Table Settings

Table Settings, also referred to as Place Settings, refers to the way a table is set with eating utensils and tableware for serving and eating. Table Setting involves the layout of how utensils and plates are positioned and arranged. Utensils on a table are typically arranged in the order they are meant to be used. Table Settings can be informal for everyday meals or more formal for special occasions. Informal Table Settings typically require fewer utensils and dishes while formal settings require more tableware. Table Settings can also differ depending on the environment like the home, restaurant, or special events.

What are the basic rules for setting a table?

The basic rules for setting a table include placing the fork to the left of the meal plate, while the knife and spoon to the right of the plate. The water glass should be placed above the knife. Napkins can be placed under the fork or on the plate for an informal table setting.

Why are forks placed on the left?

Forks are typically placed on the left because historically the knife was used to transfer food to the mouth of the user and since the knife was already held by the right hand, the fork was placed on the left. The fork then was held by users with their left hand.

What are the three components of a place setting?

The three components of a place setting include dinnerware, flatware, and glassware. Dinnerware includes the plates, cups, bowls, saucers, and platters, while flatware consists of dinner, and steak knives, dinner forks, and tablespoons, and dessert spoons. Glassware includes water glasses and wine glasses that hold the beverages.

Table Settings Guides
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Table Settings

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15.24” | 38.7 cm
13.07” | 33.2 cm
Basic Table Setting
38.700
33.200
1600
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Basic Table Setting3D model of the Basic Table Setting viewed in perspective3D model of the Basic Table Setting viewed in perspective
25.55” | 64.9 cm
15.87” | 40.3 cm
Breakfast Table Setting
64.900
40.300
100
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Breakfast Table SettingView of the Breakfast Table Setting in 3D available for downloadView of the Breakfast Table Setting in 3D available for download
25.55” | 64.9 cm
16.14” | 41 cm
Buffet Table Setting
64.900
41.000
150
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Buffet Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Buffet Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Buffet Table Setting
22.36” | 56.8 cm
13.54” | 34.4 cm
Casual Table Setting
56.800
34.400
600
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Casual Table Setting3D model of the Casual Table Setting viewed in perspective3D model of the Casual Table Setting viewed in perspective
23.15” | 58.8 cm
17.68” | 44.9 cm
Fine Dining Table Setting
58.800
44.900
100
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Fine Dining Table SettingView of the Fine Dining Table Setting in 3D available for downloadView of the Fine Dining Table Setting in 3D available for download
34.96” | 88.8 cm
18.31” | 46.5 cm
Five-Course Table Setting
88.800
46.500
30
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Five-Course Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Five-Course Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Five-Course Table Setting
23.15” | 58.8 cm
17.68” | 44.9 cm
Formal Table Setting
58.800
44.900
5400
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Formal Table Setting3D model of the Formal Table Setting viewed in perspective3D model of the Formal Table Setting viewed in perspective
22.36” | 56.8 cm
13.54” | 34.4 cm
Informal Table Setting
56.800
34.400
1200
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Informal Table SettingView of the Informal Table Setting in 3D available for downloadView of the Informal Table Setting in 3D available for download
17.13” | 43.5 cm
13.07” | 33.2 cm
Pizzeria Table Setting
43.500
33.200
5
https://p3d.in/e/r71ba
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Pizzeria Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Pizzeria Table SettingPerspective view of a 3D model of the Pizzeria Table Setting
Formal Table Setting
Set of drawings comparing the size of the Formal Table Setting and other related table settings

Setting up a Formal Table Setting may seem overwhelming because there is a good deal of dinnerware involved. To make this setting, lay your tablecloth and set a charger and soup bowl on top of it. On the left and slightly above the charger position the bread plate and napkin below it. Lay your butter knife across the butter plate. Your salad fork goes on the left side of the napkin and dinner forks on the right side as the soup spoon and dinner knife go to the right side of the charger. The dessert spoon should be above the charger and glass above the dinner knife. The white wine glass should be slightly below this glass while the red wine glass above but ensure it is on the right of the white wine glasses.

The Formal Table Setting contains 14 pieces and has a typical overall width of 23.15” (58.8 cm) and depth of 17.68” (44.9 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Formal Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
Setting up a Formal Table Setting may seem overwhelming because there is a good deal of dinnerware involved. To make this setting, lay your tablecloth and set a charger and soup bowl on top of it. On the left and slightly above the charger position the bread plate and napkin below it.

The Formal Table Setting contains 14 pieces and has a typical overall width of 23.15” (58.8 cm) and depth of 17.68” (44.9 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Formal Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
Formal Table Setting
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23.15” | 58.8 cm
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17.68” | 44.9 cm
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Includes: Dinner plate, soup bowl, bread plate, dinner fork, dinner knife, teaspoon, salad fork, butter knife, dessert fork, fish knife, dessert spoon, water glass, white wine glass, red wine glass

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Formal Table Setting front elevation, plan

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Casual Table Setting
Set of drawings comparing the size of the Casual Table Setting and other related table settings

A Casual Table Setting is almost identical to a basic table setting. However, it has more tableware, such as a dinner plate and soup bowl. In this table setting, a dinner plate is first laid on top of a placemat. At the top right of the dinner plate, position your salad plate. Set the napkins on the left and forks laying on top of it while the knives and spoons go on the left side. Glasses for drinks should be directly above the knives. Extras such as salt shakers and pepper shakers may be placed in different positions, such as the top of the placemat or center of the table.

The Casual Table Setting contains 8 pieces and has a typical overall width of 22.36” (56.8 cm) and depth of 13.54” (34.4 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Casual Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
A Casual Table Setting is almost identical to a basic table setting. However, it has more tableware, such as a dinner plate and soup bowl. In this table setting, a dinner plate is first laid on top of a placemat. At the top right of the dinner plate, position your salad plate.

The Casual Table Setting contains 8 pieces and has a typical overall width of 22.36” (56.8 cm) and depth of 13.54” (34.4 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Casual Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
Casual Table Setting
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22.36” | 56.8 cm
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13.54” | 34.4 cm
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Includes: Dinner plate, salad plate, dinner fork, dinner knife, spoon, salad fork, water glass, wine glass

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Casual Table Setting front elevation, plan

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Pizzeria Table Setting
Collection of drawings of the Pizzeria Table Setting compared to other related table settings

The Pizzeria Table Setting refers to the different ways you can serve pizza to impress customers. In such settings, you will need a plate, fork, glass, spoon, knife, and table napkin. Setting up a Pizzeria Table Setting is so simple and kind of imitates a casual setting. First, have the large plate at the center, and on the left side of the plate. Then set the fork and napkin also on the left side of the plate, while your spoon and knife go on the right side of the plate. And just above the fork, position your glass or cup.

The Pizzeria Table Setting contains 5 pieces and has a typical overall width of 17.13” (43.5 cm) and depth of 13.07” (33.2 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Pizzeria Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
The Pizzeria Table Setting refers to the different ways you can serve pizza to impress customers. In such settings, you will need a plate, fork, glass, spoon, knife, and table napkin. Setting up a Pizzeria Table Setting is so simple and kind of imitates a casual setting.

The Pizzeria Table Setting contains 5 pieces and has a typical overall width of 17.13” (43.5 cm) and depth of 13.07” (33.2 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Pizzeria Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
Pizzeria Table Setting
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17.13” | 43.5 cm
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13.07” | 33.2 cm
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Includes: Dinner plate, dinner fork, dinner knife, spoon, water glass

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Pizzeria Table Setting front elevation, plan

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Breakfast Table Setting
Scale illustrations of the Breakfast Table Setting and other similar table settings

Different countries have different Breakfast Table Settings, and so we can have American breakfast, English breakfast, Continental breakfast, and many more. Whatever type you choose or use, provide plates or bowls, silverware, glass juices or guest mugs, and napkins. You can organize a formal style setting, buffet style, or basic style and even add special touches like beverage carafes and jars. When making this setting, ensure that the bowl is on top of the plate and directly in front of a chair while the silverware is around the plates. The cup and saucer should be on the right of the silverware and glasses just above it. Set your folded napkin on the left.

The Breakfast Table Setting contains 8 pieces and has a typical overall width of 25.55” (64.9 cm) and depth of 15.87” (40.3 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Breakfast Table Setting with width and depth dimensions
Different countries have different Breakfast Table Settings, and so we can have American breakfast, English breakfast, Continental breakfast, and many more. Whatever type you choose or use, provide plates or bowls, silverware, glass juices or guest mugs, and napkins.

The Breakfast Table Setting contains 8 pieces and has a typical overall width of 25.55” (64.9 cm) and depth of 15.87” (40.3 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Breakfast Table Setting with width and depth dimensions
Breakfast Table Setting
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25.55” | 64.9 cm
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15.87” | 40.3 cm
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Includes: Dinner plate, bread plate, dinner fork, dinner knife, teaspoon, butter knife, water glass, cup and saucer

Drawings include:
Breakfast Table Setting front elevation, plan

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Five-Course Table Setting
Collection of drawings of the Five-Course Table Setting compared to other related table settings

A Five-Course Table Setting comprises more utensils and tableware. This is because of the significant amount of food served in a five-course feast, which includes the main meal, salad, fish course, soup, and dessert. To set it up, you may have to follow the instructions on the formal table settings but with a slight deviation by adding champagne flutes behind your white wine glasses and sherry glass at the front of the red wine glasses. The fish fork and fish knives also take different positions. The former is placed between the diner and salad fork and the latter between the dinner knife and soup spoon.

The Five-Course Table Setting contains 15 pieces and has a typical overall width of 34.96” (88.8 cm) and depth of 18.31” (46.5 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Five-Course Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
A Five-Course Table Setting comprises more utensils and tableware. This is because of the significant amount of food served in a five-course feast, which includes the main meal, salad, fish course, soup, and dessert. To set it up, you may have to follow the instructions on the formal table settings.

The Five-Course Table Setting contains 15 pieces and has a typical overall width of 34.96” (88.8 cm) and depth of 18.31” (46.5 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Five-Course Table Setting labeled with width and depth in plan and elevation
Five-Course Table Setting
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34.96” | 88.8 cm
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Depth:
18.31” | 46.5 cm
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Includes: Dinner plate, soup bowl, bread plate, dinner fork, dinner knife, spoon, teaspoon, salad fork, butter knife, dessert fork, dessert spoon, water glass, white wine glass, red wine glass, cup and saucer

Drawings include:
Five-Course Table Setting front elevation, plan

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