How to make a diner-style booth

Updated April 17, 2017

Every kitchen or dining area needs a place where you can sit your plate down. While a simple kitchen table, with four chairs surrounding it will do, nothing can add charm to your kitchen or dining area like a diner-style booth. These can be expensive if you buy them in a speciality shop. However, with some 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards and plywood, you can build your own in an afternoon.

Measure the corner you wish to add the booth into. Copy the dimensions and then create a diagram of the booth designed to fit in the space. Measure the height and seat length of one of your dining room or kitchen chairs. This should be the height of the bench seat from the floor. The length of the seat will match to the width you wish your bench to be.

Cut the frame out of 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards for each of the bench bases and the back support using a table saw and the measurements you took in Step 1. Arrange the pieces of the bottom frame and glue all touching surfaces. Screw in wood screws to secure the frame. Repeat for all frame components on both benches.

Join the two frames together into an L-shaped position and screw them together using the wood screws. Measure the fibreboard to fit on the frames you created. Use a circular saw to cut the panels along the lines you measured.

Glue the front panels and clamp them in place. Allow them to dry. Screw more wood screws along the edges of the panels to secure them to the frame. Attach each of the back supports to the rear of the bench. Apply glue and clamp the pieces in place. Allow them to dry. Secure each of the backrests with more wood screws.

Cut two curved panels for the side of the bench with a jigsaw out of plywood. Use the first as a template for the second. Glue to each side of the frame and clamp. Allow to dry, then screw into place. Then place the seat for the bench on top of the frame. Glue into place and allow to dry. Then screw into the frame to secure.

Buy a table that will fit both the style and size of your restaurant style booth. Slide into place.


If desired, you can also buy cushions for your booth.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • 10, 1.8 m (6 foot) 4 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards
  • Wood glue
  • 900 g (2 lb) of 12.5 cm (5 inch) wood screws
  • Circular saw
  • Clamp
  • 4 sheets of 1.8 m by 1.8 m (6 by 6 foot) 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) thick plywood
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James Mascia is an English teacher in Maryland, currently teaching at the high school and post-secondary levels. Mascia earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing and culinary arts from SUNY New Paltz and his master's degree in education from Dowling College. He has been writing articles online on multiple subjects since 2006.