What Size Board Game Table Do I Need?

One of the most frustrating things for board game enthusiasts is having a board game table that is too small for their games. On the other hand, a table that is too large can keep players from engaging in the game and interacting with one another. So, what size board game table do I need to accommodate my favorite board and card games? 

There are several things to consider when choosing the right-sized board game - number of players, game type, or room size. You also want to consider whether your table will hold extras such as food and drinks. Below, we look at choosing the right board game table size. Contact Bandpass today if you have any further questions or need help choosing a table. 


Best Table Sizes

When comparing board game tables, think about the most elements that enhance the gaming experience for all game players. Check out this quick reference chart for the most popular board game table models from Bandpass:

Table Type



The Dresden Standard

78” x 52”

Up to 6

The Dresden XL

90” x 52”

Up to 8

The Dresden Battleground

96” x 52”

Up to 8

What to Consider When Choosing a Board Game Table Size

Board Game Table Shelf

There are several ways to determine the size of a board game table that meets your gaming specifications. Consider these main factors:

The Total Gaming Area

The most important item to consider is the overall area of the table once you combine the table size, accessories, and chairs. You also need to add how much space your players will take up. Each player should have 18 to 25 inches of playing space. Anything tighter than that will create an uncomfortable environment. Your table should fit easily into the designated room or area without feeling cramped.

Board Game Table Surface Area

Moving inward from the total gaming area, you need to consider the most important aspect of the table: the playing surface area. How much surface area you need depends on what type of board games you will be playing. Certain board, tabletop, and dice games may need a game table with smooth and even playing surfaces. Others may need built-in table accessories. All of these features can affect the board game table surface area.

Table Utility

Table utility can include anything that ranges from how you will use the table to how easily you can move the table. Again, what you use the table for will depend on the type of games you play. For instance, if you play a board game with dice or moving parts, you may want to add rails to the table. Likewise, if you travel a lot and like to bring your games, a compact foldable table may be a better option.

Game Table Shape

The shape of the board game table has a significant impact on the overall game dynamic. You feel different when you play on a hexagon table than you will when you play on a rectangle table. A small square table can create a more intimate atmosphere than a larger table. Different shapes can also accommodate specific games. 

Board Game Table Height

The height of the table also creates a unique vibe. For example, a bar table may give you a more relaxed feeling. By contrast, a standard 30” table may create more intensity and focus. Different table heights work in certain settings. A 36” counter table may be ideal for a game room. However, a 30” rectangle table may work better in a dining room.


Table Accessories Can Affect the Table Size

Board Game Table Covers

Board game table accessories can be as small as a dice holder or as large as a table cover or drawer. Some are stationary, while others are mobile. The rule of thumb is this: Every accessory you use either adds more space to the table or takes up more space. If space is an issue, you must choose your accessories wisely. 

So, when choosing board game table accessories, try to find space-saving products that still give you plenty of playing area on the tabletop. One great idea is to install drawers or sliding containers underneath the table instead of placing containers on top of the table. Another idea is to use a slider that can move from one end of the table to the other while holding some of the game pieces or other accessories.