How much room do I need for chairs around a table?


The most common question we get asked is how much room does each chair need around a table. This is an important consideration when planning your dining area or conference room. The amount of space required will depend on whether you are using armchairs or armless chairs, as well as the available space you have.

Armchairs vs. Armless Chairs

When using armchairs, you will need to allow for more space around the table. This is because armchairs have wider dimensions due to the armrests. On average, armchairs require about 65 cm of space to ensure comfortable seating and easy movement. This allows enough room for people to sit and move their chairs without feeling cramped or getting their hands squished.

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On the other hand, armless chairs have a narrower profile and can be placed closer together. You can typically allow for about 47 cm of space. This still provides enough room for people to sit comfortably and move their chairs without feeling restricted.

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Consider the Available Space

In addition to the type of chairs you are using, the available space you have will also impact the amount of room needed around the table. If you have a smaller dining area, you may need to opt for armless chairs to maximise the seating capacity. Armless chairs allow for a more compact arrangement, which can be beneficial in tight spaces.

However, if you have a larger space, you may have more flexibility in choosing between armchairs and armless chairs. You can allow for more space between each chair to create a more open and spacious environment. This can be particularly important when dining where people need to move around the table frequently.

It's also worth considering the shape of the table. Rectangle tables take up less room when you place all the chairs down the sides and leaving the ends empty.

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When determining how much room each chair needs around a table, it's important to consider the type of chairs you are using and the available space you have. Armchairs generally require more space compared to armless chairs. Additionally, the size and shape of the table will also impact the amount of space needed. By taking these factors into account, you can create a comfortable and functional seating arrangement for your dining area.

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If you have a small or tricky layout, come and have a chat to one of our specialist team members, who can show you some other ways of getting the required seating into your area. 


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