Seating Arrangements

theatre seating chart showing tables and chairs

Theatre

Theatre style seating is used for lectures and other forms of one-way communication. A presentation is given from the front of the room. This seating allows for the greatest number of people in the room.

classroom seating chart showing tables and chairs

Classroom

In classroom style seating, rectangular tables are placed in horizontal rows so participants face in front of the room. Classroom style is used when participants will need to write or refer to a handout during the meeting.

block seating chart showing tables and chairs

Block

This square or rectangular seating arrangement is used for meeting where participants must be encouraged to interact, problem-solve or negotiate. There may or may not be a leader and persons can see every other group member.

u-shaped seating chart showing tables and chairs

U-shape

U-shaped square or rectangular seating is used to combine a lecture or presentation format with group interactions.