Table Leg Height Options and Definitions

leg-heightsWhen confronted with the task of purchasing and/or building tables and desks for the office or for residential applications, knowing how to select the correct table leg height for your application is half the battle. You can go to any website and easily be overwhelmed by the number of available options, making it difficult to decipher whether to purchase desk, counter, or bar height table legs for your table project. Please be certain, with any table leg where height is a consideration, to include the thickness of your table top in the overall height of the table or desk. Here is a brief description, a Cliffs Notes guide if you will, to the standard table leg height designations and for which type of table application they are commonly used:

Desk height table legs: The standard individual desk height leg is probably shorter than you think, if you’ve never actually measured them before. Normally somewhere between 26” and 29” tall, desk height table legs paired with a 1″ or 1-1/2″ thick top should put your finished tabletop surface between 27″ and 30″ tall. These legs are ideal for any desk or table where the user is seated in a standard chair.
Counter height table legs: Counter height table legs typically measure somewhere between 32” and 34” in height, leaving you with a finished table height of approximately 33″ to 36″. These legs are ideal for countertops in kitchens, garages, and workshops where the user is standing or sitting on a low stool. Their elevated height avoids having to lean over to complete an activity, which could cause undue and prolonged strain on your back.
Bar height table legs: Bar height table legs will measure between 39” and 42” tall, giving you a finished work surface of 40″ to 44″ in height. These are most commonly used, not surprisingly, for bar areas where users are either standing or seated on a high stool. Bar height may be too tall for some users to stand and complete tasks, so if stools are not provided it is best to stay on the lower side of the recommended height range.
Height adjustable table legs: Height adjustable legs use larger leveling devices, either at the foot near the floor or at the mounting plate underneath the table top, to drastically change your table leg height. So instead of just desk height or just counter height, you would be able to adjust the height of one desk from desk height to counter height, or even counter height up to bar height. Good websites will have a description of the table leg’s height range, either in the page title or the product details. These are great for hot desking applications or multi-user workstations.
Custom height table legs: Custom height legs allow you to select whatever height you have deemed appropriate for your table and are ideal for extreme conditions such as very short or very tall users. If a company offers custom height desk legs, be ready to wait a bit longer for them than you would other table legs, as they are most likely being made from scratch. The trade-off however, is a desk perfectly suited to your needs.
Also keep in mind that most of these legs will come with a 1″ leveler at the bottom to help adjust for uneven floors. You should also be able to find table and desk pedestal bases with the same height options, if individual table legs take away too much leg or chair room from your table project. I hope this short tutorial will be of some service to you when you face your next table or furniture project, helping you to more knowledgably navigate the online world of table legs.

Rolling Table Legs: An Office Lifesaver

AdjustableStraightLeg800How exciting are rolling table legs? About as exciting as counting the perforations in ceiling tile; nonetheless, what would you do without rolling table legs. Rolling table legs make rearranging the layout of a conference room or moving your desk closer to a window in your office a simple act rather than a Herculean task. Can you imagine moving a 10 foot long conference table in your company’s meeting room all on your own without rolling table legs? How about reconfiguring the layout of a lecture hall with 50 tables? Or moving a desk closer to a power outlet to accommodate the power/data connectors that are installed? I envision lots of sweat, tears, and swearing and broken tables; but, that doesn’t have to be the case.

I know you’re probably thinking, “Rolling table legs are plain and won’t work with my table.” Oh, how wrong you would be; but, I won’t hold it against you. Rolling table legs not only come in a number of different finishes to complement a specific décor, but they also come in many different configurations. You certainly wouldn’t want to put 8 rolling table legs on a 10 foot conference table. It would reduce leg room underneath the table. And if you have a really wide table, you’ll need more legs in the middle to keep it from sagging. Not to mention it would look like some weird spider. In such a circumstance you’d want a large base that can carry the load of a heavy table, but is large enough to provide even support. AND IT ROLLS! What more could you ask for? Did u say height adjustment? Well, what do you know; rolling legs can be height adjustable too. The only thing they can’t do is give you the winning Powerball numbers. Or can they? They really can’t, but I live for drama.

Rolling Metal Table Legs for Ergonomic Desks

DuracastTbase800One easy way to both save space and create an ergonomically sound working environment in your home or office is with mobile metal table legs with casters for desks and workstations. Mobile table and desk legs are available in a slew of styles and finishes, running the gamut between simple straight legs with wheels to full-blown motorized table bases with casters. Whichever design you choose, the important thing is to select rolling metal table legs with casters that will work well for you in your application.
If you’re like most people, you’ve never even considered the advantages of making your next table or desk project a mobile one. When selecting a metal table base or legs for your space, it is important to consider exactly what you’ll be using it for. Here are just a few specific uses for rolling table legs or bases that either we’ve implemented at the office, or our customers have used in the past:
• Counter-height rolling pedestal base for kitchen prep and party table
• Rolling table legs for a photographer’s workshop
• H-legs with casters for a garage woodworking shop
• Rolling desk legs for reception/sign-in area at dentist’s office
• Bar-height rolling legs for a lectern in a university lecture hall
Regardless of the application, there is a good chance that you could benefit in some way by having wheels on your table legs or desk base. Mobile tables and desks create a modular workspace where one desk can replace many, thus savings time, money, and space. Also, if you have existing wooden desks or furniture, you can make them mobile by adding decorative office furniture casters to the bottom of the existing cabinet or table legs. This way, you can create a mobile office or workplace using new or existing furniture.

Benefits of Garage Storage and Organization

OmniTrackSportsKit800Garage storage and organization can de-clutter and streamline even the most unkempt garage. Let’s face it; cleaning out the garage is not the most enjoyable task. Some garages are so bad that A&E could create a Hoarders spin off exclusively devoted to garage clutter. Taking advantage of garage storage and organization techniques will save you the trouble of having to clean out and reorganize your garage again. Do it once and it’s just maintenance after that. For most of you, your garage clutter consists of four categories: junk, sports and athletic paraphernalia, clothes and memorabilia, and tools.
• Junk: Junk is easy – throw it all away. If you get sentimental about junk, you’ll never clean out your garage. The easiest way to clear it out is to take the advice of Peter Walsh and write down everything you remember in your garage. If you find anything in the garage that is not on your list, get rid of it.

• Sports and Athletic Paraphernalia: I’m sure many of you have your bikes, tennis rackets, golf clubs, ski equipment, and other sports equipment tossed in a dark corner of your garage. Organizing your equipment not only cleans up the look of your garage, but also makes your equipment readily available for use. So when you make that New Year’s resolution to drop a few pounds, your bike will be prominently featured hanging from its new rack in your garage or hanging on a hook with your other athletic gear. No longer will there be an excuse not to hit the bike trails.

• Clothes and Memorabilia: Now that you’ve listened to me and organized your sports equipment and hit the bike trails, I’m sure you’ve lost a ton of weight. Now you have to get those pants that you haven’t been able to fit in 5 years out of the garage; and, you know exactly where those pants are. Because you decided to organize your clothes, pictures, and other keepsakes in bins that are stored in the garage hanging from the ceiling or stacked neatly on metal shelving, they are easily accessible whenever you need to retrieve any of your stored items. That’ll save you a trip to Public Storage (they might be a little mad at us too for the loss of renters).

• Tools: If you just have a hammer and a screwdriver like me, tool storage really isn’t a big deal. For the rest of you, the final component of your garage reorganization is storage and accessibility for your tools. You don’t want them tucked away like your clothes. They should be easy to grab in case you need a hammer to “fix” that toilet that won’t stop running. A tool shelf or wall mounted storage rack will give you the clean look and convenience that you want in your garage.
So we have solved your garage clutter problem. All your remaining stuff is neatly organized in its place and at your fingertips when you need them. Best of all, your car will actually be able to fit in your garage now. Freaky right? Who knew a car was supposed to go in the garage.