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Counter Height Table - Pros & Cons

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At a Glance:

What is a Counter Height Table?

Pros and Cons of Counter Height Tables

Top 5 Counter Height Tables

Ways to Save on a Counter Height Table

FAQ

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If you want to create a casual and inviting dining room, a counter height table is a great choice. Versatile and available in a wide variety of styles, counter height tables offer additional workspace to your kitchen. You can choose a smaller one ideal for an eat-in kitchen nook or you can choose one to fit the whole family.

In this article, we will examine the difference between counter height tables and other dining table options, discuss the pros and cons of counter height tables, and then recommend 5 of our favorite counter height tables from Walker Furniture. Then, we’ll answer frequently asked questions and share ways to save on a counter height table for your dining room refresh.

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What is a Counter Height Table?

The defining feature of a counter height table, as its name suggests, is its height. Standard dining tables measure 28 to 30 inches high while counter height tables measure 36 inches high. Bar height tables, also known as high top tables, are even taller, measuring 40 to 42 inches high. Let’s look at each option in more depth:

Standard Dining Tables: A standard dining table is the most common option. The tabletop is lower than your kitchen countertops. 
Counter Height Tables: These tables are a happy medium between standard and bar height dining tables. They are more versatile than standard tables, but larger and less casual than bar height tables. Keep reading for more pros of counter height tables.
Bar Height Tables: These offer a more casual choice perfectly suited to smaller spaces, like an eat-in kitchen.

There are plenty of reasons someone might prefer a counter height table to the more common option of a standard height table.

Pros and Cons of Counter Height Tables

Counter height tables have plenty of advantages. It’s important to keep in mind that you will need higher chairs as well. Counter height tables are available in dining sets that include chairs.

Pros

✓ More legroom and more space visually: The higher tabletop of a counter height dining table creates more space under your dining table. Visually, this creates a more open look, and practically, it keeps your pets farther away from your food.
✓ Added workspace: Counter height tables are the most versatile option. By matching the height of your kitchen counters, counter height tables allow you to expand your usable kitchen work surface to your kitchen table. While it’s awkward to do any type of activity standing at a standard dining table, you can easily chop food at a counter height table. Additionally, for those who work from home, a counter height table offers another workspace when you need a change of scenery. You can work seated or use this taller table as a standing desk.
✓ Better for entertaining: It is easier to stand next to a counter height table and put your plate down to socialize. It also lessens the height difference between those sitting and standing, which can make for a more pleasant interaction on the part of those sitting.
✓ Better views out the window: A higher tabletop allows you to be eye level with your window’s views. It also allows you a better sightline from the kitchen to your guests if you have an open-concept kitchen.
✓ Casual and compact: These tables offer a more casual and compact dining option. They are easier to move around, if needed, and they give off a cozier, homier feeling.
✓ Available in a wide variety of styles: No matter what your favorite design style is, you can find a counter height dining table to fit with your aesthetic. From whitewashed farmhouse finishes to the clean lines of a modern dining room, there is a counter height dining table to suit your style.
✓ Available in a wide variety of sizes: While a bar height table typically only seats 2 to 4 people, counter height tables can seat up to 8 guests.

Cons

✗ Not great for young children: Because high chairs are designed for standard height tables, you can’t push your child’s high chair up to a counter height table. For small children who are out of a high chair, the taller chair and tabletop may still be a hindrance.
✗ Not great for the elderly or those with back or knee pain: Because you can’t rest your feet on the floor when sitting at a counter height table, some people complain about back or knee pain when they sit at a counter height table for too long.

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Top 5 Counter Height Tables

Next, let's look at our top 5 favorite counter height dining tables available now at Walker Furniture!

Underwood Counter Height Dining Table

Underwood Counter Height Dining Table

Shop the Underwood Counter Height Dining Table

If you have a small space and want a simple table, the Underwood Counter Height Dining Table is the perfect option. This square counter height table is made of a metal frame and a tabletop with a distressed wood finish. This small counter height table would be perfect for a minimalist, industrial, or modern dining room. It could also add a modern element to a modern farmhouse design if it were contrasted with cozier accents throughout the room.

Joanna Counter Height Dining Table

Joanna Counter Height Dining Table

Shop the Joanna Counter Height Dining Table

The Joanna Counter Height Dining Table is a round counter height table with an acacia wood top and white base. This round counter height table would be perfect in a farmhouse, transitional, shabby chic, or country dining room design. This white counter height table is extremely versatile with storage built into the base. Additionally, the table converts from a 40 inch square to a 59 inch round table with double drop-leaf extensions.

Spring Counter Height Dining Table

Spring Counter Height Dining Table

Shop the Spring Counter Height Dining Table

The Spring Counter Height Dining Table easily doubles as a dining table or kitchen island with its marble top and wooden base. A rectangular counter height table with storage is a rustic and homey choice that will stand the test of time. You can gather with friends and family around this table, comfortably seating 6 people. It would be a great dining table for a rustic, modern farmhouse, or transitional design.

Carrie Counter Height Dining Table

Carrie Counter Height Dining Table

Shop the Carrie Counter Height Dining Table

The Carrie Counter Height Dining Table is a casual and inviting chocolate brown counter height table. We love the simple top and eye-catching cross hatched base. If you are looking for a set of counter height table and chairs, the Carrie 5 Piece Dining Set is an excellent option. The upholstered cream chairs feature contrasting dark bases to match the table itself. This set would be perfect for a transitional, contemporary, or modern dining room design.

Denver Counter Height Dining Table

Denver Counter Height Dining Table

Shop the Denver Counter Height Dining Table

The Denver Counter Height Dining Table is our favorite pick! It gives a nod to the classic picnic table but with an elevated twist. The wood top and base are trimmed with metal for a slightly industrial vibe while the grated shelf below adds another element of interest. It can comfortably seat 6 people, so it is a great option for seating more people while also enjoying the versatility and added workspace of a counter height table.

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Ways to Save on a Counter Height Table

A counter height table can add valuable workspace to your kitchen whether you need more room to chop or a place to set up your laptop. If you are in the market for a counter height table, here are some ways to save! We offer a rotating list of promotions throughout the year. Keep an eye out for seasonal sales or special discounts during holiday weekends. We at Walker Furniture also offer in-store financing options and store credit cards to help you design your dream home. We also partner with Satisfi to offer financing and lease-to-own options for you. 

A counter height table is a great alternative to a standard dining table. They are great for small spaces, those who love to entertain, and ambitious chefs who want a little extra counter space. Whether you are looking for a simple table for a modern dining room or a farmhouse counter height table with added storage, you can find the perfect counter height table for your family at Walker Furniture.

FAQ

How tall is a counter height dining table?

A counter height dining table is typically 36 inches high, which matches the standard height of kitchen counters.

What is a pub table?

A pub table is taller than a counter height table. It is another name for a bar height table, which measures 40 to 42 inches high.

Can I use a counter height table as an island?

Yes! A counter height table offers a creative, non-permanent option for a kitchen island. If you decide to use your counter height table as an island, we recommend choosing one with storage built into the base.

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Walker Furniture and Mattress has been providing incredible customer service and top furniture expertise to the Las Vegas area for over 67 years. This locally owned furniture store had humble beginnings as mattress builders in the Chicago area since the 1900’s which blossomed into a booming legacy of selling furniture and mattresses. in 1973, Deanne and Oscar Alterwitz purchased Walker Furniture from original owners, Ruth and George Walker.

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