dining table behind couch with height guide

Dining table and chair height guide to putting behind the couch

Without a doubt, a dining table is an investment. It is different from the decorative pillows that are replaced every season. You need a dining table that will stand the test of time, combining practicality with panache and durability with style. That is a difficult order to fulfill. But don’t despair! Choosing the furniture for your dining room will be easy if you consider these simple tips that you should keep in mind.

Dining tables and chairs are no longer at the same height. You can choose standard, counter or bar heights from our various collections in different styles. This lets you create a dining space that highlights your personality and meets your hospitality needs. A small dining room can look stylish with a round or square bar and matching counter-height tables and chairs. Completely redesign the dining room for a traditional feel to family meals, or use the high table to set up a casual gathering space for friends.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Measure! The importance of measuring your room before purchasing furniture cannot be overstated. It is important to be aware of traffic flow in the dining room (or dining area). Allow at least 3 feet of space around the dining table and chairs. This gives you and your guests plenty of room to comfortably walk around the table and pull out the chairs to sit down.

After measuring, consider how many people your dining table should accommodate daily. Consider a drop-leaf table or an extendable dining table if you tend to host many guests.

standard height dinette

What is a standard-height dining room?

A standard-height dining table, sometimes called a full-height dining table, should be between 28 and 30 inches and be used with chairs, stools, or benches between 18 and 23 inches.

Why should I choose a standard-height dinette?

This traditional choice is the most common and offers the widest selection. You can match and mix chairs, stools, and benches from various collections, styles, and finishes. Many people find a standard-height dining room comfortable, allowing their feet to rest naturally on the floor regardless of height. The standard height dining area is very inclusive as it is the perfect height for wheelchair users. High tables and chairs may require children to be lifted into the child-friendly seat.

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What is counter height dining?

Counter height tables are approximately 34-36 inches and should be used with stools or chairs of approximately 24-26 inches.

Why should you choose a counter-height dining room?

Raising normal-height and counter-height tables and chairs creates a unique look in your dining room or eat-in kitchen. As the name implies, a counter height table is ideal for food preparation because the height is close to or level with the counter. Perfect for small or tight spaces as it creates a more open and less traditional look than a tall dining room. Thanks to this casual and traditional look, the counter-height dining room is perfect for entertaining guests. The environments they create tend to be more casual, with tables at the perfect height for guests to rest their drinks, whether sitting or standing—contemporary or casual items of your choice. Remodel your dining room to match your style.

bar height dining room

What is eating at bar height?

Bar height tables are 40 to 42 inches and should be used with 28 to 30-inch stools or chairs.

Why choose a dining room at bar height?

The bar height dining room takes the fun features of the counter height dining room and makes it even taller. The added height moves further away from the traditions associated with full-height dining rooms, which is reflected in their environments; it can be converted into a standing space.

How to choose materials for dining room furniture.

your lifestyle

When choosing materials for dining room furniture, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. Is your dining room table used for anything other than eating (homework, office work, crafts, etc.)? Do you often host fancy dinners? The best dining table materials will work just as well with your lifestyle and suit your space. These are some of the most popular options.

How to choose dining room furniture

room style

When considering the materials that best suit your lifestyle, think about the style of your home and dining room. Is it traditional, bohemian, or mid-century modern? For an old-style or formal dining room, consider a rectangular or oval walnut table adorned with leaves and finished with a plinth. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of furniture for your bohemian interior, take inspiration from the Platner dining table, which features a gold-finish steel rod base and tempered glass top. Finally, for a mid-century stylish aesthetic, opt for something like the Saarinen dining table with a marble top and a sculptural pedestal base.

Now let’s talk about dining chairs. There are several modern dining table sets to choose from, but it’s becoming more and more popular to buy your dining table and chairs a la carte, which means your table and chairs don’t have to match perfectly. Chairs in different materials add even more visual interest. A standard dining table is approximately 28 to 30 inches tall. Therefore, the seat height should be between 17 and 23 inches to provide enough room for people to sit comfortably. If you are looking for a dining stool for your kitchen counter, consider the height and dimensions of your counter before purchasing.

Here are some ideas to combine dining tables and chairs. A classic walnut dining table sits next to cantilevered steel and wicker chairs. Saarinen Tulip armchairs are paired with colorful Eames molded fiberglass chairs around an oval glass-enclosed dining table. Or, if you’re looking for more modern dining room furniture, pair Lucite chairs with a marble pedestal table.

Other food options to consider

Height-adjustable seats: Personalize your seating experience with height-adjustable stools. People of different heights can sit comfortably on the height-adjustable seats. The adjustable seats allow you to change the table without remodeling the entire room.

Armed or Armless: Chairs with arms add comfort, style, and support, while armless options offer a more modern, clean look.

Backless or Backless: A high back, low back, or backless can give a room a particular look. Base your decision not only on comfort but also on style.

Rotating seat: turning left and right is a great feature. It’s comfortable to sit in, easy to leave and has the best views.

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