Guidelines for Choosing the Correct Seating Height

Chairs are one of the essential furniture pieces crafted by man. A common sight in the dining room, chairs are not only useful at home but also in the office, libraries, shops, stores, and other establishments. We use them to watch TV, entertain friends, read, work, and in whatever as far as seating is concerned.

The most common element that we look for when buying a chair is the material. Design, style, comfort, and seat height. Among all these, the seat height is the most neglected although some consider it important.

Why is Seat Height Important?

 The seat height is important because it dictates your comfort when seating on it. Look at the inconvenience of having the wrong chair seat height.

  • you sit with crunched knees
  • your knees bang up against the underside of the table, countertop table or bar table
  • your seem

Lounge Chairs/Sofas

Lounge chairs are called such primarily to offer comfort. Thus, choosing their height is very subjective. The usual dimensions are approximately 17 to 18 inches, although some have lowly seats — 15 inches while others can be 20 inches high.

So what should seat height should you consider when planning to purchase a lounge chair or sofa?

  • Your feet should stay flat on the floor
  • Your knees should be at a 90-degree angle when seated
  • You can easily get up from it

Dining Chairs

It is necessary that you sit comfortably while having a meal. There should be adequate space between the chair and under the dining table. The standard height for most dining tables is 30 inches.  For this dining table height, you need a seat height ranging from 17-19 inches. Dining tables, however, have different heights. Some are taller while some are shorter, so you need a dining chair seat height appropriate to the table’s height.

Tip:  Make sure to have at least 10 to 11 inches of space between the seat and the underside of the table.

Bar Stools

Bar stools are the only seating furniture appropriate for bar tables. Bar stools are built specifically for these tables. However, choosing the height of the chair would still depend on the height of the bar table.

Bar stools are taller compared to dining chairs and counter stools because bar tables are generally taller. Their heights vary from 40 to 46 inches, which are the common stool heights.

Counter Stool

 Counter tables usually have a height of 34 to 39 inches. The standard dining chairs height will not work with this height of tables.

The buying tip for counter stools is very much the same as that of the bar stools. To get the suitable chair height for your counter top, get the distance from your floor to the top of the table. Measure it twice to make sure you get the correct distance. Subtract 10 inches from the height of the table. The difference will be the height of the chair that you need. By following this, you will have adequate space between the chair and the counter top, so you can sit comfortably even if you cross your legs or not.

Remember the above tips when you need to buy the most comfortable modern dining chairs or bar stools. It is always a good decision to check on the latest designs by visiting modern furniture stores online. To date, the web becomes useful when planning to purchase an item because you get to see the items of different furniture stores without having to leave home.

By Jackie Muzo (958 Posts)

I enjoy writing about interior design and trending furniture pieces. Furniture is fashion, styles are constantly changing!