Dining Room Layouts

Dining layouts are designed to better understand the spatial requirements and relationships between the human body and the varied communal rituals of dining. Concerned primarily with size of tables based on individual place settings, user accommodations, and the clearances around tables for service and movement, dining layouts attempt to make sense of the many simultaneous conditions of dining in order to propose spatial recommendations for quality dining experiences.

How much space should be between a table and a wall?

Clearances of at least 36” | 91.4 cm should be provided from the table edge to a wall or other objects near the table. A clearance of 48” | 122 cm is recommended for maximum flexibility and movement.

How much space should be allowed between a dining chair and table?

A depth of 18” | 46 cm for the movement and use of dining chairs should be provided around dining tables.

Are round tables more space efficient than square tables?

Round tables are more space efficient than square or rectangular tables because their lack of corners results in a smaller footprint.

Dining Rooms Guides
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Hexagon Table Sizes
Diagram of three sizes of different Hexagon Tables for 6 or 12 people

Hexagon Dining Tables are unique six-sided tables that are sized for seating arrangements of either six or twelve people. Limited by the the six side design, hexagonal tables are sized specifically as a smaller six person design that can be scaled up proportionally for twelve people.

The six person hexagonal table has a width of 4’6” (137 cm), while the twelve person table is sized at a width of 7’6” (229 cm).

Drawing illustrating options for six person or twelve person Hexagon Tables with dimensions
Hexagon Dining Tables are unique six-sided tables that are sized for seating arrangements of either six or twelve people. Limited by the the six side design, hexagonal tables are sized specifically as a smaller six person design that can be scaled up proportionally for twelve people.

The six person hexagonal table has a width of 4’6” (137 cm), while the twelve person table is sized at a width of 7’6” (229 cm).

Drawing illustrating options for six person or twelve person Hexagon Tables with dimensions
Hexagon Table Sizes
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6 Person Table: 4’6” | 137 cm
6 Person Table (Comfortable): 5’6” | 168 cm
12 Person Table: 7’6” | 229 cm

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Hexagon Table Sizes plan, plan (seating), plan (people), size diagram

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Restaurant Seating Arrangements

Restaurants have a few different options for their seating layouts to provide privacy to their guests while maintaining proper circulation in the restaurants. Tables can be angled or perpendicular. The layout of the seating can affect the overall atmosphere of the restaurant and should be taken into consideration by the interior designer.

Floorplans of three variations of Restaurant Seating Arrangements with dimensions for clearances between tables
Restaurants have a few different options for their seating layouts to provide privacy to their guests while maintaining proper circulation in the restaurant. Tables can be angled or perpendicular. The layout of the seating can affect the overall atmosphere of the restaurant and should be considered.

Floorplans of three variations of Restaurant Seating Arrangements with dimensions for clearances between tables
Restaurant Seating Arrangements
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Service Aisle: 2’6”-3’ | 76-91 cm
Passage: 1’6” | 46 cm
No Passage: 0-6” | 15 cm

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Restaurant Seating Arrangements plan layout (perpendicular groups), plan (angled groups), plan (mixed groups)

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Square Table Sizes
Diagram of a various Square Table Sizes with recommendations for sizes and numbers of people

Square Dining Tables are popular and efficient tables that range in size from two to twelve person seating options. Able to be combined side by side as larger rectangular seating layouts, square tables are common in restaurants and cafes with layouts that need to be adjusted often to meet the demands of various party sizes.

Small square tables for two start at widths of 2’6” (76 cm) up to sizes for four to six people at widths of 4’-5’ (122-152 cm). Large square tables for groups of 8-12 people start at widths of 6’ (183 cm) and grow up to 8’ (244 cm).

Plan drawing of people sitting at multiple Square Tables of different sizes and capacities
Square Dining Tables are popular and efficient tables that range in size from two to twelve person seating options. Able to be combined side by side as larger rectangular seating layouts, square tables are common in restaurants and cafes with layouts that need to be adjusted often to meet demands.

Small square tables for two start at widths of 2’6” (76 cm) up to sizes for four to six people at widths of 4’-5’ (122-152 cm). Large square tables for groups of 8-12 people start at widths of 6’ (183 cm) and grow up to 8’ (244 cm).

Plan drawing of people sitting at multiple Square Tables of different sizes and capacities
Square Table Sizes
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2 Person Table: 2’6” | 76 cm
4 Person Table: 3’ | 91 cm
4-6 Person Table: 4’ | 122 cm
4-6 Person Table: 5’ | 152 cm
8-10 Person Table: 6’ | 183 cm
8-12 Person Table: 8’ | 244 cm

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Square Table Sizes plan, plan (seating), plan (people), size diagram

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Individual Dining Settings
Layout drawings with dimensions for minimal and optimum individual dining settings with people and tableware for scale

Individual dining place settings represent the standard amount of space required to accommodate a single diner. Split into Minimum and Optimum place settings, these dimensions account for the variety of dinnerware, tableware, cutlery, and glassware that a person might need during a meal. Each place setting includes a secondary shared zone at the center of the table that combines with adjacent place settings to provide enough room for collective serving dishes and platters.

Minimum individual place settings have an overall width of 24” (61 cm), overall depth of 21” (53.3 cm), and are split between a 16” (40.6 cm) place setting and a 5” (12.7 cm) shared zone. Optimum individual place settings have an overall width of 30” (76.2 cm), overall depth of 27” (68.6 cm), and are split between an 18” (45.7 cm) place setting and a 9” (22.9 cm) shared zone.

Individual dining place settings represent the standard amount of space required to accommodate a single diner. Split into Minimum and Optimum place settings, these dimensions account for the variety of dinnerware, tableware, cutlery, and glassware that a person might need during a meal.

Minimum individual place settings have an overall width of 24” (61 cm), overall depth of 21” (53.3 cm), and are split between a 16” (40.6 cm) place setting and a 5” (12.7 cm) shared zone. Optimum individual place settings have an overall width of 30” (76.2 cm), overall depth of 27” (68.6 cm), and are split between an 18” (45.7 cm) place setting and a 9” (22.9 cm) shared zone.

Individual Dining Settings
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Minimum Width: 24” | 61 cm
Minimum Depth (Overall): 21” | 53.3 cm
Minimum Depth (Setting): 16” | 40.6 cm
Minimum Depth (Shared): 5” | 12.7 cm

Optimum Width: 30” | 76.2 cm
Optimum Depth (Overall): 27” | 68.6 cm
Optimum Depth (Setting): 18” | 45.7 cm
Optimum Depth (Shared): 9” | 22.9 cm

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Individual Dining Settings plan (minimum), plan (optimum)

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Oval Table Sizes
Diagram representing the multiple sizes and seating capacities available for Oval dining tables

Oval Dining Tables are playful tables that are available in a variety of linear sizes and proportions that can seat between two to twelve people. Because of their curves, oval tables are usually used as stand alone elements in restaurant layouts and cannot be easily combined with other tables.

Smaller oval tables for four to six people start at widths from 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm) and lengths from 5’-6’ (152-183 cm). Large oval tables for groups of 6-12 people start at widths between 3’6”-4’6” (107-137 cm) and pair with lengths from 8’-10’ (244-305 cm).

Plan drawing of people sitting around three sizes of Oval Tables for scale
Oval Dining Tables are playful tables that are available in a variety of linear sizes and proportions that can seat between two to twelve people. Because of their curves, oval tables are usually used as stand alone elements in restaurant layouts and cannot be easily combined with other tables.

Smaller oval tables for four to six people start at widths from 2’6”-3’ (76-91 cm) and lengths from 5’-6’ (152-183 cm). Large oval tables for groups of 6-12 people start at widths between 3’6”-4’6” (107-137 cm) and pair with lengths from 8’-10’ (244-305 cm).

Plan drawing of people sitting around three sizes of Oval Tables for scale
Oval Table Sizes
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2 Person Table: 2’6” x 3’6” | 76 x 107 cm
4-6 Person Table: 2’6” x 5’ | 76 x 152 cm
6-8 Person Table: 3’ x 6’ | 91 x 183 cm
8-10 Person Table: 3’6” x 8’ | 107 x 244 cm
10-12 Person Table: 4’6” x 10’ | 137 x 305 cm

Drawings include:
Oval Table Sizes plan, plan (seating), plan (people), size diagram

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