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15 April 2024

2024's Hottest Restaurant Seating Trend

2024's Hottest Restaurant Seating Trend

Diners in 2024 are a discerning bunch. They crave not just delicious food, but also an experience that reflects their evolving preferences. This means comfortable, stylish, and functional seating that caters to a variety of dining styles. Here at Atlas Contract Furniture, we're at the forefront of these trends, and we're seeing a resurgence in the popularity of banquette and booth seating.

But why are banquettes and booths making such a comeback? Let's delve into the reasons behind this trend and explore how Atlas can help you create the perfect seating solution for your restaurant.


Banquettes and Booths, What’s the Difference?

While the terms "booth" and "banquette" are frequently swapped, they do carry nuanced distinctions. Much akin to the relationship between bourbon and whiskey—where all bourbon is whiskey, but not vice versa— "banquette" serves as a broader term encompassing a typically upholstered fixed bench seat. However, when two banquettes are situated facing each other with a table in between, they transform into what is commonly referred to as a booth.


The Allure of Banquette and Booth Seating

Banquette and booth seating offer a multitude of benefits for both restaurants and diners. Here's a closer look:

  • Enhanced Comfort and Style: Banquettes and booths provide a more comfortable dining experience compared to traditional chairs. The plush cushions and supportive backs encourage guests to linger longer and enjoy their meals. Plus, they come in a wide variety of styles and materials to complement any restaurant's aesthetic, from classic elegance to modern chic. Explore our extensive collection of banquette styles.
  • Space Optimisation: Banquettes and booths maximise your floor space compared to individual chairs and tables. This allows you to seat more patrons without compromising on comfort or ambiance. This is especially beneficial for restaurants with limited square footage, without compromising on modern design.
  • Versatility and Flexibility: Banquettes and booths can be configured in various ways to suit your specific needs. Create intimate nooks for couples or larger groups or use them to define different dining areas. We also offer bespoke seating options to perfectly match your restaurant's layout and vision.
  • Improved Ambiance: Banquettes and booths create a more intimate and social dining atmosphere. They encourage conversation and interaction among guests, fostering a positive dining experience. If you need seating ideas for the best guest experience, look no further.
  • Durability and Easy Maintenance: At Atlas, we use high-quality materials for our banquette and booth seating construction ensuring they can withstand the wear and tear of a busy restaurant environment. Our seating solutions are also easy to clean and maintain, saving you time and resources.


Customising Your Banquette Seating

While standard banquette and booth designs offer a multitude of advantages, here at Atlas, we understand that one-size-fits-all doesn't always work. That's why we offer extensive customisation options to create the perfect seating solution for your unique needs.

Shape and Size
  • Shape and Size:

    We can design banquettes and booths in various shapes and sizes to fit your space perfectly. Whether you need long, straight banquettes to line a wall or U-shaped booths for a more intimate setting, we can make it happen.

  • Upholstery and Materials
  • Upholstery and Materials:

    Choose from a wide range of upholstery options to match your restaurant's décor. We offer a variety of fabrics and leathers in an array of colours and textures to complement your style. Explore our bespoke detailing options for an extra touch of personalisation.

  • Functionality
  • Functionality:

    Add functionality to your seating with features like built-in storage, radiator cappings & grilles, and power sockets.


    Download our catalogue to see the different types of seating styles we offer for perfect restaurant seating in 2024. For more information on bespoke design inspiration for restaurants, have a read of our guide.


    Banquettes and Booth Seating Cater to Today's Trends

    The popularity of banquette and booth seating aligns perfectly with several key restaurant trends in 2024:

    • The Rise of Solo Dining: Banquettes and booths can provide a comfortable and inviting space for solo diners who might otherwise feel out of place at a traditional table. The feeling of enclosure and privacy can make solo diners feel more relaxed and comfortable.
    • Emphasis on Experience: Diners are seeking more than just a meal; they want an experience. Banquette seating and booths create a more intimate and social atmosphere, fostering a sense of community and encouraging conversation. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.
    • Multifunctional Spaces: Restaurants are increasingly looking for ways to use their space more effectively. Banquettes and booths can be designed to accommodate different dining styles. Restaurant booth designs are practical and timeless, so you won't have to worry about keeping up to date with passing seating trends.


    Making the Most of Your Banquettes and Booths

    Now that you've explored the benefits and customisation options for banquette and booth seating, let's delve into some practical tips on maximising their impact in your restaurant:

    • Strategic Placement: Consider the flow of traffic within your restaurant when positioning your banquettes and booths. Leave ample space for servers to navigate and avoid creating bottlenecks. Utilise banquettes along walls or windows to optimise floor space.
    • Seating for Different Needs: Offer a variety of seating options, including a mix of banquettes, booths, and individual chairs. This caters to different group sizes and preferences.
    • Lighting and Ambiance: The right lighting can significantly impact the atmosphere created by your banquettes and booths. Use warm, inviting lighting to create a comfortable and intimate setting.
    • Upholstery Care and Maintenance: Invest in high-quality, stain-resistant fabrics for your banquettes and booths. Regular cleaning and maintenance will ensure they look their best for years to come. For more information on construction and materials, visit our banquette construction guide.


    We’re Beyond Banquette and Booth Seating

    While banquette and booth seating take centre stage in this blog, Atlas Contract Furniture is your one-stop shop for all your restaurant furniture needs. We offer a comprehensive selection of high-quality furniture, including:



    Discover a wide variety of chair styles, from classic to contemporary, to complement your banquettes and booths and create a cohesive dining area.



    Find the perfect tables to suit your banquettes and booths or choose from our selection of freestanding tables for a more flexible layout. Have a look at some of the table bases and tops we offer.

    Bar Stools

    Bar Stools:

    Outfit your bar area with comfortable and stylish bar stools that match your overall restaurant aesthetic. You can find some high-quality stools and chairs in our loose furniture section.

    Outdoor Furniture

    Outdoor Furniture:

    Extend your dining experience to the outdoors with our selection of weather-resistant chairs for patios and terraces.

    For more information on our range of tables, chairs, stools, or any outdoor furniture please get in touch with us.


    Transform Your Restaurant with Atlas Contract Furniture

    At Atlas Contract Furniture, we understand the importance of creating a welcoming and functional space for your restaurant. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you find the perfect furniture solutions to elevate your restaurant's ambiance and meet your specific needs.


    Ready to Discuss Your Restaurant Furniture Needs?

    Contact us today for a free consultation. Our design team will work closely with you to understand your vision and create a customised furniture plan that reflects your restaurant's unique style and functionality. Visit our contact page to get started.

    We believe that with the right furniture solutions, you can create a restaurant that not only serves delicious food but also provides an unforgettable dining experience for your guests. Let Atlas Contract Furniture be your partner in creating a thriving restaurant space.