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How to Choose Restaurant Booths for Your Dining Room

Knowing the various types, styles, and materials for restaurant booths is crucial when determining the perfect seating layout for your food service establishment. Whether you’re replacing your seating with booths or just opened up a restaurant and do not know where to start, we can help you find and organize your restaurant booth seating.

Why Choose Restaurant Booths for Your Restaurant?

How many times have customers requested to be seated in a booth at your bar or restaurant? Booths are a great choice for any bar or restaurant for a variety of reasons:
  • Create less traffic and eliminate the need for servers to walk around all four sides of a table
  • Have a more comfortable feel and aesthetic than traditional table seating
  • Offer your customers more privacy
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs

The Anatomy of a Booth

Before purchasing booths, restaurant owners should familiarize themselves with restaurant booth designs. Knowing the different parts will help owners choose the perfect one to match their restaurant seating layout.
Diagram of the anatomy of a booth
  • Top Cap: Strip located on the top of the booth
  • Head Roll: Added foam cushion for the head for comfortable seating
  • End Cap: Located on the side of the booth
  • Back: Added foam cushion for back support to help keep guests comfortable
  • Crumb Strip: Between back and cushion for easy cleaning
  • Cushion: Seating area of the booth
  • Skirting: Located right below the cushion using the same material
  • Welt cord: Additional piping for strength and style
  • Toe Kick: On the bottom of the booth around the foot area to prevent wear
  • Base: The foundation of the restaurant booth

Types of Restaurant Booths

With a wide variety of dining room booths to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect restaurant booth design for your bar or restaurant. For example, you can choose between single, double, wall bench, 1/2 circle, and 3/4 circle types in many different lengths, widths, and heights. When it comes to small cafes and diners, try using a single booth to place up against the wall to optimize your walk space. You can also incorporate double booths that have back-to-back benches for your busy, fast-paced environments.

Half and three quarter circle booths are perfect when paired with large round tables to allow bigger parties to have more privacy. You also might consider pairing a wall bench with small tables, which allows for easy conversation among couples, but can be quickly transformed into a larger table for big groups. Whatever your application, there are many different types of booths to meet any need!
Chart with 5 different booth types

Restaurant Booth Styles

Once you determine what type of booth you would like, you can start to look at the different styles to enhance your restaurant decor. The different styles include Alex, bead board, button tufted booths, channel, fan, plain, and V back booths. Each style fits best with different layouts. For instance, try using the V back booth to match your retro theme. You can also use the button tufted booth for a more elegant look in fine dining establishments.
Gray alex style double sided restaurant booth with black base

Alex

Alex style restaurant booths feature 6 divided channel backs.

Dark gray cushion on bead board wood restaurant booth with black base

Bead Board

Bead Board restaurant booths are constructed of solid wood.

Black button tufted restaurant booth

Button Tufted

Button Tufted restaurant booths feature a button tufted backrest.

Dark green channel back restaurant booth with black base

Channel Back

Channel back restaurant booths feature vertical channels.

 

Multicolor patterned back brown cushion fan back restaurant booth with black base

Fan Back

Fan back restaurant booths feature an attractive curved back.

Black plain back restaurant booth

Plain Back

Plain back booths are a solid color and do not have embellishments.

Brown double sided restaurant booth with light tan v back and black base

V Back

V back booths have distinctive back stitching in the shape of a V.

Booth Materials

Restaurant booths are mainly made out of laminate, upholstery, and wood. These different kinds of materials enhance your decor depending on the theme of your restaurant. Laminate booths feature an easy-to-clean trim over a wood frame. These booths are great to pair with neutral color laminate to match your existing decor. The soft upholstery booths are made over a wooden frame as well for a comfortable dining experience. The classic wood booths have an easy-to-clean solid wood material for a rustic yet contemporary look.
Close-up images of laminate, green upholstery, and wood material

How to Create Booth Seating Layouts

Whether you have a small cafe or a large franchise, creating an effective booth layout will help maintain the look of your restaurant. You want customers comfortable, while also keeping enough space for your servers to move freely in this fast-paced environment. You should always make sure to factor dining room table sizes into your calculations, as well.

A standard layout allows the table edge to align vertically with the outer edge of the booth seat, which results in a comfortable 16-18" seating depth. Booths paired with 30" wide tables require 72" from the centers of each top cap, while 24" wide tables only require 66".

Ultimately, an awareness of booth dimensions for restaurant seating is one of the easiest ways to maximize the amount of guests you can serve, which will increase your business's profits.
Booth Type
Booth Length
Booth Width
Seats
Single
46" 23" 1 person per 24" of length
Double
46" 44" 1 person per 24" of length
Wall Bench
Customizable 23" 1 person per 24" of length
1/2 Circle
46" 88" 2-4 people
3/4 Circle
88" 88" 4-6 people

Restaurant Seating Chart

Restaurants booths can be configured in a variety of ways to best fit your establishment. Below are some examples of different restaurant booth plans you can use to best suit your dining room design.
Overhead chart of effective booth layout

How to Move a Double Booth Through a Door

Once you've decided that restaurant booths are a good fit for your business, it can be a challenge to get them into your space. You can follow these simple steps to easily move your booth through a doorway:
  1. Flip the booth so that your are holding it vertically.
  2. Then, move one side of the booth through the doors.
  3. Next, rotate the other side and move it through the doorway.
  4. Finally, set the booth back down so that it is sitting upright.

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