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As leading commercial furniture specialists, we work with a range of different establishments. Because of this, Trent Furniture understands the demands of running a business where space is an issue. The flexible nature of the hospitality sector means that the purpose of your venue can often drastically change overnight – one event or function might require a large open space, while another might have to seat dozens of people. 

restaurant furniture - wooden stacking chairs around tables

For those big occasions when you need extra seating, stacking chairs can provide an excellent cost-effective solution. The flexibility of stackable units ensures that storage is as easy and hassle-free as possible through efficient space-saving designs. When not in use, stacking chairs can be stored away out of sight in even the most modest storerooms and cupboards thanks to their compact interlocking mechanism.

We’ve put together a short guide on how to use stacking chairs as an effective space-saving solution for a range of hospitality businesses, from cafes and bars to restaurants and clubs. 

The Benefits of Stacking Chairs for Restaurants

Did you know that Brits eat out on average 1.5 times per week? That means that the industry demands millions of seats every single day, making compact and lightweight units essential. 

stacking chairs in UK cafe

As no establishment wants to miss out on potential customers, it’s vital to have additional flexible seating available. Whether you simply want to expand your current dining area or simply provide spare seating for larger groups, purchasing some stacking chairs for your restaurant is certainly a good idea.

Units such as the Lyron Stacking Chair perfectly blend comfort and aesthetics through a sleek and ergonomic design. The timeless dark oak finish blends in with both traditional and modern décor, making the Lyron a great solution for a range of different eateries. 

Cafe Outside Expansion Using Stacking Chairs

Are you extra busy when the sun is shining? During the summer months, many cafes experience a surge in business as passers-by pop in while enjoying the weather. Stacking chairs provide an excellent opportunity to expand outside, which not only increases the capacity but delivers a much more pleasant way to unwind with a refreshing drink. 

restaurant stacking chairs outside for eating

Stacking chairs have evolved to a point where they can effortlessly combine aesthetics and practicality. The Monaco Wood Effect Stacking Chair is an excellent example of how outdoor furniture can be both compact and stylish in just one cost-effective package. 

Space Saving in Bars with Stacking Chairs and Seating

Bustling bars and clubs often face one major issue on a Saturday night – a lack of available seating for customers. Nothing sours an atmosphere more than a lack of available space to relax and bars without adequate seating could potentially be losing thousands in revenue. 

black and white vintage stacking chairs in cafe setting

In such a fast-paced industry, flexibility is a must. The ability to suddenly increase or decrease the capacity of a bar is vital to achieving the right layout for a lively and relaxing vibe. 

For modern bars seeking a more contemporary edge, the Crossback Stacking Chair provides sleek looks alongside its space-saving measures. With a distinctive and stainproof design, the Crossback Chair is more than capable of providing additional seating without compromising on style. 

Pubs and Beer Garden Stacking Chair Solutions

Pubs can often be faced with busy periods throughout the year, from birthday parties to public holidays and sports matches. 

Pub landlords must also consider the importance of outdoor use. Beer gardens often operate on a seasonal basis, meaning that it’s essential to have some furniture ready for patrons when the summer rolls around. Ideal for outdoor use, the Monaco Aluminium Stacking Chair offers a water-resistant finish for easy maintenance. 

Wedding Venue Seating

Every year, weddings bring thousands of people to venues all across the UK. These huge events transform usually quiet spaces into busy functions which must cater for a wide variety of people. With many couples opting to invite over 100 guests, the issue of seating is one that frequently arises. 

Thankfully, stacking chairs are able to provide a cost-effective way to seat large numbers of people without breaking the bank. A collection of Ascot Stacking Chairs can easily equip any location with the ability to host a wedding while still providing a high-quality finish perfect for the big day.

Hotel Conferences and Event Seats

Hotels often serve as meeting points for networking events, conferences and conventions across the UK.  As huge numbers descend upon the venue, hotels must be prepared to rapidly expand their function room facilities in order to cope with the demand. Thankfully, stacking chairs once again provide an ideal solution. Perfect for storing seating before large events, chairs can be stacked up to ten units high to ensure that plenty can be stored in preparation for busier periods. 

Equipping rooms with adequate seating can also pose significant challenges as layout changes mean that furniture must be moved rapidly. Stacking chairs can also be combined with other stacking units such as tables to quickly and effectively furnish guest rooms with compact and attractive furniture. 

Sports Clubs and Bar Stacking Chairs

As well as providing leisure facilities, many sports clubs must also cater for presentation evenings and award ceremonies. In addition to this, events such as children’s birthday parties should offer some seating for tired partygoers and for the supervising parents to step out for some rest. 

The Islington Stacking Chair provides a perfect solution for any leisure facility in need of seating for a club or an event. Featuring soft plastic feet, the Islington Stacking Chair ensures that the wooden floors of gyms and leisure centres stay protected and scratch-free.

What's Next?

So, there we have it – Trent Furniture’s guide on how to maximise your venue’s space with our wide variety of stacking chairs. We’ve seen that many of the challenges faced by small restaurants, hotels and other hospitality sector businesses can be tackled by using stacking chairs as an effective space-saving solution. With the ability to condense your furniture into a highly compact stacked solution, many businesses can now afford to expand their offerings during their busiest periods. 

Trent Furniture is a leading supplier of high-quality contract and commercial furniture. With a long and established company history, we pride ourselves on supplying quality solutions to pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants all over the UK.

To learn more about Trent Furniture and what we do, please feel free to contact a member of our team on 0116 2982 711 or email us at

The 30 Best Café Furniture Ideas - Inspiration from the Experts
Furniture matters. Whether you’re setting up a café from scratch or refurnishing/refurbishing an existing one, furniture is important for a number of reasons. First, it sets the tone. Are you modernist, trendy industrial chic, traditional, or eclectic? Your furniture will convey a message about what kind of café you are. 

Second, furniture plays a vital role in determining the “flow” of your customers and staff. And third, if your furniture is uncomfortable, your customers will not come back. So here are the very best 30 ideas from the experts to help you decide what kind of furniture to buy, and where to put it.

The 30 Best Café Furniture Ideas - Inspiration from the Experts – Tips 1 – 10:

Tip 1 - Know your customers.

If your café is in the heart of a traditional British market town, your customers will be more traditionally minded, which might mean tablecloths, cake stands, and furniture made from wood rather than metal. On the other hand, customers in an urban café might expect bare brickwork, reclaimed wood surfaces, metal chairs and concrete floors. Most cafés will cross over between different styles, but it’s important to think about the type of people your café attracts and to furnish accordingly.

Tip 2 - Look at your café through the eyes of your customers. 

Try to take a step back and imagine you are a customer. What are your first impressions? Imagine you have been away for a long time and are coming back to you café. Does it look a bit tatty and threadbare? The things that you have got used to, the flaws and problems that you might overlook, are the things that your customers will notice immediately. 

Tip 3 - Visit other cafés.

Take a notebook and make a note of what’s good, and what’s bad.  Observe how customers move through the café and how they make their way to their tables. Check out the big high street chains such as Starbucks and Costa. They may be anonymous corporate behemoths, but they are successful for a reason. 

Tip 4 - Think long and hard about “flow”. 

This means planning the way your customers move through the café, and therefore where to place furniture. Think of your customers as traffic. When they come into the café, do they have space to pause, look around and think about what they want to order? Is there an easy route for them to get from the serving counter to a table? If staff are moving around, can they do so freely? A useful blog post from problem-solving consultants Hyde and Rugg looks taking a user-centred approach to the use of space. If you are setting up from scratch, there are useful tips in this article on customer flow, lighting, counter size and so on. 

Tip 5 – It’s vital to ensure that your customers don’t feel crammed in. 

It might be tempting to squeeze more tables into your café to maximise revenue, but this might deter customers. Ensure that there is plenty of space between chairs for customers and staff to move around.

Tip 6 - Bear in mind that customers will be coming into your café for different reasons, and furnish it accordingly. 

Some will want a quick espresso or a cup of tea; if you have a long high counter, placing high stools alongside it will be an ideal space for these quick-fix customers. Poseur tables and high stools are also useful for this. Others might want to linger over food or a pot of tea and will want something cosier and more comfortable. Which brings us to...

Tip 7 - If you have space, think about installing a sofa or two. 

These can go up against a wall with a low coffee table, and perhaps chairs opposite. Tired shoppers will relish the chance to sink into a deep, comfortable sofa. A sofa with cleanable surfaces, such as Trent Furniture’s Manhattan sofa in leather or faux leather, is best, to make it easier to mop up the inevitable spillages and general grime that accumulate from heavy usage. 

Tip 8 - Your choice of furniture will depend on what you are serving. 

If you are a coffee-and-cake type of establishment, smaller tables will be fine. But if you are serving hot dishes, soups and suchlike, you will need larger tables. Customers do not want an experience akin to that of an aeroplane meal; they want space to eat, reach out, sit back, stretch their elbows.

Tip 9 - Wall-mounted tables can reduce clutter and increase floor space. 

They are widely available in a range of styles and finishes. Often used in a domestic context, they can also be useful in commercial environments. 

Tip 10 - A long space next to a window or alongside a wall can be turned into a shelf-table, with stools underneath. 

It should be solidly fixed – customers will need to feel absolutely confident that they can lean on it without fear of it collapsing or wobbling.

The 30 Best Café Furniture Ideas - Inspiration from the Experts – Tips 11 – 20:

Tip 11 - Speaking of which: make sure that your floor is level. 

There are few things more irritating than sitting at a wobbly table.  

Tip 12 - Cushions will add comfort and colour to a café interior. 

Scatter them at intervals along a bench-seat or banquette. Larger cushions can be placed up against a wall where there’s a bench or banquette. They can also be scattered across sofas.

Tip 13 - A rug or carpet can create a homely environment and reduce noise.

Modern cafés and restaurants can be exceedingly noisy places with their hard, reflective surfaces. If you have a large table, a rug placed under it will “centre” it in the room.

Tip 14 - Think about having a big communal table. 

Today’s younger customers are friendlier and more gregarious than previous generations. They’re often happy to sit at a large table surrounded by strangers rather than sitting at small tables on their own or as small groups. A communal table is also good for large groups of family or friends.

Tip 15 - Window seats are an effective use of space. 

Converting a deep, low window ledge into a seat with cushions adds space and makes a place seem warmer and homelier.

Tip 16 - Don’t arrange your chairs and tables in strict rows so that it looks like a chess tournament or a prison visiting room. 

A mix of table sizes and seating arrangements makes for a more “organic” and visually interesting environment. And there’s no reason not to rearrange things periodically. 

Tip 17 - If you want your furniture arrangement to be flexible, ensure that your furniture is light enough to be moved around. 

Tip 18 - If you need to clear a space regularly for functions or dancing, or even just for cleaning, think about buying stacking chairs, which are available in a range of designs and styles.

Tip 19 - If you have space, think about installing booths. 

These offer privacy and comfort. Customers will relish the intimacy and the chance to talk in private that they offer. They don’t have to be as large as restaurant booths; a rule of thumb is that the more expensive the menu, the more space the customer will expect. But booths take up no more space – and sometimes less – than a regular tables-and-chairs arrangement.

Tip 20 - If you have an outdoor space at the back of your café, think about making a feature of it. 

When the warmer months come around, you could turn it into a “secret garden” with quirky weatherproof furniture, plants in containers, perhaps space heaters, and fairy lights.

The 30 Best Café Furniture Ideas - Inspiration from the Experts – Tips 21 – 30:

Tip 21 - Remember that children are people too. 

Have a supply of high chairs handy, as well as booster cushions. And if you have space, include one or two deep supportive armchairs in your layout for breastfeeding.

Tip 22 - Remember that your furniture does not all have to match. 

An arrangement featuring a mix of styles and colours will give your café a more natural, homely atmosphere. However, colours should match or that complement each other. If you think that your colours might clash, get a second opinion.

Tip 23 - Small stools and low tables can fill up awkward corners and spaces. 

Trent Furniture’s Triangle Chester Stool is ideal for these situations. 

Tip 24 - Spend time on the Pinterest website. 

This is a rich – and free – store of inspiration and ideas from around the world.

Tip 25 - Remember that trends in furnishing and interior design come and go quickly. 

If your café interior is totally “on trend” now, the chances are that it will look old-fashioned within a few years. For instance, suspended filament light bulbs are now beginning to look a little dated. 

Tip 26 - Think carefully about customers with disabilities: can a wheelchair get through the spaces between tables? Are your menus and signs readable?

This list of suggestions for Disabled Access Day will give you some ideas. 

Tip 27 - Remember that an increasing number of British people are freelance workers. 

Often they work from home on laptops, but coming to a café offers a change of scene and a chance to drink and eat while catching up on work. So make sure there are spaces on tables for customers to set out their laptops and that there are plenty of sockets for recharging. It goes without saying that Wi-Fi is essential.

Tip 28 - Always buy commercial furniture. 

Unlike domestic furniture, this is built to withstand the frequent and heavy use it will undergo in a commercial environment.

Tip 29 - Does your café have pavement space at the front? Are you able to use it? 

Today’s outdoor furniture is attractive and durable, and with some choice chairs and tables outside, you could expand your capacity. Also, customers sitting outside your front door will act as a kind of living advert for your café.

Tip 30 - Remember to have fun. 

A café that is furnished and decorated with a sense of enjoyment will have individuality and charm. Customers like to see a human touch behind the things that they buy. So don’t be afraid to express yourself.

For the second year running we will be exhibiting at the Holiday Park Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham. Following the success of last years show the organisers have expanded the floor plan significantly with more exhibitors and delegates likely to attend. Prysm events have described the show as one of Europes most comprehensive trade shows for the leisure, hospitality and tourism sectors and a must visit for holiday business owners.


Where to find us:

Showcasing some of our bestselling furniture for holiday parks as well as having some of our new arrivals on display you will find us at the heart of the show on stand 2544. If you are attending the show please pop by and say hello! Stop by for a chat anytime  with members from our friendly sales team or drop us an e-mail at to arrange a time slot if you prefer. The show is a great opportunity to find out more and view a small selection of our specialist contract furniture.


Getting to the NEC:

Getting to the NEC is easy with ample parking provided for visitors and excellent public transport links connecting the exhibition centre to all major cities. Public transport includes a train service connecting the NEC directly to Birmingham New Street Station in the city centre. Simply head for Birmingham International and the show is located a short walk from the airport station.


What to expect at the Holiday Show:

The show will run over two days as in previous years over the 8th and 9th November. Not only is the exhibition the perfect opportunity to meet new suppliers and discover some of the most innovative products and dervishes for the Holiday Park sector as you will also find industry leaders offering advice with keynote speakers and seminars. Grab a show guide on arrival and use the timetable to schedule you day to include expert talks that promise "an unparalleled depth of knowledge and inspirational case studies that will help to put your holiday Park on the map" (Holiday Park & Resort Innovation 2017) This combined with the advantage of hundreds of trade suppliers under one roof - surely that's reasons enough to visit or do you need more persuading?


What to expect from Trent Furniture at the Holiday Show:

We supply a vast range of Holiday Park Furniture requirements from cafe chairs and tables to restaurant furniture and sofas or stools for bars, lobbies and communal areas. So what her you are looking to refurb your on site restaurant or kit out accommodation with comfortable sofas we have a huge selection of furniture to choose from that is designed for the hospitality sector and contract use whilst also offering style and affordability. 


Some of our bestselling pieces from our banqueting furniture range will also be on display including a few of our stacking chairs which are ideal for furnishing entertainment venues or marquees. Take a look at our Chiavari chair for example which is the prefect wedding chair and proving hugely popular with business wieners that are venturing into the wedding venue market. The potential for Holiday parks, homes and hotels in this area is huge and choosing furniture when starting out is an important at decision and at Trent Furniture we understand how vital it is to get it right so we are happy to provide multiple quotes and samples if required so you can be sure you are investing in the right furniture!


Trade Shows are great opportunity for us to meet you face to face so whether you are an existing or new client please come and say hi if you are going to be at the show and see if we can help you with your furniture needs-If you aren't able to make it and would like to have a chat then our showroom in Leicester is open 5 days a week or you can simply give us a call on 0116 2864911.


December is a key month for restaurants. There are waves of families and friends to contend with, Christmas dinners to cook and New Year’s Eve plans to be made. There’s certainly a lot that requires consideration. One area that sometimes goes under the radar because of all that surrounds it is the office Christmas party. 

Christmas business parties

The majority of businesses will throw a Christmas party. It’s part of our culture. Given the amount of workers at each company and the number of businesses in your vicinity the market is large and shouldn’t be sniffed at by restaurants.

Now, hopefully you’ve not left it this late to begin planning your 2017 Christmas party venue. There are companies that leave their booking until November/December time, but most will have something in the books, or at least have an idea of what they will be doing by late summer time. 

Marketing tips for attracting office Christmas parties:

• A Christmas page should be added to the website that will detail all necessary information (menus, capacities, prices etc.). This will also give you a page to link and direct customers to. 

• If you have a database of customers, email them a newsletter detailing your Christmas plans and early bird offers that you’re offering for office parties. Give them an incentive to book with you early. 

• Christmas party menus and offers should be promoted through social channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

• Drop some fliers and leaflets around some of the businesses nearby you, perhaps offering them a ‘neighbour’s discount’.

Making the Christmas party a special event

When an office is organising the party, it’s probable that one of the workers will have recommended your restaurant as the host venue. It’s very unlikely that EVERY member of a company will have been to your restaurant before, so not only is it a chance to strengthen relationships with regulars, but the Christmas office party gives you a big opportunity win over plenty of new customers too.

Don’t think your job is done once the bookings have been made. Make the dining experience a special one to make sure all the colleagues are happy and you’ll have gained yourself a selection of new endorsers.

Restaurant furniture in keeping with the season

To impress your guests, you want to make sure your furniture and décor is in keeping with the season. One thing’s for sure, you don’t want a mismatch of furniture at the table like you’d expect to find in dining rooms across the table on Christmas Day. 

To ensure you’ve got enough room for everyone and no furniture that’s looking worn and old, browse our restaurant furniture range. 

Whatever went wrong with the plate? We’re sure we’re not the only ones that have ordered the perfect dish in a restaurant for it to arrive extravagantly in a seemingly random tableware dish. The most recent experience of this was a ‘plate’ of nachos arriving at my table in a kitchen sink. Yes, a kitchen sink. 

New ways that restaurants are serving food

If you have absolutely no idea what we’re talking about, head over to @WeWantPlates Twitter page and you’ll see a host of new ways restaurants are serving food. From fish tanks to walking boots, it seems that nothing is safe from being filled with food.

When was it decided that plates weren’t good enough?

And is there anything even wrong with serving food out of bizarre objects anyway?
The bewilderment and excitement that the presentation brings to the table certainly gets phones out for a picture, but do they add to the dining experience or do they leave customers longing for the golden-years of the classic plate? 

What does the eating out public think?

To see exactly what Brits think of the ever-growing phase, YouGov showed over 2,000 members of the public a selection of unconventional eating vessels and asked them if they considered it acceptable for restaurants, cafés and pubs to serve on.

Ultimately, the report found that the public is ‘distinctly unimpressed’ with the gimmick. The least acceptable way of serving food was in a shoe (nine per cent found it to be acceptable) and in close second was dog bowls (10 per cent). 

It is clear that the majority are out of favour with the new presentation techniques, but there were some which weren’t seen as so unappealing: over half of the respondents were happy with plant pots, wooden boards and slates. 

Depending on who the market is for your restaurant, it may be something to pursue or steer away from. We certainly wouldn’t recommend a fine dining restaurant to embark on a mission to collect slippers to serve their food from but for a casual dining establishment, it’s potentially something that guests may find will add to their eating experience. 

The results show that younger Britons are generally more likely to want food served in or on unconventional items than their elders.

From serving food to restaurant furniture

Whatever it is you choose to serve your food on, it will look beautiful laid on top of our restaurant furniture.

Trent Furniture has supplied restaurants from around the UK with furnishings. Whatever interior your establishment is looking to create, we can help. Browse our restaurant furniture online. 

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