What to Know Before Shopping for Bar & Pub Style Tables
You may think that bar & pub tables are just for, well, pubs and bars. While you often will see them used in those establishments, adding one to your home can make a decorative statement and provide you with a convenient space to eat, drink, and entertain. Our guide below will help you determine what to look for in a pub table as you shop.
Can I use a pub table for my kitchen or dining room?
Yes, you definitely can - there are no rules about where to put a pub table in your home. Place a narrow bar table in a kitchen corner or smaller breakfast nook if your kitchen lacks the space for a tradtional dining table. Add one to your man cave, game room, or any entertaining area to give the space a casual yet authentic feeling for guests. These tables work well in smaller dining rooms, especially if you opt for a drop leaf or extension leaf option that allows you to create a larger table surface when you have friends or family over for a meal. You can even opt to add an outdoor pub table to your patio, just be careful to choose one made from a material that's able to withstand the elements.
How tall are pub tables?
There are two distinct sizes when it comes to your standard pub and bar table dimensions: bar height and counter height. Bar height pub tables are the taller of the two sizes with tables typically measuring between 40 and 48 inches, and chairs measuring between 29 and 32 inches. Counter height pub tables are usually 33 to 38 inches tall, while the chairs best suited for these tables are around 23 to 28 inches. You may find slight variations in exact measurements within both types so make sure you pay attention to the product details. The taller bar-height tables and chairs or bar stools are best used for snacks and cocktails, while counter height is ideal for enjoying a meal and more long-term sitting.
What comes in a pub table set?
If you like to ensure your furniture set completely matches check out the pub table sets that take the guesswork out of your seating options. Sets are typically three-piece or five-piece, meaning they come with a table and two chairs or a table and four chairs. A two seater pub table set is great for a small home or apartment for a single person or a couple without children, while a pub table set that seats four is a better bet for larger spaces or a home with more family members. Occasionally, you'll encounter a five or seven-piece pub table set that includes a uniquely sized bench or a more rectangular table that allows for extra seating along the ends and sides. Often these sets are a good deal when it comes to cost, so be sure to give them a glance if you're in need of seating, too.
What features do pub tables have?
After determining the location for your pub table and the size you need, there are a few more considerations to keep in mind. Shape is a great place to start as most pub tables and sets are square, round or oval, and rectangular. Material, color, and finish is yet another consideration with the most common table top materials being glass, wood, and metal. You can rarely go wrong with a bar table boasting extra storage options, and a table with a footrest is a great way to comfortably accommodate shorter guests. Finally, consider your home's decorative style to further guide your decision. From industrial designs that combine both metal and wood to traditional styles with walnut or cherry finishes, there's a pub table for any interior design scheme.
When searching for a functional yet unique table set for your home, it's easy to put bar and pub tables at the top of the list. Whether you're enjoying family meals or entertaining friends, these versatile tables make a perfect addition to nearly any room in the house, and can be found in styles that seamlessly blend into your home's decor.
Related: Get even more detail, including insight on outdoor pub tables, with our Pub Table Buying Guide