Chair size is the distance from center-of-arm to center-of-arm, which is the full width of the chair. The most common chair sizes range from 19 to 22 inches, but they may be narrower or wider depending on the chair. For example, a stadium chair may be 18 inches in width, but premium chair models, like a cinema recliner, could be up to 26 inches wide. At Irwin Seating, our most popular chairs have sizes between 19 and 24 inches.
Finding the right balance between capacity and comfort is important for the experience patrons have in your space. With your patrons in mind, try to remember that small chair sizes will give your space maximum capacity, but they could negatively affect comfort and will come with their own accessory restrictions. Your chair manufacturer can help you find the right balance and keep you informed with any restrictions you could face.