High top tables are referred to as bar tables, cocktail tables, pub tables, bistro tables, cafe tables, counter height tables, and the list goes on. However, these names are just colloquialisms. What’s important to note is that these pieces of furniture are all taller than more traditional styles of tables. Standard height tables are usually about 28 to 30 inches tall while high top styles can be anywhere between 34 and 46 inches high. When shopping for a taller table, it’s best to figure out what specific measurements and heights would work best in your space instead of trying to shop based on names that manufacturers give to their various options.
One of the lures of high top tables is that you can pair them with tall chairs and bar stools, or omit the seating all together. This is because these kinds of tables create a less distinct height difference between people who are sitting and people who are standing, giving everyone the option to choose whatever is most comfortable for them. You’d be surprised how many might choose to stand for a variety of reasons. It’s actually fairly common for people to dislike sitting in high chairs that leave their feet dangling off the ground, especially if it’s for a longer period of time.
Then there’s the fact that furniture that allows people to stand comfortably (without hunching) actually provides some health benefits. This is why standing desks and worktables have become so popular in office settings. According to Healthline, people who sit a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and early death.
Conversely, spending a lot of time in a standing position can help with blood flow and posture. According to a study published by the CDC, the use of a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% after just four weeks. Plus, standing burns more calories. In fact, when compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. This is because when a person stands, they’re more likely to shift their weight and move around.
Furniture that people can stand at isn’t reserved for the workplace, though. High top tables sans chairs are a popular choice for casual, social settings. There are even many styles that are designed for outdoor spaces.
If you’re setting up an outdoor space, one of the first things you should do is envision where you think people would like to sit and stand. Ask yourself, what kind of people will be in this space most often? If the answer leans towards older people or small children, high top tables without chairs might not be your best options. In those situations, you should provide mostly tables that have comfortable seating options and surfaces that shorter people can reach with ease. You should also consider if the people utilizing the outdoor space will most likely already know each other or if there will be groups who are meeting each other for the first time. High top tables without chairs are actually perfect to use in locations and at events where you’re trying to promote interaction because everyone will be moving around a lot more than they would if they were seated at dining tables.
High top tables…
●Save space, especially if you choose not to have chairs around every table
●Give people a place to put down their drinks while enjoying appetizers
They’re best placed in…
●Outdoor eating areas, especially if you accompany some of them with stools
●Venues where you intend to hold events, such as wedding receptions and cocktail parties
●Casual workstations where people might want to simply pause and recline for a moment, maybe check their phones or recharge a device (consider pieces that have built-in power sources)
High top tables are the party animals of the furniture world! They allow for space to walk around, encourage people to meet someone new, and leave room for a dance floor! As an added bonus, they’re easy to decorate for different events and occasions. Just add a tablecloth, sash, and/or centerpiece and your space looks totally fresh and new!