Dining Room Space Planning

1. Begin by planning out the space for the overall restaurant using this general formula:

2. Decide what type of dining experience you'll be providing. Then you can decide how much square footage per person will be needed at a table.

Dining Type Sq. Ft. Per Person
Banquet 8–10
Casual Dining 10–12
Cafeteria 12
Upscale Dining 12–14

3. Next, it's important to know how far apart tables and how wide aisles should be.

Type of Space Space Needed
Wait Staff Aisle 24–30 inches
Main Traffic Aisle 18–36 inches

4. With all of that mapped out, the final step is to decide on the type(s) of seating that will fill the remaining dining space.

Tables and Chairs are the most common types of dining room seating, and they offer an endless variety of options to suit any establishment.

Table Diameter Table Circumference # of People Accommodated
24" 75" 1–4
30" 93" 2–4
36" 112" 3–4
42" 132" 4–5
48" 151" 5–6
60" 188" 6–9
72" 226" 8–12

Though it can be a bit more expensive, booth seating allows for a larger number of seats per square foot.

Booth Table Size Feet Between Booth Backs
24" 5½'
30" 6'

Ready to get started!