Chair and Table Setup Guidelines

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  Let us help you create the ideal table setup. Buffet table designs and formal seating table setup styles can vary dramatically. At Bright Settings™, we help you compose an elegant setup table, regardless of the seating structure.

Plan a lovely banquet setup table, including where to place utensils, dessert trays and more. No matter what size your event may be, Bright Settings™ can help you with your table seating plan for maximum room efficiency and use of space.

For setup silverware table placement questions to selecting the right linen tablecloths for the event, Bright Settings™ is here to help you.

Read our suggested table settings below. If you have questions about how to setup buffet table events, we can also assist you.

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Type of Dining Sq. Feet Per Person Allows For
     Spacious, Elegant 14      Table, chair and full aisle
     Restaurant, Cafeteria 12      Table, chair and aisle
     Banquet, Institute 10      Table, chair and narrow aisle

Immediate Guest Space
Lateral seating - allow approximately 24"-30".
NOTE: Arm and oversized chairs may require more space.  Sketch

Allow 18" for guest from edge of table to chair back.  Sketch


  Table Spacing
Allow 42" between squared tables - allow chair back to back - leaves 6" to push out.   Sketch

Allow 60" between squared tables - allow chair back to back - leaves 26" service aisle.   Sketch

Allow 24" between corners of diagonal tables - customer access - no aisle.   Sketch

Allow 30" between corners of diagonal tables - customer access - narrow aisle.   Sketch

NOTE: California state law states that there must be a minimum of 54" between tables.

Keep In Mind
Diagonal seating saves floor space.  
If space is very limited, booth only requires 8 square feet per person - aisle included.  
Minimum aisle dimension is 36" in perimeter areas. 42" is preferred between rows.  Sketch

NOTE: California state law states that there must be a minimum of 54" between tables.

Common Seating Capacities Per Table
Round Tables
36" Seats 4 People
42" Seats 5 People
48" Seats 5 People
54" Seats 6 People
60" Seats 8 People
72" Seats 10 People  Sketch

Rectangle Tables
30" x 72" Seats  6 People
30" x 96" Seats  8 People   Sketch

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