Bar stools are a practical way to add style and functionality to an open floor plan, a kitchen, a basement and a variety of other spaces. However, choosing the right type of bar stool is a challenging experience that has to do with a variety of details.
If not, usually you risk getting bar stools that are too high for your kitchen counter. For example, although these classic Tolix stools complement this island really well, they seem a bit too high for it. This means you’d be sacrificing comfort.
You can’t go wrong with metal and wood. Whether your kitchen is a rustic beauty or an industrial haven, these bar stools will bring it all your elements together perfectly.
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”.
Then there’s also the bar height stools. They work well with bars and counter tops that are between 41” and 43” tall. They are typically used in restaurants and bars and they are taller than the average dining chair. There’s also a fourth category of extra tall bar stools which suit counters and bars that are 44” to 47” tall.
If kids are in the picture, you’ll definitely want to weigh more heavily those characteristics such as sturdiness (to prevent their accidentally tipping over), durability, and ease of cleaning. Of course, if the bar stools will be used exclusively (or, at least, primarily) by adults, you can afford to safely go with lower backs, more delicate stability, and swivel options.
It’s always fun to add some vintage flair to your home, but what about those times when you can’t find or can’t afford what you’re looking for. You can cheat and buy new like these vintage looking bar stools that come with all the wear and tear of a true treasure.
The Tulip chair has always been stylish and it never really lost its charm. It has a round leather seat and a swivel base. This iconic chair was is a creation of Eero Saarinen who designed it out of fiberglass and gave it a truly timeless shape.
Similarly simple but with a different kind of charm is the Posa bar stool from Vincent Sheppard. It’s part of the Butterfly collection and has rattan upholstery which offers it a casual and comfortable look. It comes in 28 standard finishes but we prefer the black version. It just looks right this way.
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.
If you’re on the market for some serious glam, don’t feel left out of the metal bar stool game. You can get gorgeous stools like these gold and acrylic ones to bring the party to your bar table. They’ll make you feel like a star studded actress.
We’re all woefully constrained by budget in our decorating dreams, are we not? But the good, no, great news is that no matter your budget, if you consider these 24 things in your search, you will be able to find a bar stool that completes your space perfectly.
You should also measure the space between the seat of the stool and the underside of the counter. A 9” to 12” space is a good choice. This means you and your guests would be able to sit comfortably without touching the counter with your knees. But measurements aren’t everything. You also need to think about the style of your counter-height bar stools, the materials they’re made of, their color and their number.
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.
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.