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Restaurant Booth Height and Depth

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3/14/2018 11:02 PM

The layout of your restaurant and the way it looks has a lasting impact on customers, not only while they are there enjoying their meal but how they feel once they leave. Restaurant booth height and depth are two quintessential aspects of these restaurant booths and the interior design of your eating area. These specifications of the furniture are so small, yet can make such a difference.

When you choose to furnish your establishment with black restaurant booths or red ones, small or large ones, you are not only choosing one piece over another, you are choosing to lend comfort and privacy to your customers. You can give your guests the opportunity to feel enough privacy as if they are dining at home but with the ease of leaving the cooking up to your team. With restaurant booth plans, you can make all this possible.

Gaining loyal customers will be the main percentage of the amount of profit you'll receive from your customers. Those guests that keep coming back return not only for the savory food but also the atmosphere of your restaurant. Although you might not think so, the booths you have can play a vital role in this lasting experience.

This comfort aspect includes not only the type of seating with all its specifications of height, width, height vs depth, and other measurements but also the layout of your interior design. When it comes to the layout of your floor plan, booths are one of the most cost-effective choices when buying furniture pieces and they offer a space-efficient way to seat your guests and leave enough room in your restaurant for other purposes, like cart and table-side service. Saving floor space also means more
money — it gives you the freedom to be able to use that space to seat more customers which means more profit for your restaurant.

Instead of fruitlessly searching needlessly for booth seating plans to help you lay the interior design of your restaurant out or looking for restaurant booth size standards to know exactly what you're going to be working with, we have planned out the perfect restaurant booth guide to take you step by step in the process.

How to Select Your Booth

Depending on what you need, taking the next step after you have decided to choose booths to furnish your restaurant, you will have to narrow down your selection. There are so many restaurant booths for sale out there on the market, so choosing the one that not only fits your style but also your budget is quite a difficult decision to make.

To select the booth you need, you have to take into account the various details of your restaurant. Not only should these booths match your interior design and color scheme but also should be down to a “t” specifically measured out so that it fits into your floor plan without disturbing your other furniture pieces or guests. A simple miscalculation can really set you back on your restaurant planning so even if you have to hire someone to help you out, it’s a good investment. After you have those measurements, we can help you with the rest. In this guide, we can take you through the necessary components and steps you should be taking to fit out the perfect furniture for you.

Once You Decided on Restaurant Booths..

Since there are so many dining room booths to choose from, there’s no shadow of a doubt that you will
be able to find the perfect chemistry between designs, color schemes and interior design styles for choosing a booth to match your restaurant. Sifting through the various styles, you can first begin your decision by choosing your style.

You can choose between single, double, L-shape, corner, U-shape, 1/2 circle, and 3/4 circle. We will lay these out for you and take you through the various styles — the advantages and disadvantages of each. These booths can then differ in height, width, and length which can play a huge part in a guest’s dining experience. For instance, if someone is hanging off the edge of a booth or if they seem to be engulfed by it, each experience can make a difference — if it is a negative one or a positive — the ball is in your court. Having a shorter booth can allow for more of a community feel and being able to turn around easily to see the rest of the restaurant. However, having a taller booth can give your guests the privacy they may want.

Choosing a booth for your bar, restaurant or dining area suggests that you should have to pick out a booth size. The space between the booths also plays a role, which can be decided with the layout of your restaurant floor plan. This is where having specific measurements come in. Your space should determine the measurements of your booth, the booth seating plans, and how much space they should take up.

 Measuring dimensions of the floor plan is a key step in the process of deciding on a booth and where toput it. Spacing can be a really tricky concept, so we’ll be here for you, too through this process.

Calculation and Creating the Layout

Owning, managing, and developing the restaurant layout for your business may take more mathematics than you originally thought. Factoring in all types of calculations for creating the layout is one of the most essential aspects of planning. Knowing the size going into choosing the perfect booth can be very helpful in the long run and ease the planning process of your restaurant booth furniture as much as possible.

If you are getting a booth layout for your restaurant or business but also mixing the furniture pieces with tables, as well, you have to also consider these measurements and take the numbers into account.

When it comes to creating a standard layout, this setup allows the table edge to align vertically with the outer edge of the booth seat. Depending on the measurements of each, you might need to consider all styles and different layouts based on the furniture piece placements. However, our main focus will be on maximizing profits— which can be done by creating an awareness of booth dimensions to be able to seat as many guests as possible at one time. This decreases waiting time and increases money earned.

These calculations shouldn't be taken lightly. Since they are such a huge, impacting component of organizing restaurant booths and the layout of your floor plan, they directly affect the satisfaction, comfort, and increase the chance of the customer to become loyal to your restaurant. Not only are they there to provide seating for your guests that are comfortable and efficient but also serve as a highly important aspect of aesthetic appeal and provide the perfect addition and necessary piece to your food- serving industry business.

Restaurant Booth Height

The different, standard height measurements for booths are: 


36'' H 36'' H 36'' H


42'' H42'' H42'' H


48'' H48'' H48'' H


54'' H54'' H54'' H

This chart can help you see how the booths measure up when an average height is seated. The different heights of the booths play along with what type of overall environment and ambiance you want in your restaurant. A shorter booth, for example, the 36” allows for more freedom and feeling of community but might leave your guest feeling exposed. The 54“ booth gives good coverage but might feel too overwhelming.

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Depending on the type of environment and booth you want to invest in, there are custom and standard heights available for various styles. Here are five different styles of restaurant booths that you can choose from. These various restaurant booth designs can set the stage for the ambiance of your restaurant and put your guests at ease.

• Single Booths

The Single Restaurant Booth is usually the most popular style of booth that is chosen by any type of restaurant or food-serving owner. Single booths can be described as having seating on one side of the booth and a flat back side on the other. You will see these at the end of a row of booths to signify the ending of a seating section. You can also cleverly and strategically place these booths to signal a border between a seating area and a different area of your establishment. These are also great to use up against a wall or a divider located in the floor plan of your restaurant. They can be small— with 2 person booth dimensions or seat a few people. 

• Double Booths

Double Restaurant Booths are combined together to provide a clean and space effective furniture plan. These are not only used as a benefit for finding and utilizing a minimum amount of space of your floor plan but also create a great community environment, efficient for funds and aura of your restaurant. These double booths are those that are between tables with two backs and two seats. One double booth can sit up to six people, generally, however, this depends on the size. Double booths are a great addition to any restaurant looking to seat a maximum amount of people in a minimum amount of space.

• L-Shape or Corner Booths

These types of booths are perfect for those establishments looking to fill in those pesky corners that seem out of touch with the rest of the floor plan. These booths give you the opportunity not only to maximize the use of your space for seating customers and making profit but also inviting those corners into your designed layout, which overall makes the room look more complete and even more grandiose

L-Shape or Corner Restaurant Booths are extremely practical. For those large parties that don't want to find themselves in the middle of the restaurant floor taking up a lot of space and making a lot of noise in
the center of your restaurant, you can easily place them in a corner or L-Shape booth. These booths take up the least amount of usable space because they really centralize on unusable space. 

Depending on what you're looking for, the L Shape Restaurant Booth can be customized into any size, height, length, and depth.

Since you might have ordered an L-shape or corner booth for your restaurant, you might be worried about the service of ease of delivery. However, combining delivery and restaurant booth construction, we can assure you that it will be a smooth one. The transportation from our warehouse to the doorstep of your restaurant will be an easy ride. With large booths like these, we normally cut them into pieces to keep them safe from damage.

• ¾ circle booths

Like the L-Shape booth or the Corner booths, the 3/4 booths do exactly what they were meant to: provide a place for a large party without taking up much space big enough for a 6 person booth size. These booths can be a great addition to any eating establishment, especially if you are looking to go beyond the normal types of seating and give a unique look to your restaurant. Instead of seating these large parties or families out in the open, especially if they're celebrating, can give them the privacy they might want and the quietness your other eating guests deserve. Depending on how many people you intend to fit into 3/4 booths can determine which type of these booths you would need to complete the look and get everyone seated that needs to be. In general, these three-quarter circle booths can seat anywhere from six to eight people comfortably when looking
at a standard size. With all these booths, not just the three-quarter circle one, you can easily customize them to fit into any
theme. Whether it's changing the bottom base and implementing wood to match the window frames or steel legs to match a modern look, we can help you choose or customize the design you need.

• U-Shape or Horse Shoe booths

The U-Shape or in other words, the Horse Shoe booth is a new, uniquely designed booth to add to a restaurant or eating establishment that has a lot of space to work with. The term is pretty self-explanatory, however, the u shaped booth dimensions can change from one restaurant to another. These booths are shaped in a semi-circle, but with a shorter, more acute angle. These U-Shape booths are great for a creative way to seat multiple amounts of people. These restaurants must have a large seating capacity and room to fit the entire booth without compromising space. Just like the larger 3/4 circle booths, the U-shape booths need to be shipped in various parts and then assembled on site.

Extra Points

To get into the specifics, once you decide on a style, its time to move forward in choosing your booth process. Now can get a bit tricky. However, with those measurements you took early on in the process, it can put you at ease. There are various different sizes to choose from when it comes to choosing a booth perfect for your restaurant and the ambiance you want to portray, and there are various benefits and disadvantages of each style. Now, we’re going to take you through the various measurements for the specific booths. These tips of the guide will focus on the height.

36” or three feet is a popular, common standard height that you will most often find in eating establishments of residential areas and places that have other forms of low seating. Having a booth this low not only gives the restaurant more aesthetic appeal, looking cleaner since you can see easily over the other booths and make the area look less crowded and clustered. These shorter booths also give customers the option to be able to turn around and see better, which
might put them more at ease, when they are able to see their surroundings. These shorter booths also let your customers feel truly comfortable and at home as well. 36” tall booths even allow you to put your arm around and over the edges of the booths, height of your guest permitting, which promotes a more relaxed, comfortable, and at-home feel or atmosphere.

42” and 36” are the most common booth heights and are considered the standard booth heights. These booths are three and four feet in height and are a little bit above the minimum size requirement for standard heights. These booth heights give your guests enough privacy but also are low enough to create a community ambiance in your eating establishment. As you can
see from the chart above, 42” is generally reaching right below the neck area, which gives you proper coverage and enough privacy to focus on your dining party but also allows your head to be free to swivel as you please and look about the room.

48” or four feet gives you also enough privacy to focus simply on the people you're dining with to enjoy your overall experience. As you can see from the chart, this height goes up to your ears on a general, average height. That way, you can still see above the line of height of the booth to be able to take in your surroundings and feel secure at the same time. However, for clients that are shorter than average height, they might feel engulfed by the booth height.

54” booths give you complete privacy. For the average height person, this booth will be raised with its line of height above the head. This type of booth gives you complete privacy for you and your dining companions even when placed back to back in a double booth setting. When these booths are placed against a wall, they stand out a lot because of its towering height and bold appearance. These booths are perfect to make a statement when it comes to giving your guests total privacy not only for their experience but the overall noise levels of the restaurant. 

• We can make up to 94” tall booths and we have done so in the past. From the shortest to the
tallest, being able to extend the booth height up to 94 inches, which is over seven feet, can
really give your guests the privacy and individualized eating experience they may want, even if
they had planned on eating a public place. If you are looking for a restaurant with a romantic
ambiance, you might want to consider having tall restaurant booths for ultimate privacy. Your
guests will love how comfortable they are and at ease they are when it comes to maintaining

Restaurant Booth Seat Depth

After deciding on the height of your restaurant booth, you can move on to measuring up the booth seat
depth. The booth depth has a direct play on the comfort level for your guest. For example, the

measurements associated with the seat depth of each of your booths will increase the space you have
to sit from the back of the booth seat to the table. From one measurement of seat depth to another, it
changes with the incline of the back to the overall depth. We’re going to lay out some common depth

The 18” Seat Depth

18'' seat

• This comes with a 1” incline, leaving your customer possibly feeling a bit upright but perfect for a breakfast nook or lunch time place.

• 20” overall depth

• Vertical back of the booth seating might be uncomfortable for some guests but a good support for others. The less
incline also saves space, which leads us into the next benefit:

• Overall, this seat depth is generally less comfortable but is considered a space saver when you have a smaller eating establishment and need to fit in the most guests, so it is popular when the space is limited.

The 20” Seat Depth

20'' seat

• Just like the standard 18”, this booth seating style has a 3” back incline, which can be seen overall as one of the most common styles of depth angles.

• 26” overall depth

• These booths are commonly found not in restaurants but actually in a variety of different markets, like residential use, a nightclub, a coffee service, a waiting area of a doctor’s office or other services, a nail and hair salon, and other places where the concept of comfort should outshine the practical use.

• The 20“ is a great choice when you are looking for comfort. This seat depth promotes a more relaxed atmosphere since you are able to lean back more than other depths.

• A great tip when investing in this particular seat depth is to pay attention to the alignment. If the table— if there is a table— is aligned with the tip of the seat, it will give you 20 inches of space between the table and the seat,
allowing for optimum and maximum leg room.

The 24” Seat Depth

24'' seat

• The standard 3” back incline is measured on this 24” seat depth, allowing for maximum relaxation. 

• 30” overall depth

• When you are looking into furnishing your restaurant, you may want to skip over this style since it may not be suitable for  dining because of the amount of area from the chair to the table.

• The seat is so far back, that it may require pillows placed at the back for optimum comfort.

• Because of these reasons, this seat depth is only recommended for residential areas, furnishing some night clubs, and places with 6’5” and taller visitors, and even then needs to be combined with pillows on back. 

• As you might have realized, these are not so common but are pretty comfortable when it comes to night club or residential seating, where you might be more interested in the comfort aspect than functionality properties.

Restaurant Booth Seat Height

The Standard 18” Dining Height

18'' dining

• Found as the standard booth height, the 18” is a standard when it comes to booth seat heights. This will put your guests one and a half feet off the ground, which is based on the average height when a person is seating and equating it to maximum levels of comfort.

• This booth is also really common because it serves as a double nature. Since you can use the same tables that you would associate with normal chair seating, these are the same height as most of the dining chairs out there, perfect for directly
replacing your old, chair-styled seating with booths.

• Will work with your standard dining height tables of 30” height. 

The 16” Seat Height

16'' SEAT

• A little bit lower than the standard and more relaxed, this type of seating is more of a lounge style. 

• This booth seat height promotes a relaxed atmosphere and that’s why it is often associated with drinking areas and less associated with restaurants.

• Especially since it will not work with standard dining tables.

• These are often popularly found where standard tables are not associated. For example, these are most popular in cafés that have low to the ground coffee tables, residential areas for comfortable breakfast nooks or in nightclubs, for drinking areas.

The 24” Counter Height

24'' counter height

• The counter height booth is often found in eating establishments that have higher seating arrangements.
• Perfect for breakfast cafés or at the counter service where there is easy access from the kitchen to the customer.

The 30” Bar Height

18'' seat

• These bar height booths are more commonly found in eating establishments that have higher seating arrangements or are more centralized and focused on drinking aspects associated with service.

• For example, the 30“ is perfect for new heights restaurants and is the standard bar height and depth for bars or restaurants where there is easy access from the kitchen to the customer.

The overall booth seat height of your booth can also differ from where the seat meets the ground and your guest will sit down. Normally, these vary based on the type of table or piece where your customer will be eating. For example, you might have bar type tables or countertops, therefore, if you want your
customers to still enjoy the comforts of a booth style seating, you have to be able to match the height of the tables with the restaurant booth heights. Here are some standard, common booth seat heights that you will find out there and for which type of dining they are most used.

We hope that this guide has been a lay out for a proper step-by- step decision-making tool to help you decide on the perfect booth-style seating focusing on the structure, details of measurement and style for your restaurant or eating establishment.

Choosing the perfect seating arrangement can be a difficult process to take part in, so we hope to offer you the most detailed guide out there to be able to give you exactly what you're looking for. Whether you are a seasoned veteran when it comes to organizing and laying out the interior of a restaurant or a complete newbie to the business, with this guide, you can learn the ins and outs and familiarize yourself with the need-to- know concepts that will help you perfect your seating arrangement.

Remember, what works for one restaurant or the guy next door might not work for you. Make sure to take into account all the different factors about your restaurant — from the style of your theme to the food that you're serving to the type of customers you want to attract, these are all components that will directly impact what type of seating you should invest in.

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