Choosing the perfect kind of table to fit your needs can be a simple process! There are many different factors to consider when making your choice. But once you understand the ins and outs of the selection process things are sure to go a lot smoother.
Here’s what you need to know:
UNDERSTANDING TABLE TERMINOLOGY
Standard industry terminology is typically used to describe certain manufactured products. Table terminology deals mostly with length and width, but occasionally manufacturers will also include seating estimates for tables.
Standard Table Shapes & Sizes:
· Banquet: 36” – 96” in Length / 30” – 36” in Width
· Seminar: 36” – 96” in Length / 18” – 24” in Width
· Square: 36” – 60” SQ
· Round: 30” – 72” Diameter
· Pedestal: 24” – 36” Diameter
McCourt Manufacturing’s ProRent™ Plywood Folding Tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Pro Tip: Remember to be careful when taking seating estimates at face value. Sometimes manufacturers will provide an estimate of how many chairs can conceivably fit around a table when what you’re actually looking for is a set number of place settings. Always factor in some elbow room!
Different kinds of tables have different uses, depending on their shape or size. For example, you wouldn’t set up a meeting hall with round tables so that only half the people could face the front. Or show up with an overly large table to an important convention with limited floor space.
Sometimes the standard setup doesn’t cut it and you’re left trying to find the right kind of table to do a lot of different jobs. Some events require a variety of different kinds of tables, such as: banquet tables, display tables, cocktail stands, table stations, convention exhibits, etc.
Here are some standard table shapes (and sizes) and their uses:
I. Rectangular Tables
· Better for accommodating traffic flow through a large room.
· It’s also better for seating sizable crowds.
· Keep in mind that as the table length increases so does the table width. (Going wider than 60 inches could end with guests yelling to be heard across the table.)
· Great for display or service purposes.
II. Round Tables
· Great for small spaces.
· No corners for people to bump into.
· Pedestal tables are ideal for seating guests as they offer more legroom.
· The 60 inch width rule also still applies.
III. Square Tables
· Perfect for just about anything.
· Guests will always be an equal distance apart.
· A square table provides a sturdy foundation for miscellaneous uses.
TYPES OF TABLES
Manufacturers typically make tables with sturdy, lightweight materials for easy transport. When choosing the best type of table to fit your needs, it’s always better to know what materials you’re working with.
Standard Table Materials:
I. Plywood Tables
Made from composite wood that makes them durable and economical. Laminated plywood tables are very popular as they’re both stylish and affordable.
II. Plastic tables
Super lightweight with a plastic top that’s easy to clean. Plastic tables are ideal for stain-resistant outdoor events or as an affordable alternative to be covered in linen or plastic table coverings.
Professional manufacturers often offer a variety of tables with their specifications available at the click of a button. To take a look at McCourt Manufacturing’s table products in the official catalog (with the option of specialty shapes and sizes upon request), click here.