More about Boat Shaped Tables

2016 has started with a bang at Paul Downs! We’re seeing a lot of requests for boat shaped conference, meeting, and office tables.

transitional boardroom table

Why are they so popular?  

The curved sides make it easier for users to see each other whether they are sitting on the sides of the table or at the ends.  The shape is also conducive for videoconferencing and presentations. Many clients find the shape to be more visually pleasing than a rectangle table. 

When we talk with our clients and they request boat-shaped tables, they usually want one because of the visual aspects listed above.  Sometimes they’ve heard that more employees and customers can fit around boat-shaped tables. This is a very common misconception. Unless the curve is extreme, the amount of perimeter is almost identical to a rectangle of the same length. In fact, it’s a little less than a rectangle of the same maximum width and depth because the end of that rectangle is longer than its comparable boat (How’s that for a cool party fact to share with friends?! …maybe not).

How do I know what size is right for my company?

Here’s our recommendation for figuring out the best size boat-shaped table for a given number of users. We’ve included both a handy-dandy formula and a chart.  If you’re not sure what will work, give us a call – we’re happy to help.

Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Boat Shaped Tables

# UsersSize (feet)Size (inches)Min Room Size
43'6" x 542 x 6010'6" x 12
63'6" x 642 x 7210'6" x 13
84 x 848 x 9611 x 15
10 4'6" x 1254 x 14411'6" x 19
124'6" x 1454 x 16811'6" x 21
144'6" x 1654 x 19211'6" x 23
166 x 1872 x 21614 x 26
186 x 2072 x 24014 x 28
206 x 2272 x 26414 x 30
226 x 2472 x 28816 x 34
247 x 2684 x 31217 x 36
267 x 2884 x 33617 x 38
288 x 3096 x 36018 x 40
308 x 32'6"96 x 39018 x 42'6"
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Many wood choices bring out the elegance and flow of this table shape and we can provide many examples of different widths, lengths, and wood selections. Just send us an email or take a look on our gallery page.


If you haven’t already, please look through our gallery of custom conference tables. You can choose any of these designs as a starting point for your project, or you can submit your own designs. For help designing your custom conference project, contact us today at 484-680-7102 or info@pauldowns.com.