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Conference Table Shapes - Seating Capacity

Seating Capacity by Conference Table Shape

Detailed Charts for Each Shape:

Rectangles, boats, and squares provide the most seating for their size while racetracks and rounds provide the least. Videoconference tables are efficient when all 4 sides are used, but less so when the wide end is empty. U-shaped and V-shaped conference room tables come in many proportions but are very inefficient because so much of the perimeter is not used for seating. Here’s more detail for each conference table shape including oval, round, and more (click on the shape to go directly to that chart):

rectangle boat racetrack roundkeystone

u-shaped v-shaped committee modular

Square and Rectangle Conference Tables

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

Rectangle Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet)Size (inches)Min Room Size (feet)
44 3 x 536 x 6010 x 12
4-663 x 636 x 7210 x 13
684 x 848 x 9611 x 17
8104 x 1248 x 14411 x 19
10124 x 1448 x 16811 x 21
10-12144'6" x 1654 x 19211'6" x 23
12164'6" x 1854 x 21612'6" x 26
14185 x 2060 x 24013 x 28
16205 x 2260 x 26415 x 32
16-18225 x 2460 x 28815 x 34
18245 x 2660 x 31215 x 36
18-20265 x 2860 x 33615 x 38
20285'6" x 3066 x 36015'6" x 40
22306 x 32 72 x 38416 x 42

Download a PDF of the Rectangle size and seating chart

Square Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

Note: For numbers of users not divisible by 4, the tables are not perfectly square:

# of Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet)Size (inches)
2-343'6" x 3'6"42 x 42
465 x 560 x 60
5-685 x 560 x 60
6-8106 x 672 x 72
8128 x 896 x 96
10149 x 9108 x 108
121610 x 10120 x 120
141811 x 11132 x 132
162012 x 12144 x 144
16-182213 x 13156 x 156
182416 x 16180 x 180
202616 x 16192 x 192
2428 18 x 18216 x 216
24-263020 x 20240 x 240
Download a PDF of the Square size and seating chart

Boat-Shaped Conference Tables

Boat Shaped Conference Table Sizes
It’s commonly believed that the curved side of a boat-shaped conference table provides more seating room. Nope! Unless the curve is extreme, the amount of perimeter is almost identical to a rectangle of the same dimensions. You will have better sight lines, 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 Social Distancing.  Here’s our updated chart showing seating capacity for our most common sizes:

Boat Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (feet)Size (inches)
2-443'6" x 542 x 60
463'6" x 642 x 72
684 x 848 x 96
810 4'6" x 1254 x 144
10124'6" x 1454 x 168
12144'6" x 1654 x 192
12-14166 x 1872 x 216
14186 x 2072 x 240
16206 x 2272 x 264
16-18226 x 2472 x 288
18247 x 2684 x 312
18-20267 x 2884 x 336
20288 x 3096 x 360
20-22308 x 32'6"96 x 390
Download a PDF of the Boat Shape size and seating chart

Racetrack Conference Tables

Racetrack Conference Table Seating
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 a given number of people. Very large sizes can be made with an open center or as a set of modular tables.

Racetrack Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Size (inches)Min Room Size (feet)
4436 x 4410 x 11
4642 x 7410'6" x 13'6"
6-8848 x 10211 x 15'6"
81054 x 13011'6" x 18
101254 x 16211'6" x 20'6"
121454 x 19411'6" x 23'6"
141672 x 21614 x 26
14-161872 x 24814 x 29
162072 x 28014 x 31'6"
16-182272 x 31216 x 36
182484 x 33817 x 38'6"
18-202684 x 37017 x 41
202896 x 39418 x 43
20-243096 x 42618 x 45'6"
Download a PDF of the Racetrack size and seating chart

Round Conference Tables

Round Conference Table Guide
Oval or round conference tables are pretty but inefficient. They have only 78.5% of the perimeter of a square of the same dimensions. The 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 the same perimeter – these will always have custom dimensions.

Round Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

Diameter (feet)# Users
(Social Distancing)
# Users
(Traditional)
Diameter (inches)Min Room Size (feet)
4454811 x 11
6687213 x 13
88109615 x 15
109-101212017 x 17
12111514419 x 19
14131716821 x 21
16151919224 x 24
18172221626 x 26
20182424028 x 28
222026-2726432 x 32
24222928834 x 34
26243131236 x 36
28253433638 x 38
30273636040 x 40
Download a PDF of the Round size and seating chart

Keystone or Videoconference Conference Tables

Keystone Conference Table - Videoconference Table
The keystone shape is becoming a standard for videoconferencing. (These are also commonly called VTC tables.) The wide end of the conference table faces the cameras and screen and is not used for seating. The capacity is identical to rectangles, but with one person removed. This chart shows the minimum recommended width at the wide end – this can be changed for better viewing angles. Very large and wide keystones are usually built with an open center – see V-Shaped tables for examples.

Keystone & Videoconference 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
33-54 x 548 x 6011 x 12
3-554'6" x 654 x 7211'6" x 13
55-75 x 860 x 9612 x 15
795 x 1060 x 12012 x 17
911-135 x 1460 x 16812 x 21
9-11135'6" x 1666 x 19212'6" x 23
11156 x 1872 x 21614 x 26
11-13176 x 2072 x 24014 x 28
13196 x 2272 x 26414 x 30
13-1519-216 x 2472 x 28816 x 34
15217 x 2684 x 31217 x 36
17237 x 2884 x 33617 x 38
17-19258 x 3096 x 36018 x 40
19278 x 32'6"96 x 39018 x 42'6"
Download a PDF of the Keystone size and seating chart

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

U Shaped Table - Committee Tables
All of these conference table shapes seat people along their outer edges. Our chart shows the overall length required to seat people at three different spacings:  32″ for situations where maximum capacity is required; 36″ where some space between users is wanted; and 48″ where a lot of space is needed (like legislative and judicial tables). For Social Distancing, use the 48″ numbers. The total length shown will be the sum of the length of the outside edges. These conference room tables come in a variety of shapes. The proportions of these tables must always be designed for the room and the use. Call us and we’ll help you figure it out.

U, V, and Committee Table Size and Seating Chart (Social Distancing & Traditional):

# of UsersLength (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
4128144192
6192216288
8256288384
10320360480
12384432576
14448504672
16512576768
18576648864
20640720960
227047921056
247688641152
268329361248
2889610081344
3096010801440
Download a PDF of the U, V & Committee size and seating chart

Modular Conference Tables

Modular Conference Table - Seating Guide
There’s no universal rule regarding modular table size and seating capacity, but here are the most common sizes:

  • 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″)

Seating capacity is 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.  Contact us and we’ll help you work out the best size for your room.

Download a PDF of the Modular size and seating chart

We have prepared a comprehensive guide to modular tables, including sizing, shapes, and the many ways they can be built. See it here: Guide to Modular Tables

We also have many examples of modular tables that we’ve built for clients: Click here to see more Modular Conference Tables.


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