Ever wondered how tall the tables, chairs, and bar stools in your restaurant are? If so, you’re not alone. One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive is “is there a standard height for restaurant furniture”. The answer is yes.
Restaurant furniture dimensions are an industry standard, but not one that is designed and administered by any governing body. Nevertheless, most manufacturers adhere to the standards, at least loosely. The reason for standardization is simple: having a standard ensures that the chairs that you buy from one manufacturer will fit under the tables that you buy from another manufacturer. Without standardization, you would need to measure every table and chair before you bought them to be sure they would fit.
What are the standard furniture heights?
Even though there is an informal standard, manufacturers are not bound the exact height, so tables and chairs can vary by as much as an inch or two, depending on the style and thickness of materials used.
Standard table height tables are 30” tall, a comfortable height that is easy for patrons to reach, while allowing them to rest their feet on the ground. It also fits wheelchairs well, so it is perfect for ADA compliance.
Standard table height chairs are 18” from the top of the seat to the ground, which leaves a 10”-12” to the bottom of the table for your customer’s legs.
Standard counters and counter height tables are 36” tall. You won’t find too many commercial quality restaurant counter height tables or bases on the market. The reason is that most restaurants stick with either table or bar height.
Standard Counter Height Stools are 24”, which again leaves 10-12” of leg room for customers. Counter height stools are more popular for residences because they fit perfectly under a 36” kitchen counter. Commercial quality stools are more difficult to find due to the fact that most restaurants don’t have counters anymore.
Standard bar height tables are 42” tall. Bar height tables and bases are very common, and many different materials and styles are available. Often, restaurant designers will use bar height tables to create different height levels and lines of site. For example, if you have a dance floor or a performance stage, adding bar height tables makes it easier for the people in the back to see the performance.
Standard bar height stools are 30” from the top of the seat to the ground; they fit well under both bars and bar height tables. Bar stools are available in a wide range of styles and materials because they are so common in restaurants, bars, casinos, and resorts.