Table Heights for Furniture Design
Standard Sizes for Custom and DIY Furniture Builds: Tables, Desks & Cabinets
Previously, I wrote a post outlining sizing for seating in relation to seat height, width, angle of the back, etc. This post continues the details on standard sizes for custom and DIY furniture builds relating to tables, desks and cabinets, and the reasoning behind some of the sizes.
Dining tables can be any length or width desired but there is generally one consistent height: from the floor to the top of the table, it is 30″. This measurement is so that the arms can rest comfortably on the surface (except at dinner time – no elbows on the table!) without feeling awkward.
End Tables & Coffee Tables
The length and width of end tables and coffee tables can vary but the height is consistent at 18″, the same as the seat height of a chair or sofa (though some end tables can be a bit taller). This is a preferred height so that a lamp on an end table is at the right height for illuminating a book or magazine, and also so that a beverage or snack on the table is within easy reach.
Console table heights are different… The height of a console table is generally 36″ from the floor to the top of the table or cabinet. This is because console tables are generally used for storage or display, and are meant to be a focal point in a room.
Desks follow the same height rule as a dining table which is 30″ from the floor to the top. A desk also has the be the perfect height to rest arms on the surface without being fatigued, especially when typing on a computer!
Storage and General Use Cabinets
Storage and general use cabinets are also 30″ from the floor to the top. These cabinets are not meant to stand out in a room like a console table but they are still functional pieces of a room!
Night Stands are usually the lower in height than end tables. The height of a night stand can range from 18″ to 22″ from the floor to the top. It is easier to turn off a lamp or grab a glass of water from a night stand at a lower height, especially when laying down (so you don’t have to get up after you’ve made yourself comfy, am I right?).
I’ve created another cheat sheet to keep handy when designing furniture. Have questions about standard sizes for custom and DIY furniture builds relating to tables, desks and cabinets? Leave a comment below!
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