Is This Seat Taken? Reserved Table Signs

As a restauranteur or cafe owner, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to your reserved table signs—you just need to know that they’re there when you need them, right? But what if your reserved table signs could also help to create an atmosphere that’s both inviting and exclusive, while at the same time sending a strong message about your brand?

At JMF Group, we understand the importance of creating the right ambience in your establishment, and our reserved signs are designed to do just that. Whether you’re looking for something classic and understated or something a little more eye-catching, we stock the largest range of colour, style, and finishing options, meaning you’re sure to find just the right thing for your restaurant.

For further information on how we can help your business, contact our sales team today. Or, keep reading for our handy guide to reserved table signs.

The Two Types of Table Reserved Signs

Broadly speaking, reserved table signs fall into one of two distinct categories, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Type One: Material-Based

Material-based table signs are typically fabricated from metal, wood, or plastic, and feature a reserved message that is permanently printed or etched into the signage material itself. .


  • A more premium option, better suited to high-end restaurants, cafes, and bistros.
  • Personalisation options allow you to tailor typeface and other design elements to your specifications.


  • All personalisation is permanent! If you decide to change your branding tomorrow, you might find your reserved signs are no longer suitable for your tables.
  • Generally more expensive. For new restaurants or those looking to save money, the price of material-based reserved signs might be prohibitive.


Print-based table signs feature reserved messages which are printed onto paper or card stock, then laminated for durability and easy cleaning. These prints are either self-standing or inserted into ready-built table stands.


  • Easy to order, quick to manufacture, and cheap to replace.
  • Allows you to add artwork or other additional information (table numbers, menu deals, website address, etc.)


  • If designed poorly, print-based reserved signs can appear cheap or homemade.
  • Though they can be purchased at lower prices, printed table signs typically need to be ordered in larger quantities.

Reserved Table Sign Options

Now that you know the difference between material and print-based signs, it’s time to start thinking about how you want your reserved table sign to look. Here are some of the most popular options available:

Tent Stands

The tent stand is the most classic reserved table sign option. With extensive material options available, this versatile shape can be fabricated to suit your decor. Want something rustic? An acacia wood table sign can look great! Need something a little more polished? Aluminium or even silver can be used to really impress your customers.

Tent stand table signs come in both material-based and printed formats, at price points to suit every budget.

Triangular Prism

The triangular prism is a modern take on the classic tent stand. With a sleek, geometric shape, this sign is perfect for trendy cafes and bistros, and for eateries who take pride in the aesthetics of their tables.

Like their tent stand counterparts, triangular prism reserved signs are available in both material-based and printed options; unlike tent stands, however, triangular prisms cannot be stacked (not ideal if your business is low on storage space).

Mini Sandwich Boards

At JMF, we put the same care and attention to detail into our mini sandwich boards as we do our larger pavement signs.

Perfect for casual coffee shops and gastropubs, these sandwich boards allow you to insert your own A5 reserved prints. What’s more, they can be used as marketing materials, allowing you to promote menu items or temporary buy-one-get-one-free offers.

Table Talkers

Table talkers are perfect for businesses who want to make the most of every inch of their table space.

These tent-shaped signs come with an additional prism that can be used to display brand artwork, product information, table numbers, menu items, drinks offers, and more. Additionally, they’re double-sided, so your customers will be sure to see them no matter where they’re sitting at the table.

JMF Group: Your Reserved Table and Restaurant Signage Specialists

At JMF Group, we take pride in being able to offer our clients the ultimate solution to their signage needs. From local eateries to high-street chains, hotels to Michelin-starred establishments, we know that as a hospitality professional you want fast service, low prices, and—above all—exceptional quality.

Our comprehensive service is designed to take the hassle out of ordering your signage. We’ll work with you from start to finish, including:


When you first contact our sales team, they’ll work with you to establish exactly what you need.

They’ll look at the size of your company, the number of tables you have, and how many items will be ideal for you.

They’ll also strive to give you the lowest possible price for your table signs, whether you need a single unit for your front-of-house desk or a thousand units for your nationwide chain.


Our in-house design team have extensive experience creating the sort of signage items that will wow your guests and keep them coming back.

Our design team will review your branding and current signage, and take into account the aesthetic details of your premises; from artwork to colours, you can be assured your items will fit in perfectly!


JMF Group are industry leaders in the manufacturer and delivery of the highest quality table signage.

With a design approved, we’ll get to work on fabricating your items. All our orders benefit from our streamlined production process, meaning we’ll manufacture, pack, and despatch your table signs faster than anyone else.


Along with our super-fast despatch comes our super-fast delivery.

We offer quick delivery services as standard to customers across the UK, meaning you’ll never be waiting on your table signs.

Need your signs yesterday? Ask us about our next-day couriered delivery.

So What Are You Waiting For?

You can stop shopping around for your new table sign supplier—the search is over, JMF are here!

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