Do It Yourself Questions: What Height Is A Bar Table?

Selecting the height for a bar table is important. Learn to make choices appropriate for your specific needs and the table's location.

When purchasing a bar table or pub set it is crucial that one consider what it is to be used for along with personal preference. That said, there are four basic types of bar tables, each suited to various spaces and uses. Think on all the uses the table will see and the possible places it might be placed, so that an educated choice may be made. The height preferred is generally determined by the length of a person's legs. A taller person, for instance, may very well be more comfortable with a poser table than with a café table. It is never convenient to have to climb into a seat, and so a height that one can back into and then step up to settle is much more preferred by the general populace.

A café table is usually thirty inches in height, usually, and is often preferred by people with shorter legs. Just a step up from this, a breakfast bar table is a full six-inches taller, for those people that would wish greater height without making the large jump into poser or recreational tables. Both of these are well suited for guests and lend confidence that most body types will find them comfortable.

A poser table has a range of forty to forty-five inches, according to most manufacturers. This height is a great difference from the two smaller varieties of bar tables, though even it can seem dwarfed by the tall recreational table, which measures in at a full forty-eight inches in height, on average. These tables tend to have a more specialized place in the home, often found in rooms that see more occasional use or that have need of a taller fixture. Pool-side or recreational placement is one widely found use for these tall bar tables.



In the case of actually constructing a bar table or pub set, any range of heights can be selected. Stools should be between ten and twelve inches shorter than the table, measured from seat to tabletop. The space around the table, between each stool, should be at least twenty to twenty-four inches. This will allow for a guest to easily stand or seat themselves and maneuver around the seat, if need be. As with all furniture, the number one goal to shoot for is comfort and convenience.

Of course, all manufacturers will vary in their specifications on each of the named tables, and one may completely rename them. Such measurements can change, particularly when dealing with retro-styled furniture or true antiques. On average, however, a good guideline is presented. From here, educated questions can be asked, though the final decision should definitely involve accurate measurements more than simply following a term that may or may not have been chosen arbitrarily. As with any major purchase, ask questions and expect answers.

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