8-Foot Table Dimensions (with Drawings)
Choosing the right size table for your dining room, office, or backyard can be challenging. This is especially true when the table requires a lot of seats, but typically an 8-foot table can accommodate large groups. Use this as a guide to figure out what size table you need in each area of your life.
On average, 8-foot dining tables are 30 inches wide and 96 inches long. Extra wide 8-foot banquet tables are 36 inches wide and 96 inches long. Narrow 8-foot tables are 18 to 24 inches wide and 96 inches long.
You can also find 8-foot tables in a variety of settings such as conference rooms, picnic areas and backyards, and certain gaming tables. Depending on what you plan to use your 8-foot table for, it can feature various widths, heights, and features.
What Are the Dimensions of an 8-Foot Table?
Standard 8-foot tables can range in size depending on the type of table you are interested in. For large families, 8-foot dining tables are relatively common. These tables have a width of 30 inches and a length of 96 inches.
In comparison, an 8-foot banquet table is wider with a width of 36 inches and a length of 96 inches. This is to give those at the table plenty of space to adjust as needed during the banquet.
An 8-foot narrow table is also 96 inches long, but the width comes in two sizes: 18 inches and 24 inches. People commonly use these tables in classroom settings. Overall, there are many different styles of 8-foot tables you can use for an array of purposes.
Different Types of 8-Foot Tables
8-Foot Dining Table
Dining tables are available in a variety of sizes and can seat two to 12 people. The Gather Table is a farm-style, wooden dining table that comes in three sizes, fitting six to 10 people.
The middle-sized Gather Table is right under 8 feet. It has a length of 94.5 inches, a width of 39.5 inches, and a height of 29 inches.
There should be a clearance of at least 36 inches between the table to the wall or other objects. A clearance of 48 inches is recommended for the most flexibility and movement. A depth of 18 inches is best for the movement of dining chairs.
8-Foot Folding Table
Folding tables are easy and affordable to set up for any event. You can dress them up for special occasions with a tablecloth or take them outside as-is for a barbecue. Furthermore, folding tables have waterproof tops that are water-resistant and weather durable.
The Cosco Deluxe 8-foot folding table has legs that fold in as well as a center folding feature. This makes transporting and storing this table a breeze. The table has an overall length of 96 inches, a width of 30 inches, and a height of 29.25 inches.
8-Foot Conference Table
A conference table is a long, wide table that is found in most workplaces. This table is used for meetings or gatherings and provides ample room for paper and other office materials. Because conference tables are designed to accommodate different chair heights, the height is typically taller than standard dining room tables.
Most standard conference tables seat four to eight people, but they can be customized to fit more if necessary. An 8-foot conference table can seat six to eight. Typical 8-foot conference tables have a length of 96 inches, a width of 44 inches, and a height of 29.5 inches.
For conference rooms 16 feet long, there should be a clearance of 48 inches between the table and wall. For maximum comfortability in this space, 56 inches of clearance is adequate. If the conference room is 22 feet long, there should be 60 inches of clearance between the table and wall.
When purchasing office chairs for the conference room, they should be 23 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 39 inches high. This will provide the most comfort and space for up to eight people at the conference table.
8-Foot Picnic Table
Picnic tables are named as such to eat outdoors or picnic. You typically find these tables in public parks, campgrounds, schoolyards, and even your backyard. Because of their design, they have also become popular for cafeterias, community centers, and break rooms alike.
Picnic tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes; wooden rectangular ones are most common. These tables can comfortably seat four to six people. 8-foot picnic tables have a length of 96 inches, a width of 62 inches, and a height of 29 inches.
8-Foot Game Tables
Some popular gaming tables, like beer pong and pool tables, also typically come in 8-foot lengths.
Beer Pong Tables
If you’ve been to a college campus, you have most likely encountered a beer pong table. You have probably seen beer pong played on folding tables, but there are actually regulation tournament-sized tables for professionals. Like folding tables, they are designed with a folding, portable table surface, easy to transport and set up quickly.
Beer pong tables are often customized with unique graphics or team logos. They also have outlines for where to place the cups. An official regulation-size beer pong table is 96 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 27.5 inches tall.
It’s best to add five feet to each end and three feet on either side of a beer pong table. This allows for adequate clearance and ample space for gameplay.
Pool tables are a fun addition to any game room, but ensure that you have enough space to accommodate them before purchasing. A clearance space of at least 11 feet 8 inches by 15 feet 4 inches is best for 8-foot pool tables. The dimensions of pool tables do not directly coincide with their sizes.
An 8-foot pool table has a playing surface with a length of 88 inches and a width of 44 inches. The playing surface is set at 29.25 inches high. The overall size of an 8-foot pool table is 103 inches long, 59 inches wide, and 32 inches tall.
A standard 7-foot pool table has an overall length closer to 8 feet. It is 93 inches long, 54 inches wide, and 32 inches tall. 7-foot pool tables require clearance space of at least 11 feet 3 inches by 14 feet 6 inches.
Thanks to their smaller size, 7-foot pool tables tend to fit better than regulation 8-foot pool tables in bars and small homes. They have a playing surface of 78 inches in length, are 39 inches in width, and are set 29.25 inches high.
How Many Chairs Do You Need for an 8-Foot Banquet Table?
For banquet tables, you place chairs on both sides of the table. If you’re using a standard 8-foot banquet table, the recommendation is three chairs on each side. This is because some guests prefer to turn their chairs when the speaker is presenting.
However, if needed, you can always place four chairs on each side. This is similar to a regular 8-foot table that is 96 inches long by 30 inches wide. You can comfortably sit eight to 10 people with four chairs on each side and one chair at either end.
What Size Tablecloth Fits an 8-Foot Table?
Tablecloth linens come in many different sizes and styles. A standard tablecloth linen is 114 inches long by 52 inches wide and fits a 6-foot rectangular banquet table. A full drop tablecloth linen is 132 inches long by 90 inches wide.
8-foot rectangular banquet tables require a tablecloth that is 120 inches long by 52 inches wide. For a full drop, the tablecloth should be 156 inches long by 90 inches wide.
An 8-inch overhang, or standard drop, of the tablecloth is the typical recommendation for all tables. If you want the tablecloth to overhang halfway to the floor, the drop should be 15 inches. But, if you prefer the tablecloth’s overhang to touch the floor, the drop should be 30 inches.
How big is a standard foosball table?
There are several different sizes of foosball tables, depending on the level of gameplay. A regulation-size foosball table is 56 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 36 inches tall. Home models are 48 inches long, 23 inches wide, and 32.5 inches tall. Smaller versions of foosball tables are shorter than standard sizes, 27 inches long, and 14 to 20 inches wide.Adding a foosball table to a family room or game room can lead to hours of fun. Before you do that, you want to ensure that there is enough space for the table. You should also be sure that there is enough space to move around the table to play comfortably.
What size table do I need for my dining room?
The average size of a dining room in the United States is 14 feet by 16 feet, about 224 square feet. This size dining room can usually fit a formal table, chairs, and a hutch or buffet. There should be a clearance of 36 to 42 inches from the edge of the dining table to the wall. This area can allow for adequate space for seating as well as a walkway behind the chairs. Comfortable seating should allow 24 to 28 inches of table space per seat. A rectangular table that is 36 to 42 inches wide and 6 feet long can seat six to eight people. Round tables up to 60 inches can sit four people. If the table has a pedestal base, six people can comfortably sit.
Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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