Choosing the right chair stagger method for your space is key to ensuring that, even with a full house, everyone has a great view. The type of chair stagger you choose will depend on a number of factors.
When there isn't much of a rise between rows, patrons will have a harder time getting a view of the action. Staggering seats using methods like a sawtooth stagger can make it easier to get a clear line of sight. A sawtooth stagger simply involves shifting alternate rows by half a chair total or one quarter chair each way.
An odd-even parallel method alternates the size and quantities of chairs in any given row. For instance, you can improve sight lines by alternating between rows that contain 11 twenty-inch chairs and 10 twenty-two inch chairs. This is not too common but it does work to achieve the seat goals. However, row size is key to the effectiveness. This often cannot work well with rows that have nine or fewer chairs. Please note that in order to accomplish this, aisle lines will not be constant.
When staggering seats, you can increase by one chair for each row as you go away from the stage, which completely depends on the space size. This allows you to conform to the dimensions of a space and keep the lines looking clean.
Some elements of theater design allow for better sight lines without having to stagger the rows. More height between rows means less of a need to stagger. If one patron can see over the person in front of them, you can have them aligned more closely. Reduced staggering unifies the look of the space more, offering clean lines. This is particularly helpful if you are dealing with different fabrics. The result is a theater space that looks clean and unified when looking up at the seating, without having to sacrifice sight lines. There are a number of options available to mount chairs to give you the height and placement that you need.