Creating Seat Reservation by Time Slots for Restaurant

Hi Bubble Experts! Thank you in advance…

I’m wanting to create a reservation system where:

  1. User sees time slots that are hourly (time slots start at 2pm daily and end at 10pm daily).
  2. The user will select the date and time
  3. Next screen will show a floor plan with seats that are able to be picked and reserved.
  4. The floor plan will show seats that have different colors for them already being reserved versus a different color if the seat is available.
  5. Similar to building a cinema app.

How do I first of all create time slots that will auto-populate in the future for people to pick?

Also, is it possible to have a floor plan (the same floor plan will be used for all time slots) that shows availability based on each time slot? Just like a theater?

How can I get started? Thank you!

All of the things you say are possible. But if you are new to Bubble, I suggest you start watching someone else create an app. This video for example has many commenters thanking the poster. So start with this to understand where to start:

Hi there. Thank you for the suggestion. I am aware of how to use bubble. I was more so asking for solutions or 3rd party integrations to get started on the actual seat reservation that I asked about. Does that make sense? I wasn’t asking if it was possible. I was asking HOW to get started with that kind of setup. Thank you!

I see you don’t want to design it yourself, because this is how you start. You start with modeling the data, decide different screens, etc etc.

But if you need help even in this phase, you can talk to chatgpt. I just warmed chatgpt with this prompt and then gave your description:
Hi I am building a no-code software using Please get me started. I will put the initial description of the project here.

Here is what it came up with. Pretty good place to start:

Great! It sounds like you're looking to build a comprehensive reservation system with time slots and a floor plan interface. Let's break down the steps to get started:

1. **Setting Up Time Slots:**
   - In, you can create a Data Type called "Time Slot" which includes fields such as Date, Start Time, End Time, and Status (available, reserved, etc.).
   - You can then set up a workflow to auto-generate time slots daily starting from 2pm to 10pm.
   - Bubble's scheduling feature can be handy here. You can schedule an API workflow to create these time slots at a specific time each day.

2. **Creating the Reservation Process:**
   - Design a user interface where users can select the date and time from the available time slots.
   - Once the user selects a time slot, they proceed to the next screen showing the floor plan.

3. **Implementing the Floor Plan:**
   - Create a Data Type for seats, which includes fields such as Seat Number, Status (available, reserved, etc.), and Time Slot (to associate each seat with a specific time slot).
   - Design the floor plan interface where seats are displayed. You can use shapes or images to represent seats.
   - Utilize Bubble's conditional formatting to change the color of seats based on their status (reserved or available).
   - When a user selects a time slot, you can dynamically load the corresponding seat availability for that time slot.

4. **Handling Seat Selection and Reservation:**
   - Allow users to select and reserve available seats.
   - Implement logic to update the status of selected seats to "reserved" when a user confirms their reservation.

5. **Managing Reservations:**
   - Create a dashboard for admins to view and manage reservations.
   - Implement functionality to cancel reservations and update seat availability accordingly.

6. **Testing and Iteration:**
   - Test your application thoroughly to ensure it functions as expected.
   - Gather feedback from users and iterate on your design and functionality as needed. provides a drag-and-drop interface for building applications, making it relatively straightforward to implement these features. However, if you encounter any specific challenges or need further assistance with any step, feel free to ask for help!

Then, I asked for a basic UI for the first one by saying Can you give me a UI example for the first one?. It also came up with a great suggestion :slight_smile:

Certainly! Here's an example of a user interface for the first step, where users can select the date and time from available time slots:

1. **Date and Time Selection Interface:**

   [Date and Time Selection Interface]

   - At the top, there's a section for selecting the date. You can use a date picker element for this.
   - Below the date picker, there's a list of available time slots for the selected date. This list dynamically populates based on the date selected.
   - Each time slot is displayed with its start time and end time, and users can click on a time slot to select it.

   **Implementation Tips:**
   - Use Bubble's built-in date picker element for selecting the date.
   - Populate the list of available time slots dynamically based on the selected date. You can do this by retrieving time slots from your database where the date matches the selected date.
   - Display the time slots in a repeating group or list element. Each cell in the repeating group represents a time slot.
   - Implement a workflow so that when a user clicks on a time slot, it becomes selected, and you can proceed to the next step of the reservation process.

This interface provides a clean and intuitive way for users to select the date and time for their reservation. You can customize the design and layout according to your preferences and branding requirements. Let me know if you need further clarification or assistance with implementing this interface!

I couldn’t help but ask the data model as well: What does the data model look like for this whole system in and here is the response:

In, the data model for your reservation system will consist of several data types to represent different entities in your application. Here's a suggested data model based on the requirements you provided:

1. **Time Slot:**
   - Date (Date): The date for which the time slot is applicable.
   - Start Time (Date): The start time of the time slot.
   - End Time (Date): The end time of the time slot.
   - Status (Text or Enum): The status of the time slot (e.g., available, reserved).

2. **Seat:**
   - Seat Number (Text or Number): A unique identifier for each seat.
   - Status (Text or Enum): The status of the seat (e.g., available, reserved).
   - Time Slot (Time Slot): A reference to the time slot associated with the seat.

3. **Reservation:**
   - User (User): A reference to the user who made the reservation.
   - Time Slot (Time Slot): A reference to the selected time slot.
   - Seats Reserved (List of Seats): A list of seats reserved as part of the reservation.

4. **User (Optional):**
   - Depending on your requirements, you may need a User data type to represent registered users who make reservations. This would include standard user fields like email, name, etc.

With this data model, you can effectively manage reservations, time slots, and seat availability within your application. Here's how the relationships between these data types work:

- Each Time Slot can have multiple Seats associated with it.
- Each Reservation references a single Time Slot and may include multiple Seats Reserved.
- Seats are associated with a specific Time Slot, indicating their availability for that particular time.

When a user makes a reservation, you'll update the status of the selected seats to "reserved" and create a new Reservation object to track the booking details.

You can create these data types and fields within the Data tab. Make sure to establish the appropriate relationships between data types using fields like references or lists to ensure smooth functionality throughout your application. Let me know if you need further clarification or assistance with setting up your data model!

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