Restaurant interior design trend for 2019

Posted on January 8th, 2019

Considering that we live in a very visual age, there is a requirement for our restaurants to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. With the social media savvy millennials and centennials taking over the demographics, it’s highly important to consider the Instagram potential of your venue. Developing a dining space that is photogenic and unique enough to be posted on social media will give you a big edge over your competitors.

Below we look at some of the trends that are set to influence restaurant interior design throughout 2019.

Multi-functional, compact furniture

Many designers find it a struggle to deal with conserving space, especially in smaller venues. When you locate your restaurant in a very populated place, you should opt for compressed, multi-purpose furniture that is small in scale, but not short on style.

It is often seen a push away from traditional dining furniture is required to achieve this, but this is not the case.  A long table with bench seating may be great to pack people in to a shared dining experience, however it can be uncomfortable and cramped.  You can achieve the same result with a lot of smaller square tables combined with stackable chairs. Pushing the tables together and stacking the extra chairs into storage will provide a similar result to the single large table, except it will also provide greater comfort in both seating and personal space. 

Warm Bold Colours are the new Black.

Adding a coat of paint to the interior (and exterior) can be a quick and inexpensive way to make your venue pop.  In 2019, there is a move away from the greys and the grungy feels of the industrial look, with a push more to bold, warm and inviting colours.  Wallpaper and upholstery is also making a comeback.  The goal of your dining space in 2019 should be to create an environment that feels homely and comfortable.  Pair bold coloured furniture, with neutral tones and soft textures for the best effect.

Artistic Pieces

Displaying unique and colorful artworks are a great way to allure your customers. Get in touch with talented artists and work with them in creating artistic pieces that will add more story and character to your restaurant. Utilizing your venue as a Free Art Gallery for aspiring Artists is a great way to get fresh pieces into your restaurant at no charge, with the possibility of providing a small revenue stream for you and the Artist.

Natural Textures

Simple, industrial design are considered as outdated now, as natural and earthy themes start to take over.

We’re going on a trip to memory lane as we welcome back the mid-century modern interior style. Pieces like white walls, dark wood and steel accents make guests feel more comfortable and at home.


Live plants, flowers and fresh herbs do not only make your venue more beautiful and relaxing. They also make a visual connection about the freshness of your ingredients and illustrate your business as being environmentally friendly. Adding decorative accessories and plant motifs from wallpaper to tablecloths can evoke the feeling of the great outdoors, amidst the hustle and the bustle of the city.

Add greenery to your restaurant to help customers get back in touch with nature, now that our life is centered in the digital world.

Giving life to your pool area

Posted on December 4th, 2018

Summer is finally here. The mercury has risen, the winter jackets are gone. Who wouldn’t want to take a nice dip in the pool? Or enjoy sunbathing poolside? A fun and relaxing time by the pool is a great Australian summer past time. Relaxing by the pool lets us forget about the worries of the world, and transport us to a place of bliss.  A beautiful pool enhances this escape, providing comfort and serenity.

But with Australia’s harsh weather conditions, it is critical that we utilise quality outdoor furniture that has been designed and made for our conditions.  Furniture that will not fade or deteriorate in the sun. That’s why we offer a variety of hospitality furniture that is perfect for the scorching weather brought about by the summer season.

Our range of products do not only add style to the pool area, but also stay sturdy no matter the climate.

Polypropylene chairs and tables

Our outdoor furniture products are not what you can call typical. They are made from polypropylene, a special type of plastic that is tough and elastic. Polypropylene makes our furniture weather-proof, durable and lightweight. Packed with UV stabiliser, our polypropylene chairs and tables will not fade or go brittle even in the sunniest weather conditions. We also have stools that are perfect for outdoor bar facilities.

You can learn more about our variety of polypropylene furniture here.

Sun Loungers

The pool area isn’t complete without sun loungers. Made of UV stabilised polypropylene, these sun loungers will never unravel, rust or decay. We have four different kinds of sun loungers that you can choose from.

Our Pacific Sun Loungers include extremely durable and breathable synthetic fabric covers. Available in a range of bright and fashionable colours, these lounges are designed for summer.

You can learn more about our sun loungers here.

Resin Rattan chairs and tables

Our line of Resin Rattan Furniture is known for having a sleek profile that is pleasant to the eye. This makes our furniture look as charming as it is functional. They instantly add class to any poolside.  Constructed with reinforced glass fibre, this furniture is strong with a boosted weight capacity.

Read more about our resin rattan furniture here.

UV stabilised and weather proof, our poolside furniture is guaranteed to stay sturdy and vibrant despite harsh weather conditions. This also makes our products very easy to clean and maintain. With their impressive profiles and durability, our outdoor furniture is sure to provide an inviting and relaxing vibe to your pool area.

5 Reasons why you should buy Commercial Furniture for your Patio

Posted on January 16th, 2018

In Australia during summer we love the great outdoors.  I am not sure about you, but for me, as I live by the coast, if the air con is not running it is generally way cooler to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the ocean breeze.  The only problem with the great aussie summers, are they can be extremely harsh.  If we don’t keep our fluids up we can dehydrate quickly, too much time in the sun can lead to us turning into lobsters and  then there is the storms, which you certainly don’t want to get caught in.  When it comes to outdoor furniture, it also takes a beating.  So I have come up with this of 5 reasons why you should buy commercial outdoor furniture for your patio.

No. 1 – UV Stabilisation
When we are in the sun, we burn.  When your furniture is left out in the weather, it fades.  Many outdoor chairs are sold as being UV Stabilised, however in testing we have discovered the residential brands we tested did not hold up to the riggers of time compared to our commercial product.  Below is a picture that illustrates 6 months of sun exposure.

As you can see the commercial product still looks like new, whereas the residential product looks like it has seen better days.

No. 2 – Build Quality / Strength
Have you ever sat on one of those outdoor plastic chairs and had a leg break or seen the videos of people having these chairs break on them?

This is due to these chairs being built with a price focus rather than a strength focus.  Commercial Furniture is different.  As a commercial chair is expected to perform day in, day out they need to be built extremely strong.  Now this does not mean they can not be broken, it just means they should be less likely to break.


No. 3 – Versatility
Ok, so far I have focused on Chairs, but what about tables?  At Nextrend we sell Cafe Tables.  Now if you are like me, the majority of the time your outdoor space is occupied by just your immediate family.  However come holiday time, this can swell dramatically to include your extended family and friends.  Having the ability to cater for the increase can be difficult.  However if you consider buying several square commercial tables you will be able to reconfigure seating with ease.  Let me give you an example.  In my household there is 4 of us.  However over Christmas this swelled to 20 for Christmas Lunch.  By utilising 2 square tables as dining tables inside our house, and 2 outside, we can easily cater to 6 – 8 people inside and 6 – 8 people outside, providing us with seating for up to 16 people.  This of course leaves us 4 short.  In my case I decided to add a bar table outside near the bbq to cover the last 4, however an additional table could also be used in the house as a desk or setup in an additional seating area outside.  The other great thing about utilising these tables is you can have everyone sit at one long table, or split the kids off to their own or even just group everyone in lots of 4.  You can run a long table, a big square table, or even a u shaped table.  In addition to this if you pair your tables with stackable seating, you can easily store any additional seating you may require, but don’t necessarily want to keep out at all times.


No. 4 – Weather Resistant
Many indoor tables and chairs will not fair well outside.  You would not want your general sofa exposed to rain and sun, however commerical outdoor furniture is built for this.  The majority of products available are waterproof which means if one of those summer super cells drops down on your place, the furniture should not be too concerned with the rain and possible hail.


No. 5 – Longevity
Have you ever purchased that cheap tool or product, and later wished you had spent the money on getting something decent?  I know I have.  As you can see from the image used above, buying the cheaper option can sometimes lead to a product requiring more frequent replacement. I know for me if I had of purchased the chair that has faded for home, and only managed to get one Christmas out of it I would not be happy.   In the case of the chairs shown above the commerical chair is approximately 30% more expensive than the residential chair, however you can see the lifespan of the commercial product far outweighs the additional cost.  Based on the fading alone, if I wanted my outdoor area to look impressive (and lets face it when people are coming to visit, who doesn’t) I would need to replace those residential chairs every 3 to 6 months.  But I guess you are saying, surely this would be covered under warranty?  Depending on the chair, it might be, however most warranties will not cover fading due to a high amount of weather exposure.  With our Commerical products in the majority of instances we would cover this, but when it comes to the residential product I would not be as certain.


So hopefully I have provided enough of an argument   to show why commercial furniture is a great option for your patio.  Sure it may cost a bit more initially, but if you like to live outdoors the comfort, strength and versatility & longevity should result in savings in the long term.

4 Smart Ideas for Building your own Cafe Tables

Posted on November 27th, 2017

Now you are probably wondering why a business that sells Cafe Chairs and Tables would be telling you how you can go about building your own cafe tables. Sure we would love for you to purchase our products, and many of you do, however in some cases your fitout may require something a little on the qwerky side, and in this case, making something truly custom may be the best way to go. So we have proved a few ideas to get you started.

1. Use Timber & Plywood.

Now if you were looking to save money over buying furniture from Nextrend, I am unsure if you will see a lot of benefit going down this road, however if you are wanting something custom, then this is a great way to go. Wood in general is easy to work with and can be finished in numerous ways. However to build something to a commercial level may come at a considerable cost. To save money try and pick up second hand timber. It will add character to your furniture and will give you that rustic or antique look for an affordable price.

2. Recycled Objects

Ok.  This one crosses over a bit with point one, however recycled materials really are a great way to get the job done. Sturdy doors with second hand turned timber legs can make for an interesting table.  You can also go with second hand metals and iron.  These do generally take a bit more skill to work with, and you may only want to work with these material to create your table bases, however the end results can be stunning.  Match with one of our table tops and you have a great custom piece.

3. Shipping Pallet Tables

With a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can turn discarded shipping pallets into attractive tables for your restaurant or cafe. Simply cover the top of the pallet with an appropriate sized laminate board, sand it smooth, and apply a couple of coats of paint for a unique cafe table that your customers will truly appreciate.

Another thing you can do is take the shipping pallets apart and use the wood to build your DIY cafe table. By keeping the original appearance of the pallets as much as possible, you’ll be able to produce artistic pieces that will attract more customers to your restaurant.

You can then add well-crafted hairpin legs to your tables for a classy vintage appeal.

4. Tile Top Cafe Tables

A mosaic table top can be extremely hard wearing and can also show a great level of creativity.  Ideally done by obtaining second hand or broken tiles  and working with these to produce a picture or pattern on the table.  By using a solid piece of timber for the tiles to be glued upon, you will be able to utilise our table bases to create a unique table for your venue.  A few things to consider though is if using new tiles, this can become expensive.  Also the more tiles you use, the more grout between the tiles will be required, and the harder the surface will be to clean.


And of course if you don’t have time to create your own table bases or tops you can always buy these from us.  Our products are all commercial grade, and built for the hospitality industry.

How to Choose the Right Size Table for Your Seating Requirements

Posted on October 15th, 2017

Are you often short of tables in your café, restaurant or hotel? Perhaps you are in a dilemma as to what size tables you need for your establishment. If you’re located in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or other parts of Australia and looking to maximise your seating capacity, we can help. Outlined in this article are proven tips on how to choose the right size table for your seating requirements. Read on.

Work Within Your Available Space

Whether yours is a conventional restaurant or outdoor café layout, choosing the right table size and shape for your establishment will have you considering two crucial factors:

  • Shape and size of your available floor area
  • The number of guests you intend to accommodate

You know you’ve achieved the correct layout, number and size of tables when chairs are easy to pull out while still providing ample room for your guests to move around comfortably.

Use the illustrations accompanying this article to help you determine the right table shape and dimensions for your seating requirements.

Ideal Table Size for a Small Restaurant or Cafe

Every bit of space counts when you’re dealing with a small dining area. As a rule, smaller four seater and two seater café tables, which can easily be combined or rearranged, are ideal when you’re looking to maximise your seating capacity. Large banquet size tables, on the other hand, tend to have the exact opposite effect in that they severely hamper your flexibility in accommodating diners of varying group sizes.

With the right mix of café table shapes and sizes, you’re not only making the most of your available dining space, but also cutting down customer wait time, leading to more sales and profit.

Table Size Choices for Large Capacity Cafes and Restaurants

If your restaurant of cafe offers a generous amount dining space, you can take advantage of larger tables, six seaters and up. This is so you can eliminate the need of combining small tables to accommodate large parties of diners as well as to improve the ambience of your space.

Cafe Table Spacing

Three factors dictate the general layout of café tables in a dining room:

  • Shape of café table
  • Available space
  • Shape of dining area

Of the three considerations, available space is the most important element. For an enjoyable and comfortable dining experience, offer as much space as you possibly can:

  • Round tables require a distance of at least 137 cm between them
  • Rectangular tables require about 152 cm of space between them

This allows approximately 61 cm of service space with the chairs pulled out. For the main service aisles, provide even more room to ease the heavier traffic.


Determining Table Area Per Diner

The minimum requirement for comfortable dining is that each person be allowed 762 square cm of table area.

How do your café tables measure up?

Now let’s take a look at the two-seater square table in the illustration. The table’s dimension is 60 cm x 60 cm, with a dining area of 3,600 square cm. Divide by two, and you have an area of 1800 square cm for each diner, which greatly exceeds our minimum requirement by more than half.

Thus the two and four seater round and square tables in the illustration would be ideal sizes for small to medium size cafes and restaurants, ensuring each customer will have more than ample room to enjoy their meal in complete comfort.

If you have a bigger dining area, adding one or two six seater rectangular tables would be a convenient decision to accommodate larger groups of diners with ease. Of course the eight and 10 seater round tables are great if yours is an even bigger venue.

The type of food you serve also dictates how much table area to allocate per customer.

Western menus, on the average, require no more than the minimum café table area. However Mexican and Italian menus, on the other hand, with their endless array of condiments and side dishes, may require more than the minimum 762 square cm dining area.


Buy Commercial Grade Restaurant and Café Tables

Many café owners have made the mistake of buying residential quality chairs, tables and furniture for their establishment, only to find out these furniture items are of inferior quality, light duty, undersized, and unfit to cater to the demands of today’s busy diners.

Also, residential type tables and chairs tend to be bulky and take away the advantage of maximising your available café or restaurant dining space.

Where to Get Quality Commercial Grade Café Tables and Chairs

Every square inch of your available dining space is a money making powerhouse. That’s why you need to maximise your seating capacity with the use of high quality commercial tables and chairs designed for maximum space efficiency and to withstand the rigours of daily, high volume use, helping you to make the best use of your café or restaurant space.

Nextrend is one of Australia’s largest importers of quality indoor and outdoor furniture for, hospitality, business, tourism and industry.

With a large range of stock on hand, exclusive products you won’t find anywhere else in Australia and the capability to custom make designs, you’ll find the furniture solution you’re after:

  • Friendly, speedy service
  • 24-hour quotes
  • Large volumes of stock for short lead times and same day dispatch
  • Free delivery in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
  • Unmatched quality
  • Advice on emerging trends
  • Flexible finance options
  • Customer satisfaction guarantee and two year warranty.

TRUST only in a commercial furniture supplier with decades of experience in hospitality and commercial fitouts and refurbishments. Nextrend works closely with business owners and project managers to assist with budget quotations, complimentary seating layouts, project planning, and expert guidance.

Visit our Sydney Showroom or Brisbane Showroom and see for yourself the quality of our commercial furniture products.

Partner with us and experience friendly, fast service from our team of experts. Throughout the whole process you’ll find it easy and stress-free to request quotes, place orders, and organise assembly.

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