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In many parts of Europe, the act of visiting a coffee shop is more of a ritual than a quick trip to get that caffeine buzz. Whether it is starting the day with a cappuccino in Italy or soaking up the Parisian sun sitting outside with an afternoon espresso, many European’s take their coffee seriously.

We’ve taken a look at the café culture of 3 destinations in Europe and how you can achieve a similar feel in your own café or coffee shop.

Tall Italian Bistro Chair for cafés

Italian Coffee Culture

Italians favour the faster approach to coffee, often standing or sitting at the counter to enjoy their morning brew accompanied by a pastry or biscuit before heading off to start their day. There is also a tendency in Italy to only drink milk-based coffee like cappuccino or latte during the morning and switching to espresso throughout the rest of the day.

To achieve this bar style in your café, opt for high tables paired with stools or even add high seating to your counter if room allows. Trent Furniture offers a range of stools perfect for this, including the aptly named Tall Italia Bistro Stool!

Swedish Coffee Culture

Swedes enjoy the tradition of fika, a break where they enjoy coffee often paired with pastries, buns and other sweet treats. Fika is generally enjoyed mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon and is seen as precious time to slow down and socialise with colleagues, friends or family. Whilst fika is commonly associated with the workplace, it can really be enjoyed anywhere!

If you want to encourage your customers to slow down to enjoy a coffee and a catchup with friends, try bringing a cosy atmosphere to your coffee shop. Lower lighting, relaxed music and comfy furniture are great ways to achieve this. Our Portobello Brown Faux Tub Chair beckons you to sink into it and relax!

Brown faux leather tub chair for cafés

Napoli Black Side Chair for cafés

French Coffee Culture

The French café culture is all about occupying a seat in the sun outside of your favourite café and enjoying a coffee slowly, whilst people watching and socialising. Often coffee is enjoyed with fresh French pastries (the croissant being one of the most popular of course!)

French café culture has existed for centuries, and for good reason. If you want to offer your customers an experience to rival the cafes of Paris, providing outdoor café furniture is the way to go. For this we recommend you opt for clusters of table and chair sets in rattan or metal as they will weather well outdoors. If you don’t have any outside space, you can always create similar feel indoors with elegant metal chairs like the Rio Black Side Chair or Napoli Black Side Chair.

Ultimately, European café culture is all about the experience of taking a moment to enjoy incredible coffee and delicious treats in a beautiful café setting. Encourage your customers to ditch the takeout cup and spend time in your establishment by creating a welcoming and comfortable spot for them to take a much-needed coffee break in our fast-paced world.

European street showing streetside coffee shops and cafés

Where to buy furniture in the European Coffee Culture style

For top-quality durable furniture with designs customers will love, check out Trent Furniture's full range of café furniture all available to order online today.

If you’re planning to open a fast food business or want to refit your existing space, there’s plenty to think about when it comes to furnishing. We’ve put together a guide to choosing the best styles and materials for your fast food restaurant.

Low maintenance and easy to clean furniture

Fast food restaurants rely on a speedy turnaround of customers, and this means cleaning surfaces and seating between each group. To keep this process as easy and efficient as possible, you should opt for styles and materials which can be cleaned quickly and require no special treatment or cleaning agents.

The best picks for this are metal and laminated wood furniture as they can be wiped down easily. If you want to add cushioning to your seating, make sure this is also wipe clean and stain resistant – faux leather is the perfect choice and Trent Furniture offers faux leather upholstery in a range of colours.

Furniture that matches your brand

Colour schemes and style play a big part in fast food restaurants; think of the yellow McDonalds arches, Starbucks green mermaid and KFC’s red styling to name a few. If you have a colour scheme, try and pick pieces that fit with this to reinforce your brand in the customer’s mind. If you have a particular style, choose pieces that have this aesthetic - for example if you run an American style fast food restaurant, opt for vinyl, booths and metal bar stools.

Compact furniture designs

Maximizing space is incredibly important in a fast food restaurant as it allows you to seat more customers and increase turnaround. You don’t need to sacrifice style or comfort though – simply choose more compact pieces of furniture.

Many fast food also outlets now feature communal seating areas, which allow you to seat more patrons without adding more table sets which can make the space feel overcrowded.

Fast food restaurant exterior showing customers sat inside

The right level of comfort

Fast food restaurants rely on a fast turnaround of customers to maximise profits. This is why fast-food seating may not be the most comfortable if you sit on it for too long. The trick is to strike the perfect balance. To achieve this, choose furniture which is inviting and comfortable for shorter periods (providing an instant gratification that many of us seek in a fast food restaurant), but no so inviting that it encourages customers to lounge for hours.

Our top fast food furniture picks


Tables

We recommend choosing pieces that offer excellent stability and are hard wearing; a fast food restaurant is designed for heavy footfall after all! Our Rectangular Chrome Pyramid Table does just that and it comes in a range of easy to wipe wooden finishes. If you want to choose a table with a pop of colour, laminate tables look great and are easy to maintain – our Chrome Pyramid American Diner Tables are ideal.

Chairs

Compact is key when it comes to fast food seating. Avoid bulky, heavy pieces and opt for something like our Small Dakota Chrome Bar Stool. Remember to ensure your seating can be fully and easily wiped down.

Booths

If you want to seat larger groups adding booth style seating like our American Diner Bench to your restaurant is a great option. These generally come with a faux leather finish which is easy to wipe down, making them especially good seating options for families with children.

Quality furniture for fast food restaurants

Trent Furniture offers a wide range of affordable, high-quality restaurant furniture. To find out more, please call us on 0116 4736 841 or fill in our contact form.

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