Dining table: what height?

Dining tables are available in different table heights. In order not to have to rely solely on your own feelings, this article reveals some standard dimensions and guidelines on how to choose the height of the dining table correctly. You can also read about the influence of the height of the chairs.

Standard dimensions

Basically, dining tables are between 74 and 78 cm high. This also fits the dimensions of most chairs. A table height of 76 cm is the standard size for many dining tables.

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Dining table height and seat height

The optimal height of the dining table always depends on the respective seat height. Basically, you can assume that the table should be around 30 cm higher than the seat height. Then it is possible to sit comfortably. So if you already have chairs that you want to continue using, you should always base your selection of the table height on the existing chairs and your own height.

Different body size

However, this level can vary. Smaller people need a little less distance between seat height and table height, usually only 27 cm. For taller people, on the other hand, the ideal size from seat height to table height is 34 cm.

Deviations beyond these dimensions should not be made. For significantly smaller people or children, the seat height can be increased to a suitable level with the help of cushions. Then it is also possible for them to sit comfortably at the dining table.


Another thing to think about is legroom, which should definitely be sufficient. The height of the so-called table frame - i.e. the panel on the side of the table - is often decisive for this. Ideally, it shouldn't be too big, then it's much more comfortable and less cramped. The overall size of the table also plays a role here again and again.

Table width

In addition to the correct height, make sure that the table is the right size. Above all, the width of the dining table and the available space per person are fundamentally important dimensions for orientation.

Tips & Tricks Always make sure that the armrests of the chairs are not too high. Restricting arm freedom also feels uncomfortable. In addition, the chairs can then no longer be pushed under the table, which means a waste of space in the dining room.