Bar tables are superb options for any home, providing you with a stylish and practical bar area. These tables are the perfect accompaniment to any bar stool, as they have a top height of 90cm and are designed to be used with a seat height of around 65 to 75 cm, making them ideal for fixed height stools of around 70cm, or the more dynamic gas lift stools which can be raised or lowered.
The beauty of a bar table as opposed to a bar counter is that they provide you with a kitchen or breakfast bar that can be moved around, allowing you endless possibilities and not rooting you to one spot. This can be especially handy as the table can be moved around a kitchen or dining room until you find the perfect spot for people to congregate.
The materials that these high tables are made from stand them in good stead, being very durable and easy to clean. Stone, glass and ABS resin tops are very hard wearing and resilient to staining, needing only a wipe with a damp cloth should any spillages occur. This makes them quick and easy to keep in pristine condition and allows you to focus on other things, making them perfect for high impact environments such as a busy domestic kitchen.
Stone tops are at the high end of the range, providing a classy look and solid feel. From black granite to white marble and everything in between, they provide a natural touch but with superb hardiness, making these tables highly sought after.
Impact resistant ABS plastic is injection moulded into the required form. It is much lighter than stone and so makes the tables much more mobile, but is still very resistant to scratches and scrapes. Due to the nature of this surface, it comes in a medley of colours and provides a vibrant touch to any room.
Glass is the most popular material for bar table tops however. These toughened glass tops come in a range of finishes; clear class is light and airy whilst smoked glass adds a touch of sultry colour, with opaque black glass giving an almost piano black, gloss appearance. Finally, sparkle glass has a crystalline structure within the top that catches and plays with the light, throwing up little specks of colour.
The shape of the top is also important; round tables are very fluid and easy on the eye, whilst also allowing for any combination of stools happily seating many people. Square top tables, however, usually dictate the number of stools you can have, working best in pairs. Placed at opposing sides of the table, square tops easily accommodate up to 4 occupants and give a more structured look than their circular counterparts.
Finally, if you are after a little more height, there is another range of bar tables known as poseur tables. These are held at 100cm, akin to a commercial bar counter, and are designed to be stood at but also work beautifully with high bar stools.