Infographic: Banquet Table Spacing

If you want to make sure every aspect of your event is absolutely perfect, table spacing is probably something you want to consider.

Why does it matter? It just needs to look presentable, right? That depends: how much do you value the comfort of your guests?

Ideally, you don’t want your guests breathing down each other’s necks, you don’t want your servers crashing into the back of chairs, and you definitely don’want to position your tables a mile apart and sacrifice precious floor space.

More floor space means more dance floor space, and that means your guests will have more room to get up, mingle, and shake their tail feathers. That’s what a celebration is all about–celebrating!


Here are some pointers as pictured in the infographic above:

Rectangular Table Spacing

If positioning rectangular tables in rows, you want a minimum of 30 in. as a service aisle. Make sure the chairs are 30 inches apart, not just the tables. 30 in. is actually the width of most rectangular banquet tables, and it provides just enough room for a server with an armful of plates to comfortably navigate between tables. The average guest will feel comfortable with approximately 18 in. between the head of their chair to the table.

Square and Round Table Spacing

Just like spacing rectangular tables, you want to make sure there’s a solid 18 in. from the head of each chair to the table for any and all tables. Regardless of formation, 24 in. from corner to corner of square tables is the minimum space required for a server to have adequate space to maneuver. The exact same rule applies to round tables, but replace the corner of a square table with chair backs. Diagonal columns of square and/or round tables is the best way to maximize space at your venue.


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