Pop-up or permanent eating?
Are you furnishing a pop-up with a temporary licence or investing in cafe furniture for a permanent space – like a covered restaurant patio that could open all year? Tables and chairs for permanent spaces will be heavier and more solidly built.
Lightweight or heavyweight outdoor furniture
If you want outdoor restaurant furniture to stay in place all year with minimal movement, look for heavy pieces designed to age gracefully. Alternatively choose lighter designs and bring them in for extra seating at Christmas, or for functions.
Don’t buy temporary outdoor cafe furniture
Choose wisely and furnishings initially bought for pop-ups could be reused elsewhere throughout the winter event season, provided they look smart enough. Cheap garden furniture won’t have this flexibility and it will cost you money to store out of season.