Writing in Cafes: Cafe furniture

Rhoads_cafes_1901In addition to all my other requirements (music, baristas who don’t have time to chat, slow enough I can sit for a while), I also have preferences about the kind of chairs and tables in the cafes where I write.

My absolute preference is a banquette, the bench along the wall.  I really like to have my back against the wall.  I don’t like to have people moving around behind me.  I find it distracting.  Neurotic, I know.  Admitting you have an issue is the beginning of solving it, right?

I like wood chairs, too, if they’re heavy enough they don’t crash over when you get up.

I’m less picky about the tabletop.  All I care is that it’s relatively level and doesn’t rock.  Nothing worse than having your beverage spill across your notebook.

One thing I absolutely don’t like are marble-topped tables.  Especially in the mornings, those stone surfaces can be icy cold.  I tend to rest my left elbow on the tabletop — and the chill from the marble makes me uncomfortable enough that I can’t write as long as I would like.  This may not be a problem anywhere but San Francisco…

Have you given any thought to what makes you comfortable when you write?  Sometimes discomfort — even if it’s minimal — can be enough of a distraction to keep you from getting the work done.

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. My science fiction trilogy, The Dangerous Type, will be published by Night Shade in 2015. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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