Table Bases Guide

Choosing a table top and base has never been easier. The first thing to consider is the type of material you want for your tables. Affordable Seating offers a wide range of solid wood, laminate, overlay and many more table top choices. When visualizing your restaurant, generally a solid wood table top would best fit in a fine dining establishment or steakhouse. Affordable Seating has many finishes to choose from such as mahogany or cherry. You might find laminate table tops in your everyday family restaurant. Reversible laminate table tops would best fit in high traffic restaurants such as a fast-food establishment. These tables are commercial grade and will help ease your pocket as they can withstand the wear and tear of a fast- paced restaurant.

After you have selected a table top, you will need a table base. We offer round, x-prong, and bolt down bases. The weight of your table and size of your table must be taken into consideration when choosing the right table base. Choosing a large 48” circle table with a 30” round base can weigh up to 130lbs depending on materials used. You may want to take into consideration flexibility with moving tables around in your restaurant, when choosing certain combinations.

SQUARE TABLES Table Size Base Size
24 x 24 22x22 or 17" Round
30 x 30 22x22 or 17" Round
36 x 36 30x30 or 22" Round
42 x 42 36x36 or 30" Round
     
RECTANGULAR TABLES Table Size Base Size
24 x 30 22x22 or 17" Round
24 x 42 22x30 or 22" Round
24 x 48 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 42 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 48 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 60 (2) 22x22 or (2) 17" Round
30 x 72 (2) 22x22 or (2) 22" Round
     
ROUND TABLES Table Size Base Size
24" Diameter 22x22 or 17" Round
30" Diameter 22x22 or 17" Round
36" Diameter 30x30 or 22" Round
42" Diameter 36x36 or 30" Round
48" Diameter 30" Round
54" Diameter 30" Round
60" Diameter 30" Round
SQUARE TABLES
   
Table Size Base Size
24 x 24 22x22 or 17" Round
30 x 30 22x22 or 17" Round
36 x 36 30x30 or 22" Round
42 x 42 36x36 or 30" Round
   
RECTANGULAR TABLES
   
Table Size Base Size
24 x 30 22x22 or 17" Round
24 x 42 22x30 or 22" Round
24 x 48 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 42 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 48 22x30 or 22" Round
30 x 60 (2) 22x22 or (2) 17" Round
30 x 72 (2) 22x22 or (2) 22" Round
   
ROUND TABLES
   
Table Size Base Size
24" Diameter 22x22 or 17" Round
30" Diameter 22x22 or 17" Round
36" Diameter 30x30 or 22" Round
42" Diameter 36x36 or 30" Round
48" Diameter 30" Round
54" Diameter 30" Round
60" Diameter 30" Round

Now that you are able to calculate the table top and base base size to determine the right dimension for your layout, you can decide how many people you want to seat per table. There are no hard and fast rules about dining tables dimensions as they allow some flexibility to squeeze in a few more people as needed. However, there are recommendations you may want to consider. Conversations may be difficult to take place over a circular table larger than a 6" diameter. It's easier to hold conversations with people seated next to you rather than across from you at a big table. Likewise, seating 12 people at around a 6" diameter table is possible so long as the chairs fit but it's also a bit cramped which may create an uncomfortable seating experience for guests. In such scenarios, square and rectangular tables are a better choice. Ultimately, you may want to consider a table size that is flexible to seat as many people as possible without overcrowding them.

All table top shapes can be designed to include leaves, allowing you to expand the table's capacity. When searching for tables that include leaves, you should check to see if there are storage spaces for the leaves on the table and where. Several commercial furniture suppliers can attach leaves to the tables that don't normally include them upon request.

Having another table with the same dimensions as your current table is another way to accommodate more people. By aligning these table together, you can seat more people comfortably for social gatherings, events, meals, etc.

30" is the standard height for a dining table but there are minimum and ideal table sizes to ensure a comfortable eating experience for people. For a 10 person minimum and ideal size arrangement at a round or rectangular table , 1 person should occupy at the end of the table. 2 people should be placed at the end of a 12 person minimum and ideal table size arrangement. You could fit 12 people around a 7" square table. To seat more people than that, you would need a rectangular table.

When deciding on an ideal table size, sometimes less is more in spacious rooms. With table dimensions accounted for, you may find that an 8 seater table size fits better in your dining room than a 12 seater. Your choice should be proportional to the shape of the room but also the amount you want to seat when deciding between table shapes. Placing a sheet on the ground or creating an outline with a masking table can help you visualize the space your table will take. For example, you should be able to fit a rectangle table size of 36–42 inches wide (91–107cm) and up to 60–70 inches long in a room measuring 10 x 12 feet (3 x 3.6m). You can also fit square or round table size of around 48 inches in diameter (122cm) instead, leaving you with more space to fit additional furniture along the wall. If you are trying to match a table with a rug, the rug should minimally 30" longer than the table size in areas where chairs are placed.

Our table top and table base guide will help ensure you create the best table combinations possible. Affordable seating is here to help you in all your restaurant seating needs. If this is your first venture being a restaurateur, our sales team is here to help. Please call (888) 495-8884.

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