How to build a residential restaurant booth

Written by j.m. soden | 13/05/2017
How to build a residential restaurant booth
A home booth takes its inspiration from classic restaurant booths. (Getty Creative)

There are three major factors to consider when building a residential restaurant booth: seating, the table and space. With seating, you need to consider the type of booth, whether it will be a corner or face-to-face booth, and the style. The table needs to be at a height that complements the booth height, which is usually lower than a kitchen chair. Finally, you need to evaluate where there is enough space for a booth and whether it is practical, given your family's size. Actual assembly of the booth will require at least one hour but should be fairly simple with the right tools.

Determine the dimensions of your available kitchen eating area. Installing a corner booth will allow you to tuck away the booth into a small space and leave room for a formal dining area if you choose. However, corner booths are also more difficult to get in and out of for the people stuck in the middle. Face-to-face booths are convenient but might not work with the flow of the room as well as a corner booth would.

Shop around for various styles of booths on the Internet or restaurant supply stores to find your seating style. Styles range from very modern to classic diner. You can find booths that are leather and padded, or ones that are plastic with no padding. Your style determines the type of booth you ultimately purchase. Consider the rest of the dining area and kitchen when making your purchase. A booth can be an eyesore if it conflicts with the rest of the decor.

Determine the proper table height for your booth by sitting in the booth. Note the table's position in relation to other family members' heights. Will the table be at a comfortable level just above the waist and will that allow enough clearance for legroom underneath? When selecting the table, consider the shape of the booth and whether the table's legs may cause problems with seating. Now that you have made your seating and table selection, you need to assemble your booth.

Install the enclosed portion of your booth first. In most corner booths, this will be the seating, unless the booth will be facing the corner. Press the booth into the corner for a tight fit. If the booth is lightweight, you may want to secure the booth to the wall using screws; however, consider that booths are very personal touches on a home, and a future buyer of your home may want to remove the booth.

Install seat cushions, if separate from the booth seating, before installing the table. If possible, have people sit in the booth, while positioning the table, to ensure that occupants can easily manoeuvre in and out of the booth without problems. Again, if the table is lightweight, consider bolting it to the floor for stability. Residential booths can be made without attaching them to the floor or walls, but you may experience some instability, especially with lighter furniture.


With themed booths, the smallest details can go a long way. If designing a retro 1950s diner booth, consider looking for a nickel jukebox and classic salt and pepper shakers to place in the corner. Glass ketchup and mustard bottles are also a nice touch.

Things you need

  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver

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