Restaurant Booth Buying Guide

A few main concerns when it comes to running a successful restaurant should be the quality of the food, great customer service, and a functional and accessible layout. 

The best layout is one that allows you to both maximize your space and prioritize the comfort of your guests. You want your employees to be able to maneuver around the restaurant easily during busy hours, while also giving your patrons a relaxing and memorable dining experience.

One type of furniture that some consider essential to a successful restaurant layout is commercial restaurant booths.

What Are Restaurant Booths?

Booths are one of the most common seating options available at diners, high-scale dinner spots, and other restaurants of all types. 

They are made out of multiple banquettes arranged to form an intimate, comfortable seating option for customers. Banquettes are set up to make several different shapes, such as a face-to-face arrangement, horseshoe arrangement, or U-configuration. The setup of booth seating back-to-back allows for restaurants to utilize the maximum amount of seating.

Because of their cozy and intimate setup, which emphasizes privacy, booths are great for small groups who would like to enjoy their meal apart from the loud and busy bustle of the rest of the restaurant. 

Restaurant Booths vs. Banquettes

When someone refers to their restaurant seating as banquette seating, they could either be talking about restaurant booths or a different type of seating arrangement

Banquette seating refers to upholstered benches that are paired together to create booths, or sometimes used on their own or built along the wall to increase space. When banquettes are used, they are usually paired with a pedestal table either alone or connected to another seat, depending on the layout of the restaurant. 

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Restaurant Booth Sizes

The perfect booth size for your restaurant will depend on the space’s size and layout. Booths come in a variety of sizes to fit different spaces and accommodate for various amounts of customers.

Measure your space and imagine your ideal restaurant layout before settling on your commercial booths. Remember, ideally your restaurant won’t be empty, so picture how the patrons and staff will be able to navigate around the furniture in your space. 

If you need inspiration, go online and look at images of similar restaurants’ booth arrangements and layouts to help you decide what will work best for your establishment.

Booths come in different heights, widths, and also different styles, including the following.

Deuce Booths

These types of booths fit two people, one on each side of the table. Each deuce booth is arranged in a face-to-face configuration.

Single Booths

Booths that only have one side and are typically found at the end of an aisle of booths are called single booths. These are also considered singular banquette seats. 

Double Booths

Double booths are two single booths arranged back-to-back in an aisle to create multiple seating options for customers.

Split Booths

Split booths are essentially banquette seats with booth seating on one side and restaurant chairs on the other, with a table in between.

Custom-Shaped Booths

If you’re dealing with a unique space in your dining establishment that you want to fit with seating, custom commercial restaurant booths can usually be special-ordered. For example, half-circle or three-quarter booths are not the typical booth size, but can be custom-ordered to fit larger parties, and smaller booths can be ordered to fit little corners or alcoves in your restaurant.

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Restaurant Booth Tables and Bases

Typically the tables used in between booth seating are rectangular or square-shaped, since they are the best fit paired with the size and shape of booth seating. 

As far as the leading material of booth tables goes, they’re typically made of solid wood or laminate. Laminate is customizable, easy to clean, and more cost-effective than solid wood, but depending on your establishment’s decor style, wooden booths (butcher block or plank) may give you a more sophisticated look.

The base of the table is up to you, but to maximize the amount of legroom for your diners, you may want to consider cantilever table bases. These bases anchor the table to the wall rather than the floor, and are excellent for creating more space under and around the table and booths.

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Restaurant Booth Seat Materials

When choosing the material of your commercial restaurant booth, consider the aesthetic of your establishment, the durability of the material, the comfort level of the booth, and how easy it will be to clean. The following are some of the most popular booth seating materials.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great option for family establishments or diners, as the material is easy to sanitize and wipe down and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Linen

Another casual booth upholstery material is linen. Linen is fairly low-maintenance, natural, and durable, making it a great material for outdoor dining or patios.

Leather

If you’re looking for a sophisticated and classic material for your restaurant booths, look no further than leather. 

Whether faux or real, leather is durable and can withstand regular restaurant wear and tear. You can usually find faux leather in a variety of different colors and patterns, and it’s simple to wipe down with a damp cloth.

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Contact JH Carr for Custom Commercial Restaurant Booths

JH Carr is ready to help you create the best possible atmosphere for your dining establishment — whether that means upgrading your existing restaurant tables and chairs or creating unique, custom commercial restaurant furniture that fits your every need. 

Contact us today and let’s get started.