Restaurant Interior Design Seating Trends

November 26, 2019

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No matter what type of look you’re going for in your restaurant design, furniture matters. And in particular, it’s the seating that you want to pay attention to. Not only do you want to ensure that all patrons are comfortable, but you also want to make sure that the seating is an integral part of the overall design of the interior.

Seating has a magical way of doing that, and designers always make good use of these pieces to create the exact look that they’re going for. But what may have worked yesteryear might not be ideal today, and these days, there are seating trends that are becoming increasingly popular in restaurant design, including the following.

Booths and Banquettes

Banquette and booth seating are built-in benches that are typically found in restaurant seating. While this type of seating may have always been a cozy and comfy way to dine, they’re now moving into the residential realm. But getting back to restaurants, there is an ongoing shift in favour of old-school banquettes and booths, and they’re not just the average booths that you might see at a diner.

Instead, high-backed booths and banquettes adorned with opulent materials add plenty of warmth and sophistication to a lofty space. They provide a sense of privacy and comfort while also fostering engagement among patrons, and as such, you’ll be seeing even the more upscale bistros incorporating this type of seating in their design.


Velvet has made a big comeback over the recent past, and it’s not what you would have seen back decades earlier. These days, velvet is not only trending, but it’s also becoming a mainstay in restaurant design with its luxurious feel and sophisticated look. Restaurant chairs of today that are covered in this plant material are bold, classy, comfortable, and make a big statement in an interior.

At Unichairs, we’re proud to offer our exclusive Artiste Collection, filled with velvet-covered pieces that are sure to be show-stoppers in your restaurant. Contact Unichairs today and our team of Contract Consultants would be happy to show you our vast array of pieces in this luxurious collection – as well as others – and help narrow down your options.