Refresh Your Kitchen with Counter Height Tables

Modernize your kitchen with a bistro or pub feel when you shop for counter height tables. These elevated tables are part breakfast bar and part kitchen island with plenty of room for putting out place settings, propping up elbows and chatting while cooking and eating. This is the informal version of a regular dining table in the kitchen with a possibility for storage space underneath and the welcoming fun of bar stools or higher chairs as seats.

What Are Counter Height Tables?

Counter height tables are table or countertop surfaces that are raised to the height of the average counter. These pieces of stand-alone furniture are meant to be used as both counter and table in most kitchens.

  • Place bowls of fruit or use cuttings boards on the surface just like you would with a counter. Then, when it's time for a quick lunch or a mid-day snack, pull up a chair or stool and use it as a tabletop.
  • Work the versatility of counter height tables by looking for one with kitchen island features. A set of drawers under the tabletop surface or an apron shelf at the base of the legs can store utensils, big stock pots or wicker baskets full of other sundries.
  • The length of these tables is up to you. Choose square shaped styles that feel like cozy bar tables at your favorite pub or go long to include the whole family and a few friends at once.

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere with Bar Tables

The atmosphere you create with counter height tables is very fresh and on trend. As kitchens become the de facto gathering place for everyone in your home, it makes sense that you would design for company.

  • Go for a warm, yet upscale feel with counter height styles inspired by pub tables. Look for slab tabletops and brass or other metal finished bases. Trestles or utilitarian stretcher shapes give these tables an inviting look.
  • Complement your regular eat-in kitchen table with a slim-profile bar table. Reminiscent of an American coffee shop, these counter height tables are perfect for leaning an elbow on the surface while drinking a cup or two.
  • Use your higher tables as seating areas when you entertain and keep a casual buffet-style service on the lower table. This encourages mixing and mingling while still giving people a comfortable place to eat.

What Kinds of Chairs Do You Need?

Don't forget to get the right chairs for these tables. You need higher seating for a higher table. Look for bar stools, counter height seats or styles that are designed to go with your specific chosen table.