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Seating Arrangement Guide

Seating Capacity

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, use the following rules:

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

Banquet Style

Round Style Oblong Style

Classroom Style

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

Theatre Style

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

Space Maximizing Style

Space Maximizing Style 1 Space Maximizing Style 2
In the same area - round tables arranged in diamond pattern usually permit one more row of tables in place of nine than when set in rectangular pattern. In the same area - square tables placed in diamond pattern usually permit up to 25% more seating than when set in rectangular pattern.