What size boardroom table do I need?

Try our easy boardroom table calculator

It’s really important to make sure your boardroom table is the right size. Important decisions for your business are undertaken in this room, so making sure you have enough room for everyone to sit around the table to collaborate, and move around the room easily to use the whiteboard or present to the room.

Materials you’ll need:

  1. Pen and pencil
  2. Paper
  3. A retractable measuring tape

Our simple boardroom table size calculations

Calculating the size of boardroom tables or conference tables is actually fairly straightforward. With a few simple measurements and this quick reference guide, you should be able to work out how many people you will be able to seat comfortably.

  1. Measure the dimensions of your room.

If your room is an unusual shape or if you’re not sure how to calculate your meeting table size, we have a 2D and 3D office design and planning service.

Measurements to calculate ideal boardroom table size

  1. Measure the distance you need around the table

Ideally, your table should have a minimum amount of clearance and this can be calculated as follows:

If your room is under 5 metres, allow 1.2 metres clearance
If your room is under 6.7 metres, allow 1.5 metres clearance
If your room is above 6.7 metres, allow 1.8 metres clearance

So here’s a working example:

Your Room Length = 4.8 metres
Your Room Width = 3.6 metres

Because your room is under 5 metres, you should allow 1.2 metres clearance (see point 2 above).

So the calculation is as follows:

Table Length: 4.8 – 2.4 (2 x clearance) = 2.4 metres
Table Width: 3.6 – 2.4 (2 x clearance) – 1.2 metres

Now calculate How Many People Can Fit Around The Table

Now you know the table size, you can calculate the amount of people this will seat.

Obviously this will be determined by your chair choice, but our general rule of thumb is to allow 70cm – 90cm per person. 70cm may be a little on the tight side, but should work if your space is limited and you need to seat as many as possible.

For this example we’ll use the more comfortable allowance of 90cm and a table that is 2.4m x 1.2m:

Calculation for table perimeter

  1. Calculate the perimeter of your table.
  2. 2.4 + 2.4 + 1.2 + 1.2 = 7.2 metres
  3. Divide this number by the comfort allowance
  4. 7.2 metres / 0.90 metres = 8

Meeting tables of this size will therefore comfortably seat 8 people, but could potentially seat 10 if you only allow 70cm between each person.

Now you have your measurements, you can being your search for a boardroom table.

Find the right boardroom furniture for you

Take a look at our range of practical and stylish meeting tables and desks for offices here.