Built-In Seating: What to Keep in Mind

You may have noticed the influx of tables we’ve made for built-in seating. The truth is, this is one area we really shine. Built-ins are a great way to add comfortable, casual seating in kitchens. The issue is, since many are unique spaces, a standard table won’t fit comfortably in what is likely a custom space. This is where we come in with our custom table builds. Keep reading to find out the options and measurements to keep in mind when it comes to creating a table for built-in seating.

Built-Ins Require: Pedestals Only

Rustic Elements Furniture - Built-In with Table

Try and picture built-in seating with a four-leg table. Swinging your legs and sliding in and out while maneuvering around the table legs sounds very difficult/nearly impossible unless you want to sit at the end of your seat and lean forward. Far from ideal. The solution to this is pedestal style bases. This is the only kind we’ll build for built-in seating as the entirety of the base sits further under the table top and is pushed in from the ends, sides, and corners. Since their structural support is no longer at the corners of the table, pedestal bases allow an openness for users to easily and comfortably slide in and out. With built-in seating this is a must.

Measurements to Keep in Mind

Typically, built-in seating averages 17-19” high. For us, we stick around 18-18.25” as taller benches are more comfortable and allow you to support your body with your arms on the table. This height works well with standard-height tables, which are 30” tall. If your built-in height is not the norm, we can adjust the table height accordingly. Don’t forget to factor in cushions when figuring out your height. Another number to keep in mind is the minimal depth. This usually is around 18- 20” deep or more with cushions on the back. If you have a bench with a back, deeper seating might be preferred. Be sure to check there are at least 12-18” from the wall to table’s edge, making it easier to slide into the bench. For starting table size, usually, the table is the inside area of the built-in. Essentially, the table starts where the bench ends. All the dimensions above can vary, but use these as an average.

Built-In Seating and Custom Work

If you know about us, you know that we truly do custom work. Custom sizing aside, we can create various base designs, color match, custom shapes (rounded edges, tapered width, or even various configurations), and mold a table to fit your desired aesthetics and details. Hopefully this helped shed light on what to consider when designing built-in seating and tables. Browse our portfolio for some inspiration or feel free to contact us with any questions!

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