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How do I order booths?
  Restaurant booths are completely customizable and are an excellent way to create your intended atmosphere. For simplicity purposes, we offer set styles to make purchasing easier. However, if you have special requests, such as banquettes, corner booths, wall benches, 1/2 booths, or 3/4 circle booths, please call us for a custom quote.

The following is a in-house guide to booth selection:
  • Booth Height - typical booth heights ranges from 36'' tall to 48'' tall. 36'' is the minimum height and provides supports up to the should blades of most customers. This is recommended if you will to create a open atmosphere, such as that of cafes and diners. However, a draw back is the lose of privacy - image a mischievous climbing over the back and bothering other customers. We recommend booth heights of 42'' or higher to provide greater privacy and comfort. This allows the customer to rest his entire back or head. If your purpose is to create a quiet sit-down atmosphere, this is the way to go.
  • Booth Length - typical booth lengths are 45'' to 48''. Anything less than 45'' is too cramped for two people. Additionally, two seater tables are 45'' to 48'' increase long - a booth cannot be longer than the length of the table. 48'' is the most comfortable size for a two seater booth.
  • Springs vs. Padded Foam Seat - booths seats are either constructed from springs or entirely with foam. Springs create the curved shape of the seat and also do not sag after extended use. They are then padded on with a layer of high durability netting, and then one or two layers of additional foam. Seats without springs use a thicker and denser layer of foam. Comfort varies depending on the curvature of the seat support veneer board underneath. The difference is simply according to personal preference - many high end booth manufacturer's use a the foam-based construction method.
  • Vinyls - the most commonly used vinyl are New Soho and Independence 2. Both are basic vinyls and provide lasting durability and protect against tearing and spillage. Do you worry about vinyl cracking and splitting over time? If so, you may want to consider upgrading to higher quality vinyl, such as Naugahyde. These will last many years longer, and are less likely to get torn by sharp objects such as keys and knives. Typical upgrade costs ~15% or more. Also, lastly remember that re-upholstery charges are sometimes more expensive than buying a new booth! Making an investment early pays off in the long-run.
  • Kick Base - kick bases are the bottom part of the booth and are typically black in color. They are either vinyl based or metal/ABS based. Vinyl kick bases tend to get worn down easily because customers will either kick or dig their heels into the base. Upgraded options protect against this and usually never have to be replaced.
How do I order wood chairs?
  "This chair is the same style as others, why is it more expensive?" Your probably asking yourself this question as you shop. After all, furniture is a big investment and you want to be assured that its received in good condition. The difference in price is affected by a number of qualities:

1. Where Its Made - Chairs made in American cost more than European or chairs produced in Asia. Part of the cost is due to overall higher labor costs, the other is because of the species of wood, the quality of the stain, the seat foam, and the overall warranty.

2. Wood Species - The industry standard for commercial furniture is European Beech Wood. European Beech Wood is well known for its excellent staining properties - the stain is durable and doesn't rub off quite as easily, and the color is simply beautiful. Some customer prefer Oak, which has a unique wood grain, excellent staining properties and a higher wood density. Recently, some manufacturer's have been using Asian Hardwoods. Asian Hardwoods are slightly cheaper due to their faster growth rates. However, depending on the expertise of the manufacturer, the stain consistency and aesthetics can vary. Choose a reputable manufacturer!

3. Wood Stain - Wood stain quality not only depends on the wood species, but also on the quality of the paint. American paint is expensive, but its also the highest quality paint available. The benefits are that you don't have to worry about the stain rubbing off or scratches from sharp objects.

4. Warranty - Most manufacturer's offer a 1 year warranty against structural defects of the product.

5. Vinyl vs. Wood Seat - Vinyl seats are more durable than wood or veneer seats, and is especially true if your in a high traffic business such as buffet and diner. Wood seat stains are more prone to scratching and wearing unless they are stained in the USA.

6. Quality Control - No matter how good the product is, it doesn't mean anything if its received in bad condition. Some of our competitors order pre-assembled chairs. That creates a problem - if they don't open each box, they can't check quality. Quality issues that are otherwise avoided if they do their own in-house assembly are: differences in stain, differences in heights, damages to the wood frame.

7. Fully Assembled vs. Partially Assembled - Some discount dealers ship chairs without the seats attached. You can save a few bucks, but it costs significantly more time and money to assemble it yourself. Be sure to ask before you order.

American Hospitality Furniture works with the most reputable vendors in the country. We have our own in-house quality control audits that we also apply to our vendors. That's why we are different.
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Rubber Wood vs European Beech Wood - The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Learn About Commercial Furniture
  As a restaurant owner, the most important question when shopping for wood restaurant furniture is:
European Beech Wood vs. Rubber Wood.

Why? Because European Beech Wood is the industry standard and has been for the past 30 years. Only in the recent few years has rubber wood made it way into the commercial market. Primarily used in economical home furniture, rubber wood has become increasingly common because of its lower pricing. More importantly, most common folk can't tell the difference! American Hospitality Furniture doesn't sell any rubber wood furniture, so we don't mind sharing the dirty little secrets of the commercial furniture manufacturing industry.

Rubber wood chairs falls apart! You may have heard it before from someone and there is quite a bit of truth in it. Once taken out of its native sub-tropical environment and transplanted to the US, the wood expands and contracts because of its innate absorption properties...thereby causing the joints to break.

You can recognize rubber wood chairs by its complete absence of wood grains (requires years of training). Rubber wood chairs are also lighter and less dense in general. Rubber wood chairs are also only available in dark colors, such as mahogany, or walnut. Lighter colors have tints of yellow, causing your furniture to look - in lack of a better word - very ill.

Next time ask before you buy! It will save you a lot of trouble later!