TL;DR: I’m thinking about buying a low dining table to replace our “Western” table - it’s not fully decided yet, and it’s not so easy to get one. What would be the best height?
I have a new first world problem:
I live with my husband and child (almost 5). We have been somewhat unhappy with our dining table for a while - it’s an IKEA table that would be quite practical for a one-person-household, because it’s foldable, but when several people use it together, there’s always something in the way of your legs. There’s especially this problem that we can’t get our son’s step chair close enough to the table without placing it in some weird angle. (My son is shorter than other kids due to a form of dwarfism, so he will still need this chair for a while.)
Well, we’ve been a bit lazy about tackling this problem, and when we mentionened lately that we should buy a new table, one of us said jokingly, we could as well buy a low table like those used in Japan. And our son was like, yay, that’s a good idea! So, that was the first time we started seriously considering it.
And actually, the more I think about it, the more I like this idea. We would keep the step chair for our son’s desk later (in one or two years or so), and give away the other chairs. There would be more open space in the living room, and we wouldn’t have to put away the chairs every time before letting the vacuum robot clean there. Also, it would be good for my back to change sitting positions more often, and I already spend enough time of the day sitting in a chair at my desk. Same is true for my husband, even though he doesn’t have back problems at the moment.
Or are there some disadvantages I’m not seeing right now?
However, we live in Germany, and it’s apparently not so easy to get a table like that. (Why can’t this be a trend? ) IKEA: nope. Places specialized on Japanese furniture: they only have tables in coffee-table-size, no dining tables. Amazon: nope, not really; also I hate Amazon. Etsy: Yes, there’s this one (ONE!) seller from China who builds low tables in the right size, ships to Germany for a good price, and also has good reviews. So that would be it then, I guess.
We can choose a height there - 25, 30, 35, 40, or 50 cm.
I’m not sure what would be best - does anyone have some experience with that? I assume it should be either 35 or 40 cm for us? Is there something like “the” right height for such a table?
My husband and I are relatively tall, by the way, Maybe I’ll have all of us sit down on the floor later to try out what 35 or 40 cm would mean.
(edit: Or is 35 cm actually too high?? I don’t find good answers on the internet. )