Designers Guide—Seating Capacity

June 2, 2016

Seating Capacity—The architectural standard for dining suggests that 300 square inches be allowed per diner.

However, some establishments may call for more or less allocation. For instance, fast food restaurants, quick serve coffee shops, diners, lunchrooms, or similar spaces can get by with less space per diner. On the other hand restaurants such as fine dining restaurants, pizza shops, Mexican restaurants, and many Asian style restaurants may require more table space for larger food items, special utensils, various condiments and sauces, and similar.

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Seating
Seating-Wide
Tables come in different shapes and sizes, both of which have a big impact on seating capacity.
Some examples of table shapes are:

 


 

Rectangle:

table-shapes-Rectangle
18″x24″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x30″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x36″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x42” (4 seating capacity)
24″x48″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x60″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
30″x36″ (2–4 seating capacity)
30″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
30″x48″ (4 seating capacity)
30″x60″ (4–6 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
36″x48″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x72″
(6 seating capacity)
36″x84″ (
6–8 seating capacity)
36″x96″
(8 seating capacity)
42″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x120″ (10–12 seating capacity)
48″x144″ (12–14 seating capacity)
48″x168″ (14–16 seating capacity)
60″x120″ (12 seating capacity)
60″x144″ (14 seating capacity)
60″x168″ (16 seating capacity)

 

Square:

table-shapes-Square
18″x18″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x24″ (2 seating capacity)
30″x30″ (2–4 seating capacity)
36″x36″ (4 seating capacity)
42″x42” (4 seating capacity)
48″x48″ (6 seating capacity)

 

Round:

table-shapes-Round
18″ Round (2 seating capacity)
24″ Round (2 seating capacity)
30″ Round (2–4 seating capacity)
36″ Round (4 seating capacity)
42″ Round (4 seating capacity)
48″ Round (6 seating capacity)
54″ Round (7 seating capacity)
60″ Round (8 seating capacity)

 

Drop Leaf:

table-shapes-Drop-leaf
42″ Round to 30″x30″ (2–5 seating capacity)
48″ Round to 34″x34″ (2–5 seating capacity)
51″ Round to 36″x36″ (2–5 seating capacity)
60″ Round to 42″x42″ (2–5 seating capacity)

 

Half Circle:

table-shapes-Half-circle
24″x48″ (2 seating capacity)
30″x60″ (2 seating capacity)

36″x72” (2–4 seating capacity)


 

Oval Circle:

table-shapes-Oval
24″x36″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x36″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x48″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x60″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
30″x36″ (2–4 seating capacity)
30″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
30″x48″ (4 seating capacity)

30″x60″ (4–5 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x54″ (4–8 seating capacity)
42″x78″ (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
48″x78″ (6–8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)


 

Arc Rectangle:

table-shapes-Arc-Rectangle
30″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
30″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
42″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)

42″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x120″ (10–12 seating capacity)
48″x144″ (12–14 seating capacity)
48″x168″ (14–18 seating capacity)
60″x120″ (12 seating capacity)
60″x144″ (14 seating capacity)
60″x168″ (16 seating capacity)


 

Racetrack:

table-shapes-Racetrack

30″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
30″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x84″ (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
42″x72″ (6–8 seating capacity)

42″x84 (6–8 seating capacity)
42″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x120″ (10–12 seating capacity)
48″x144″ (12–14 seating capacity)
48″x168″ (14–18 seating capacity)
60″x120″ (12 seating capacity)
60″x144″ (14 seating capacity)
60″x168″ (16 seating capacity)


 

Boat:

table-shapes-Boat

36″x72″ Center 42 (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x84″ Center 48 (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x96″ Center 48 (6–8 seating capacity)

36″x120″ Center 48 (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x144″ Center 48 (6–8 seating capacity)
36″x168″ Center 48 (6–8 seating capacity)