Booths are one of the seating options available for restaurants. They don’t suit all restaurants, and just like chairs, there are a lot of different booths to choose from. Before buying booths for your restaurant examine the floor space you have available. Booths occupy the space in a different way than chairs, and they are harder to rearrange. When a restaurant has booths they tend to be permanently placed in position. Another very important factor to consider is the size of the tables. Not all tables are suitable for booths, and not all tables are the right height for booths. Check that the table edge is aligned vertically with the outer edge of the booth seat. Think about combining booth seating with chairs. And consider the style, and type of restaurant you run, and whether booths are appropriate. Here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect restaurant booths for your eatery.
Restaurant Booth Shapes
Before you start searching for restaurant booths you might think they are a standard shape. But actually, they come in several shapes, and can even be customized for your restaurant. If you have a particular shape you want, have it made to order for your restaurant. Choosing the right shape booth will also depend on the shape of your space. Rectangular, square, and elongated restaurants can usually make better use of booths than restaurants with awkwardly shaped walls and corners.
Wall Booth – Place single booths up against a wall. This is a useful space-saving floor plan which can be easily customized. Take into account that each person seated at the booth will need 24” of space.
Single Booth – A single booth bench has a flat back and can be placed against a wall or up against another booth. Single booths are usually about 46” long and can seat one person per 24”, so usually two people are seated at a single booth. This is a good option if you think you’ll be rearranging your booths regularly.
Double Booth – Imagine two single booths positioned back to back. You often see this style of restaurant seating in family diners, cafes, and casual restaurants. They can be used to make the most of your floor space, especially if your restaurant is elongated, or rectangular. A double booth is similar to a single booth in length.
Circle Booths – Use this restaurant booth shape when you have plenty of space in your restaurant and want to create an intimate feel. Half-circle or three-quarter circle booths should be placed around large circular tables. You can use a half-circle booth by itself or place two half-circle booths together to create semi-circular seating around a table. Circular booths are often used in fine dining establishments, restaurants where there is entertainment or family restaurants where you will need to seat large groups. An average half-circle booth measures 46” in length and can seat 2-4 people. An average three-quarter circular booth measures 88” and can seat 4-6 people.
Corner Booths – Some corner booths come with standard dimensions, and others you can have custom-made. Get an L-shaped corner booth or asymmetrical corner booth.
Restaurant Booth Material
Usually, the seating of restaurant booths is padded with a laminated (vinyl) or upholstered (fabric) covering. Other booth seats are made of wood. You can choose whichever material suits your restaurant. There are other factors to take into consideration. For example, laminated booths are easier to clean than upholstered booths. Upholstered booths are for high-end eateries or restaurants where the clientele is unlikely to spill their food! It would not be a good idea to pick fabric upholstery booths for a canteen, food court eatery, or casual family diner. Wooden seating is the least comfortable of the three options, but they are long-lasting, easy to clean and suit rustic, contemporary eateries.
The Overall Appearance of Restaurant Booths
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices and settled on the shape of your booths, and the material for the seating, then you can start thinking of the overall appearance and how it will match your restaurant decor. You don’t have to have the same covering on the seat as you do on the backrest. You can add style by mixing colors and having a different colored seatback to the seat. You could even have special features like a button-tufted back, metal legs instead of solid wood, or a padded backrest divided into two, three, or six sections by stitching (channeling). You can even mix and match a vinyl seat with a fabric backrest.
Customize, Customize, Customize
The choices are really unlimited, and you could get restaurant booths with all the bells and whistles or a classic wooden booth. The elements that can be customized include the material, shape, height of the backrest, height of the booth, and length of the booth. You can have a footrest added, or even order booth benches at counter height to place along your restaurant bar.
Does Your Restaurant Suit Booths?
There are several good reasons for using booths in your restaurant. Often customers want to sit together in large groups, and only booth seating will accommodate them. Customers looking for privacy will appreciate the option of a booth rather than chairs. Booths create less traffic and allow servers to place food on the tables from one side. This means less walking around, which saves time and reduces congestion. Restaurant booths can add a comfortable, intimate, and warm feeling to your restaurant. Use these tips to choose the perfect booths for your establishment.