Seating Capacity and Standards – Soft Touch Furniture
February 5, 2019

Seating Capacity and Standards

Seating Capacity

Seating Capacity—The architectural standard for dining suggests that 300 square inches be allowed per diner.

However, some establishments may call for more or less allocation. For instance, fast food restaurants, quick serve coffee shops, diners, lunchrooms, or similar spaces can get by with less space per diner. On the other hand restaurants such as fine dining restaurants, pizza shops, Mexican restaurants, and many Asian style restaurants may require more table space for larger food items, special utensils, various condiments and sauces, and similar.

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Tables come in different shapes and sizes, both of which have a big impact on seating capacity.

Some examples of table shapes are:


18″24″(2 seating capacity) 24″x30″ (2 seating capacity) 24″x36″ (2 seating capacity) 24″x42″ (4 seating capacity) 24″x48″ (4 seating capacity) 24″x60″ (4 seating capacity) 24″x72″ (6 seating capacity) 24″x84″ (6 seating capacity) 24″x96″ (2 seating capacity) 30″x36″ (2-4 seating capacity) 30″x42″ (4 seating capacity) 30″x48″ (2-4 seating capacity) 30″x60″ (4-6 seating capacity) 30″x72″ (6 seating capacity) 30″x84″ (6 seating capacity) 30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)

36″x42″ (4 seating capacity) 36″x48″ (4 seating capacity) 36″x60″ (6 seating capacity) 36″x72″ (6 seating capacity) 36″x84″ (6-8 seating capacity) 36″x96″ (8 seating capacity) 42″x72″ (6-8 seating capacity) 42″x84″ (6-8 seating capacity) 42″x96″ (8 seating capacity) 48″x96″ (8 seating capacity) 48″x120″ (10-12 seating cap.) 48″x144″ (12-14) seating cap.) 48″x168″ (14-16 seating cap.) 60″x120″ (12 seating capacity) 60″x144″ (8 seating capacity) 60″x168″ (8 seating capacity)


18″x18″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x24″ (2 seating capacity) 30″x30″ (2–4 seating capacity) 36″x36″ (4 seating capacity) 42″x42” (4 seating capacity)
48″x48″ (6 seating capacity)


18″ Round (2 seating capacity)
24″ Round (2 seating capacity)
30″ Round (2-4 seating cap.) 36″ Round (4 seating capacity) 42″ Round (4 seating capacity)
48″ Round (6 seating capacity) 54″ Round (7 seating capacity)
60″ Round (8 seating capacity)


42″ Round to 30″x30″ 

(2–5 seating capacity)

48″ Round to 34″x34″

(2–5 seating capacity)

51″ Round to 36″x36″ 

(2–5 seating capacity)

60″ Round to 42″x42″ 

(2–5 seating capacity)


24″x48″ (2 seating capacity)
30″x60″ (2 seating capacity) 36″x72” (2–4 seating cap.)


24″x36″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x36″ (2 seating capacity)
24″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x48″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x60″ (4 seating capacity)
24″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
24″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
30″x36″ (2–4 seating cap.)
30″x42″ (4 seating capacity)
30″x48″ (4 seating capacity)

30″x60″ (4–5 seating cap.)
30″x72″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x84″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)
42″x54″ (4–8 seating cap.)
42″x78″ (6–8 seating cap.)
42″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
48″x78″ (6–8 seating cap.)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)


30″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)
30″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)
36″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
36″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
42″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)

42″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
42″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x120″ (10–12 seating cap.)
48″x144″ (12–14 seating cap.)
48″x168″ (14–18 seating cap.)
60″x120″ (12 seating capacity)
60″x144″ (14 seating capacity)
60″x168″ (16 seating capacity)


30″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
30″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)
30″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
30″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
36″x60″ (6 seating capacity)
36″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)
36″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
36″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
42″x72″ (6–8 seating cap.)

42″x84″ (6–8 seating cap.)
42″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x96″ (8 seating capacity)
48″x120″ (10–12 seating cap.)
48″x144″ (12–14 seating cap.)
48″x168″ (14–18 seating cap.)
60″x120″ (12 seating capacity)
60″x144″ (14 seating capacity)
60″x168″ (16 seating capacity)


36″x72″ Center 42 

(6–8 seating cap.)

36″x84″ Center 48 

(6–8 seating capacity)

36″x96″ Center 48 

(6–8 seating capacity)

36″x120″ Center 48 

(6–8 seating capacity)

36″x144″ Center 48

 (6–8 seating capacity)

36″x168″ Center 48 

(6–8 seating capacity)


Seating Standards

Providing comfortable, spacious seating for your diners to relax is very important to the success of your establishment.

The following guidelines lay forth seating layout standards for booths and tables to create a pleasant seating environment for your guests. At Soft Touch Furniture, our furniture always meets these guidelines, which helps ensure your guests feel comfortable in your establishment. As always, check with your local codes to see if there are any special spacing requirements.

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Booth Dimensions

A. Total booth width 66″–84″
B. Seat back depth 3″–6″
C. Seat back-to-table
edge clearance
16″
D. Table width 24″–42″
E. Table edge to back
of seat cushion
22″–24″
F. Tabletop height 29″–30″
G. Seat height 18″–19 1/2″

Bar Dimensions

A. Outer bar edge to wall 76″–84″
B. Outer bar edge to back wall 84″–104″
C. Outer bar edge to
drinking shelf
66″–72″
D. Outer bar edge to
equipment edge
23″–28″
E. Behind bar traffic area 30″–36″
F. Back bar depth 24″–30″
G. Drinking shelf depth 10″–12″
H. Drinking shelf customer area 18″
I. Customer traffic area 30″
J. Bar seating area 18″–24″
K. Bar depth 18″–24″
L. Footstep depth 6″–9″
M. Footstep height 7″–9″
N. Room divider screen (high) 76″
O. Room divider screen (low) 55″
P. Drinking shelf height 42″–45″
Q. Top of barstool to
bottom of bar
11″–12″
R. Depth of behind–
bar equipment
22″–26″
S. Behind–bar
equipment height
30″
T. Bar height 42″–45″
U. Back bar height 36″–42″
V. Back wall shelf height 60″–69″

Table Dimensions

A. Total area required
for table
60″–90″
B. Tabletop width 24″–42″
C. Customer traffic
and seating area
54″–72″
D. Customer seating area 18″–24″
E. Traffic area 18″–36″
F. Tabletop height 29″–30″
G. Seat height 16″–18″

Counter Dimensions

A. Customer seating area 12″–18″
B. Counter depth 18″–24″
C. Service traffic area 36″
D. Seat height 30″–31″
E. Footstep height 12″
F. Depth of counter underside 10″
G. Top of seat to
underside of counter
11″–12″
H. Counter height 42″
I. Back service counter height 36″

Height Choices—There are several different height options for tables, chairs, and booths.

As the height of your furniture can greatly affect the feel of your establishment, there are things to keep in mind when choosing the height of your furniture: What atmosphere do you what to have (casual vs. formal)? Are there any regulations that you need to be aware of? Are there any architectural features of your space which may help determine the size of your furniture (lower ceiling, etc.)? Once you answer these questions

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