In this second installment of Tent Seating guidelines, we will show the seating capacity for Buffet Dining in a tent. 

The following numbers will not take into account aisles, dance floors, or service areas. We will show options for the sizes of tent that we offer. After this list, we will explain the math involved

20 x 20 tent:      50 buffet dining

20 x 30 tent:      75 buffet dining

20 x 40 tent:      100 buffet dining

20 x 60 tent:      150 buffet dining

40 x 40 tent:      200 buffet dining

40 x 60 tent:      300 buffet dining

40 x 80 tent:      400 buffet dining

40 x 100 tent:     500 buffet dining

40 x 120 tent:     600 buffet dining

And heeeeeerrrrrre’s the funky math: for Buffet Dining, which usually uses 8′ long tables that seat between 8 and 10 people, you need to allow for 7-8 square feet per person, for appropriate comfort. This number also factors in the size of the table. A 20 x 20 foot tent covers 400 square feet, so 400 square feet divided by 7 square feet equals 58 people. This is the recommended maximum. If you wanted to make sure people were spaced further apart and more comfortable which we strongly recommend and is shown above, divide 400 by 8, to get 50 people.

The previous post in this series explained cocktail party capacity. Follow up posts will feature serviced seating, cathedral/auditorium seating, and miscellaneous measurements, respectively.