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Are you looking to refurbish your pub?  As well as updating old or worn furniture, a refurb can help to change the atmosphere and even the clientele at your pub.  However, refurbishments can be costly in terms of materials, time spent refurbing and profits lost from closing for a period of time.

An alternative to refurbishing your pub

To save time and money, try refurbishing your pub in stages, starting with adding colour.  This could be through decorating, adding in paintings or simple things like updating your coasters or changing the colour of your curtains.

If you’re looking to try something new, which will make an immediate and tangible difference in colour scheme, start by choosing new, colourful pub chairs. 

How to choose a colour for new pub chairs

When picking a colour to highlight in your pub, think about the atmosphere that you want to create.  Do you want people to relax or to come alive when they’re in your pub?  For example, colours like blue, green and purple are calming in comparison to colours like red and orange, which are more invigorating.

Adding colourful pub chairs is a great way to bring in an accent colour – so if the interior of your pub is cream or light yellow, but you want to add in a strong colour to breathe new life into its atmosphere, try something like red to contrast and add an air of high quality to a space.

Add a splash of contrasting colour using pub chairs

Our Abbruzzo chair in red leather is a great example of a strong colour that can add style and personality to pub’s seating or dining area.  We also have stools and other styles of chairs in red which are all ideal for adding an accent colour to a pub.

Add patterned pub chairs to complement existing colours

If you’re happy with the ambience created by your pub’s existing colour scheme but want to add new chairs to complement this without refurbishing your entire pub furniture range, try a patterned chair that can still bring in at least one new colour, but in a softer, more muted way.

Our Rimini Dining Chair in Autumn is a great example of how to do this by using a patterned chair that features contrasting colours.  This chair would look great in a country pub, especially by the fire or in a restaurant area.  Similarly, it would be a great feature add in, to update and modernise other dark wood furniture in a bar seating area.

Add blue pub chairs to create a calming atmosphere

Perhaps the most calming of colours, there have been claims that the colour blue even slows down a person’s metabolism.  Also, a popular corporate colour, blue is associated with loyalty, trust and confidence.

However, blue is a very strong colour, so decorating the whole pub with it could create a cold, dark or even intimidating space.  Adding in accents of blue with something like a row of Tall Napoli Black Frame Stools along the length of a bar can make a tangible change, whilst keeping the atmosphere light and peaceful.

Advice about buying pub chairs

If you’re looking for a place to buy a pub chairs or stools from, the furniture experts at Trent Furniture will be able to help with any questions you may have regarding any furniture’s suitability and usage, including adding accent colours or complementing colour schemes. To speak to a pub furniture specialist, give us a call on 0116 2986 866 or email us at


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

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It does come around quickly, doesn’t it?

On Sunday 18th June, families across the country will be looking for a place to spend time together on Father’s Day. And for pubs, the day is a great opportunity to earn extra profit. 

Pubs represents an age-old fatherly connection, and are often the venue of choice for spending Father’s Day. There’s no reason why the day can’t be one of a pub’s busiest, but it's only achievable if the pub prepares well and gives locals a reason to visit.

So, what ideas are there to attract more visitors?


This goes without saying, right? Well, it should. A selection of cask ales that are properly served will go down well with most dads. For brownie points, remember to have a couple of beers from local breweries. 

You don’t want to eliminate fans of other drinks though, so how about creating a specially designed Father’s Day cocktail, available for one day only?

Outdoor games

Outdoor games can release the competitive spirit engrained in dads. If you have a large outdoor space in your pub you might be tempted to use it by creating dad vs children games.


If the dad is a golf or cricket fan they won’t want to move from the TV. Father’s Day falls on the same day as the US Open and the ICC Champions Trophy finales. If your pub has screens and a license be sure to keep your screens occupied with the sport. Even if it’s just on in the background.


It’d be a shame to waste that sunny weather (finger’s crossed) and nothing says fatherly activity like a barbeque. Burger and a pint deals are a great way of maximising profits. Plus, you’ll have a pub full of dads itching to help do the cooking!

Sunday roast

Perhaps as an alternate option for guests, you could have traditional Sunday roasts. Sunday roasts are always a popular choice and a Sunday roast in a pub. is the epitome of Britishness. 

Outdoor pub furniture

If the sun is shining, families will flock out to beer gardens. This could potentially be one of the first summer events of the year where your outdoor furniture will be tested.

Make sure it has been stored well maintained and has remained in good condition before you find out too late. Trent Furniture has a range of affordable outdoor furniture that is ideal for pub gardens.

How to make the most of the upcoming Lions’ tour

The Lions rotate tours around the big three southern hemisphere rugby union nations: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. These tours take place once every four years, and as well as the quality of rugby on show, it is perhaps their rarity that makes them such a highly watched event.

Because the Lions are made up of members from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, the UK joins collectively to support the team. This means that pubs up and down the country can take advantage of the tour.

Although the likelihood of a positive result might not seem promising (the 11 previous tours to New Zealand have resulted in just one win for the Lions), support for our boys will be out in full force.

But wait, the games start at 8:35am GMT!  

Early wake-up call

You’re right, opening before 9am probably isn’t all too common in the industry. But on occasions such as this, it becomes a must, especially when the demand is there.

On the Lions’ last tour, there were 900,000 out-of-home viewers for the first test match. All of the games will be shown on Sky, so it’s an opportunity to reach out to those who only have terrestrial TV at home.

Lions’ fixtures:

June 3 v Provincial Union

June 7 v Blues

June 10 v Crusaders

June 13 v Highlanders

June 17 v Maori All Blacks

June 20 v Chiefs

June 24 v All Blacks

June 27 v Hurricanes

July 1 v All Blacks

July 8 v All Blacks

The Lions will be playing a total of ten games, including seven warm up matches. The matches that will attract the biggest crowd will, of course, be the three test matches against the All Blacks.

Ideas for game day

Although the games are on early in the morning, the good news is that all of the test matches are on Saturdays, meaning that, on the majority, you won’t be battling with work schedules as well.

Seeing as it’s early in the morning an extensive breakfast menu can be all it takes to get people through the door. You may not usually serve breakfasts but given the time of the matches, this is an important addition to make extra money from. These menus could also be themed to add to the occasion.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a morning person and many may opt to watch a rerun later in the day. In the modern day it can be near enough impossible to get around without hearing the results but if you make visitors aware, they can try to get by without hearing the score – doing so will create a similar match time buzz when you screen a rerun.

By cleverly timing screening the match at intervals throughout the day, you can coincide viewings with other food and drink times. Be sure to create designated rugby zones to make sure you don't alienate your other customers who aren’t as passionate about rugby.

Whatever your plans are, make sure you advertise them. Locals won’t necessarily expect pubs and bars to be opening early to show the tour so it’s imperative to spread awareness of your plans.

Bar furniture

If you are expecting plenty of visitors to turn up to watch the tour, having enough seating in place can make your venue more welcoming.  

Temporary, stackable banquet chairs can be useful for this tour specifically and are something that can be useful to have for future sporting events too. Browse our range of stackable chairs, perfect for storing away, here.

Watching sports, supporting teams and cheering on your country is a sociable thing to do, as it brings people together to enjoy the event, then celebrate or commiserate together.  Where better to do this than at your local pub?

Being prepared to host more patrons than usual is key for sporting events.  You don’t know when the majority of the local football team will decide on your pub for the next big match, or when work colleagues will decide on an after work social to watch the tennis together.

What pubs need for hosting sporting events

Firstly, it goes without saying that pubs will need a television screen and ideally, a really big one.  Around this, there should be plenty of room for people to sit, stand and put down their drinks.  No-one wants a pint spilled over their head when a room full of people celebrate a goal!

What pub furniture is available?

Adding additional pub furniture to your pub can be problematic if you don’t then have somewhere to store the furniture when it’s not needed.  There is the option of renting furniture for large events, but this is often far costlier than buying your own furniture, especially if you host more than a couple of events a year.

At Trent Furniture, we provide high quality pub furniture for pubs all over the UK at great prices.  We find that sports bars and pubs that host sporting events regularly prefer to opt for space saving or stackable bar tables and stools when adding additional furniture to a bar area or outside seating area to accommodate sports events.

Outside pub furniture for sports events

If your sporting event is going to be held outside, or if there is an overflow area, where people can still view the event on a large screen, outside pub furniture can be a godsend.  Here, investing in a decent set of furniture first time round, which is durable and waterproof, is crucial for longevity.

Something like this Monaco Black Wicker Stacking Chair would go great with a table like this Plaza Table – both of which can easily be stored away.

Inside pub furniture for sports events

Additional furniture for inside a pub usually needs to take space into account.  A table like this Double Wood Poseur Table has plenty of space for holding drinks, without taking up too much floor space.  Pair this with a few Tall Shaker Stools and a group of people can easily enjoy a game without spilling their drinks.

Where to buy pub furniture for sports events

Whether you’re looking for stackable pub furniture, durable pub furniture or simply something that is cheaper than regularly renting pub furniture, we have a huge range of options that will help you to host sports events.  For more information, visit our website where we have ranges of pub furniture, bar furniture and event furniture for you to choose from.

What is shabby chic furniture?

The main characteristic of shabby chic furniture is that it looks slightly old and well-used.  This style of furniture is often homely looking, whilst still looking clean and stylish.

Where did shabby chic furniture originate from?

Perhaps the most common style of shabby chic furniture is French style shabby chic, which uses a lot of distressed cream or white furniture in a country living style.  This style is widely thought to have been created during the 18th century, during a time known as the Baroque period.

However, the term ‘shabby chic’ didn’t start making it into fashion and interior design magazines in the UK until the early eighties.

Techniques to shabby chic restaurant tables and chairs

Done well, any of the following furniture and decoration techniques can be classed as shabby chic:

  • A mixture of white and exposed wood
  • Distressed wood
  • Pretty floral patterns
  • Ornate designs in furniture and accessories such as lighting and mirrors
  • Pastel colours or multi coloured, mismatched furniture

Buy shabby chic restaurant tables and chairs

To achieve a shabby chic look in your restaurant, a good place to start is with the tables and chairs.

Shabby chic chairs

Something like this Chiavari Stacking Chair is a great example of white, distressed wood.  This sort of style is often used at weddings, as it’s quite romantic looking as well as tastefully worn.

Shabby chic chair Chiavari Stacking Chair

For a simpler style of shabby chic seating which is ideal for a DIY shabby chic project is this Washington Side Chair.  Try distressing the wood yourself using steel wool or sand paper across the edges and corners.

Shabby chic wide bottom chair Washington Side Chair

Shabby chic tables

Almost any wooden table can be made to look shabby chic if you paint it white and distress the wood afterwards.  What also works really well is to have a mixture of white wood and exposed wood, like this Shabby Chic Farmhouse Table.  In true Baroque style, all it needs to looks as though it could have come straight out of a French farm house is some bread and cheese!

Where to buy shabby chic restaurant furniture

Trent Furniture has a huge range of affordable restaurant furniture, which includes chairs, tables, stools, sofas and outdoor furniture for restaurants.  View our restaurant furniture pages to see our huge range of products.

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