2024: Seating Calculator: Does a 60″ Round Table Seat 8 or 10?
If you are like me, it is almost impossible to figure out how many people can sit at a table comfortably without bringing in the guests and trying it out.
We get asked all the time, “How many chairs will fit around a 60 inch round table?” But planning the number of people who can sit at a table is more than asking “How many chairs will fit?”. The real question to answer is “How many people will sit comfortably?“. Below is a calculator and a chart to help you with your planning.
Table Sizes and Seating: How Many People Will Fit??
|Number of People
|6 Foot Rectangle Table (72″x30″)
|8 Foot Rectangle Table (96″x30″)
|36 inch (3-foot) Round Table
|48 inch (4-foot) Round Table
|60 inch (5-foot) Round Table
|72 inch (6-foot) Round Table
When you’re browsing through charts online, including this one, you’ll often find a range instead of a specific number for how many people can fit at a table. It can be frustrating when you’re searching for a clear-cut answer, but the truth is, it all boils down to personal preference.
There’s no universal solution. However, don’t worry! You can easily determine the exact number of chairs needed with a few rules of thumb. Let’s get into it!
Here are some rules of thumb:
- If your event involves guests sitting for extended periods, like at a formal dinner, it’s best to stick to the lower end of the recommended seating range (for example: 8 people can sit comfortably at a 60-inch round at a formal dinner). Sure, you can technically fit up to 10 chairs, but remember, formal settings need extra space for table settings. It is also important for your guests to have some elbow room, and for servers to have room to deliver plated meals.
- When selecting chairs, keep in mind that bulkier or armchairs require more space, so you might need to reduce the number of seats to ensure a good fit.
- If you’re accommodating children at the table, you’re in luck! You can usually fit more chairs – sometimes even beyond the recommended maximum.
- For events where guests might need to turn their chairs to see a stage or another focal point, opt for fewer chairs. This ensures everyone can move their chairs comfortably when needed.
- When you’re using the maximum number of chairs for a rectangular table, be aware that not all chairs will slide completely under the table. This is a small detail, but it’s crucial for planning your layout and ensuring guest comfort.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
How many people can sit around a 60-inch (5ft) round table?
8-10 people can fit at a 60 inch round table. If you seat 10, everyone will not be able to slide their chairs under the table. If you have formal place settings, you cannot fit more than 8.
How many people can sit at a 72-inch (6ft) round table?
10-12 people can fit at a 72 inch round table. If you seat 12, everyone will not be able to slide their chairs under the table. If you have formal place settings, you definitely can’t fit more than 10.
How many people can sit at a 72-inch (6ft) banquet (rectangle) table?
6-8 people can fit at a 6′ table. If you seat 8, the people on the end will not be able to slide their chairs under the table. If you have formal place settings, you definitely can’t fit more than 6.
How many people can sit at a 96-inch (8ft) banquet (rectangle) table?
8-10 people can fit at an 8′ table. If you seat 10, the people on the end will not be able to slide their chairs under the table. If you have formal place settings, you definitely can’t fit more than 8.
How much space is needed at a table to make guests comfortable?
When you are planning an event, consider how long each of your guests will be sitting at a table. If your guests will be sitting for a long period, it is best to go with a smaller number of chairs so that your guests have plenty of elbow space for movement. Additionally, consider the amount of space any formal table settings will need and whether you will have servers that need room to safely and efficiently serve food/drinks to guests.
Other things to consider when you are choosing a table:
- You want to have 24″ of aisle between tables. To compensate for chairs, round tables should be set 54 inches apart, and rectangle tables should be set 60 inches apart.
- The 72 inch round table has a huge space in the middle so you need a wider centerpiece. (Note on centerpieces: keep centerpieces below eye level or less than 12 inches tall. If you want to use a tall centerpiece, keep it slim so it doesn’t interfere with the guests’ view of each other. Check out this article on flower costs for some great tips for DIY centerpieces.)
- The 72 inch round table is so large that it is hard for people to talk across. (This is fine for louder events where people are really only going to talk to the people on either side of them.)
- The 60 inch round is the most commonly used table. You can fit the most people in a space with this table (unless you want to go banquet style with rectangle tables lined up together).
There are all sorts of tables available for your event (farm tables, picnic tables, etc.). Get the dimensions of the table you are considering and compare it to the chart to figure out how many people will fit. Or, if you want to make it really easy, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk it through with you.
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