Whether you’re planning an event or merely in need of more information about seating and knowing the right amount of spacing needed for maximum functionality, this informative guide will help you now or in the near future! Whether you’re planning an event, small, medium, or large, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the interior space for the best approach in seating and spacing. Although these guides are not set in stone, there is still a formality to follow. Seating and spacing differentiates depending on the event as well, a wedding reception requires a different layout than a launch party. Planning an event no matter what size is always stressful, so we took it upon ourselves to compile the important elements in tables, seating, spacing, and table cloths!


There are different categories of a seating chart layout, from theatre, classroom, u-shape, conference, banquet, and cabaret. There is no rule as to which you direction you go forward with, see it to it which fits well within the type of event you are planning or merely the type of style you prefer in your home. But keep in mind that these 6 types of layouts are fool proof ways when planning a big event. These are classic and traditional layouts that most gear towards.

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Depending on the number of people attending the event or how big your dining room is and the amount of head count you prefer, you’ll need to decide the size of the tables, round or square/rectangle as well as how many people you want per table. It’s important to consider spaces between each individual and the tables and chairs themselves. It’s important to know the perfect spacing so it can be intimate and still have enough space to dine comfortably.

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Table cloths are considered a must when planning your seating layout. This chart shown above informs what size of cloth you need for most if not all table sizes. Seating, spacing, and necessary decor is all about finding the right ratio and balance for maximum functionality and beauty. Again, it truly depends on what kind of event/occasion you are planning. Whatever it is, it will probably range from classic, traditional, formal, semi-formal, and custom. When decided, half the work is already done!

Japanese-Inspired Bainbridge Island house dining room and kitchen

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Knowing how much space you need between each seat is important. Too many people at one table will not only look crowded and unappealing, it will be uncomfortable for the guests to dine comfortably. Adding an additional seating will be best for a children’s and/or youth table.

Japanese-Inspired Bainbridge Island house dining room and kitchen

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Whether you’re renovating your home and installing a cozy, little booth or you’re looking to open up a restaurant, this helpful visual will guide you along the way! For booths, it all depends on the size of the table to know how much space is needed and from there it’s as simple as it gets! Besides picking the furniture, of course!

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All in all, it’s all about creating an infinite flow in an interior space. The home should be a place of comfort and relaxation, and product placement takes a vital role. It’s about what will make you the most comfortable. In this case, the dining room is never just the table and chairs. A console or sideboard is needed for various reasons. If not most cases, the distance between the console and/or sideboard should be 3 feet away from the dining table. The perfect distance, it’s not too far or too close where you’ll seem cautious about backing up your chair and being in the way of someone else.

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