Where should I begin?

You should always choose the size of your event space based on how many guests you are anticipating. The general rule of thumb is to allow for 10 - 15 square feet per guest.

Click here to use a space calculator in order to determine how many people will fit in a room or what size room you’ll need for a set number of guests.

How should I arrange the tables?

You have an empty room and stacks of tables and chairs to set up for a special event. Now what? The first thing you should do is get the lay of the land, and we do mean that literally.

Find a table layout plan that’s right for you. There are many different styles that will help maximize your seating arrangements.


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How much space do I need between tables and chairs?

First, you should measure exactly how much free space you have available. Keep in mind to exclude any areas set aside as a dance floor, stage area, bar, or buffet.

Now, make sure your table arrangements allow for about 4 feet between tables as room for your guests to maneuver. If two tables are across from one another, then you should have at least 2 feet between the backs of your guest’s chairs. Try dividing the room area in square feet by 10 for best results.

How many guests should I seat around a table?

There’s a big difference between how many chairs you can fit around a table, and how many guests will fit comfortably around a table. It’s all about making sure your guests have plenty of elbow room!

Here’s a quick reference guide to how many people certain tables will easily seat (calculations based on standard-sized armless event chairs):

Pedestal Tables:

24" round – Seats 2 (seats up to 3 at standing room)

30" round – Seats 2 to 3 (seats up to 4 at standing room)

36" round – Seats 3 to 4 (seats up to 5 at standing room)

*note: McCourt Manufacturing’s Telescopic Column for our pedestal tables offer table heights of 30”, 36” and 42” from a single column. Raised tables offer more legroom for more guests.

Banquet Tables:

4’ x 30” – Seats 4 to 6 

6’ x 30" – Seats 6 to 8

8’ x 30" – Seats 8 to 10

*note: Cap the edges of rectangular tables to seat more guests around the ends. Check out McCourt Manufacturing’s exclusive Aluminum SuperEdge for a smooth wrap around T-style edging for greater edge protection.

Round Tables:  

30” – Seats 2 to 3

36″– Seats up to 4

42″ – Seats up to 5

48″ – Seats up to 6

54″ – Seats 7 to 8

60″ – Seats up to 8

66” – Seats 9 to 10

72″ – Seats up to 10

Square Tables:

36" Square – Seats up to 4

48" Square – Seats up to 8

60" Square – Seats 8 to 11

Choose your table types carefully, based on room shape and event activities. Definitely make sure that your table types and sizes match up with your overall layout plan!

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Were these tips helpful? Do you have any more questions? Call McCourt Manufacturing at 479-783-2593 or 800-333-2687! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to answer any questions you may have about our products!

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