Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2020


Interior Design

First Major Professor

Yongyeon Cho


Master of Arts (MA)


Interior Design


The typical restaurant today does not address the need for single table seating. Restaurant table and seating designs cater to two (2) or more customers. This study reflects the needs and seating preferences of a solo (single) person that is dining alone.

The research with visits to many local restaurants in Ames, Iowa. Photos and comments are documented showing the lack of single seating and examples of restaurants that address the need to provide seating for one person.

An online survey administered to Iowa State University students reflects seating choices shown on five (5) different restaurant-type layouts. The plans reflect a mix of seating choices that include designs and table layouts for one (1), two (2), four (4), and six (6) person table seating. The survey results indicate the percentage of students choosing a table for one (1). The student picks a seat of his/her choice in Café, Fast Food, Casual, Fine Dining, and Bar establishments.

The researcher’s creative component consists of a model built (1” = 1’-0” scale) of a space with tables and stools that the researcher designed for single seating. These geometric table shapes have magnetic edges that will allow the single tables to snap together to create seating for more than one person. This flexible concept may benefit hospitality establishments because no seat will be wasted.

Copyright Owner

Swenson, Carl

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