Booths and banquettes are sort of like fraternal twins; they look pretty similar at first glance but if you get them confused, somebody will be upset. Booths and banquettes have the same components — however, the way they are configured is very different. While booths and banquettes each have a base, seat, back, toe kick or legs; there are a couple fundamental differences between booths and banquettes that specifiers must understand. The key to successfully specifying a booth or banquette lies in knowing the dimensions, number of sections and intended layout. Anatomy of a Booth or Banquette Know Your Dimensions Size definitely matters when determining whether your furniture is destined to be a booth or banquette. A standard booth size is typically 48 or 72 inches long, while banquettes are 96 inches long or more. When deciding what length you should specify a booth or banquette, it’s best to use this rule of thumb: Allot 24 inches for each person(s). So, if you require a restaurant booth that seats two people, then you will need a 48 inch long booth. Following this same logic, a three-seater booth would be 72 inches long. Count Your Sections Avoid a logistics nightmare by knowing when and if you need to divide your booth or banquette. Booths are typically one section while banquettes are always multiple sections. Often, designers and specifiers will choose to have a banquette built in multiple sections for ease of transport & move-ability or to solve space-planning issues. Venue Industries offers layout assistance, so you can rest easy knowing your banquette or booth has been specified correctly. If you’re unsure on how to separate your booth or banquette sections, leave it up to us! Make Purposeful Specifications Knowing the overall desired outcome of your furniture layout is by far the most important part of specifying. Ask yourself questions like: Is this unit going against a wall? Will this unit be cleated to something? Will the sections be ganged together? Are you going to push units back-to-back? If you have difficulty answering these questions, don’t worry! Problem-solving is part of custom furniture design and this is Venue Industries’ strong point. We’re here to help you find solutions throughout the quoting process. Mind The Gap A booth will have finished ends with one-half inch foam and upholstery. Booths can be ganged together by request or placed next to each other. One thing to keep in mind is, if two booth sections are pushed together, then the upholstery & foam on the finished ends will affect the overall length. On the contrary, banquettes will be tightly fitted together with unfinished inside ends, so that they are the exact length that was specified. Exposed or visible ends will be finished with one-half inch foam and upholstery. Single or Double-Sided? Booths & banquettes can be specified as single or double-sided, or even triple-sided.. So, which should you choose? Well, it really depends on the floor plan. If you have a dividing wall, you might want two single-sided booths that get pushed up against each side. Or, if you have an open floor plan in a restaurant or office setting, you might opt for a double-sided booth. Double-sided booths are more cost-effective and way more space-efficient than pushing two single-sided booths together. Specifying a booth or banquette can be challenging. There are a lot of variables to consider before you finalize your order. Specifiers should know the overall dimensions of the unit, how many sections are needed and the desired furniture layout. Our Project Managers provide design assistance and recommendations to make the purchasing process a breeze. Reach out and get your quote started with us today! Try out our “Booth Or Banquette” Decision Tree below!