Design and Furniture Selection

What is Werzalit? – Frequently Asked Questions from the Files of East Coast Chair & Barstool

 

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At East Coast Chair & Barstool, we answer questions about restaurant furniture all day, every day.  Some of the questions are unique to a particular situation, but many are relevant to all of our customers and are asked quite frequently.  In those cases, we are going to start answering them here on our blog so that all readers can take advantage of the information.

One of the common questions that we get asked is about table tops.  Most people know what a wood, resin, or laminate top is, but many ask, “What is Werzalit?”

The answer is:

Werzalit is a company – Founded in 1923 by Jakob Friedrich Werz, Werzalit is a family run company headquartered in Oberstenfeld Germany, with representation all over the world.  The company was originally started as a small glue factory until, in 1941, Werz took over a manufacturer of molded plywood materials.  Eventually, Werzalit became the inventor of a patented process in which fine grains of wood are mixed together with synthetic resin and molded into tabletops, surfaces, and other products.

Werzalit is a process – The patented process founded by the company in the 1950’s is also called Werzalit.  It uses specialized machines that generate immense pressure to mold wood grains and resin into usable shapes.  The company licenses the process and technology to manufacturers around the world.

Werzalit is a material – When most people think of Werzalit, they think of the actual material, as in a Werzalit table, a Werzalit counter top, and so on.  As a material, Werzalit is a strong, dense composite that is resistant to scratches, temperature fluctuations, and staining.  Werzalit is a popular commercial material thanks to its durability, low maintenance, and steady performance under even the harshest indoor and outdoor conditions.

While the name Werzalit has become synonymous with wood-polymer composite tables in many consumers’ minds, there are alternatives on the market that offer the same material composition under different names and price points.  For example, Topalit is a popular table top brand that is similar to Werzalit in performance, but is manufactured by a different company in Austria.  Similarly, the IsoTop wood-polymer composite tables that we carry utilizes the same manufacturing process as Werzalit, but is available at a lower price point.

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End of Summer Sale

End of Summer Sale

The outdoor furniture on your patio area is the first glimpse of your restaurant a customer gets when casually passing by. The atmosphere that you’ve worked so hard to create in your restaurant or bar should also translate to that glimpse. It could be the deciding factor of whether a customer decides to give your establishment a try.

So if your patio leaves something to be desired, check out our End of Summer sale! We’ve put your favorite outdoor furniture items on sale at our biggest discounts yet!

If you’re looking to furnish your restaurant or bar’s outdoor area, now is the time to buy. The beginning of fall is the perfect season to upgrade the outdoor space you already have and be ready for the new year.

Enjoy products from our Atlantic, New England (pictured below), Sydney, Cayman, Shipyard, and many more collections at prices you won’t see anywhere else in the industry.

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Whether you’re improving your patio layout or buying outdoor furniture for the first time, you can’t beat these high quality pieces at clearance rates. Choose from a wide selection of table tops, bar stools, and chairs.

All sale items are only available for a limited time while in-stock.  They won’t last long, so act now to make your restaurant dreams a reality with this summer sale.

Meet the New Outdoor Collections of Summer 2016

Whether you’re looking to furnish an entire resort or a just need to fill a patio, we’ve added a quite a few new products to our outdoor furniture lines. Our goal is to educate you as a customer as much as possible so you can make the best informed decision. You’re also getting an exclusive sneak peek of a brand new collection that’s coming soon to our sites, so you will be ahead of the game with new trends. As establishments grow and want to offer more space and different atmospheres, outdoor areas are becoming increasingly popular. As a business owner, it’s important to know the options available to you and get inspired.

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Isotop Laminated Table Tops- A Versatile Option That Lasts All Year Long

In the commercial industry, it’s important that you can trust your table tops to endure heavy wear and tear. Introducing the Isotop Collection that’s perfect for a traffic-laden restaurant or bar. Our Isotop table tops combine aesthetics and science to create a durable, strong piece that is a great asset for your restaurant or bar. These tops are precision molded from a blend of resin, wax, and wood pulp to create a high density laminate. Depending on how you want your edges to look, the Isotops come in the Plus style, a 1 ¼” edge, and Sliq Compact style, a ½” edge. These tops are made to be strong with burn and scratch resistant surfaces. With the option of indoor or outdoor and a wide variety of colors, the Isotop table tops can be customized for your need as a restaurant.

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The Athena Collection- Classic Silhouettes with Modern Accents

Float on up to Mount Olympus with the Athena Collection this summer. A textured black powder coat offers a durable yet modern look, making the Athena great for a casual sidewalk café or a dining patio. To give this collection an ethereal, airy feel, slot detailing is used for a lightweight appearance. But these chairs are as sturdy as the goddess herself, each Athena chair, bar stool, and table is heavy gauge aluminum and rust-resistant. Even your staff will love the stackable features of the chairs for simple storage. Table tops are available in round for a more intimate experience or square that can easily be pushed together. To truly create a heavenly experience for your guests, umbrella hole grommets are included for straightforward umbrella installation. Let the Athena Collection bring a neoclassic atmosphere to your patio and increase your curb appeal.

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The Atlantic Collection- Poly Slats for Easy Maintenance

Bring this collection back to your coastal paradise for a unique look Appearing more modern and streamlined than its sister collection, the New England, the Atlantic Collection offers a stark contrast between the teak coloring and aluminum frame. Don’t let the teak-inspired poly slats look like maintenance mayhem; this collection is easy to clean and simple to store. You get all of the advantages of this outdoor furniture look like real wood without the nightmare of trying to take care of it. To keep your pieces looking happy as a clam on your patio all year long, the aluminum frame is powder coated in deep black to prevent rust and resist the harsh outdoor elements of seascapes. Whatever kind of furniture (bar stools, chairs, and tables), the Atlantic Collection has it all. With the range of bar stools, chairs, and tables that are low maintenance, the Atlantic Collection offers a seating solution that’s just as perfect by the sea as it is in the city.

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The New England Collection- Bring the Rustic Trend to Your Patio

A new collection is coming to port soon. The New England Collection plays on the rustic trend that’s been popping up all over patios this past year. Perfect for a seafood restaurant or cocktail hour on a terrace overlooking the bay, this trend is easy to integrate with your establishment. Poly lumber slats, inspired by the northeastern United States and reclaimed wood, used in conjunction with a powder coated aluminum frame to give off an urban edge. The poly slats of this collection make for easy cleaning and are reminiscent of coastal reclaimed wood, without the hassle of caring for them. The New England Collection is ideal for outdoor spaces with its durability and strength. With an array of bar stools, chairs, and tables, you’re sure to find what you need to bring the rustic with an edge theme to your restaurant or bar. This collection will be here soon, so stay on the lookout for this trendy set!

 

Now that you know a little bit more about the new outdoor collections, feel free to start your journey by going here.  If you have any questions at all about the collections, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-986-5352. What are outdoor furniture must-haves for your business? Which one of these collections speak to you and your restaurant’s theme? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Getting Back to “Base”-ics

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When you walk into a restaurant, what do you notice first?  Your answer probably won’t be the table bases that support each of the tables.  Yet, they are so important to consider.  When purchasing restaurant furniture, table bases should be recognized as the ultimate supporting piece for your customer’s experience, besides the chair or bar stool that they sit in.  Customers want to enjoy a meal in a comfortable space with a sturdy, non-wobbly table that gives them plenty of leg and foot room.  Your base is the piece that is going to provide that support and space, especially when the right one is paired with your table top.  Does it have to be a fancy, expensive base?  No.  But, you can choose table bases with a design element that blends in with your restaurant’s theme so as to coordinate with the atmosphere you want to offer your customers.

Intrigued by table bases yet?  If your answer is “yes” then you will want to check out three of our newest bases and each of their many features.  Not only are they sturdy and supportive, but also easy on the budget.

I Beam Table Base

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  • Supports the industrial style because it takes the shape of a steel beam used in construction
  • Made of steel with a clear coat finish
  • Table height or bar height to furnish your entire establishment
  • Three sizes – 18”, 24”, and 30”
  • Meant for indoor use
  • Self-leveling floor glides to make sure your guests don’t have to eat on a wobbly table

 

Newport Table Base

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  • Supports a modern look and style with its clean lines and square base
  • Made of steel with a black powder coat finish
  • Table height or bar height
  • Two sizes – 18” and 22”
  • Versatile. Can be used both indoor and outdoors
  • Has an umbrella hole for outdoor use to accommodate shade for your guests if your dining area is not in a covered space

 

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  • Supports a more decorative and ornate style with its design
  • Made of cast iron with a black powder coat finish
  • Table height or bar height to furnish your entire establishment
  • Only available in one size so it can only be used with certain sized table tops
  • Meant for indoor and outdoor
  • Offers a little more decoration that most table bases with its unique design

While you weigh out your options, it’s important to consider that different sized bases are meant to fit different sized table tops.  To see which size is recommended to pair with different sized tops, refer to our Space Planning Chart to help you.  Now that you have all of this “base”-ic information, we’re thinking the next time you walk into a restaurant you might just notice the table bases.  When you do, we know that you will take on a new appreciation for these unsung heroes of restaurant furniture.

 

 

 

Pizza Parlor Seating: An Important Piece of the Pie

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Pizza parlors and pizza shops are everywhere.  You often see several of them in every town, seemingly on every corner.  This popularity comes not only from the convenience of picking up a few pizzas 10 minutes after you order or having it delivered right to your door in 30 minutes, but also from the decreased cost of feeding the typical family of four with one large pie.  For pizza shop owners, this presents one heck of a challenge of how to pull customers into to their shop and away from the competition.

I’m sure you’re thinking of the more obvious ways to pull customers in; coupons, discount prices, increased advertising, refining your recipes, and/or offering more menu selection.  Those are all great ways to increase customer sales.  But, let’s step out of the “pizza box” and look at something a little less obvious; your pizza parlor seating.  Yes, we said seating and we are referring to just what you thought…  chairs, bar stools, and booths…or a mixture of all three.  Who doesn’t love a comfortable seat while enjoying a scrumptious slice of pizza with their favorite toppings?  Nobody, that’s who!

Depending on your vision and the design you want to implement in your pizza parlor, there are many different seating suggestions that you can choose from and that we’d like to recommend.

Traditional Pizza Parlor Seating Ideas

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When you think of an Italian restaurant or pizza parlor, there are probably various visions that engulf your mind.  One of those mental pictures may include a more traditional style hosting tables covered with red and white checkered table cloths, matching linens, and a candle in a wine bottle as the table’s centerpiece all accompanied by wood chairs.  Decorating the room are grapevines and other plants in conjunction with photos of major attractions in Italy or family pictures on every wall.

If you’re sticking with a traditional style, we recommend both commercial grade wood seating and cozy booth seating.  Wood chairs and bar stools offer your customers an environment of warmth, an important element in the traditional style.  And, choosing items that are commercial grade which are designed for the constant use and abuse of restaurant seating will save you money in the long run.  Wood seating can come with many options including various stains, type of seat, back style, and even different frame styles.  You’ll see stain options in natural, cherry, mahogany or walnut, seat options in vinyl, plywood, or solid wood, and back style in ladder back, cross back, vertical back, or full vertical back. Some back styles may even mix wood with metal or host a unique shape or cut-out in the back to add a little more to the design of the chair.  Booths are also great for the traditional pizza parlor design.  They offer comfort and privacy and unconsciously invite your customers to stay a while.  Booths come in different sizes with many design options as well, all of which can be tailored to your own design plans.  You’ll see size options in single, double, and deuce.  You’ll also see design options in vinyl, fabric upholstery, plastic or laminate, as well as wood.  For the traditional feel, we recommend a nice wood booth or a cozy vinyl booth or a mix of both.  The wood will lend to the warmth of the environment and the vinyl will lend to the increased comfort your customers will enjoy.  If you can mix that option by choosing a vinyl booth with wood trim or a wood back and a vinyl seat, you’ll offer your customers the best of both worlds.

Modern Pizza Parlor Seating Ideas

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Maybe your vision of a pizza parlor is less traditional and more modern.  If so, your thoughts may bring you to an atmosphere with metal chairs and bar stools surrounding wood table tops, tiled floors, and walls of sporadic shelves filled with wine bottles.  Add to that a few rustic influences throughout with minimal extra design elements to complete your modern vision.

For the more modern style, we recommend commercial grade metal restaurant chairs with solid or reclaimed wood table tops.  The newest trend is modern design for the restaurant industry is rustic-industrial design.  This style hosts natural elements like wood or other organic materials and pairs it with metals and shiny finishes to complete the look. Offering a solid wood table top with a metal chair or a reclaimed wood table top with a metal bar stool that hosts a reclaimed wood seat would both be great ways to follow through with this design.  Wood table tops come in different stains like natural, cherry, mahogany, or walnut and made of different types of wood with popular choices being oak and beech wood.  A reclaimed wood top is one that is made out of salvaged wood from old barns, factories, and warehouses hosting a weathered look and a charm that no other table top can offer.  You can also get the look of a wood table with table tops that are less expensive but made of laminate, plywood, or resin.  And, don’t forget the chairs.  Metal chairs should be commercial grade and add to the look and feel that you so desire. Think about a black or silver powder coated metal chair, steel chairs, or a metal chair with a wood slat in the seat back to compliment the wood table tops.  There are so many metal chair designs out there.  You just need to select the one that is just right for your pizza parlor.

Economical Pizza Parlor Seating Ideas

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If neither of these are your vision, you may be envisioning a more simplistic, cost effective, setting.  Your visions may be a pizza parlor with wood booths lining one wall, a row of tables with wood chairs down the center, and an ordering station on the other side of the room.  All of this complete with a menu board on the wall and the fast food feel.

There are many pizza parlor owners who just want to keep it simple when it comes to design.  For a simplistic shop set up, we recommend plastic or laminate booths with laminate or resin table tops and a basic wood or metal chair.  Plastic or laminate booths might not be as cozy as their vinyl counterparts, but they do offer booth seating for a far cheaper price.  They also fit in with a clean line look without all of the “fluff.”  To add to the booth seating, try laminate or resin table tops with a basic wood chair.  When we say basic, we mean without all of the design elements that some chairs offer.  You can also opt to select a basic metal chair without all of the bells and whistles especially when budget is a concern.

Whatever design you go with or even if you come up with a whole new pizza parlor look of your own, making the right choice with seating is an important piece of the “pie.”  That piece will affect the look and feel of your shop as well as the comfort of your customers.  Customers want to eat great food with great customer service and have a comfortable place to eat it.  When all of that happens, pies will surely fly out of your ovens!

 

The Arrogant Bean Shops Local and Loves It

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As an e-commerce company we deal with people from all over the United States. But we love being able to visit local customers and support their businesses whenever we can. The Arrogant Bean is a coffee shop that opened along Pittsburgh Road in Butler, PA, this May, not that far from our very own warehouse. So we took some time a few months after their initial purchase to see how things were going for them.

While talking with Shana, the owner, she expressed her passion for buying local. All of her fresh ingredients are purchased locally (except, of course for her Peruvian fair trade coffee beans). But it isn’t just her delicious ingredients that are local, almost all of the products she uses are, too. Including some of our furniture!

Shana says that her love of local started from her own childhood in a small West Virginia town. “We always bought local,” said Shana. The small business owner feels strongly about supporting the community in which you live. She seeks to continue that feel in her very own shop. “The girls that work here are wonderful. They know people by name and when they come through here they have their drinks ready. It gives them a personalized experience.”

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Shana wanted to support a local business and when she found us online she felt that it would be a good fit for her and her coffee shop. She and her husband were close enough to visit our showroom and were able to find the perfect fit for their store. They knew that they wanted black and orange chairs but weren’t sure if they were going to be able to find such a specific item. Fortunately we had some black Gladiator bar stools with orange vinyl seats and high top tables in stock. Upon reflecting on her experience, Shana said, “We were pleasantly surprised to see you had what we were looking for in stock! We’ve already shared you with friends!”

We love being able to make our customers happy and The Arrogant Bean has definitely made us happy with their delicious cannoli and easy access drive thru. So stop in and try their specials. Everything is baked fresh daily, and they post their next day’s menu on their Facebook page. While you’re there try out the furniture and give it a review here.

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Six Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Restaurant

You may have noticed recently that using reclaimed wood is all the rage. It’s vintage, it’s trendy, it’s hipster. Not only is reclaimed wood pleasing aesthetically, but it is a green product. By re-purposing old barn rafters and flooring, you are giving new life to the lumber. If the wood was not used again, it would end up in a landfill and eventually turn to dust, or it would be burned sending smoke pollution into the air.

Some people might have concerns that the wood might not be as strong since it has been previously used. What you might not know is that reclaimed wood is actually a stronger product than virgin lumber. It also saves energy. It takes fewer natural resources to use reclaimed wood than it does to use new forested trees for a project.

Also it just looks really cool. With such awesome stories behind where the wood came from, how could you not be intrigued? So here are tips on how to incorporate reclaimed wood into your restaurant.

1.Table tops/Counter tops


One of the easiest ways to bring some reclaimed wood into your space is by using it for your table tops or counter tops. Reclaimed wood table tops bring a softer look to your restaurant, and can offer a rustic charm to your décor. The same can be said of reclaimed wood bars. When put with the right décor and can really make a place stand out. And it is one heck of a conversation starter.

2.Seats

 

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A rust colored chair with a reclaimed seat.

If you want to match your new table tops or just are not quite able to afford an overhaul of your furniture consider purchasing reclaimed wood seat for your chairs or barstools. Reclaimed wood seat tops on a metal café chair can give you an industrial vibe with a twist. You are saving the environment one step at a time.

3.Wall paneling

 

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If you have a passion for reclaimed wood and design, using reclaimed wood wall paneling might be a perfect fit for your space. Using wood paneling is not a new technique, but has recently come back in to style and add interest to a previously blank wall.

4.Shelves

 

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No ready to commit to an entire wall of wood paneling? That’s okay. Consider using the same old barn wood for shelving. You get additional storage, dress up some wall space, and are doing your part to save the environment, clearly a win-win-win situation.

5.Display Cases

 

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If you have any signature items or merchandise that you want to display in a classy way, consider purchasing a reclaimed wood display case. These cases are a great way to show off your items while adding a contemporary rustic aesthetic to your space.

6.Flooring

Probably one of the most common uses of reclaimed wood is to repurpose it for flooring. Doing this is a wonderful Eco-friendly option. The refining process is a little more complicated if you want to use it for flooring. Nobody wants to have uneven flooring. So the wood has to be re-milled and sawn into new smooth planks for use. A lot of times this process takes away a lot of the beloved characteristics of old barn wood that people love. For this reason some establishment owners may choose to also incorporate their reclaimed wood in to other pieces. This allows them to complete the look they are searching for.

So whether you are ready to make the leap towards an entire wall of wood or simply want to add a few accent pieces, reclaimed wood adds character and style to any venue. Not to mention the peace of mind knowing you chose an Eco-friendly option, all while fulfilling your dream of managing a beautiful bar or restaurant.

Which size umbrella do you need for your restaurant table?

It’s the dog days of summer, and your restaurant or resort guests are in need of a cool drink and some shade from those piercing sunbeams. Why not add some umbrellas to your patio tables in order to grant them some much-needed relief?  Not only do umbrellas offer a cooling, comfortable break from the hot summer’s rays, they can also add some fun and fancy to your patio decor!  Available in different shapes, a multitude of colors, and with your choice of center pole, you can select a commercial umbrella that works for the tables you’re dressing up.  Here’s our guide to picking the right size umbrella to accompany your commercial outdoor table:

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Some 24″ tables cannot be used with an umbrella. We recommend using strong, sturdy tables with your umbrellas.  Most tables require a separate umbrella base to also be used to secure the umbrella at the ground.  Please note, if you’re ordering freestanding umbrellas, the base weight recommendations above do not apply.

 

How to Buy a Bucket Seat Bar Stool

Are you shopping with comfort in mind?  A bucket seat bar stool could be just what your establishment needs to keep patrons belly up to the bar for longer, which in turn, means a higher per person sales average on your bar’s bottom line.  If your bar’s marketing strategy revolves around higher drink-per-person numbers, then you are smart enough to see the close relation between having the right seating and an increase in nightly revenue.  You want to create a cozy, communal gathering place where folks come to meet up and hang out, watch the entire game on your big screens, or play that Megatouch bar top game until the wee hours.  But how exactly do you pick out the stool that’s the perfect fit for your bar?

Let’s discuss key product features by breaking down bucket bar stools into three shopping categories: good, better, and best.

The Good
Bucket Bar Stool for RestaurantsHere are some basic standards you want to look for in any bucket seat bar stool.  Believe it or not, many vendors don’t offer stools that meet these low quality marks, so here’s what to look out for:

  • Is there a plywood core on the back and seat?  Some manufacturers only use a cardboard-like substance as the foundation to the seat and back, which won’t hold up very well in a commercial setting.  Instead, look for something more sturdy featuring a plywood core.
  • What type of seat edge is there?  Due to how people slide in and slide out of a bucket seat, a waterfall edge usually has less wear and tear.  While some fancier models do feature stitching on the seat edge to add a decoration to the overall style, a smooth waterfall edge is going to last longer in high-traffic venues.
  • Is there padding in the seat…and back?  Some stools only come with a padded seat, so to ensure comfort, look for a little padding in both the seat and the back.  A good benchmark to look for is a minimum of 2 1/2-pound, high-density foam.
  • Is the vinyl commercial-grade?  There are many vinyl weights, and a stool for a bar or restaurant needs to use a vinyl that’s produced for use in the hospitality industry.  Its weight and how the backing is designed will impact its wear and tear properties.  Be careful, most vendors grade their own vinyls, so it’s best to look for a weight (such as a 24-ounce vinyl) for consistent side-by-side comparisons.
  • Does welting run with the vinyl seams?  At a minimum, you need to look for a thin welt cord along the vinyl seams. Better models will feature PVC edging for added strength.

What helps set apart the good bucket bar stool models we sell from many other bar stool makers is our newly re-designed and vastly improved 5-prong gripping system that helps to prevent the back separating from the seat when someone leans back too far in the bucket.  No back flips here!

The Better
Brown Bucket Seat Bar StoolIf you’re looking for a step up in quality without paying much more money, choosing a middle-of-the-road product offers some added benefits that you’ll appreciate.

  • PVC edging along vinyl seams is far superior than thin welting. Not only does it help keep the seams together better, the PVC material actually provides a safe “bumper” that protects your beautiful wood bar from getting dinged or marred from the spinning buckets.
  • A thicker seat adds extra comfort.  For example, our base models only have a 4″ seat thickness, but our better models feature a 5″ seat thickness, making for a comfy, cushy seat.

The Best
For top-of-the-line bucket seat bar stools, you’ll pay a little more money upfront but have excellent quality, style, and comfort backed by long-lasting durability. Consider all the points listed in the good and better models above, but add into the mix the following higher-end benefits:

  • Flex back – Stools with a flex back stool, there is a metal piece that attaches the seat to the back.  This part of the stool allows a slight bend and has a little give, which provides greater comfort.
  • Wrap-around arms – Whether it’s an over-sized back or a complete wrap-around arm rest, the style of the back will offer additional support.  This also creates a casino or roulette look that makes a fashion-forward statement in your bar or restaurant.

The Base
Best Commercial Bar StoolsOnce you decide on which bucket seat you prefer, it’s time to choose a base.  Especially for the better and best models, you’ll want to look for a fully welded, 16-gauge steel base, which will offer the ultimate in strength over a long lifetime.  The gauges of steel get stronger as the numbers decrease, so a 16-gauge is better than an 18- or 20-gauge steel frame.  Because bucket seats tend to be top-heavy compared to other stool seats, the base needs to have a wide enough footprint to safely support the shape and weight of the bucket.

We do sell our lower-end bar stools on the traditional F-base, featuring a bolted-on, squared-off chrome plated ring.  This base is very sturdy for use with the smaller buckets and offers a distinct style that may look great in your space, but it shouldn’t be used with the larger models.  We discourage use of the classic, retro-looking double chrome ring bases on our bucket seats, because those bases have an entirely bolted together frame, and the chrome plating can scratch and wear off over time.  Choosing a solid base will prevent accidents and injuries in your bar or restaurant, so choose wisely!

Additional Considerations
When shopping for a bucket bar stool, you should evaluate the quality of the swivel mechanism.  On the smaller buckets, we usually include a tilted swivel to produce a reclined feel for a more comfortable position.  When assembling this type of swivel on your bar stool, make sure the higher point is facing toward the front of the stool, or otherwise, patrons will feel as if they’re falling out of the seat.  On the more luxurious buckets, the design already features a slightly reclined seat, so most vendors will use a flat swivel, whereas you don’t have to worry about assembling it to the right degree of tilt.

In addition, we offer two brands of swivels: an imported version and an American-made version.  The imported swivel comes with a limited 1-year warranty and utilizes ball bearings, which can by known to fall out with a lot of wear and tear or rough handling.  The domestic swivel is more expensive, but it includes a longer warranty of up to 10 years and is a nylon construction that doesn’t use ball bearings.  This makes for a quieter, smoother movement, as well.

Before purchasing any bar stool for your restaurant, please measure the height of your bar.  You will want to leave 10-12″ between the top of the seat and the bottom of the bar for legroom.  Some of our best bucket bar stools have a seat height of 32.8″, which may be too tall for your bar.  In addition, if your audience is largely women, your customer base may have trouble getting in and out of that tall of a stool.  On the flip side, a largely male audience may find the stool height a more comfortable fit – especially if your bar is around the corner from where the Knicks practice.  Keep height – and your target market – in mind when you’re determining comfort and ease of use for your furniture selections.

Interior design is of course always a consideration when buying restaurant furniture.  Our standard bucket colors are brown, black, and wine, and we offer black and silver frames, so you can choose a color combination that works best for your decor!

Now that you know what to look for in your commercial bucket seat bar stools, you can offer a comfortable place for guests to sit and relax a while – and order up another drink!

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Patio Heaters Extend Outdoor Restaurant Patio Season

restaurant patio heatersEven as the first snowfalls dust the Northeast with blankets of white glitter, there are plenty of reasons to keep your bar and restaurant guests outside during the fall and winter months, even if it’s to provide a safe and cozy smoking area.  With commercial patio heaters, you can create year-round appeal and function for your outside patio.  Providin a source of added heat for those cooler days and nights ahead can be done so in style, with heaters that are fashionable and blend in with your exterior decor.

Many of the heat lamps that are on the market now, such as those offered by Lava Heat Italia, are energy-efficient, safe to touch, and easy to adjust for the correct temperature.  Whether you’re searching for a tabletop heater or a tower of warmth, today’s products are safer and more convenient than ever!  You can choose between electric, propane, or natural gas models, and many are also approved for indoor use in case it tends to get a little drafty inside your dining room or banquet hall.  Plus, the finish colors and design styles vary to match every bar or restaurant design.

Be sure to read all the specifics of the particular model you’re shopping for before making a purchase, and keep the following items in mind for picking the best heater for your patio.

Benefits to Look for When Shopping for a Restaurant Patio Heater

Minimum Assembly Required – Most commercial heat towers will ship fully assembled or only take a few minutes to get put together.  This will save you from the added costs of having someone assemble and install at your property and minimizes the risks that the heater will be incorrectly assembled, and therefore, dangerous to use.

Protected Burner Unit – By featuring an enclose the burner unit, a patio heater is less likely to experience malfunction from carbon build-up, corrosion, pests, spider webs, dirt, dust, rust and more. You will want to look for units that protect their mechanical parts and ignition, which also makes for a more efficient heat lamp and can extend its life compared to other heater models.

Balanced Flame Distribution – The well-crafted Ceramic Honeycomb insert found in the Lava Heat patio heater models allows for an even flame distribution, resulting in an even heat, eliminating hot spots. The balanced mount centers the flame within the glass tube, reducing the chance of carbon build-up, while also allowing the flame to move freely, creating an attractive “dancing” look.

Balanced Weight Distribution – Most tower style heaters are designed with even weight distribution, so they are not top-heavy and will not easily tip or fall.

Easy-to-Ignite Functionality – In addition to searching for heaters designed to provide the highest in energy-efficiency standards, you want a burner that will ignite easily, quickly, and without trouble.   Whether it’s through a switch on the device or a remote control, you can depend on simple igniting that your bar, restaurant, or resort staff can use to quickly turn on to please patio visitors and then get right back to serving other guest needs.

Electrostatic Powder Coating – Professionally applied electrostatic powder coating finishes last many times longer than dipped or painted finishes and resist scratches, chips, and peeling.  This special type of powder coating has proven to be highly weather and rust resistant, as well, giving you the confidence that it will be a long lasting addition to your property.

Portability – Many heaters come with optional wheel kits, allowing you to easily move around, in and out, depending on your location’s needs. This also adds functionality to the unit, giving you more flexibility in where and how you use your patio heaters.

Anti-Tilt Safety Switch – If the unit should tilt or fall, the heater will automatically turn off due to how the mercury completes, or if bumped disconnects, the electrical circuit.  Interrupting the circuit will not emit a spark that can ignite flammable gasses, making this safety feature a huge benefit when shopping for patio heaters.

Borosilicate Glass Tube – Borosilicate glass (aka Pyrex) is a type of glass that includes at least 5% boric oxide, which makes the glass resistant to extreme temperatures, and also improves its resistance to chemical corrosion. The glass is more likely to crack or snap rather than to shatter, so it is safer to have around in a situation where breakage is a concern. In the event that products made with the glass do crack, it is generally easier and safer to clean up than shattered glass.

Warranty – As with any product or restaurant furniture item, you will want to consider warranty with purchase.  Lava Heat Italia warrants to the original consumer purchaser that all aspects of this product will be free of defects in material and workmanship for 3-10 years from the date of purchase, depending on which model you choose. You should always ask to see the full warranty policy before placing your order

Now that you know what to look for in a restaurant patio heater, you’ll be able to heat up your deck or outside dining with the best unit for your property.