Bar Height vs. Counter Height

As with fabrics and styles, you also have a choice of height for your outdoor furniture.  Barstools and tables come in counter and bar heights allowing you to find a set that is sized to fit your space!

Counter Height Tables are perceived to be more casual and make it easier to converse with others standing in the same space. They appear to take up less space than a lower table, are great in small areas and are also considered less formal than a lower dining table. Counters and counter-height tables are typically 36 inches from the ground and are intended for counter stools measuring 24 to 26 inches from the floor.

Outdoor bars and pub sets are the popular bar height options. They are taller and usually thinner, and can fit in places where traditional tables wouldn’t be able to. Bar height tables range in height from 40 to 42 inches and need bar-height stools which have a seat height of 29 to 31 inches.

Measuring for your furniture is very important. Whether you’re buying bar height or counter height remember to leave a clearance of about 9 to 13 inches between your top and seat so you and your guests can sit comfortably. To determine bar, counter or table height measure the distance between the top of the eating surface and the floor. When measuring chair or stool height measure the distance from the top of the seating surface to the floor. The seat back of the stool (if there is a back) is not a good factor when determining seat height.

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Garrett Wallace