The traditional height for booths is 36 inches from the floor to the top of the booth at the back. Americans are getting taller and heavier with each passing generation, the most common booth height Mega Seating takes orders for now are 42 inches high and even 48 inches high is becoming more common! The higher the booth back the more ‘private’ the booth feels.
Plan on about 24 inches per sitting person, a two-seat booth would then be 48 inches wide, a three-seater between 66 and 72 inches.
The answer to this question is a decision between ‘look and feel’ and functionality. Vinyl wears better and is easier to clean, a fabric ‘back’ design on the booth can add a lot of character and style. Most often our restaurant customers opt for an all vinyl booth, this provides maximum durability. The back of the booth can be channeled or tufted to provide a more attractive look in either vinyl or fabric. We never recommend fabric for a booth seat because it’s a high traffic area. For certain types of restaurant – like pizza / wing restaurants – all vinyl booths are best because they are more resistant to stains.
Our design center in Clearwater, Florida has hundreds of vinyls and fabrics you can select form to get the right atmosphere for your restaurant.
Another decision based on personal preference. There is no question that legs provide a more furniture look than the traditional black ABS booth base but legs require the restaurant cleaners to wipe, sweep, and clean under the booth where dust and dirt will accumulate. With the ABS base there is no need for that, it fits tight to the floor.
A banquette can provide a very flexible seating arrangement to accommodate a wide range of customers. Tables can be moved apart or together to have groups of two up to larger groups of ten to twelve sit as one depending on the length of the banquette.
The accepted standard in six feet (72 inches) from the center of one booth to the center of the next booth. This allows for a thirty inch table and room for people to enter and exit the booth.
Personal preference plays a role here, as a booth manufacturer we think all of your customers would prefer to sit in a booth, it’s more private, a little quieter, and encourages discussion across shared meals! There are some people who prefer tables and chairs over booth so the smart restaurant owner has both! Both options are available for purchase here at Mega Seating and Design.
There are two basic table types, wood and laminate. Wood tables provide a traditional look and feel. Mega Seating can provide a different type of slid wood, wood grain, and a variety of stain colors to make the tables complementary to your booth style and color selection. Laminate tables can be made from a huge variety of colors and textures, the shape and edges of the table can also be changed to create unique pieces to match your booths.
You would think that this could be a cost savings solution to a problem of you existing booths looking ‘run down’ but in fact this approach might prove more expensive! Recovering existing booths is a lengthy process. Mega Seating and Design would need to pick up the booths to be recovered a the work has to be done at the manufacturing facility. Typically this process takes a few days so you would be without your booths for a little while.
To recover the booths, the Mega Seating and Design team has to strip all the existing material off the booths, repair any damaged foam, wood or spring pieces, then recover the booth surfaces with the new material or fabric you have selected. As you can see from the explanation basically twice the labor work would have to be done, more than it takes in building a new booth! This is not a cost savings to you as the labor is basically twice as much. By the time the stripping and recovering is done, the customer might as well order new booths! We always advise in buying new booths because the cost is roughly the same and we are able to guarantee the quality of your brand new booths!
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