So the height is an important criteria when choosing a bar stool, especially if you opt for a custom countertop height. But there’s more to counter-height stools than just that. Other measurements need to be taken into consideration as well. For example, make sure you space out the stools in a comfortable manner. The space between the center of a stool to the center of the one next to it should be between 26” and 30”.
By their very nature of being wood, wooden frame bar stools tend to carry more visual punch than other materials, which are able to be manipulated for weight-bearing capacities. Wooden frames can be quite versatile, as they look fantastic in a cottage setting as well as provide a lovely earthy contrast in a more contemporary one.
Green Gables Furniture has this Steel Traditions Crestone Swivel Barstool that features leather seat. Lapped seams across the cushion add strength and the old-fashioned steel base has a characteristic round foot rail. A little color goes a long way in enhancing the wood of these rustic bar stools. Perfect for a rustic, industrial or casual living space, these seats from Horizon Home have a subtle streak of green that adds a reclaimed feel to the pieces.
Another type is the counter-height stool which is the one we’re more interested in. These stools are smaller than the ones used in bars and restaurants and they’re the best for kitchen islands. They measure between 24” and 27” in height. Then there’s also the bar-height stool which is the same one you see in bars. These can be used for standard built-in bars and have a height of 28” to 33”. The fourth type is the extra tall stool which is somewhere between 33” and 36” tall. In its case the name pretty much speaks for itself.
Basically, the first thing you need to think about is in what space the bar stools will be going. This will provide a perfect starting point in your search. Will they be at the kitchen island and be used every day, many times a day? Or will they be tucked away in the basement kitchenette for the occasional holiday party?
The same shape of base with an upcycled metal seat makes for a rustic bar stool that would still be an appropriate addition to a modern space. The colored seats are perfect for mixing and matching. Round bar stools can take on a retro feel when they are outfitted with an old-fashioned seat, foot rail and pedestal base. These were found at Finch, in Hudson, New York. The vintage look would fit well at a traditional style bar or at a rustic or modern kitchen counter.
A lot of kitchens include islands which double as bars or breakfast tables. But deciding whether or not you want a kitchen island is not the only difficult part. Once that is done you need to focus on choosing the right kitchen counter stools so that they coordinate well with the décor and design while also being comfortable and functional.
Leather furniture is usually something you incorporate in a traditional interior décor, unless the design is unusual and innovative, in which case it can easily fit in a more modern space. In the case of leather bar stools, the designs are not as versatile as for other material combinations. They tend to look more robust and they usually fit well in spaces that have an overall traditional and elegant design.
The last element to take into consideration before purchasing kitchen counter stools is the style. Some designs have seat back, others don’t, some have armrests as opposed to others which are simple plus other distinctions such as between swivel and non-swivel stools, upholstered and non-upholstered models, adjustable and stationery designs, etc.
A similarly well-balanced décor is featured here. This open floor plan uses a long kitchen island as a divider between the spaces and the black bar stools emphasize this barrier. They match the counter top and the accent wall.
If your bar stool area is nearby other chairs, you might consider coordinating the seating throughout the space. This isn’t to say you should run out to the nearest furniture store and buy a set of identical-except-for-height chairs and stools. But you could consider keeping one style element similar for consistency, such as the wicker seats in this photo.
These stools are available in lots of different sizes, styles, shapes and materials so you need to do your research before going shopping. First of all, it’s important to select the right height for the stools. Measure the height of the counter and calculate the height the stools should have.A bar, for example, is between 40” and 42” high, in which case a seat height of 28” to 30” is required for the bar stools.
At the modern end of the spectrum, a stool like this one from Worlds Away is a very stylish choice. The round brass stool has a white faux leather polyurethane upholstered seat, which makes it very easy to clean. Stylish with a touch of steampunk, this counter-height stool from Nick Alain is more like a piece of industrial art. The unique base has squared off legs, topped off with a set of five shaped spindles that hold up the beveled metal seat.