One of the most common questions we get is: What size of a table do I need to sit [X] people? Even when we mention the size they’ll need, it can still be hard to visualize for most exactly how everyone will sit at the table. In order to help, we created this nice little guide on the different sizes of tables, how many people you can sit, and the most comfortable way for everyone to sit.
Let’s start with leaves first. Almost any table can come with leaves. The rule of thumb we like to use is for every 2 leaves, you can sit an additional 2 people. This also applies to 1 leaf. When you add in one leaf, you’ll be able to add an additional person to each side.
Each of our leaves will be 12″ wide (unless otherwise specified). This can also be said as: 24″ = 2 people.
Chair space can vary but a comfortable number is usually a 3″ gap between each chair.
Round & Square Tables
When it comes to square or round tables, typically a 42″ and 48″ will be able to sit the same amount of people just like a 54″ and 60″ can. We have seen some diagrams that show a 48″ can sit 6 people. This is highly situational. The only way something like that is possible if it a pedestal style table. When you sit 6 people at that kind of size, it is a very tight fit as well.
Oval & Rectangular Tables
On any style table, a 42″ x 60″ and 42″ x 66″ will seat 6 people. A 42″ x 72″ can sit 8 people but only in a double pedestal style. Leg tables and trestle tables will have the legs and middle base get in the way. They’ll only be able to seat 6 unless you add leaves.
Typically, most tables come in a 42″w standard. You are able to increase that to a 48″ wide. This doesn’t increase the amount of people you can sit at your table. This just creates some extra leg room for those on the corners. The one thing to keep in mind when you increase the width, it can make it more difficult passing dishes and condiments. Rather than simply passing the salt, you might have to toss the salt.