No one likes to be bumping elbows with the table next door while trying to enjoy their dinner. That’s why left handed eaters almost always get placed at the head of the table. But when your floor space is limited, tables can get a little uncomfortably close to accommodate more diners. In order to maximize the number of tables you can arrange, and keep your diners comfortable, all it takes to a little creative rearranging.
Most restaurants organize their tables so diners are sitting back to back with other tables. This creates a walkway between tables for servers and guests. But to get in and out of a chair easily, there needs to be several feet of open space to maneuver in. This is a huge waste of floor space. So restaurants will push the tables closer together. Now patrons have to squeeze and twist to get into their chairs. Neither scenario—wasted space or cramped diners—is a good one.
An easy fix is to turn your tables diagonally! Turn the tables 45 degrees and align them with the corners of the room instead of the front wall. This keeps diners from sitting back-to-back, making it easier for them to get in and out of their chairs. It also cuts down on the amount of space between each table, say from 6 feet to 4 feet. You might even be able to fit an extra table in each row with the added floor space.
It’s all about arranging your tables to fit the shape and size of your restaurant. Large dining areas don’t have to worry about saving an extra foot here and there like a small café does. Don’t try to force more tables in than you can.