Seating Chart Software

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Easily create seating charts and plans for your events

Create Seating Charts With Templates

Create a seating chart and seating plans with the help of dozens of built-in templates and drag-and-drop symbols. SmartDraw makes it easy to customize your plan with colors, textures, and even imported graphics. Choose any shape from the many libraries of symbols included and drag and drop tables and chairs to your chart. When you're ready, insert your completed seating chart into any Microsoft Office® document or presentation in a single click or export your plan as a PDF.

You and your team can work on the same seating chart using SmartDraw Cloud, or your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, Google Drive or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link.

Seating chart

Seating Chart Tips

  • You need 3 feet per person to sit comfortably.
  • You can have assigned seating two ways: assign people to a specific table but let them choose their seat or assign them specific seats by putting their place cards at each seat.
  • Give each table a name or number.
  • Seat couples next to each other on circular tables and opposite from each other on long tables.
  • Make sure to leave enough room—48" preferred, and 36" as a bare minimum—between tables for people to walk to the bathroom or for servers to move around.
  • Round tables are easiest for servers to move around and they maximize guest interaction.
  • Chair backs should be about 2 to 3 feet apart.
  • Make sure to leave room for any event specific items such as a buffet table, the head table, check-in table, plants, props, DJ stand, lectern, and projector screen as applicable.
Seating chart tips

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In need of a tool for making a seating chart? SmartDraw is easy to use and it runs on any device. Plus, it works with the programs you already use.