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Choosing Between Custom Conference Table Shapes | Paul Downs

Table Shape

SELECT CUSTOM CONFERENCE TABLE BY SHAPE

Several Factors Determine the Right Conference Table Shape

When it comes to choosing the right meeting room furniture there are various custom conference table shapes that are available to you. If you need to have a certain number of seats at your table, it’s important to know that rectangle, boat-shaped, and square conference tables provide the most seating for their size while racetrack and round tables provide the least. How you plan to run your meetings is also a driving factor in choosing the right table shape.

Videoconference tables are most efficient when all 4 sides are used but are much less efficient if the wide end is left empty. U-shaped and V-shaped conference room tables come in many proportions and can also be made to be modular, allowing the space to be used for more than a single purpose. The expert craftsmen at Paul Downs have compiled a guide to provide more detail for each of the standard custom conference table shapes. Our experts can build a custom table based on your specifications. We’re just a click or call away from discussing your needs with you so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Square and Rectangle Shaped Conference Tables

Square and rectangle conference tables have the most perimeter for a given length and width which will maximize the number of people you can fit in your room. Our rectangle charts assume one user will be seated at each end of the table. The square tables have multiple users at the shorter ends. In both cases, very large custom conference room tables can be made with an open center, or as a set of modular tables.

AO1 Foundation Modern Conference Table

Click to See Rectangle Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# Users
(Social Distance)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet) Size (inches) Min Room Size (feet)
4 4 3 x 5 36 x 60 10 x 12
4-6 6 3 x 6 36 x 72 10 x 13
6 8 4 x 8 48 x 96 11 x 17
8 10 4 x 12 48 x 144 11 x 19
10 12 4 x 14 48 x 168 11 x 21
10-12 14 4’6″ x 16 54 x 192 11’6″ x 23
12 16 4’6″ x 18 54 x 216 12’6″ x 26
14 18 5 x 20 60 x 240 13 x 28
16 20 5 x 22 60 x 264 15 x 32
16-18 22 5 x 24 60 x 288 15 x 34
18 24 5 x 26 60 x 312 15 x 36
18-20 26 5 x 28 60 x 336 15 x 38
20 28 5’6″ x 30 66 x 360 15’6″ x 40
22 30 6 x 32 72 x 384 16 x 42

Click to See Square Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# of Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet) Size (inches)
2-3 4 3’6″ x 3’6″ 42 x 42
4 6 5 x 5 60 x 60
5-6 8 5 x 5 60 x 60
6-8 10 6 x 6 72 x 72
8 12 8 x 8 96 x 96
10 14 9 x 9 108 x 108
12 16 10 x 10 120 x 120
14 18 11 x 11 132 x 132
16 20 12 x 12 144 x 144
16-18 22 13 x 13 156 x 156
18 24 16 x 16 180 x 180
20 26 16 x 16 192 x 192
24 28 18 x 18 216 x 216
24-26 30 20 x 20 240 x 240

Boat-Shaped Conference Tables

It’s commonly believed that the curved side of a boat-shaped conference table provides more seating room but that is actually not the case. Unless the curve is extreme, the amount of perimeter is almost identical to a rectangle of the same dimensions. The boat shape provides better sightlines, and the look is more graceful, however, the curve will put the users on the sides closer to the person on the ends, which is significant when practicing social distancing. Below you’ll find our updated chart showing seating capacity for our most common custom boat-shape conference table sizes.

Large Conference Table with Power

Click to See Boat Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet) Size (inches)
2-4 4 3’6″ x 5 42 x 60
4 6 3’6″ x 6 42 x 72
6 8 4 x 8 48 x 96
8 10 4’6″ x 12 54 x 144
10 12 4’6″ x 14 54 x 168
12 14 4’6″ x 16 54 x 192
12-14 16 6 x 18 72 x 216
14 18 6 x 20 72 x 240
16 20 6 x 22 72 x 264
16-18 22 6 x 24 72 x 288
18 24 7 x 26 84 x 312
18-20 26 7 x 28 84 x 336
20 28 8 x 30 96 x 360
20-22 30 8 x 32’6″ 96 x 390

Racetrack Conference Tables

Racetrack conference tables consist of a rectangular center capped with two half-circle ends. They have less perimeter than a rectangle of comparable length and width and end up being a bit longer to seat the same number of people. Very large custom racetrack conference tables can be made with an open center or as a set of modular tables. These tables are not usually ideal for smaller room sizes as they do not maximize seating capacity within the room.

Nationwide Reconfigurable Oval Conference Table

Click to See Racetrack Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (inches) Min Room Size (feet)
4 4 36 x 44 10 x 11
4 6 42 x 74 10’6″ x 13’6″
6-8 8 48 x 102 11 x 15’6″
8 10 54 x 130 11’6″ x 18
10 12 54 x 162 11’6″ x 20’6″
12 14 54 x 194 11’6″ x 23’6″
14 16 72 x 216 14 x 26
14-16 18 72 x 248 14 x 29
16 20 72 x 280 14 x 31’6″
16-18 22 72 x 312 16 x 36
18 24 84 x 338 17 x 38’6″
18-20 26 84 x 370 17 x 41
20 28 96 x 394 18 x 43
20-24 30 96 x 426 18 x 45’6″

Round Conference Tables

Oval or round conference tables look really nice in almost any space but they are actually fairly inefficient. They have only 78.5% of the perimeter of a square of the same dimensions which limits the number of seats with comfortable spacing. A social distancing capacity calculation is very simple: perimeter/42″. This will put user’s heads about 54″ apart from those sitting next to them, and much further going straight across. Large round conference room tables are usually made with an open center. If your space isn’t square, we can make an oval table with custom dimensions to match the same perimeter of the room.

WECU Large Round Boardroom Conference Tables

Click to See Round Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

Diameter (feet) # Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Diameter (inches) Min Room Size (feet)
4 4 5 48 11 x 11
6 6 8 72 13 x 13
8 8 10 96 15 x 15
10 9-10 12 120 17 x 17
12 11 15 144 19 x 19
14 13 17 168 21 x 21
16 15 19 192 24 x 24
18 17 22 216 26 x 26
20 18 24 240 28 x 28
22 20 26-27 264 32 x 32
24 22 29 288 34 x 34
26 24 31 312 36 x 36
28 25 34 336 38 x 38
30 27 36 360 40 x 40

Keystone and Videoconference Conference Tables

The keystone shape is becoming a standard for videoconferencing tables. Commonly called VTC tables, the wide end of the office conference table faces the cameras and screen and is not used for seating. The capacity is identical to rectangles, but with one person removed. Our chart shows the minimum recommended width at the wide end. It can be customized for better viewing angles as needed. Very large and wide keystone conference tables are usually built with an open center to allow for power, data, and media access. The open center will put your table in the U- or V-Shaped category in the section below.

Click to See Keystone & Videoconferencing Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional Spacing)
Size (feet) Size (inches,
width at wide end)
Min Room Size
3 3-5 4 x 5 48 x 60 11 x 12
3-5 5 4’6″ x 6 54 x 72 11’6″ x 13
5 5-7 5 x 8 60 x 96 12 x 15
7 9 5 x 10 60 x 120 12 x 17
9 11-13 5 x 14 60 x 168 12 x 21
9-11 13 5’6″ x 16 66 x 192 12’6″ x 23
11 15 6 x 18 72 x 216 14 x 26
11-13 17 6 x 20 72 x 240 14 x 28
13 19 6 x 22 72 x 264 14 x 30
13-15 19-21 6 x 24 72 x 288 16 x 34
15 21 7 x 26 84 x 312 17 x 36
17 23 7 x 28 84 x 336 17 x 38
17-19 25 8 x 30 96 x 360 18 x 40
19 27 8 x 32’6″ 96 x 390 18 x 42’6″

U-Shaped, V-Shaped, and Committee (or Head) Tables

The keystone shape is becoming a standard for videoconferencing tables. Commonly called VTC tables, the wide end of the office conference table faces the cameras and screen and is not used for seating. The capacity is identical to rectangles, but with one person removed. Our chart shows the minimum recommended width at the wide end. It can be customized for better viewing angles as needed. Very large and wide keystone conference tables are usually built with an open center to allow for power, data, and media access. The open center will put your table in the U- or V-Shaped category in the section below.

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Click to See U, V, and Committee Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional)

# of Users Length (Inches) at 32″ per person
Traditional Tight Spacing
Length (inches) at 36″ per person
Traditional normal spacing
Length (Inches) at 48″ per person
Best for Social Distancing
4 128 144 192
6 192 216 288
8 256 288 384
10 320 360 480
12 384 432 576
14 448 504 672
16 512 576 768
18 576 648 864
20 640 720 960
22 704 792 1056
24 768 864 1152
26 832 936 1248
28 896 1008 1344
30 960 1080 1440

Modular Conference Tables

There’s no universal rule regarding modular table size and seating capacity as they are designed to be versatile, but here are the most common sizes of square and rectangle modular conference table shapes:

  • 4′ x 4′   (48″ x 48″)
  • 4.5′ x 4.5′  (54″ x 54″)
  • 5′ x 5′   (60″ x 60″)
  • 2.5′ x 5′  (30″ x 60″)
  • 3′ x 6′   (32″ x 72″)
  • 4′ x 8′  (48″ x 96″)

Your seating capacity will be determined by how the conference tables are assembled. When social distancing is required, modular tables provide unmatched flexibility. Note: Any conference table shape can be built using modular tables. We have prepared a comprehensive guide to modular tables, including sizing, choice of shapes, and the many ways they can be built to suit your needs. Contact us and we’ll help you work out the best size for your room.

Eagles Conference Table with Power

The Paul Downs Difference

No mass-produced, cookie-cutter tables here. When it comes to custom conference room tables, Paul Downs is the pinnacle of craftsmanship. We design truly unique meeting and boardroom tables that are hand-crafted to your specifications, from power and data hatches right down to the grain of the wood we use. If you need a conference room table for your business, organization, or school, we’re just a click or call away. Someone from our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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