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How to build a restaurant booth

Updated April 17, 2017

Building a restaurant booth is very difficult -- if you have a blueprint plan and an eye for design. The most central steps to think about include the size of the booth, the design of booth, and the intended restaurant audience. For example, at a sit-down restaurant you will want comfortable, padded seats, but at a fast food establishment a wooden booth will suffice (and will be less expensive to make). Tip: Build the booth with one extra person in mind -- booths are meant to be squeezed into!

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  1. Are you building a booth for a romantic restaurant, fast food restaurant, or your own kitchen? The atmosphere and intended audience is key to designing the right kind of booth. You wouldn't want a fast food booth in a romantic restaurant or an uncomfortable straight-back wooden booth for comfortable family dining. Think about your ideal booth before beginning to build or buy materials. Consider browsing food magazines or visiting local resturants for more ideas.

  2. Remember, the longer one expects to dine, the more comfortable you will want to make your booth. Consider what kind of upholstery you want -- soft cushions, thin padding, and church pew-like seats are all very popular in the restaurant business. You might also consider leather, fabric, vinyl, cotton or polyester. Restaurants that do best without any upholstery are quick sit-down restaurants where a wooden booth isn't too uncomfortable.

  3. Now that you know what kind of booth you want, consider how many people you want to fit in your booth. Two, three, or more? Size matters. If your booth is too small, people won't have enough space to eat comfortably. The whole concept of a restaurant booth is to have both space and comfort. If you are unsure of how big or tall to make your booth, visit your favourite restaurant and ask the manager if you can measure the booth's dimensions. Most of them will say yes.

  4. Visit your local building store, such as Home Depot, and ask for assistance on how to draft a booth plan. Or call up a local architect and ask for a blueprint plan. Now, you are ready to build!

  5. Tip

    Notice that most booths slant back at 100-degree angle instead of 90-degree angle. This makes for more comfortable seating. Consider your table design as you build your booth. Do you want them to match?

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Things You'll Need

  • Wood materials for booth structure
  • Fabric or upholstery material
  • Tools for building, such as hammer, nails and measuring tape
  • Architect or master blueprint plan

About the Author

Kathryn Wagner

Kathryn Wagner currently lives in Uganda. She has more than six years of professional writing experience and her poems and essays have appeared in "Nidus," "the North Dakota Quarterly," "Big City Lit," "Identity Theory" and the "Tucson Weekly." Wagner has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona.

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