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Forum topic by redoak2 posted 08-21-2019 02:54 PM 227 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2019 02:54 PM

I am building a custom height dinning room table to match my height of 6’ 2”. The table will be high enough so that I can sit in a chair that fits me – one where my legs are fully supported. I figure that the chair seat height will need to be around 21” from the floor.

My question is in regards to the chairs. I prefer to buy rather than build the chairs. Seems that standard height is around 18”. I can find bar stools and “cabinet” height chairs taller than what I need and considered just cutting them down but the problem are the spindles between the legs. Most of them have a spindle in the front such that if you cut down the legs then the spindle is almost on the floor.

I was hoping that someone on the forum had already solved this problem (i.e. finding taller chairs to fit a custom table) and could share their ideas/advise.

Remember, these are for a dinning room table. We don’t like too fancy, but also do want them to look nice in a dinning room (i.e. want a back that is higher rather than shorter, etc.)


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#1 posted 08-21-2019 03:26 PM

The easiest option would probably be to add 3” risers to a set of 18” chairs. Getting the finish to match can be a pain, but depending on the chair a contrasting finish could look good.

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#2 posted 08-22-2019 02:34 AM

Have you considered having them custom made to your requirements? Or make them yourself? Or maybe just add a nice thick cushion to a standard height chair?

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#3 posted 08-22-2019 01:52 PM

Other than making them yourself, I think that your best option is to buy and modify the taller chairs. You might just shop around to see if you can find some with the rungs higher up. For example, these look as if only the front rung would need to be moved. Otherwise, along with cutting off the legs, you will need to remove some lower rungs and replace them farther up. Carefully done, no one will ever know.

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#4 posted 08-22-2019 02:10 PM

No advice on the build, but doesn’t this mean that many of the rest at the table will be uncomfortable (legs dangling in midair)? The tried and true standard height evolved over time for a reason. Perhaps you need to make yourself a booster seat and make certain that there is adequate space for your legs under the apron.

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#5 posted 08-22-2019 02:21 PM

I am 6’ 2” and haven’t found table height or chair height a problem. Of course one 6’ 2” does not equal another. Most of my height is in my torso rather than my legs. I have a brother that is 6’ 6” and he always adds an inch or two to his base cabinets for comfort but I think it is done in a way that if he sells it can be undone. With the limited time I spend at the table I would think about just modifying one chair rather than making the rest of the table accomodate may size. I am a sit down, eat and get up guy probably because I am the dishwasher too. She cooks and I clean up. So far it has worked for 39 years.

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#6 posted 08-22-2019 08:54 PM

thanks for all the thoughts

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