Counter Height Dining Sets: Pros and Cons in Dining Furniture

A diverse array of shapes, styles, and materials characterize counter height dining sets. The higher seating automatically adds a touch of sophistication, but the rest is up to you. You can browse through a full selection of hundreds of counter height dining sets or you can hone in on the right table size, a number of seats, and other specifications to make your search process that much easier.

Counter height dining furniture has been around for a long time. Originally intended as additional preparation space in kitchens, the earliest counter height sets consisted of kitchen islands tailored for eat-in kitchens, offering both countertop area and a cozy spot for quick meals.

In recent years, counter height sets have expanded to encompass almost any table set variety found in standard dining height, now extending beyond kitchens to include formal dining rooms, open concept spaces, and recreational areas.

Dining height and counter height each serve distinct purposes, making them the ideal choice for various needs. The primary distinction between a counter height table set and a conventional set lies in their respective heights: while standard dining height measures 30” to the tabletop, counter height stands at 36”. What difference do those 6” make? The answer is quite a lot!

 

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Advantages of Counter Height Dining Sets

First, let’s talk about all the advantages of having a counter height dining set. Just like the earlier kitchen-island type counter sets, taller tables are a great way to add counter space to your kitchen area. Standard kitchen counters also measure at a height of 36”, aligning with these counter height sets.

This elevated height facilitates comfortable standing and working, allowing for easy surface use without seating. This feature further enhances the appeal of these sets for entertaining purposes. People can stand around the table with food or beverages without needing a seat to use the tabletop.

Kitchen counter and dining table are a great combination for those who want to add more storage to their cooking space. This set of furniture is ideal for large gatherings when there might not be enough seating for everyone- there is still space for guests to eat and socialize at the table without a chair. Also, if you do have a kitchen island with space for stools, the stools can be used at the counter-height table as well for extra seating.

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Other reasons people lean towards counter height sets include being able to better see the view from a kitchen or dining room window. Those six inches make a difference and you often have a better vantage point from the higher height.

Another reason is pets! Customers have mentioned having dogs or other pets that are constantly prowling around the dinner table for extra food- the higher height makes it harder for furry friends to sneak an extra snack. The 36” height can also be ideal for working from home, depending on your preferences. For people who like to take breaks from sitting at the computer and stand up for a while, the 36” height makes this very easy to do.

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Reasons for Choosing Regular Dining Sets

What are some reasons why someone might want to stay away from counter height dining table? There are several reasons, but most have to do with comfort and aesthetics. For instance, older folks or people with poor circulation may find it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time without both feet on the floor. The counter height sets have seats that are 24” high (as opposed to the standard 18” for lower sets) and this can put pressure on the back of the leg behind the knee. Also, people with limited mobility or shorter stature may find it cumbersome to make their way up to a counter height seat.

 

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People with smaller spaces, shorter ceiling heights, or low hanging light fixtures may want to stick to a regular height dining set to save space both visually and practically. Counter height sets can give a more casual vibe, while for more formal settings, a standard height table might be the better choice. In addition, most people have some extra regular height chairs on hand for extra seating in a pinch, but it can be harder to come by the taller chairs for counter height sets.

While counter height dining sets have proven to be a trend that is here to stay, there are many things to consider when deciding if this type of table set is right for you. Think about how you plan to use your space and furniture, who will be using it, and how the different heights may affect your space both physically and visually. With counter height sets now available in virtually any size, shape or dining table styles, there is a counter height set out there for everyone!

To make an informed decision, you should read "How to Measure Space for Your Dining Table"

Table Legs for Dining Table

Single Pedestal Table Base

Single "leg" or bases are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is easy to push your chairs flush to this type of table, but long legs may not enjoy the center impediment. Single pedestals are great for round dining tables, small tables, and/or pub tables in your eat-kitchen or breakfast nook. A single pedestal table base works best when used for seating fewer than eight for your dining room. It can be prone to tipping when expanded further if someone leans on one end or the other.

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Double Tables Legs

Two pedestals are better than one in a very large dining room. All pedestal tables "open" to accept leaves on geared slides, so they are easy to expand. However, the balance afforded by a double pedestal base allows this type of dining table to open to seat 12 or more with relative ease. Double tables legs also tend to look a little more formal in your dining room.

 

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4-Leg Tables

Incredibly versatile, the 4-leg table is the most common table of all. You might be surprised at how well a 4-leg metal table set accommodates the various styles/ kinds of tabletops that you fall for, ranging from live-edge slabs, to concrete to quartz, you name it. At Flowyline, sets of 4 legs metal table legs can even be more accommodating because all the legs in our collection can cope well with up to 500-600lb table top.

 

4-Leg Tables

 

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At Flowyline Design, we try to make sure you always have many options for your home. That's why we have so many metal dining table legs designs for sale on our site, including bar & counter height table legs. We want to make sure when you're looking for where to buy Counter Height Dining Legs online, you're getting the one that's exactly right for you. We have thousands of great deals every day with no need for a coupon.

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