What are the seating dimensions for restaurant chair and tables?
In commercial restaurant bar design we need to plan for proper seating and aisle clearances.
SEATING DIMENSIONS FOR RESTAURANT CHAIR AND TABLES
Discover the architectural standards, dimensions and clearances for bar and restaurant layouts.
Confused about how many seats and tables your bar or restaurant can accommodate? How wide should the aisles be? These are common questions in bar and restaurant design. As you’ll see later in this story, there are many possibilities. Here’s an example of a bar with an adjacent area designed for casual dining and general entertainment. The focus of this discussion concerns the area to the right of the bar, and the question is how many dining seats that space can yield.
TWO APPROACHES FOR LAYING-OUT RESTAURANT TABLES
To illustrate the issue, I’m going to demonstrate two approaches. The first concept features two tables of six seats each and one table of ten seats, yielding a total of 22 seats. An alternate seating arrangement, shown here, features seven 3’ x 3’ tables with four seats each, yielding a total of 28. On the other side of the bar we’re showing three two-tops along the wall, which yields dining for six. Another way of utilizing that 22’ long space would be as a drink rail for 10, but this wouldn’t be conducive for dining. The same holds true for the banquette seating along the opposite wall, which can seat 14-16. The long banquette and drink rail are great complements to the bar. You may decide to choose one or both, but just realize their limitations.
When planning for comfortable dining seating, allocate 14 square feet per person.
HOW TO PLAN FOR PROPER RESTAURANT TABLE SEATING
To achieve the goal of planning 14 square feet per person, architectural standards are the key to planning bar and restaurant seating. When space-planning, we need to use the following architectural standards referenced in the sketch shown at the right (downloadable below):
- 2-top table planning: 66” – 78” depth x 24” – 30” width.
- 4-top table planning: 66” – 78” depth x 48” – 54” width.
- Access aisles: 18” of space is needed from the backs of chairs on adjacent tables.
- Customer activity zone: 30” from bar edge on all sides of the bar and 10” from the edge of dining tables.
- Service aisles: 36” aisles for wait staff and ADA.
My favorite reference book for architectural standards:
Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
WHAT IS THE BEST BAR STOOL SPACING?
MOST POPULAR POSTS:
QUESTION — Have a question about Bar Design, Bar Equipment or Anything Else? Post in comments section of this video!
•••••••• Camera and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ••••••••
1. Canon SL2 with Kit Lens on Amazon
** Extra Canon EOS Battery
2. SLIK Sprint 150 Aluminum Tripod
3. Fovitec Studio Pro 600 LED Panel Bundle
4. Camtasia Video Editing Software
Cabaret Design Group on Social Media:
DISCLAIMER: The above video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!