What Is the Normal Height of a Dining Table?

Updated February 21, 2017

Normal height dining tables measure between 27 to 30 inches high. This measurement is taken from the floor to the table's top. Not all dining tables are normal height, so always measure before purchasing chairs.


Choosing a normal height dining table gives you the best selection of table sizes, finishes and coordinating chair styles, as this is the most common height of dining table sold.

Seat Height

When selecting dining chairs, the seat height of the chair should measure 10 to 12 inches less than the height of your dining table.


Some tables have an overhang extending a few inches downward from the tabletop. Measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the apron if you are purchasing armchairs to make sure the arms will slide underneath.


Dining tables are also sold in counter height, measuring 34 to 36 inches high, and bar height, measuring 40 to 42 inches high. Always measure to make sure you a purchasing a normal height dining table.


A counter height table is a better choice than a normal height dining table if you want to use your dining table as a surface for cooking preparations.

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Amy Swanton Mills is a writer and designer residing in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 10 years working in various aspects of the architecture, furniture and interior design industry. Her articles on furniture, design and green lifestyle issues regularly appear on and She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from UCLA.