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11-07-2015 11:38 AM

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So I have just started to get my feet back in to woodworking. I have gotten my inspiration from pictures and magazine articles that I have seen. My challenge at this point ( being new to this), is that I really struggle when designing furniture that people will sit, stand or work at. Chests, and cupboards are pretty straight forward but chairs and desks specifically I struggle with making my mind up on dimensions. One “huge” disadvantage that I have is that I’m 6’8” so things that would feel comfortable for me would probably be extremely in comfortable for average people. So being alone in the shop its hard for me to model for myself. Does anyone have resources for regular seat heights or desk heights? Also designing furniture I have found that I get stuck on the came angles or sizes. For instance I saw an entry way bench that I liked the overall look of it but there were some things I wanted to change. BTW this is just a five board bench. The one I saw had legs at 90degrees and my eye generally likes legs that taper and I think it helps with support. But I keep using 6degrees in these instances that seems to be the taper my eye likes. Does anyone else have a go to measurement or angle that they use a lot when designing and if so what are they. I make something and like it and I get hung up on what worked before. Any comments or thoughts would help. Thank you for reading.


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#1 posted 11-07-2015 12:41 PM

Average chair height is about 18” from seat to floor, dinning table about 30” high.,Counter height about 36”. With that said I am currently sitting in my garage at a 36” tall bench sitting on a 24” tall stool, for me it is a comfortable pair.

A quick google search for average furniture size returned a couple charts that may be useful.

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#2 posted 11-07-2015 01:21 PM

There is actually books (the name of which slips me) that gives you 5th to 95th male/female dimensions for every part of the body. Look on I.D. sites. If I remember I’ll post it. German name, I think.

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