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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.

While many bars and restaurants are choosing to opt for a more sleek and modern interior these days, featuring clean lines and understated colour schemes, retro and vintage furniture is silently making a comeback. From vintage 1920s inspired tearooms to rock & roll themed bars reminiscent of the swinging sixties, increasing numbers of venues are bringing back the trends of years gone by with great success.

Retro Furniture Trends

Forget the less is more approach used in today’s minimalist interior trends; when it comes to retro design, more is definitely more, with bold colours, big prints and oversized furniture being key to achieving the iconic looks synonymous with the 60s, 70s and 80s.

When choosing your retro furniture, velvet and suede upholstery on chairs, benches and sofas offers both classic style and comfort. Our Munich chair and Cologne chair are ideal for retro restaurants, cafes and bars, and look great together as well as combined with other styles of furniture. Wood or laminate tables and bars complete the retro look nicely and, with proper maintenance, can stay looking their best for years to come.

To take your interior design to the next level, prints, patterned rugs and neon signs work perfectly with the retro furniture. When finishing off the look, bright, clashing paint colours such as blues and oranges or bold patterned wallpaper will tie everything together.

Vintage Furniture Trends

Vintage and shabby chic furniture might make you think of your grandma’s living room, but when done properly it can create a simple but effective interior for any restaurant or café. A mix of dark woods and light pastels are perfect for achieving the vintage effect, as well as artfully weathered (but not damaged) furniture.

Our York cross-back chair in vintage oak is ideal for furnishing a more traditional venue, providing a rustic and classic look that will perfectly complement your vintage interior. Supplied with either a standard wood seat or a padded seat available in a wide selection of fabrics, these chairs are also stackable making them not only stylish but also versatile for use in any restaurant.

For the perfect vintage feel, try mixing and matching different furniture pieces or colours to create a more relaxed and less intentionally styled space. Subdued wall colours such as pale greens and blues will help to make the furniture the star of the show, while timely décor like paintings, embroidery and vintage knick-knacks make for a great final touch.

A more subtle approach

Retro and vintage restaurant furniture doesn’t only work well in themed venues. Using retro furniture within an otherwise modern interior, contrasting suede chairs or bold geometric patterns and animal prints alongside plain white walls and large glass windows can create a truly eye-catching design that could set you apart from other establishments.

Other ways to add just a hint of retro and vintage style include wicker furniture, monochrome flooring, wood panelling and unusual lighting fixtures.

Retro and Vintage Furniture at Trent Furniture

At Trent Furniture, our wide range of stock includes chairs, tables, stools and sofas for all manner of restaurant and pub interiors. Whether you are looking for shabby chic designs or classic American diner-style furniture, we are sure to have the perfect retro or vintage products to suit your needs. And, thanks to our range of contract furniture, you can ensure your furniture is durable and sturdy enough for daily use, as well as fire-retardant.

With more than 50 years of experience, we are the experts in all things furniture. Our friendly sales team are always on hand to answer any queries or questions about our products, just get in touch on 0116 4735 930 or fill in our contact form.

The placement of furniture has always been a key concern in pubs and restaurants as owners strive to create the perfect balance of using the available space to maximise covers while creating a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for customers. Now that the hospitality industry is facing the new challenge of creating Covid-secure environments, it’s more important than ever to give careful consideration to the placement of furniture in your bar or restaurant.

The good news is there are plenty of ways to strike the right balance of style and practicality for your hospitality setting. Here’s how…

Planning is everything

If you are starting from scratch, you can plan the perfect room to your exact requirements using online software like Room Sketcher. However, if you don’t have the luxury of a clean slate you can still make the most of your space by moving furniture around and adding pieces as requirements change. Again, online tools will give you an idea what your furniture will look like without you having to physically move it around. This kind of software will also help you make smart choices when buying new armchairs, sofas, tables and other furniture.

First impressions count

When a customer walks into your pub or restaurant, they need to feel relaxed and welcome. Functional furniture like wooden bar stools and chairs will always be necessary in pubs, but it’s always a great idea to add a cosy feel to areas such as your entrance with softer furnishings like sofas and comfy armchairs. Trent’s Portobello Cappuccino Tub Chair, with its luxury feel and stylish checked pattern in neutral tones to match any décor scheme, is an attractive and cost effective way to create a convivial atmosphere to entice customers into your space.

A matter of proportion

Most pubs and bars will have different types of furniture for different parts of the space. For example, high bar stools at the bar, poseur tables with high stools near walls, armchairs at the fireside and low stools and tables in nooks and crannies. However, mixing furniture proportions only works in clearly defined zones; it’s important for furniture in the same area to be of a similar height and width to create a comfortable space for socialising.

For example, if you are making a focal point of two sofas facing each other across a low table, it’s vital to make sure they are a similar height and width. Trent’s stylish and functional brown leather Manhattan Sofa, pictured below, is a great choice for comfort, durability and versatility in any bar, pub or hotel lobby.

Brown leather sofa  

A moveable feast

Now more than ever, pubs and restaurants need to be able to reconfigure their layouts to balance their own needs with government regulations. Due to this, relatively lightweight, stackable club furniture is an excellent choice for your restaurant or bar.  Trent has a huge range of this kind of stylish, versatile furniture that ensures a change of layout is never a chore. 

Functional furniture

It’s a fact of life that constant use by lots of people means that pub and bar furniture will always be prone to wear and tear. That’s why when considering what looks good and where, it’s crucial to keep quality and durability in mind. All Trent’s contract grade furniture is designed to last the distance, providing great quality as well as timeless style as you adapt it to your changing requirements over the years.

Quality furniture for the hospitality trade

Whether you’re designing a pub or restaurant from scratch or updating your current space, you will find the furniture you are looking for at Trent Furniture. To find out more, please call us on 0116 4736 841 or fill in our contact form.
 

 

As every bar manager knows, there is no more versatile and hardworking piece of furniture than the bar stool. However, just as it’s important to put careful thought into choosing bulkier items such as tables, there are a few points to consider when choosing the perfect bar stool for your pub or bar.

How tall should your bar stools be?

The height of your bar stools will always depend on the height of your bar. There is no point in putting tall stools next to a low bar or shorter stools where people will feel like they are sitting  too low. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have a stool that is around 30cm shorter than the bar. Bar stools such as the Monza Bar Stool below are a perfect choice for the standard bar height of around 107 cm.

The Monza chrome and wood tall bar stool by Trent Furniture  

Break away from the bar

Of course, bar stools should not just be confined to the bar area. Small bar stools are the perfect partner for small tables in otherwise awkward to fill spaces. Also, tall bar stools such as Trent’s stylish Tall Napoli Black Frame Stool pictured below work perfectly with poseur tables to create a cool contemporary look and provide a comfortable space to eat and drink. Tall bar stools are also a great option for venues who regularly screen sports as they provide a great choice of vantage points for customers to watch the big match.

The Trent Funiture Napoli bar stool

Are backless bar stools best?

It depends on what you are using them for. There is no doubt that backless bar stools tend to be more cost-effective and take up less space. However, they are less comfortable than a stool with a back to lean on, so customers may be less likely to settle down for the evening on a backless stool.

A good compromise is to mix the two up by opting for backless bar stools at the bar or along bar-style seating areas at the edges of the room where space can be tight. You can then choose a more comfortable backed style with or without arms to complement poseur tables where guests are more likely to choose to socialise for a whole evening.

A question of space

As well as thinking about the height of your bar stools, it’s also important to consider how they will fit into your space, particularly in the current era of social distancing. Bar stools should always fit neatly under the bar or table they are paired with to ensure a streamlined look and easy hoovering. When choosing stools with backs and/or arms, make sure that they do not protrude too far into space where people need to walk or create a crowded feel along the bar or round the table. People often like to move bar stools too, so it’s important not to choose anything too heavy and cumbersome.

Covid restrictions aside, you should allow for between 66cm – 77cm between the centre of one bar stool and the centre of another to make sure the space doesn’t look cluttered and customers have plenty of elbow room.

Style and comfort

Trent Furniture supplies a large range of bar stools ranging from traditional wooden bar stools for pubs to contemporary chrome styles for modern bars. Add extra comfort and style with leather and fabric upholstery options to create an inviting atmosphere and blend in with your décor scheme. Upholstered bar stools are a great option for areas you would like to encourage guests to linger in, rather than just stop off for a quick drink.

Find the perfect bar stools for your bar

Most of Trent Furniture’s bar stools have matching small stools, tables and chairs in our bar furniture range, meaning you can create the perfect pulled-together theme for your space. To find out more, please call us on 0116 2984 862 or fill in our contact form.


 

If you have been recently thinking about how to redecorate your static caravan, you aren't alone. One silver lining resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is the resurgence of the Great British caravan holiday this summer. Whether you already own a static caravan or are thinking of investing in one after a caravan-based staycation this year, there is plenty you can do to create a modern, relaxed and comfortable environment, perfect for getting away from it all.

Soft furnishings for your static caravan

Most caravans have a fixed seating area around the edges of the living space for one very good reason; it’s the best way to make the most of the available space. As anyone who has ever stayed in a caravan or sat on a well-made upholstered buttoned bench like Trent Furniture’s Berwick Buttoned Back Bench, knows, lack of space is no barrier to comfort and style.

The soft seating area is the main style statement you will make in your caravan and the first thing you will see when you walk in, so make sure it’s the focal point of your chosen colour palette. This is also where you will relax on chillier evenings and where members of your family are likely to put their bags down when they enter, so choose a practical colour in a hard-wearing fabric. Navys, greens and greys fit the bill on both the fashion and durability fronts and you can soften the look with patterns or lighter colours in your cushions, curtains and other soft furnishings.

Eat, drink and be merry

When the sun is shining, you will be outside making the most of it with early morning coffees and evening BBQs with family and friends. However, the unpredictable nature of the British weather means it’s important to create a functional indoor eating space that doesn’t feel like second best when the weather refuses to play ball.

Small upholstered stools complement your inbuilt dining seating and not only are they comfortable, they can be stored under the table when not in use. Or why not let your kitchen worktop double up as a place to enjoy a drink with a taller bar chair?

Make the space work for you

The beauty of redecorating a static caravan is that you can design the space for your own requirements. For example, if you hate cooking and never use the oven when you’re away, you can redesign with a hob and a microwave to suit your needs. However, no matter what your tastes, adequate storage, a decent shower and a comfortable bed are all key components in creating your very own home away from home to relax in. And don’t forget to have fun with your decor; after all, your static caravan is your happy place!

Buy quality furniture for a range of settings

To find out more about Trent Furniture’s extensive range of contract grade furniture including stools, chairs and tables, please call 0116 2984 862 or fill in our contact form.

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