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

The first book of my science fiction trilogy, The Dangerous Type, came out from Night Shade Books in July 2015, followed by Kill By Numbers in September and No More Heroes in November. I am also 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. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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