Restaurant Furniture

Restaurant furniture largely consists of dining chairs and tables (often with bar stools and fixed seating too). Restaurant dining chairs include side chairs (ie no arms) and armchairs; restaurant tables consist of tops and bases, which are ordered as separate items; the bases are almost always pedestals, which allows seating flexibility.

After setting a budget, perhaps the place to start for when buying restaurant tables and chairs is deciding the number of covers; this will inevitably impact on the size of the restaurant table tops and may also affect the choice of restaurant chairs - some chairs have a bigger footprint than others; other chairs may not tuck under the table top, so taking too much space.

Some venues require restaurant furniture that is almost  bulletproof; chairs that won’t break and restaurant table tops that won’t mark easily; how robust the furniture needs to be is an important consideration.

Well-chosen designs can utterly transform an otherwise unexceptional restaurant interior - important considerations include the type of table tops (character oak was popular for many years, but now less so), the height of chair backs (higher usually increases the design impact) and whether to have upholstered chairs (among other things, upholstery will deaden sound). We are delighted to suggest a design practice to help you with all these decisions.

Possible pitfalls include choosing restaurant table tops and bases that cannot be connected easily, problems with fire regulations, issues with chair glides and how best to specify outdoor furniture for restaurants; please do get in touch with us for advice about these and everything about restaurant furniture.

  • Mid-century furniture in The Allegory restaurant featuring veneer tables and Morelia Armchairs in front of a glamourous 1950s lady spray paint artwork on wall.
  • Modern chairs and tables in The Listing restaurant featuring with a botanical infusion of hanging plants from the ceiling
  • Restaurant fluted booth seating and leather upholstered chairs with marble tables in Old Compton Brasserie featuring glowing orb lights which hang from above
  • Leather chairs in Hawksmoor restaurant Edinburgh in heritage bank building
  • Cane chairs in Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea

Restaurant Chairs

Restaurant Table Tops

Restaurant Table Bases

Restaurant Bar Stools

relevant projects

  • Omar's Place - London

    Omar's Place - London

    Sella Concept has transformed a Victorian corner pub in Pimlico into a curvaceous Mediterranean restaurant inspired by the warm sun and earthy colours of the region.

  • The Good Egg - Soho

    The Good Egg - Soho

    Gundry + Ducker's water blue design for The Good Egg in Soho is off to a cracking start after being shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in the Fast/Casual category.

  • Cinnamon Kitchen - Battersea Power Station

    Cinnamon Kitchen - Battersea Power Station

    Design LSM use cane chairs and azure velvets to bring a timeless elegance to an industrial railway arch.

  • Fiesta del Asado - Shirley

    Fiesta del Asado - Shirley

    Spencer Swinden has helped to bring an Argentinian oasis to Shirley high street, Solihull. It's easy to see why the venue has made the shortlist for a Restaurant and Bar Design Award 2019 in the Biophilic category, as the venue feels part vibrant cantina, part tropical rainforest.

  • VIVI - Centre Point, London

    VIVI - Centre Point, London

    In keeping with the Grade II listed '60s architecture of the building, the furniture supplied has touches of brass, from the feet and kickplate of the Ava barstools to the plinth of the Goldy Poufs.

  • Manicomio - Chelsea

    Manicomio - Chelsea

    The Lana Barstools we supplied provide a diversified space with casual counter seating below hanging pendant lights; perfect for sharing antipasti and intimate drinks with a friend or grabbing a coffee and breakfast on the way to work.

  • LIV - Belgravia

    LIV - Belgravia

    LIV is a neighbourhood restaurant and café offering bright, contemporary dining in a relaxed, vibrant space. The interior is a joy to behold with welcoming yellow tones featuring throughout.

  • The Allegory - Principal Place

    The Allegory - Principal Place

    Colourful interiors with murals of Midcentury Manhattanesque ladies who inject a touch of glamour to the contemporary feel.

  • Lost & Found - Leeds Club

    Lost & Found - Leeds Club

    Enter the cornucopia of botanical interior design that is The Lost & Found Leeds Club. Paisley fabrics and patterned floors feature with a fabulous spectrum of chairs.

relevant blog posts

  • Farmer J: Designing Restaurants For All-day-trade

    Farmer J: Designing Restaurants For All-day-trade

    Farmer J accommodates dine-in and on-the-go customers; the space effortlessly transitions from morning to night, week to weekend and coffee to cocktails. Discover how Biasol have merged the concept of grab-and-go with a full-service restaurant.

  • Q&A with JK: Restaurant Startup Design Tips

    Q&A with JK: Restaurant Startup Design Tips

    Opening a restaurant can be challenging, particularly with so much competition in the market. JK our Sales Director has a few quick tips for independent restaurateurs to make sure you get the most from your space. Featuring top restaurant startup challenges, layout tips & design mistakes to avoid.

  • Restaurant Table Tops: Marble, Metal & More!

    Restaurant Table Tops: Marble, Metal & More!

    Wood is often chosen for restaurant table tops but there are plenty of other options to choose from. Some are hard wearing but less attractive, while others are beautiful but brittle or easily tarnished. Here's a rundown of restaurant table top options including marble tables, metal tables and more.

  • Restaurant Tables and Chairs Buyers Guide

    Restaurant Tables and Chairs Buyers Guide

    Restaurant tables & chairs are vital in determining the look & feel of your eatery. Appropriate styles & materials are essential for an effective ambience.

  • What Top? Types of Wooden Table Tops

    What Top? Types of Wooden Table Tops

    Wooden table tops are robust, last for ages, look better with a bit of wear and can be made to match pretty much any interior design scheme. We detail the pros and cons of different types of wooden table tops including beech, ash, oak & teak as well as the benefits of veneers and engineered wood.

  • Seat Heights & Table Heights

    Seat Heights & Table Heights

    Table base heights are often decided after a seat is selected. If you want the diner's legs to fit under the table you must leave 250-300mm of space between the top of the chair seat and the bottom of the table top. Get the correct measurements for dining, counter & poseur heights with this diagram

  • Getting Barstool Heights Right

    Getting Barstool Heights Right

    Most designers are concerned with the overall seat height of a barstool, but the dimensions to and from the foot rail play a crucial role in the comfort of a barstool. We've found the following dimensions ideal for contract use.

  • Hospitality Table Size Guide

    Hospitality Table Size Guide

    The right table size depends on how many covers are required on each table and what the table is used for; fine dining or drinking will differ. Drinking requires less space than quick meals; fine dining requires the most space. To calculate how many covers will fit in a restaurant use this diagram.

  • Banquette Seating Guide

    Banquette Seating Guide

    Banquettes are an excellent solution for unusual niches, can add character or quirkiness to an interior design and can be a more practical solution than individual chairs. Here is our guide to the possibilities offered by banquette seating.