How To Make The Most Of A Bar Height Table

When it comes to tables, there are three main height options to consider. The most common type of the standard-height table. The other two are the countertop height and the bar height table, both of which are defined by a casual appearance. There are many advantages that are specific to bar height tables. However, they’re not for everyone. You have to consider all the possibilities and all the specifics before choosing one type of another.

Modern kitchen bar height table

Although standard height tables which are 28” to 30” tall are the most common and thus come in more sizes, designs and finishes, this doesn’t mean that bar height tables are scarce and defined by poor designs and limited options. There are plenty of designs to choose from and even more to create from scratch using specific details and unique features.

Copper chairs for kitchen bar

Bar height and countertop height tables can easily be mistaken one for the other. They’re pretty similar, with few differences between them. However, while counter-height tables are usually 34” to 36” tall, a bar height table is somewhere around 40” to 42” tall. Also, they’re sometimes referred to as pub height tables.

white chairs for a black bar height table

A bar height table requires bar stools which should have a height of 28” to 30”. They’re often used in combination with home bars and kitchen islands. There would have to be a height difference between the table and the island. This makes the design a bit more dynamic and also lets you play with various heights and shapes.

Kitchen island bar height

Bar height tables are always very casual by comparison with standard tables which tend to be more formal. This makes them suitable for a more relaxed atmosphere and a modern or contemporary environment.

Kitchen extension bar height table

Bar height tables are pretty common in kitchens. They’re often used as space dividers between the kitchen and the rest of the open floor plan and they’re usually accompanied by bar stools that can slide under it to save space.

Choosing the perfect bar height table

Another important characteristic of a bar height table is the fact that it’s tall and thin. This is a perfect example. In this case the table is an extension of the kitchen island, being placed at an angle on one of the sides. It doesn’t take up much space and this makes it a practical feature.


Because these tables are thin and narrow, this allows them to fit in spaces where no traditional table would. For example, they can fit in a small nook, allowing you to create a cozy breakfast area. It can also be a casual addition to a small terrace.


Based on the same principles, you should consider a bar height table for a small room if you prefer a casual and relaxed atmosphere and would also like to save some space.

Black kitchen with bar height table

The difference between standing and sitting becomes very blurred in the case of a bar height table. This also often applies to kitchen islands which a tall countertop, placed significantly higher than a regular counter or table.

Wood countertop bar height table

Standard height tables are considered by most more comfortable to sit at. They’re also better suited for disabled people. However, this shouldn’t be a big impediment if you prefer the counter to be taller.

Pull Out bar height table

For more flexibility you can choose to have several different countertop heights in a room. This room is usually the kitchen where there’s often an island, a countertop and sometimes even a dining table or a bar.

Bar height table tips

All of those elements can be combined in a variety of ways. A kitchen island, for example, can have a table extension placed at a lower height. At the same time, it can also have a bar extension which is taller than its counter.

White countertop bar and orange chairs

This is a pretty interesting bar table. Notice that it’s not as tall as most bar height tables. However, it serves a similar function while also being a suitable breakfast table or prep area.

Kitchen bar height table

This is a clever way of fitting a bar table into a small kitchen. The table is in fact integrated into the kitchen counter with an obvious different between the two.