Guide to Restaurant Booths Dimensions & Shapes

Restaurant Booths

Would you prefer a chair or a booth?
How many times did you get to ask this question? And how many times was the answer “booth please”? Unless the party is a big one, chances are that “booth” is the most preferred option. And this is probably, one of the main reasons you are now looking to buy booths for your restaurant.

Standard and Custom Booth Shapes

First thing to do before actually buying your dining booths is to decide what kind of booths you need and want. On this page you will find a list of the various types of booths available including ready-made and custom.

Single restaurant booth

Single Booth

Single restaurant booths can comfortably seat 2 people side by side. Usually placed backing the walls and combined with double booths, single booths are a basic component in restaurant seating.
Double restaurant booth

Double Booth

A double booth is simply 2 single booths with a common backrest and can sit 2 people side by side and 2 back to back. Perfect for saving space and providing comfortable and private seating the double booth is amongst the more popular and commonly used booth seating.
Wall bench restaurant booth

Wall Bench

Custom made to fit your wall, the wall bench is usually paired with tables and chairs on the other side. This provides fixed seating on one side allowing you maximize your available seating while at the same time provide your customers with additional comfort.
L shape restaurant booths

L Shape Booths

L-shaped booths are one of the best ways to take advantage of a corner space. This type of booth is custom made to fit your available space as perfectly as possible while maximizing your restaurant's seating.
half circle booths

1/2 Circle Booths

Paired together with a large round table, the ½ circle booth is perfect for can comfortably sit 4- 6 diners allowing for easy conversation. By adding this booth to your restaurant, you are maximizing seating while enhancing your guests' comfort.
three quarter circle booths

3/4 Circle Booths

¾ circle booth is a great way to provide added comfort and privacy to large groups as it easily sits 8 - 10 people. It is perfect for groups, high profile guests and even couples out for a romantic evening.
restaurant waiting bench

Waiting Benches

Providing your customers with comfortable waiting benches to rest on while they are waiting to be seated not only shows then you care about them, it also makes it easier for them to choose and wait to be seated rather than walking away.
deuce booths

Deuce Booths

When you are in need of seating that fits small confined spaces deuces are the ideal go-to option. Half the size of regular booths, deuce booths are perfect for small places and for special interior decor styles.
bar height booths

Bar Height Booths

Booths aren't only for regular tables. Bar height booths are becoming increasingly popular with bars and restaurants and provide an interesting and whimsical focal point in the room.

Dimensions and Spacing Requirements

Once you decide on the booth’s shape you will need to calculate how many booths you need and how many you can actually install in your venue. For regular shaped booths this means that you will have to measure the length of your wall and based on the type of booths you want you will be able to know how many booths you can fit along that wall - our easy to use, online booth calculator can help you with this task. Don’t forget to also consider the width of the area and to leave enough room for easy access for your customers and staff.

This diagram shows you the recommended spacing requirements for creating a comfortable seating space while optimizing the available place:

booths layout and spacing

Although most booths can be configured to various custom dimensions, below is a table and a diagram with the standard sizes for the most common dining booths:

Table Height42"42"42"42"
Bar Height54"54"54"54"
Deuce Single 30" 42" 24" Deuce Single 30" 54" 24"
Deuce Double 30" 42" 49" Deuce Double 30" 54" 49"
Single 48" 42" 24" Single 48" 54" 24"
Double 48" 42" 24" Double 48" 54" 49"

restaurant booths dimensions

Restaurant Booths Terminology

Now that the main issues are behind you, all you need to do is go online, look at the various dining booth designs and choose the one that best matches your restaurant’s décor. You can also use the free 3D booth designer to see how your booths will look in vinyl or fabric. If you require a special upholstery material or a logo imprinted on the seating make sure that you can request changes made to the booth prior to purchasing.

This is all you need for the regularly shaped booths. But what if you don’t want a regular shape? What if you need a corner booth or an L shaped one? A different shape will require more preparation on your part as you will need to make more measurements and make sure they are correct. After verifying your measurements, you will still need to choose your preferred upholstery and order the booths. However, unlike the standard ones, you will not be able to finalize your order online and you will need to either call the company or have them call you back to receive your measurements and give you a price quote.

To help you better do that, we suggest you become familiar with the right restaurant booths terminology when ordering your booths:

  • Top & End Caps –The caps are placed on the sides and top of a booth to cover the frame. Upholstered caps are standard but you can also upgrade to solid wood / laminate caps.
  • Head Roll – An upholstered padded piece at the top of the booth which is used for extra comfort.
  • Logo Placement – If you are looking to place a logo on your booth the central area of the padded back is where the logo will be placed.
  • Crumb Strip – The crumbs strip is a 1.5” strip placed between the back of the booth and the seat, allowing for easy cleaning.
  • Welt Cord – A durable and strong cord stitched to the sides of the seat for both strength and added style. When measuring the booths dimensions the height and length include the top and end caps.

restaurant booths terminology

Another thing to remember is that custom made restaurant booths take more time to make and ship, so be sure you order them with time to spare.

To summarize, here is a bulleted list of how to order your restaurant booths:

  • Decide on the shape of the booths: single, double, wall bench or custom made
  • Measure available space and calculate the number of booths that can fit in that space
  • Go online and choose the upholstery that best matches your décor
  • Order your items but make sure all your contact information is correct, especially if your booths and/or upholstery are custom made
  • Make sure you order the booths in time and not at the last minute

Enjoy your new restaurant booths!

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