SEATING AND TABLE SIZE GUIDELINES
The following examples below outline a few different seating arrangements all based around a 96”L table.
Inset Table Legs
For table legs that are under-mounted and inset, it’s often required to place seating between the leg mounts in order to not interfere with leg room for those seated on the sides of the table. You must always consider the dimensions of the legs and subtract width from the overall allocated seating on the table sides. Recommended seating for 8 people, for example, would require that the table be at least 96” - 102”L, allowing roughly 22-24” per person seated on the sides between the leg mounts, 3” per leg, and an additional 12” of overhang at the head and foot of the table. To avoid having to place seating between the leg mounts, you can go wider with the table so as to allow overhang in front of the table leg. Recommended is that the leg be inset from the sides a minimum 10-12” to provide overhang which usually allows enough space for a person to be seated in front of the leg with leg room. For example, if the table leg measures 28” at it’s widest point, the recommended tabletop width would be 48”. We can often go as small as 24” for the widest point of the leg, which would pair with a 44” tabletop. Any smaller tabletop widths would not allow for seating in front of an inset under-mounted leg design.
PEDESTAL TABLE BASE
Pedestal bases often provide the most accommodating seating arrangement, as there is little-to-no restriction from the base interfering with leg room. On a 96” table, for example, 10 people can usually be seated comfortably (largely dependent upon the chair design and corresponding width of the table).
PARSONS TABLE BASE
A parsons style base often frames the table, with the legs spanning out to all 4 corners if the tabletop. To determine seating and the amount of space delegated per person seated, subtract the width of the legs from the overall length of the table, which will leave the leftover space for seating. On a 96” table for example, there would be 88” of space for seating on the sides if the base legs measure 4” each. That would best allow 3 people seated per side with just under 30” of space per person seated, or for slightly tighter seating 4 people can be seated per side with 22” of space per person.
Many of our designs can be made expandable to add seating when the occasion calls for it. Expansion tables are generally limited to certain designs that allow us to add end leaves, and can be added to our ‘Sakamoto’ table, ‘Winter Solstice’ table, ‘Summer Solstice’ table, ‘Northstar’ table, and ‘Zeeva’ table.
Please consider the following factors when selecting the dimensions for your table.
HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU WANT TO PROVIDE SEATING FOR - suggested space per person is 24” depending on the size of your chairs
HOW MUCH SPACE YOU HAVE AVAILABLE TO DESIGNATE FOR THE TABLE DIMENSIONS - remember to allow a minimum of 36” of space between the table/chairs and other furniture in the room or doorways
DETERMINE IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE SEATING AT THE HEAD AND FOOT OF THE TABLE - we recommend adding 12” of length at the head and foot of the table for personal leg room
ALWAYS CONSIDER THE BASE DESIGN AND IF IT ALLOWS -OR- IMPEDES YOUR SEATING PREFERENCES