less room and is much more convenient when it comes to finding space to stash your outdoor tables and chairs. Placing in a shed or garage is a great way of prolonging furniture life expectancy-just be sure to fully dry down and clean your furniture pre-storage to avoid mould forming, decay of metal and rotten wood.

The Monaco range of chairs from Trent Furniture are all stackable, lightweight and available in wood effect, aluminium or wicker with prices starting from just £22.90! The Monaco Outdoor Chairs are specifically designed for contract use and have a construction superior to those you might find for domestic use so will remain sturdy and stylish for years to come.

[Plaza Stacking Furniture Range]

Colours

Colour is important when it comes to outdoor furniture. Brightly coloured furniture adds interest to an area whilst bright silvers such as stainless steel and aluminium are really on trend right now, adding a contemporary style to pub gardens and patios of all shapes and sizes.

Dark colours including grey and black are a classic choice and an investment that won’t date so consider this option when investing in new outdoor furniture-just make sure that it is UV resistant to ensure they don’t become faded in sunlight.

Be warned when it comes to white outdoor furniture, especially tops which can create glare in direct sunlight and make for an uncomfortable experience for your customers. White furniture can be troublesome and high maintenance attracting dust, dirt and grime from the natural environment such as weather, the sea or traffic. The last thing you need is to be constantly cleaning down your outdoor furniture to keep it looking presentable when your time and effort could be focussed elsewhere on making sure business is thriving!

Design

There are a few vital things to look for in the design of your outdoor furniture to ensure not only will it look great but that it will perform well. Trent Furniture advise to look for items following design features;

Adjustable feet- Let’s face it, you find plenty of uneven floor surfaces inside never mind outside! This is especially true of older buildings and renovations that feature beautiful stone floors or traditional tiling so it’s no surprise that adjustable feet on outdoor furniture are high on a list of priorities. Adjustable feet on tables can provide the perfect solution to floors that are not level, put an end to those irritating wobbly legs and avoid those pesky folded beer mats under legs!  

Drainage Holes- As your furniture will spend a lot of time being subjected to the unpredictable Great British weather, it is important that it is deigned to let excess water drain to allow them to dry off quickly and keep them looking fresh and new. After all no one wants to sit on a mouldy chair that’s seen better days, nor are they inclined to step any further to see what you have on offer inside! As plastic is non-porous, if you are opting for a solid seat as opposed to wicker, rattan or slated design then make sure it has adequate drainage holes; without these, water can sit on the surface and leave unattractive watermarks from the muddy puddles of water that linger.

Rust Resistant-Even if you pack up your beer garden furniture and store your outdoor furniture indoors during the harshest winter months, it is inevitable that eventually your  furniture will get wet and weathered over time no matter what you do- particularly if you opt for aluminium, stainless steel or other metal finishes, choose a high grade to help resist corrosion and keep it looking it’s best. Look for stainless steel tops that have ‘post-forming’ where the metal continues over the edges of the tops to prevent water reaching the core as these will last much longer and prevent warping and inner rust developing.

                                                                                                                                                                        So there you have it a comprehensive guide to buying outdoor furniture. Shop online at Trent Furniture for a huge range of outdoor furniture designed for contract use and specifically created for pubs, inns and bars in mind. Don’t wait any longer to maximise the potential of your outdoor space and the warmer summer months!

Should you become a dog-friendly pub?

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Unless you own a dog, you won’t be fully aware of how frustrating it can be to find a pub that opens its doors to dogs. And there’s good reason for this. For the owner of the establishment, whether it’s a pub, café or hotel, the prospect of letting customers bring in their pet can fill their heart with dread.

What they might not be aware of is the size of the market that they are excluding. Figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association in 2015 show that there are 8.5 million pet dogs in the UK, making up close to a quarter of all households (24 per cent).

Being dog-friendly is essential to this market. 70 per cent of UK dog owners research pubs before visiting and one in three struggle to find a suitable dog-friendly pub.

If you want to appeal to this market, what areas are important to pet owners?

Water bowls spread around the pub, inside and outside.
Staff that are welcoming to dogs
Food available for dogs
Easily visible dog etiquette rules
Outdoor space

Once you’ve put in the changes, you need to make sure locals and visitors are aware of your new found status. There are several websites that list dog friendly pubs in the UK including Doggie Pubs and DogBuddy.

Dog friendly pub furniture

If you are considering making your pub dog-friendly, you may first need to consider your furniture. To cater for pets, furniture needs to be robust. Shabby chic décor also ties in well with a pub that provides facilities for dogs.

For more information and recommendations on tables and chairs that are ideal for a dog-friendly pub, call us today on 0116 2989 897.

Which pub garden furniture is right for your pub?

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Summer is approaching and already people are choosing to sit outside to enjoy drinks with friends or a meal with family at their local pub.

Updating existing pub gardens or outside pub dining areas

If you already offer an outside area for your customers to use for drinking and eating when the weather is nice, could now be the ideal time to update your current offering?

Over time, materials like wood can rot and break when left out in cold and wet weather.  Similarly, metal furniture can rust and sharpen in places, whilst wicker furniture can start looking tatty and become unstable after a heavy summer if it’s not made of a high-quality material and looked after well.

Updating your outside furniture can be the difference between customers coming back time and time again in the summer, or choosing to go elsewhere.

Creating an outside pub seating or dining area

If you don’t already have an outside seating area, there are lots of reasons to include one at your pub, including:

  • More space for additional drinkers and diners when the inside is busy
  • It can be a more child friendly area, especially if there is an area for them to play too
  • It can be more dog friendly, so more tempting to countryside walkers or people who would prefer not to leave the dog at home on a nice day
  • If it’s a sunny day and your pub doesn’t have nice seating, it’s more likely that potential customers will choose to go to a pub that does, instead

Which pub garden furniture should you buy?

Depending on the type of pub you have, there are different types of pub garden furniture that would best complement the look and feel of the pub inside. 

Wooden pub garden furniture

A wooden range of pub garden furniture would work well to extend the pub’s interior through to the outside of the pub, if your pub is traditional or classic.  This works particularly well for countryside pubs, as wood complements a pub surrounded by trees and nice views to create an outdoorsy feel.

Our Capra Square Table and Monaco Wood Effect Stacking Chairs look great together and are water resistant, which means you won’t have to rush to put them away every time it rains.

Wicker pub garden furniture

If your pub garden extends to an area that is either not secured throughout the evening, or is used for any other purpose such as an extended car park for other events, you may need furniture that can be easily stacked away.  Wicker is an ideal material for being able to move items quickly and easily, as it’s relatively light compared to other furniture materials.

Wicker is also versatile in terms of colour ranges, as it can be coloured and still look great.  Our Monaco Wicker Stacking Chair is available in black, yellow, red and green.  The Plaza Table looks great in black and is rust resistant, so whilst you might want to put it away if it’s outside the front of the pub in the daytime, you won’t need to rush to get it in if it rains.

Aluminium pub garden furniture

Another great option for both temporary and permanent pub garden furniture is aluminium.  This works well for any type of pub, but particularly city pubs or those that are less traditional.

The beauty of aluminium is that it is waterproof, so if you have a pub garden, a street seating area or even just a balcony or terrace, you can leave your furniture out of storage for the entire summer.  As well as being resistant to rust and weather damage, aluminium pub furniture is really easy to clean, easy to handle and easy to store.

We like this Rossa Aluminium Stacking Table with the Monaco Aluminium Stacking Chair for alfresco drinking and dining, especially if you’re trying out a pub garden for the first time.

Buying pub garden furniture online

At Trent Furniture, we have been working with many pubs for many years.  We know what lasts well and in what circumstances, as well as what fits best with a pub’s interior and existing atmosphere.  For advice about which pub garden furniture would work best for your pub, give us a call on 0116 2986 866 or email us at sales@pubfurnitureuk.co.uk .

 

To view our full range of pub tables, visit the Trent Furniture website.

Mayor’s pledge to support London’s pubs

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There are few more quintessentially British traditions than a trip down to the pub. While there were once many local pubs a short walk away from almost anywhere, figures show a decline in the number of pubs, especially in London.

County Hall statistics show that the number of London pubs has fallen by a quarter in the past 15 years. That equates to an unfortunate average of 81 pubs closing every year in the capital!

From the 4,835 pubs in 2001, in 2016 the number of pubs in London fell to 3,615. This trend cannot continue and landlords across the capital will feel reassurance that the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has commissioned a project to duck the trend.

Commenting on the figures, Sadiq said: “I am shocked at the rate of closures and we have partnered with CAMRA to ensure we can track the number of pubs open in the capital and redouble our efforts to stem the rate of closures. I’ve made safeguarding and growing the night time economy a key priority and this isn’t possible without a thriving pub scene.”

British culture

It’s fair to say that pubs are a staple of our culture, and most can’t imagine a world without them. Whether it’s for the happy or sad moments, the pub is a calling point for friends, families and maybe even a trip alone.

Mr. Khan explains: “The Great British Pub is at the heart of the capital’s culture. From traditional workingmen’s clubs to cutting-edge micro-breweries, London’s locals are as diverse and eclectic as the people who frequent them.”

It’s not just locals who love a trip to the pub either, statistics show that a trip to the pub is high up on tourist’s list of things to do when visiting London. Over half of international visitors frequent a pub during their stay to get a taste of the culture. Every pub closure is a blow to a local community.

Pub furniture

For pub owners who are struggling to attract visitors, a refurbishing and new décor can be all you need. Be honest with yourself, when was the last time you altered your interior design? A refresh can be great for bringing in new customers.

Yes, tourists enjoy a visit to a pub, but one that hasn’t changed at all since the 70s might not be one of their most favoured. To help, follow our guide to choosing pub furniture.

For more information about the furniture, we have available call us today on 0116 2989 913.

Pub furniture table sets to suit every pub

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We know that furnishing a new pub, or refurbishing an existing pub is a big task which needs to be completed in as short a time as possible.  The more time that the pub is closed for, the more time people have to discover different pubs that they hadn’t tried before, or to get into the habit of not going at all.

To keep things moving as smoothly as possible when furnishing a pub, we have created pub furniture sets, the benefits of which include:

Guaranteed matching pub furniture items
Guaranteed fit for seating and dining
Reduced price for sets compared to buying each item of furniture individually
Range of styles
Range of finishes to suit your individual pub’s atmosphere and colour schemes

Traditional pub table sets

For a traditional pub, we have pub chairs, stools and tables that are available in a range of wooden finishes and many separate fabric options.

Take our Pub Furniture Package that is currently on sale (saving almost £300).  Included in the price of £1,6990.90 (exc. VAT) are:

20 pub chairs
20 pub stools
10 pub tables

Modern pub table sets

For a more modern pub interior, specifically for pub dining, we have a Restaurant Furniture Package featuring seating with padded faux leather upholstery in a range of colours.  The chairs and tables also come in a range of wooden finishes, including dark and light oak and walnut.  Included in this package price of £2,4990.90 (exc. VAT) are:

40 pub restaurant chairs
10 pub restaurant tables

Another modern pub furniture dining option, available in a smaller quantity, is the four person Dining Set Package that we have on sale.  This package’s brown leather chairs with light oak table set is available for £267.50 (exc. VAT).  Both the chairs and tables have matching legs and perfectly seat four people.  Included in the package are:

4 pub dining chairs
1 pub dining table

 

Buying low cost pub tables

As well as our lost cost pub table packages, we also have a large range of individual pub tables and chairs.  To speak to a pub furniture specialist about which pub tables and chairs are the best option for your pub, bar or restaurant areas, give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help and will make sure that you get the best possible price for the best furniture for your pub.

To view our full range of pub tables, visit the Trent Furniture website.

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