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Table Sizes

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DATE

September 2022

Confused about the table size you need?

With many different variations of dimension available, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which size you require for a specific number of people.  Our table guide is a good starting point for helping you to understand the recommended table size for your covers and using the space you have in the most efficient way.

When choosing the right table size and shape, a few considerations need to be made. Drinking requires the least table space while eating needs more space. If your guests are fine dining they will need more room as extra side plates or cutlery will take up space. It is also important to consider the amount of tables that are used, a crowded restaurant will be a louder environment for diners. 

The first thing you need to do is work out how many covers will fit in the venue. Each seat will need between 1-2 square metres, with a minimum width of 580mm for a comfortable dining experience. Using a width of 550mm is manageable if slightly uncomfortable.  700mm of space is the average used in hospitality, and a width of 900mm will provide the most comfortable seating and dining experience. 

“Choosing a combination of different shapes and sizes in a restaurant will decrease uniformity in its layout and create a more visually interesting space. ”

Our table size guide below shows the comparisons between different table shapes and sizes and the seating that each fits. If intended for drinking, tables can be up to 20% smaller while fine dining hospitality venues should use larger tables with more space for the guest.

Using small tables is the easiest way to increase the number of covers, as they can be arranged to maximise space, but diners will have less room.  However, a high-end restaurant would be better using larger, spaced out tables to reflect the luxury of fine dining. 

Square tables are the most popular option as they are most effective at filling space and can be used individually (for two people) or be grouped together for bigger parties. 

Round tables will offer flexibility as extra chairs can be added in as needed which is particularly helpful in casual environments like cafes and bistros.

Choosing a combination of different shapes and sizes in a restaurant will decrease uniformity in its layout and create a more visually interesting space. 

Note: Chairs in use will extend 450mm away from the table while another 450mm of space should be included behind to ensure that there is enough room for customers and staff to walk through the room. 

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