SEATING AND TABLE SIZE GUIDELINE

 

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. In most cases you must consider the dimensions of the legs and subtract depth 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 tabletop so as to allow more 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 table leg without bumping legs or knees on the table leg. 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 generally would not allow for comfortable seating in front of an inset under-mounted leg design.

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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), allowing 24” of space per person.

Please note, the example in the drawing to the left does not include an additional 12” per side of additional overhang to add personal leg room for those seated at the head and foot of the table. If you have space in the room to go longer with the table without compromising space to move around the table (recommended: a 36” cushion of space around the table and any other furniture or walls), you can add 12” of length per side to make the seating more accommodating at the head and foot of the table. Otherwise, the 96” table will still accommodate the suggested seating outlined with shared leg space.

 

TRESTLE TABLE BASE

As with pedestal-style bases, trestle bases often provide the most accommodating seating arrangement with 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), allowing 24” of space per person.

Please note, the example in the drawing to the right does not include an additional 12” per side of additional overhang to add personal leg room for those seated at the head and foot of the table. If you have space in the room to go longer with the table without compromising space to move around the table (recommended: a 36” cushion of space around the table and any other furniture or walls), you can add 12” of length per side to make the seating more accommodating at the head and foot of the table. Otherwise, the 96” table will still accommodate the suggested seating outlined with shared leg space.

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PARSONS TABLE BASE

A parsons style base 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.

Please note, the example in the drawing to the left does not include an additional 12” per side of additional overhang to add personal leg room for those seated at the head and foot of the table. If you have space in the room to go longer with the table without compromising space to move around the table (recommended: a 36” cushion of space around the table and any other furniture or walls), you can add 12” of length per side to make the seating more accommodating at the head and foot of the table. Otherwise, the 96” table will still accommodate the suggested seating outlined with shared leg space.

 

EXPANDABLE TABLES

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.

Our ‘Insignia’ table is designed to expand from a console table to a full sized dining table. This design is especially useful for apartment or condo homes in which there may be a smaller designated area for dining. This design is multi-use and functional for a variety of purposes, including adding hidden integrated power cords which can be run through the steel base for use as an office desk.

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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