Things can get pretty confusing in the world of high top tables. Phrases like counter height, bar height, and pub height are used to describe how tall these types of tables, chairs, and stools are, but it can be unclear as to what they really mean, and what the differences are.
So let’s explore what each of these mean, and answer the questions of how tall is counter height and how tall is bar height. An important thing to note is that the phrase “high top tables” encompasses all of these types. And in fact, sometimes even manufacturers and advertisers use these phrases interchangeably. So when shopping you always want to look carefully at the specs for height measurements to make sure you know exactly what you are getting.
What is Counter Height?
Counter Height Tables
Counter height tables stand taller than standard height tables. Tables of standard height are typically 28-30 inches tall, but what is counter height? Counter height tables typically measure between 34-36 inches tall. They can be found in any length and width, and can be designed in any style and material.
Tables of this height may also be referred to as gathering or bistro tables. These tables can be a great choice in several situations. Here are some examples:
- Counter height kitchen tables
- Effective in smaller spaces because their height creates the illusion of taking up less space
- Create additional food preparation space
- Easy to converse with others who are standing or working in the kitchen
- Create a comfortable environment
- Counter height patio tables
- Useful when you want to see over a backyard wall or railing, such as separation from a swimming pool, garden, or yard view
- Convey a relaxed feel of the space
- Encourage social interaction
- Counter height dinette sets
- Define a more casual dining area because they are considered less formal
- Useful in smaller dining rooms or in defining a smaller space as the dining area
Counter Height Chairs and Stools
The best guideline is to get chairs or stools that are 9-12 inches lower than the height of the table. So the ideal counter height chairs or stools are 24-29 inches tall. This measurement is from the floor to the top of the seat (not including the seat back, if any.)
What is Bar Height?
Bar Height Tables
Bar height tables are even taller than counter height ones. So what is bar height? Bar height tables typically measure between 40-42 inches tall. This type of table may also be referred to as a pub table.
Bar height tables are at a height which blurs the difference between standing and sitting. This makes them ideal for social interaction by leaning on or sitting for shorter periods of time than at counter height or standard height tables. Some examples of use of bar height table set include:
- Cocktail parties and receptions where casual mingling is encouraged
- Patio settings where people can gather for a refreshment or break
- Bar or pub setting for having a drink or two with just a few other people
Bar Stool Heights
As mentioned above, for the greatest comfort and ample legroom, stools or chairs should be 9-12 inches lower than the height of the tabletop. Standard bar stool height is 30-36 inches. Tall bar stools are 34-36 inches.
If you are purchasing your chairs or stools separate from your table, always measure carefully. An inch or two can make a bigger difference in comfort and usability than you may think.
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