Choosing a Table Height That Is Appropriate For Your Needs

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Have you finally decided to build your own custom table, but don’t know where to start? The first thing you need to know is what type of table you want to build. Bar, counter, and standard-height tables, like most things, have advantages and disadvantages. It’s simply a matter of determining which table height is most appropriate for your area and requirements. Continue reading to find out what will work best for you!


Standard-height tables, which measure 30″ tall, are the most prevalent table height. Because the majority of people find this design to be the most practical and comfortable, it frequently provides the most options. This is the table height you choose if you want something more formal. When extra seating is required, it is easier to gather chairs from around the house. Frequently, there are no counter or bar-height chairs available. Standard-height tables are more wheelchair accessible, and climbing in and out of chairs and benches for standard-height tables is much easier for small children. 


Counter-height tables are 36″ tall, whereas bar-height tables are 42″ tall. Both of these table heights are ideal for eat-in kitchens and tight spaces, since they provide additional prep or work area when needed. Because of their great height, this type of table draws the eye upward, making spaces appear more spacious. Counter and bar-height tables may be more appealing to taller people since the extra height provides them more leg room. You also don’t have to pull or push yourself out of the chair, unlike with standard-height tables. For individuals who find doing so challenging, this can be an added benefit. Finally, bar-height tables are a terrific choice if you like to hold parties and are known for your basement bar. They provide ample standing room for additional guests to converse while also providing a spot to set their food and drinks.

Both bar and counter-height tables have some drawbacks. For one thing, because you have less flexibility in moving your legs and shifting your posture, you’re compelled to stay in virtually the same position. Stretchers (footrests) can help improve comfort, but the most important thing is to locate comfy chairs. For your twice-yearly huge gatherings, it’s challenging to find counter or bar-height chairs around your house. Tall tables, on the other hand, are not as safe for families with small children. They are more difficult to climb, but they also pose a greater risk of falling!


To aid in envisioning the table height and dimensions, it is usually beneficial to measure your area and try to imitate the table measurements. To simulate the size of a future table, we recommend draping blankets over existing tables or other objects, cutting cardboard to size, or measuring using painter’s tape on the floor. Give it a go! You’ll be glad you took the time to do so. We can supply you with the lumber for your own project, or build a custom table to your exact specifications! The length, width, and height may all be changed to suit your needs. It’s not necessary to keep to “normal” heights. Consider the size of your area, how you intend to utilize it, and the primary needs/usage you expect from your table. That will give you the most accurate sense of which design style will work best for you! If you need assistance deciding, please contact us!