Why Domestic Furniture Is A Big No-No In Commercial Environments

Whether you’re revamping your cafe or opening a new one, your choice of furniture is one of the most important decisions that you’ll need to make.

While you’ve been searching online for inspiration you’ve no doubt come across domestic and commercial furniture and wondered what the difference is. While it’s understandable that you want your cafe furniture to look its best, sometimes when faced with a tight budget, buyers tend to choose the cheaper options of domestic furniture when in the longer term this isn’t the best choice to make.

Before you rush into buying cafe furniture we’ve put together some top reasons to choose commercial furniture over domestic furniture. So let’s dive in a take a look.

What exactly is commercial furniture?

In its most simple terms, commercial furniture also referred to as ‘contract ‘ furniture, is furniture that is fit for purpose. In other words, commercial furniture isn’t just about appearance instead it’s been designed with its daily use in mind. As such, commercial furniture undergoes extensive tests for safety, flammability, strength, stability, durability, and performance of any fabric and foam. In Australia, Furtnech—AFRDI is an organisation that rigorously puts commercial furniture through its paces to ensure that it meets the company’s strict guidelines. By purchasing AFRDI certified cafe furniture you are given peace of mind in knowing that a) it is fit for purpose and b) that it is a quality product.


Even the most expensive item of domestic furniture is unlikely to be able to withstand the rigours of a bustling cafe environment. In a cafe, bar, or bistro your furniture is likely to be in constant use throughout the day, week after week, month after month which means that durability and longevity have to be at the top of your list when considering your choice of cafe furniture.

Not surprisingly, customers often don’t treat cafe furniture in the same way as they do their furniture at home. For example, they may drag chairs rather than pick them up to move and may mark tables with a ballpoint pen or sharp object. Domestic furniture just isn’t built to withstand this type of treatment which is why those cafe owners who insist on choosing domestic furniture often find themselves with broken chairs or tables that need repairing.

Money Saving

We totally get it that you may be thinking commercial furniture is expensive so why not make some savings by using domestic furniture instead. However, while yes, the initial cost may be higher it needs to considered as an investment in your business and one which you would be wise to simply accept.

Commercial furniture is better suited to the hospitality industry and consequently is designed to last longer than the alternative of domestic or residential furniture. This means you won’t have to factor in repair or replacement bills for your cafe furniture over the next few years. Ultimately commercial furniture offers the best value for money in the long term.

Commercial Furniture Supplier

Cafe Chairs Sydney is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of stylish, affordable cafe furniture. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or visit our showroom and try out our items for yourself?

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