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How to Choose the Ideal Furniture for Your Family Style Restaurant

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It can be confusing to determine which kind of tables and chairs are best for your venue. We have created a guide with recommendations in regard to seating for Family friendly restaurants and diners:


Family style restaurants typically experience heavy traffic similar to cafes and fast casual restaurants. Peak time tend to be in the evening or at lunch on weekends when families and couples eat out together. Coffee shops also fit into this category. Customers to these establishment will typically stay for a longer period than they would at fast casual restaurants and cafes so it’s important to create an efficient family restaurant layout and to have comfortable seating.


Family dinner restaurants will usually have wood chairs or wood and metal chairs. Wood chairs are strong, comfortable and have a natural warm appeal. Wood and Metal chairs are also preferred with family style restaurants because the strong frame can withstand heavy usage without breaking or becoming wobbly.

Wood chairs give the restaurant a more warm and natural look which will help customers to feel comfortable and at ease. Wood chairs have a natural beauty that cannot be matched by metal. We recommend purchasing well-built American chairs and avoiding cheaper, less strong Chinese imports. Solid construction should include restaurant chairs built with mortise and tenon joints and L brackets for additional support.


Most family oriented restaurants and diners have a combination of tables and chairs with booths. Families and couples prefer those because they provide extra comfort and privacy to their dining experience and owners love them because they increase their venue's seating capacity. Plain back, V Shape back and 6 channel booths are popular with diners. For a more upscale look, 12 channel booths are also a good option. When shopping for restaurant banquets for your family friendly restaurant we recommend vinyl upholstery because it is more durable and stain resistant than fabric. Wood or booths with wood benches are strong and appealing and the wood can match the tables and chairs, but padded booths are more comfortable and customers that go to family restaurants and diners are looking for comfort and relaxation.


Solid wood commercial table tops make a statement that you want to provide the best for your customers. The natural look and feel of solid wood ensures premium quality and comfort. It is a good idea to buy tables and chairs from the same place so that the finishes match. will create a custom finish for you to match your existing furniture. Look here for solid wood table tops that are US made and are FSC certified.

If solid wood table tops are not within your budget, veneer table tops are also a good option for a more affordable price. Be sure to shop for quality veneer table tops because quality can vary from place to place. It can be especially low with cheap imports, so it’s best to buy American made Veneer table tops. You can also usually get a custom finish for a veneer table top for a small additional charge.

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