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How to Buy a Pub Table

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You've seen them everywhere, perhaps without even realizing it: dark but cozy Irish public houses on a popular BBC America show, the elegant tables at clubs where people engage in lively chatter over food and music, or even just pushed into a corner at a friend's house and taken out for extra seating areas where needed. The pub table is far from just a place where one keeps their drinks as the name suggests! They are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to remodeling the kitchen for a breakfast nook, the perfect gathering places at house parties, or even just the right spot for a gardener to rest her tools while reaching for a cool glass of lemonade in a moment of respite on a warm spring afternoon.

Pub tables can seat up to four people depending on their size and are a good deal more attractive than card tables when it comes to keeping "spare" seating on hand. When not in use for family gatherings or parties, they make excellent gaming tables, a great place for studying, and can be used as accent tables. With so many combinations of materials and finishes, styles and possibilities, it's hard to say no to these compact, versatile pieces of furniture.

Just the Right Height

What sets a pub table apart from other surface areas is its height. It has been proven that they are the perfect "conversation" table because one can actively engage others on an equal eye-level while still seated. They average anywhere from 30 to 43 inches tall, with plenty of room for bar or counter stools beneath them. When choosing your pub table, it is important to keep any seating you might already own in mind; there should be a 9 to 12 inch clearance between the top of the seat and the bottom of the table.

The size of the space where you intend to put the pub table will direct you to the appropriate pub table width. Tables from 24 to 36 inches wide are best for small spaces. Be sure to leave enough room so that you can access and exit the table with ease and without scuffing the walls. If you have more space and would perhaps like to use the pub table as a dining table there are tables from 37 to 60 inches wide.

The most prominent feature of a pub table is its top. These can be simple or ornate, contributing to the beauty of your home without making an overpowering statement. There are many table shapes to choose from but the most popular are rectangular, round, and square. There are a multitude of table materials to choose from including all metal, metal with a glass or wood top, all wood, and even more.

The base is also a feature to consider. While many of them come as the standard pedestal with a widened base, some are crafted with four pegs. Finishes to choose from include black, white, chrome, and a multitude of other metal options. Several include a food rest in their design, adding that extra touch of authenticity to the "alehouse" spirit.

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It's got Panache

Having trouble figuring out if the gorgeous rattan and glass pub table you've found will fit in with your current decor? This quick style list should help, and might even give you a few more ideas:

  •   •  Contemporary/Modern: Innovative forms, industrial materials and minimal decoration are the hallmarks. Metal and glass tables alike are immediate candidates for this category.
  •   •  Craftsman/Mission: Simple rectilinear forms and limited adornment. May appear rustic, sporting copper accents and/or large nail heads. Primarily darkly stained oak is the chosen material.
  •   •  Rustic: Emphasis on natural, unrefined elements. The most popular design styles often classified as rustic include southwestern, western, country, farmhouse and lodge.
  •   •  Traditional: Calm and orderly are the two words that best epitomize traditional style, with classic lines and understated details. Furniture edges tend to be smooth, soft, and blend into the overall feel of a room. Wood with a dark stain is especially popular.
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