CHOOSING THE RIGHT HEIGHT FOR BISTRO SETS
Bistro table and chair sets come in a variety of sizes and shapes that lend
beaucoup style to tiny spaces or provide islands for rest and refreshment for mingling
Choosing the right bistro set begins with selecting the most functional
height for your needs. Think about how the table and chairs will be used. Do you need room to serve
full-size plate meals, or do you need a small table that can accommodate drinks and snacks? Will
the occupants use the table while standing or leaving and returning, such as in a pub or bar, or
will they be seated for a meal?
Dining Height - If you want a table for
regularly serving food on dinner plates, look for a bistro set that is designated as a "Cafe" or
dining set. This encompasses tables from about 28 to 30 inches tall, with 29 inches being the
average. The 24 inches of leg room below the table is adequate for most, except perhaps the
The level of chair seats that come with a cafe set will generally be 11 to
13 inches lower than the table and will not need footrests on the legs.
Counter Height - The next step up in height is
"Counter," or about 36 inches tall like a kitchen counter. Naturally, these bistro sets will
require taller perches, stools, or chairs, about 23 to 27 inches high. Backless stools are a casual
option, while chairs with backs may be more comfortable and secure for many users. All taller
seating should feature a bar or footrest on the legs to help the sitter feel stable.
Bar/Pub Height - The tallest of the bistro sets
are the "Pub" or "Bar" set. Tabletops sit at 40-43 inches high, and are often smaller than lower
tables, just enough to hold drinks and small plates. Pub height bistro chairs are also taller -
about 30 inches in seat height, have footrests, and may swivel for maximum
Custom - Still cannot find the right height?
Many bistro table and chair sets can be customized to give you the exact fit you need for your