Table size, shape and layout

You might want all the tables to be same size and shape or you might want to vary them. Find out what sizes and shapes are available.

The figures below give you a rough idea of the venue size required, depending on the number of guests and the type of seating. Note that it doesn't allow for dance floors and other unused space.

seating type ideal space per guest minimum space per guest
ft^2 m^2 ft^2 m^2
all standing 7 0.7 5 0.5
all seated, rectangular tables 11 1 8 0.7
all seated, circular tables 14 1.3 11 1
all seated, church seating (in rows, no tables) 8 0.7 6 0.6

Recommended space per guest
Example: a room that is 10m x 10m = 100 sq m will hold a maximum of approximately: 200 standing guests, 140 guests at rectangular tables, 100 guests at circular tables and 176 guests seated in rows.

The image below gives you a rough guide for minimum table spacing.

table spacing

Recommended minimum table spacing

Make sure the tables are placed so that serving staff have easy access. Don't place a table blocking a door, especially a fire escape. If you have a large venue for the number of guests you may want to put all the tables in one corner to avoid the venue feeling empty.

A good number of seats for a circular table is ten. If you have more than this not all the guests on a table will be able to see/speak to each other. If you have less than this you may have problems fitting all the tables into the venue. The figures below give you a rough idea of the number of guests you can fit on a circular table:

circular table diameter seats
ideal maximum
4 ft / 1.22 m 7 8
5 ft/ 1.52 m 8 10
6 ft / 1.83 m 10 12
7 ft / 2.13 m 12 14
8 ft / 2.4 m 13 16

Recommended circular table seating capacities
(based on 1.9 ft and 1.6 ft circumference per guest for ideal and maximum respectively, guests in wheelchairs may need additional space)

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