When furnishing your dining room or kitchen with tables there are a number of factors to consider. First, define your dining style. What type of mood do you want to create? Do you lean toward a formal or more informal approach to gatherings? How many people will you consistently entertain? And, last but not least, will the table coordinate with the design and décor established in the home?
We suggest featuring the table as the room's center attraction and accessorizing around it keeping in mind that the main objective is to make guests comfortable and focused on the food and conversation. A bit of pre-planning and the following guidelines and definitions should help.
A bar table is usually about 39" to 42" high and requires the use of bar stools. Bar stools are 29" to 31" high at the seat. You may also see a bar table referred to as a Tall Pub Table, but we stick with "bar table" for consistency.
A counter height table is 34" to 36" high and required the use of counter height stools. Counter stools are 25" to 26" high at the seat. Different manufacturers may use bistro or pub interchangeably, but it means the same thing.
A small table 28" to 30" high that uses regular or cafe dining chairs. The diameter top is 30" to about 36". Sometimes called a "cafe pub table" but the height of the table probably qualifies it as a standard cafe.
A dining table is a larger table 28" to 30" high that uses regular or cafe dining chairs. The diameter top for round and square are usually 36" to 50". And in an oval or rectangle the length can range from 60" to as large as 80"
We're often asked to expand upon the seating standards per table…how many chairs really fit around a square dining table or how much room do people require during a formal dinner? Remember that the goal is creature comfort regardless of table size or time of day. Take a look at the chart and design guidelines below as a primer:
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We'd be remiss if we didn't say that our wrought iron tables range from the elaborate and elegant to the simple and sturdy, and come in all shapes and sizes to suit your space. Topped with marble, glass or wood our table bases have the fashionable characteristics you fancy and the quality craftsmanship you demand. Whatever the occasion!