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Seat Heights & Table Heights


Table base heights are often decided after a seat is selected. When doing so, allow 250-300mm of 'thigh space' between the top of the chair seat and the bottom of the table top.

The diagram below will show you what table height you need to specify for a comfortable fit. Click on the image to enlarge.  It's worth noting that the seat heights may increase if the seat is upholstered, because soft seating tends to compress by around 20-40mm when sat on, depending on the density of the foam. This means you will have a little more gap flexibility with upholstered chairs than you would with non-upholstered ones, but it is best to stay within the 250-300mm space to be on the safe side.

Tip: It is easier to cut down a table base than it is to cut down chair legs. If you find a table is too high for the seats you have ordered, the column can be cut down to make the table an appropriate height. However, if a table base is too small and there isn't enough room for a diner's legs to fit under the table it's unlikely you'll be able to cut the chair legs down.  For more information, view our tips on specifying table bases.

lounge table seat height diagram


Overall height: 460mm

Seat Height: 410mm

low dining table seat height diagram

Low Dining

Overall height: 660mm
Seat height: 410mm

dining table seat height


Overall height: 760mm
Seat height: 480mm

Counter height table seat height diagram


Overall height: 900mm
Seat height: 650mm

Poseur height table base


Overall height: 1100mm
Seat height: 800mm

Need more info on table sizes, table bases or choosing a table top in general? We have plenty of resources on our blog. Alternatively, download our Furniture Knowledge book below.

Click to view the full diagram.

seat heights and table height diagram

Tables with drop-down edges

When specifying a table with a drop-down edge remember that although the overall table thickness is 50mm, you can't just add 50mm to the table base height to achieve the overall height. The core thickness is only 25mm because it's only the edge that drops down. So you would add the table base height to the core thickness to get the overall height. Then subtract the overall thickness (including drop-down) from the overall height to establish the underside of the table top to the floor.

See the diagram below for an example.


Topics: Specification tips

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 15/10/18 12:00
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