# How much space should be between church chairs?

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## How much space should be between rows of chairs?

The distance between chair rows should be at least 24″, so guests can comfortably walk and sit. The first row should be at least 72″ away from where the couple will be standing.

## How much space do you need between church pews?

Conventional pews that are installed at normal 36” row-to-row spacing leave a 12” egress for exiting the pew. With a 12” egress the codes do not allow more than seven seats from the center of the row to the nearest aisle. This translates to a maximum pew length 22′ 6” or 15 seats.

## How do you calculate church seating capacity?

To calculate the seating capacity of a church:

1. Calculate the area of your church, excluding the stage, closets, or any other spaces where people will not be sitting.
2. Divide the area by 7.
3. Round the answer down to be safe.

## How much space does a sitting person need?

Here too, it will vary depending upon how you arrange the seats: Dinner seating at rectangular tables: 9 to 10 square feet per person. Dinner seating at round tables: 11 to 12 square feet per person. Theater or auditorium style seating: 6 to 8 square feet per person.

## How wide should a church aisle be?

The minimum clear width for aisles shall comply with one of the following: Forty-eight inches (1219 mm) for stepped aisles having seating on both sides. Exception: Thirty-six inches (914 mm) where the stepped aisles serve less than 50 seats.

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