Seating Arrangement Guide

Seating Capacity

Below are some basic guidelines for common seating arrangements and the number of persons that can be comfortably seated based on the table’s size and shape.

Table Size Persons Seated
24″ Diameter 2
36″ Diameter 2 – 4
48″ Diameter 4 – 6
60″ Diameter 8 – 10
72″ Diameter 10 – 12
96″ Diameter 12 – 14
4′ x 30″ Banquet 6 (using ends)
6′ x 30″ Banquet 8 (using ends)
8′ x 30″ Banquet 10 (using ends)
4′ Square 4 – 6
5′ Square 8

Seating Capacity may vary depending on style of event, type of table service, or chair width.

Formal sit-down meals require more serving space than casual banquets. Chairs should never be set directly under table. Set chairs approximately 2″ away from table to allow maximum seating. Always allow a minimum of 24″ for an aisle between chairs when setting several tables in an area. Setting tables approximately 54″ – 60″ from each other will allow aisle space.

To Estimate Seating Capacity Per Square Foot

For Banquet Style Seating:

– When using oblong tables, divide room area by 8.
– When using round tables, divide room area by 10.

These figures are for maximum seating. If space is available, allow an additional 2 square feet per person for comfortable seating.

For Classroom Style Seating: Divide “student” seating area by 8.

For Theater Style Seating: Divide “spectator” seating area by 6.

Aisle Distance Per Style Seating

round table seating arrangement
oblong table seating arrangement

Banquet Style

Traditional seating pattern and capacity for either round tables or oblong (rectangular) tables.

classroom style seating

Classroom Style

While this may vary with degree of aisle comfort required, 36″ distance between rows of chairs will suffice.

theatre style seating

Theatre Style

Where food service is not required and seating is at one side of the table, allow 36″ between tables.

round tables diamond pattern seating
diamond pattern seating

Space Maximizing Style
(The Diamond Pattern)

Round tables arranged in diamond pattern usually permit one more row of tables in place of nine than when set in rectangular pattern.

Square tables placed in diamond pattern usually permit up to 25% more seating than when set in rectangular pattern.