The UK’s booming coffee culture calls for stylish café furniture

  • PUBLISHED BY: TOM DOWDELL
  • POSTED ON: Monday 11, 2017
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When choosing a coffee shop, most high streets present a number of options ranging from well-known chains to quirky independents. Because of this, there’s little room for dull furniture and lackluster design in such a competitive market – with 70 million cups of coffee consumed in the UK every day, it’s never been more important for your café to offer something different (perhaps an avocado latte – don’t do this!) and most definitely, show off a stylish interior.

At UHS Group, a forerunner in the hospitality industry, we believe that the right interior can be the difference between attracting returning visitors or losing the lunchtime crowd.

So let our range of café furniture and product configurator inspire your cafes design

UHS Group has designed a huge range of café furniture to suit every taste. We’ve also developed a state of the art product configurator – using this tool, you are able to customise 7 parts of a chair in a choice of:

• 420 fabrics
• 20 wood finishes
• 20 RAL colours

Once you’ve finished customising, click the “save image” button to download your image.

Looking for more café furniture inspiration?

As a leading supplier of commercial café furniture, we’ve worked on a number of extraordinary café projects, such as:

Pennethornes Café – London
The Pennethornes Café is named after Sir James Pennethorne, the 19th-century architect.
The Pennethornes Café and the UHS Group worked together to create an atmosphere befitting of the Industrial Revolution era and the life and career of Sir James.

Café Murano – Covent Garden
The UHS Group worked alongside Russell Stage Studio to create the perfect setting for Angela Harnett’s Café Murano in Covent Garden. The design is led by Italian influences and a sleek appearance complements Angela’s Italian-inspired menu.

Pure – Holborn
Pure Café is renowned for its fast and healthy menu choices, catering to the crowds in bustling Holborn, London. UHS Group worked with Pure to create a bright, quirky and relaxing atmosphere fit for any health enthusiast on the go.
For advice on furnishing your space, get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

  • PUBLISHED BY: TOM DOWDELL
  • POSTED ON: Monday 11, 2017
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

What do you do at UHS?

Provide graphic design content for brand publications, website development and social media engagement.

What do you do outside of UHS?

Go for walks along the Thames with my dog, brush up on my Table Tennis skills so Elston doesn’t beat me and follow the mighty Arsenal!

What is your favourite food?

Pasta… can’t beat carbo-loading!

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Space – smaller wine bars should consider tall linear furniture to create a more spacious feel. Take a look at our bar stool options.
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Products are being designed with planned obsolescence in mind – this means a product has been designed with an artificially limited useful life, so it won’t be functional after a certain period of time. Basically it’s been purposely designed to break at some point, which forces you to return to buy more!

Whilst products may look the same… how they’re made and what they’re made out of might be completely different. Cheap Chinese imports are a prime example of this.

Design is so important that we often sacrifice durability to get the look that the client wants. Online furniture shops like Made, Wayfair and Swoon often set the trend when it comes to furniture design, but their products are not contract quality.

The furniture range at UHS Group is put through a state of the art testing facility in Oxfordshire called “RIGA”. As well as the British standard tests, RIGA has also developed additional tests to ensure UHS products are suitable for the hospitality environment.

How to prove its contract quality?

Simply ask them what makes it contract quality. If it’s got a product guarantee or passed a standardised test like RIGA, BIFMA or FIRA you have every right to ask for the certificate to prove it. Key tests to look out for include:

BS EN 1022:2005 Seating Stability
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Buy sensibly and do your due diligence as it can save you a lot of money on repairs or replacements.