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A high top table is often found in restaurants but has been increasing in popularity in homes. Whether a high top table is in a restaurant or is used as a dinette set in someone’s home, the top of the high table is higher than that of a standard dining table. Table heights of high top tables sold through Dinette Online come in three sizes: counter height, bar height, and extra tall dining. Counter high tables have the same height as a kitchen counter, while bar height high tables are slightly taller – think of the height of a bar counter. The highest table, an extra tall dining high table, is higher than that.
To match the heights of a high top table, the matching stools or chairs often have longer legs to meet the counter height. For counter height high tables, chairs are included with the table set, and these chairs, like typical bar chairs, have longer legs and a shorter back but still resemble chairs. When the base of the table gets taller, the taller chairs become stools. As is typical with bar furniture, taller tables, if not for standing and supporting drinks, have four accompanying stools. In cases, such as with extra tall dining tables, when the base of the table is long enough that the diners’ feet do not touch the ground, a foot rest is included at the bottom on the table base. But, when the table is only slightly taller than a standard table, such as with a counter height high top table, the seating arrangement is still standard, with square and round high top models able to fit four to eight chairs around its perimeter. For balancing purposes and proportions, a higher table often warrants a smaller table top, such as one that has a diameter of only 24 to 30 inches, while a table that is closer to the ground, like a standard or counter high table, can have a larger table top and can, therefore, seat more people.
Whether the high top table is in a bar, a pub, or a bistro, the character of the table needs to fit in with its surroundings. In a traditional pub, a glass top, contemporary high top table would be out of place but would fit in with the slightly upscale and modern atmosphere or a café or bistro. A traditional wooden bar height table, however, would appear too rustic for a bistro and would be more appropriate for a pub or a tavern. Like a standard dining table set or dinette, a high top table needs to match the décor of the rest of the room, whether that room is a large main dining room in a restaurant or in a kitchen in a home.