Interpretation Booths: A Comparison

Tabletop or Full Size Booth

If you have a multi-lingual event coming up, chances are good you have been looking for interpreters. In your search for the right language service provider, chances are also good you have been asked which booth type you would like for your event. Full booth or table top booth? Even for those who have experience with language services, this question can sometimes be daunting, so for someone new to the industry, this question is usually met with bewilderment and head scratching. In an effort to lend some clarity, let’s take a look at both booth types and what makes them unique.

Tabletop Booths

This booth type has a name that fits. A table top booth, when fully assembled, sits atop a standard 6-foot event table. Do you have to use an event table for this booth type? No. As long as you give the interpreters someplace to sit behind the booth, you can use any table, desk, or raised solid surface available at your event that is over 4 feet feet long. Table top booths are enclosed on the top, front and both sides, but the back is open to allow the interpreters a space within the semi-enclosed structure. Because the back side is open, the sound reduction on a table top booth is at about 50%. Also, because the booth is partially open, you will want to have it placed where you have at least 10 feet between the front of the booth and your attendees. This will aide in lowering the distraction and noise from the booth. Two interpreters along with audio feed and transmission equipment easily fit within the table top booth.

Full-Size Booths

A full booth is also named aptly. It is a completely enclosed, free standing structure. They can vary in size, but a standard booth is 6 feet wide, 6 feet deep, and 6 feet tall. This standard size gives plenty of room for two interpreters. However, there are larger booths available that can fit three to four interpreters comfortably. These booths generally have windows along the front in order to better allow the interpreters to see the presentations they are interpreting. They are also equipped with their own ventilation systems, in order to keep the interpreters cool and comfortable. Because this booth type is fully enclosed, the noise reduction is 90%-100%. This allows for maximum reduction in distraction and additional noise for your attendees.

Choosing the Right Option

With this information you can start to get an idea of which booth type might be the best fit for your event. If you need more information or would like to talk to one of our Project Managers to clarify any questions still left on your mind, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your inquiry. You can reach us by phone at 1-888-790-8872 or email at

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Booth Type Size Area Between Noise Reduction Fully Enclosed? Cost
Full Booth 6X6X6 2 feet 90%-100% Yes $500/day
Table Top Booth 4X2X2 10 feet 50% No $150/day

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