For comfort, the respective scales of your dining table and chairs must be compatible. If you measure from the top of the table to the floor, most dining tables range from 28 to 31 inches high; a 30 inch height is the most common. From the top of the seat to the floor, dining chairs frequently range from 17 to 20 inches high. That means the distance between the seat and table top could be anywhere from 8 to 14 inches. The average diner finds a distance of 10 to 12 inches the most comfortable, but it varies by the thickness of the table top, the height of the apron, and by the size of the diner.
Measure the whole table not just from table’s top to the seat. If the table doesn’t have an apron, measure from the bottom of the table top to the top edge of the chair seat. If the table has an apron, measure from the bottom of the apron to the top of the seat. When measuring chairs also be careful to take into consideration the padding or lack of it as it can make a difference.
Chair Width and Depth
Scale isn’t just about compatible heights. You also need chairs that actually fit under your reclaimed wood table. If they don’t, your diners will be uncomfortable and you could possibly damage the table or chairs. The chairs you place at each end of a rectangular or oval dining table should slide under the table without bumping into the table legs, or into the base of a pedestal or trestle table. If you plan to use two or more chairs on each long side of the table, make sure there’s room to slide them underneath with bumping each other or the table’s base or legs.
The final scale concern when choosing chairs for a mixing room table is the difference between the table height and the overall chair height. Make sure the backs of your chairs are taller than the top of the table. Taller is better, but a height difference of two inches is the absolute minimum. The chairs look squatty otherwise.
At Mac+Wood we also produce matching benches to accompany our reclaimed wood table. These benches are matching from frame to materials used for the tops. They can match the colour of the wood and we will use the same wood you ordered for your table. They also come in the styles of our tables. They are a great option if you want a set of furniture with no added hassle to find something that goes well. They are also perfect for those of you who love to host people and have dinner parties. We can make them in many different sizes ranging from a smaller 2-seater one to a 6+ size.