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Bar Furniture Buyers Guide

Looking for the right furniture for your bar, but don’t know where to begin?

There is an enormous variety of furniture available for use in bar environments. This means that quality, price, function and style varies widely. Navigating the range of available options can be tricky, particularly when a bad choice can have a serious impact on your business. That's why we have put together this guide to help you find the right furniture for your venue. Learn everything there is to know about bar furniture to give your business a head start...

Restaurant Furniture Buyers Guide

The first thing to do when shopping for bar furniture is to find out what types of product are on the market today. The following information gives you an overview of the most common table types.

Poseur Tables

Poseur Table

Poseur tables are a great choice for bar environments. They are ideal for standing use or use with bar stools. This makes them very space efficient while offering great versatility. During day time trade, you can use them for an informal seating option, which makes them great for serving food. At night, you can tuck away the bar stools and leave space for customers to safely place their drinks.

Our poseur tables are available for indoor or outdoor use, with a range of 23 tabletop colours. This makes it easy to find the right style for any venue. You can also choose from a variety of table base types and table shapes to ensure the perfect table for your needs.

Dining Table

Dining tables are great for any bar that offers food or a more relaxed drinking environment. They are available in a height to accommodate standard height dining chairs. Most dining tables are available with square, circular or rectangular table tops.

Here at Tables & Chairs Online, we offer both indoor and outdoor dining tables. This makes it easy to maintain a consistent style through all areas of your bar. We offer a total range of 23 table top finishes, alongside a wide selection of leg styles and table shapes. This makes it easy to find the perfect tables for your business, whatever your style.

Dining Tables
Coffe Tables

Coffee Table

While coffee tables are less common in a bar environment, they can be a great solution for relaxed areas. Coffee tables offer a low table top height, suitable for use with soft seating, or as side tables. They can also be a great option for more open plan outdoor areas for use during day time opening.

We have designed our coffee tables to compliment our other table types. We offer the same range of 23 table top finishes with options for both indoor and outdoor use. This makes it easy to maintain a consistent style throughout your venue.

Once you have chosen the perfect table options for your bar, it is time to look at seating options. It is important to ensure you provide the right seating options to keep your customers comfortable. This could mean a single chair type throughout or a mix of different options. To give you an idea of what is available, this is an overview of the most common types of chair available today:

Bar Stools

Bar Stool

Bar stools are a high seated chair or stool option. They are designed for use with poseur tables, or for bar-side seating. Most bar stools have a seat height of around 750mm.

Bar stools are available with or without backs. This can make the difference between a more relaxed seating option and a more multi-purpose one. Here at Tables & Chairs Online, we offer a wide range of bar stool colours and styles to ensure a look to suit any bar. We even offer options suitable for outdoor use, if you have an outdoor area suitable for high stools.

Dining Chair

Dining chairs are the best option for use with dining tables. If you plan on offering standard eating areas, it is important to provide dining chairs. They will ensure a comfortable eating environment for your customers. When shopping for dining chairs, you should look for a seat height of around 450mm.

We offer a great range of dining chairs, with many designed to match with our bar stool ranges. This helps to create a consistent design style throughout your bar. As with our bar stools, we also offer dining chairs for both indoor and outdoor use, to help you make the most of your available space.

Dining Chairs
Low Stools

Low Stool

Low stools can be a great option for informal bar seating areas. They offer a similar seat height to dining chairs, but take up less floor space. They are also easier to store away when not in use, making them a versatile option for bars with many functions.

Many of our low stools are stackable. This makes them the perfect option for temporary seating applications. We also offer many low stool styles to match our other chair types. This helps to create a consistent look throughout your venue.

Restaurant Furniture Solutions

The layout of your bar will dictate the type of bar tables that are suitable for your business. The flexibility that you need for your seating arrangements may also play a part in your choice. The following are a few of the things you may wish to consider when choosing tables for your business:

Table Shape

You will need different shaped tables for different jobs. Square and rectangular tables allow for a neat and structured layout. These table shapes also allow for the creation of larger table groups and clusters. This is perfect for venues that seat larger groups of customers.

If you prefer a more free-form table arrangement, you may prefer circular tables. Circular tables can be useful for maximising the space in your venue. This is due to the more flexible seating area afforded by a table without corners. Single circular tables are usually available to seat 2, 4 or 6 people.

If you plan on offering seating for larger groups as standard, you may wish to look at rectangular tables. While these are less flexible than groups of square tables, they are more sturdy than a group of single tables. You can also use them to create longer table runs to accommodate even larger groups.

Table Size

Different types of bars often have very different requirements for table size. If the focus of your bar is more on drink than food, for example, you may wish to choose smaller tables. If you serve food throughout the day, you may wish to offer larger tables to better suit diners.

If your bar is closer to a nightclub style environment, you may wish to look at poseur tables with a small table top. This makes the tables easy to use while standing, but limits the floor space that they take up. These are also a good idea for flexible bars, as the addition of bar stools makes them great multi-purpose solutions.

The feel of your business

People can tell a lot about your business by looking at your choice of tables. The use of coffee tables and soft seating suggests a more laid back atmosphere. It also suggests that your bar may be well suited to day time custom, rather than evening and night drinking.

The use of well laid out dining tables shows people that food is an important part of your business. This can differentiate you from competitors who offer food as an additional extra to their main business.

Using only poseur tables, can suggest a more night-life focused venue. This can be great for bars leaning more towards the night club end of the business. You can also adjust this look quite easily with the addition of bar stools. The choice of tables can have a dramatic impact on how your customers see your business, so choose wisely!

Outdoor Restaurant Furniture

Your bar furniture is a direct reflection of your business. When choosing tables and chairs, it's important to pick styles that fit your brand. In recent times, new materials have become available furniture manufacturers. This has made it is easier than ever to make a great first impression to your customers.

It is important to be aware of what impact your design choices have on your potential customers. Bright and bold table and chair choices, for example, suggest an informal, fun venue. A more urban, industrial look, may suggest a more slick and fashionable upper-class bar. With that in mind, these are the 2 main considerations when it comes to aesthetics in your bar:

Materials and Finishes

Bar tables are available in a selection of different materials and finishes. These include everything from expensive, high-end solid wood finishes, through to the more cost-effective MFC. There are also materials, such as metal or compact laminate, which are suitable for outdoor use. Bar chairs are available in an even wider range of materials. These include polypropylene and plywood.

Picking quality furniture that fits in with the style and feel of your bar can be vital to attracting the right customers. It will also help to create the right environment for both diners and staff.

Here at Tables & Chairs Online, we offer a wide range of tables with MFC tops for indoor use. We also sell Compact Laminate options for outdoor use. These offer a huge range of finishes, including traditional wood grain, industrial textures and bold colours.


Here at Tables & Chairs Online, we are proud to offer a wide range of table colours. This allows us to offer an option to suit any bar style.

We manufacture our indoor table tops from MFC, which allows a range of finish styles. For a traditional style, we offer wood grain finishes of beech, walnut, natural oak and maple. For bright and bold colours, we stock red, orange, yellow, blue and green finishes. For textured contemporary style, we offer platinum oak, pitted steel, rusted steel, concrete and rustic oak. We also offer a classic white finish, which is great for a clean, sleek style.

We manufacture our outdoor table tops from compact laminate. For these table tops, we offer 8 great finishes. These include traditional wood grain looks of oak, teak and walnut. We also offer bright colours in lime green, ozone blue and tangerine. Finally, for a sleek, modern look, choose from silver and outdoor white.

Restaurant Furniture

Table & chair options

When you have chosen a style for your bar, it is important to keep this style consistent. This is why we offer matching tabletops across all our table heights and styles. It is also why we offer many matching bases across coffee table, dining table and poseur tables.

We also offer many matching dining chairs and bar stools. This ensures that your style and brand can follow through your entire business.

We have built our entire range to offer you the widest selection of tables and chairs. This makes it easy to create the perfect setting for your bar.

Commercial use

When purchasing bar furniture, it is important to buy proper commercial items. Standard consumer furniture often looks appealing to new bar owners. Most consumer furniture items, however, are not robust enough to withstand the rigours of bar or nightclub use. This is why we design our tables and chairs to withstand consistent use in a commercial setting. We also offer a 5-year guarantee on all our products.

Commercial furniture ranges also tend to be on sale for relatively short periods of time. This makes it very difficult to track down matching replacements or extra items. Commercial furniture ranges are usually available for much longer. This makes it much easier to maintain your bar style on a longer timescale.

Budget, price and value

Keeping a keen eye on costs is essential for any business, but it’s important to think of the lifetime value of your furniture. We have priced our bar furniture as low as we could while maintaining high manufacturing standards. This means that you can be sure that you are buying the best value furniture over the long term.

Whilst it’s tempting to skimp on bar furniture and buy the cheapest tables and chairs you can find, this is likely to be a false economy. When it comes to furniture, you get what you pay for. Buying high-quality furniture can save you money over the lifetime of your business. It can also ensure a better lifespan, durability and appearance than cheaper products.

Tables & Chairs Online

Quality bar furniture from Tables & Chairs Online

Prices for bar furniture varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. For high-quality commercial furniture from Tables & Chairs Online, we offer highly competitive prices. For tables, you can expect to pay from around £50, right up to around £300. For chairs, these range from less than £40 to around £100.

Tables & Chairs Online offers a wide range of different tables and chairs. These are available in an unrivalled range of sizes, styles, colours and finishes. Because of this, you’re sure to find something to suit your bar style and budget.

Why buy from Tables & Chairs Online?

  • 10 Year Guarantee

    5 Year Guarantee

    We make all our furniture to the highest standards, and we’re so confident in them, we offer a 5 year guarantee.

  • Free Next Day Delivery

    Free Next Day Delivery

    We offer a wide range of products with free UK mainland delivery the next working day, if you order before 1pm.

  • Made In The UK

    Made In The UK

    We make all our furniture at our 40,000 sq ft factory in the heart of West Yorkshire.

  • No Minimum Order

    No Minimum Order

    We cater for all commercial furniture needs - from single coffee tables to full restaurant fit outs - all with no minimum order quantity.

  • Easy Returns

    Easy Returns

    If you are not happy with your order, send it back within 7 days for a refund (terms apply).

  • Environment First

    Environment First

    We put people, wildlife, and the environment first. This is why we hold ISO and FSC certificates.